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How to Reduce Sweating in Underarms

author image Kimberly Johnson
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.
How to Reduce Sweating in Underarms
Antiperspirants work best when applied at night. Photo Credit LittleBee80/iStock/Getty Images

Horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow -- so they say. Although everyone suffers from underarm sweat, some people constantly look like they spend a little too much time around yard sprinklers. The causes of sweating are actually diverse and don’t always correlate with heavy physical activity. You don’t have to suffer through sweat-soaked shirts forever. Taking a closer look at what you eat and the types of clothing you wear may be the solution to stopping those sweat glands in their tracks.

Step 1

Reduce or eliminate the consumption of caffeine and spicy foods that contain peppers. These foods stimulate the glands that produce sweat, causing them to go into overdrive.

Step 2

Switch to an antiperspirant that's labeled “clinical strength.” These formulations, which are available at most drugstores, contain higher concentrations of sweat-stopping ingredients. If you currently use only a deodorant, try switching to a regular-strength antiperspirant first.

Step 3

Apply antiperspirant at night instead of in the morning. Your underarms produce less sweat at night; thus, the antiperspirant can soak into your pores more easily. Apply another layer of antiperspirant the next morning. Showering will not remove the antiperspirant, since it is already in your pores.

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Step 4

Wear loose undershirts and shirts. Opt for natural fibers, such as cotton, which allow for more air flow and reduce sweating. Man-made materials, such as nylon or polyester, restrict air flow and increase sweating.

Step 5

Fill a tea kettle with water and bring it to a boil on a stove burner. Place two to three black tea bags in a bowl and pour 2 to 3 cups of boiling water over them. Let the tea bags steep until the water cools; then, soak up the liquid with a wash cloth. Hold the washcloth under one arm for five minutes; then, rinse it and repeat with the other arm. Repeat the process daily for two weeks to reduce the amount of sweat produced.

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