How to Sweat Less: 12 Ways to Reduce Sweating

If you’re tackling excessive sweating, you likely have some tricks to keep yourself cooler, dryer, and happier.

But we’ve also heard from the community that some methods are more effective than others, and that there are some creative ways to manage your condition that not everyone has heard of. So we’ve put together a list of ideas you can try today. Some are basic, some need a little more planning. But all can be done as lifestyle modifications, rather than medical interventions.

Tips to Prevent Excessive Sweating

Tips for you

  • Watch what you eat. No, not like a diet. But there are a lot of foods that affect either the amount we sweat or the smell of our sweat. INgestion causes an increase in metabolism, leading to an elevated body temperature and thermal sweating. Second, hot and spicy food is able to induce a mild form of gustary sweating (confined to face, scalp, and neck). Garlic, onions, and certain spices can make sweat smell a bit ripe or pungent. 
  • Mind your drinking. Alcohol and caffeine, that is. Alcohol makes body temperature rise. Caffeine can wake you up, but it can also raise your heart rate and stimulate your sweat glands. Cut down or stop drinking alcohol and caffeine completely and see the difference it makes.
  • Be prepared. Keep tissues and wet wipes in your bag, in case you need to freshen up. For an added cooling effect, store wet wipes in the refrigerator and take one to-go for your commute. 
  • Use an antiperspirant. Dr. Sweat makes a great one that's clinically-proven to reduce sweat for 7 days. 
  • Keep it simple, product-wise. Avoid lotions, moisturizers, heavy makeup or anything that adds a layer of product to your skin. If you need to address other skin conditions, look for light, oil-free formulas that will be better absorbed.
  • Stay calm, and just breathe. If you’re an anxious sweater, you might find meditation helpful. Start with guided meditations or a meditation app. Or just practice breathing deeply for 10 breaths when you start to feel the beginning of anxious sweat.
  • Hydration, hydration, hydration. Drinking water and eating water-rich foods is key to keeping your whole body running smoothly. And if you’re sweating, you might get dehydrated and uncomfortable.

Tips for where you are – your home, office

  • Stay cool. With a fan, or strong air conditioning.
  • Keep a cool spray bottle handy in the fridge during the day.
  • Stay out of the sun. Don’t sit in direct sunlight—if you’re by a window, try anti-glare or light-filtering blinds. They block out the sun’s glare while still allowing light in. And when you’re going out, close your blinds so your home doesn’t heat up.
  • End the day cold. Take a cool bath or shower just before bed, or for a quicker solution, wipe down your neck, face and feet with cold water.
  • Sleep cold. Instead of a hot water bottle, try a cold water bottle, or cold packs in bed. You can also fold up a blanket or your pillowcase and stick it in the fridge during the day. Put it back on the bed just before you go to sleep.