How to Combat Excessive Underarm Sweat

· January 27, 2015

Sweating may be considered a normal process that our bodies go through, a process that can help to maintain our body temperature at around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The act of sweating can occur when there is an increase in temperature in your environment, when you are stressed, when you engage in physical exercise and when you get nervous, among other instances. Sweating, especially underarm sweat, is necessary for the body to be able to cool itself down.

Just as everyone is different with regard to their physical characteristics, their personality and in many other ways, sweating is not the exception. People who sweat a lot can observe excess sweat in their underarms as well as other areas of the body, such as the hands, the feet, etc.

When we see someone that is sweating excessively from their underarms, we can chalk them up to someone that is not very hygienic or someone that we do not want to be around. This can create a high level of discomfort in someone suffering from this issue, especially when they cannot avoid the sweating. And don’t even talk about when this issue is accompanied by unpleasant odors that complicate the situation even further.


This is why today we are going to focus on all of the ways to combat excessive underarm sweat.

Causes of excess sweat also known as hyperhidrosis

The causes behind this affliction are still not well defined. However:

  • It appears to be linked to genetic factors.
  • A person’s diet could also be related.

These possible causes have to do with primary hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by other diseases or medical conditions.


There are several treatment options available to people who are suffering from excessive sweating in their underarms.

In the first place, aluminum salts are worth mentioning. This treatment is applied in the form of a lotion. The problem with this treatment is that it is not well tolerated by most people: it produces skin irritation and rashes.

Another option would be the application of Botulinum toxin or what is more commonly known as Botox in the armpit area. What this toxin does is it blocks the action of the sweat glands. It would obviously be applied by a doctor and the patient would feel relief for between 6 and 9 months. Later, the patient would require more applications.  

There is also surgical treatment available for this condition and this option is only taken when other treatments have not worked.

Natural Measures or Treatments

As all medical interventions imply inherent risks, do your best to first try natural remedies. If they work for you, you may be able to avoid undesired side effects that the other treatments can cause. Furthermore, using natural remedies, you may be able to solve your problem easily and without having to fork over too much money.

In the comfort of your own home, you can create homemade antiperspirants and deodorants.


What do you need?

  • Baking soda: 1/4 cup.
  • Corn starch: 1/4 cup.
  • Virgin, unrefined coconut oil: 6 -8 tablespoons.
  • Some essential oil of your choice.

How is it made?

First, you must mix the baking soda with the corn starch. Add the oil, mix it well and put it in a container. Add a few drops of essential oil and put this mixture in the refrigerator until it becomes solid and that’s it!

Apply it to your underarm area as if it were your normal antiperspirant.

NOTE: do not apply this mixture just after shaving as it might irritate your skin.

Antiperspirant Talcum Powder

The ingredients for this remedy are corn starch and the essential oil of your preference. You can put this on after bathing.

Always keep in mind that natural measures or treatments may work for some people but not for others. It all depends on the severity of your problem and on the fact that other factors may exist that add to your discomfort, such as pathologies or diseases that might be the root of your excessive sweating, in this case in the underarm area.

If your discomfort or problems persist, you should always go to see a specialist. Do not allow too much time to pass because you are embarrassed or ashamed. Do not try to live with this problem. If this issue is affecting you emotionally, don’t take it lightly, look for help and surely there will be a solution for your particular case.

Don’t let excessive sweating affect your life in general, your personal relationships, your work, your studies or even your self esteem.