Now Wear a White Shirt
Say Goodbye to Underarm Perspiration
July 5, 2012
I have absolutely no hesitation in saying "Stop Sweating and Start Living" will soon put antiperspirant companies out of business.
I was reluctant at first to endorse any product but this book was different. The remedies it suggests are all-natural and target the root causes of problem sweating.
My only complaint is that it is only available as an instant access ebook. It can't be purchased in bookstores or on Amazon.com, but I'm sure the instant download feature is popular with people overseas and those who are ready to get started.
I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.
- James Chambers
Now here’s an astounding bit of trivia: a pea-sized sweat
bead can apparently cool approximately one quart of blood by
(one degree Fahrenheit or 32.5 degrees Celsius). Whether or
not that is a scientific fact it illustrates the reason behind
sweating namely that we sweat to keep ourselves cool. In fact
abnormal if you didn’t sweat while working out mowing the
lawn in the midday sun or appearing for a vital interview.
This means that we sweat most commonly when we undergo physical exercise
are exposed to heat or find ourselves in emotionally stressful
However some of us tend to sweat excessively in these circumstances
leading to a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis. Typically
people suffering from this condition sweat excessively in either
the face underarms hands or feet. Of these excessive underarm
sweating is a condition that can cause acute social embarrassment
because it is a potential source of underarm odor owing to bacteria
present on the skin that break down the sweat. More visibly it can
cause perspiration stains for the world to see and wearing a white
shirt is almost ruled out because a person would probably have to
change shirts thrice or four times a day. Besides perspiration stain
removal is a tiresome chore that can also often damage your white
As with everyone people who suffer from hyperhidrosis tend to lose
most sweat owing to exercise hot weather and emotional stress.
Other contributory factors include certain foods that can trigger
sweating and medical reasons like particular groups of drugs and
certain surgical procedures. When it comes to hyperhidrosis some
sufferers can even inherit the condition.
What exactly is the mechanism behind sweating? Well the average
human body has more than three million sweat glands divided into
the eccrine and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands form the majority
in the body and the sweat from these glands flows directly to the
skin’s surface thus performing the cooling function that we
mentioned earlier. Sweat from the eccrine glands is composed mainly
of water some sodium and some fats and it is odorless.
Apocrine glands on the other hand tend to be concentrated in areas
of the body that contain large amounts of hair follicles and the
underarm is one such area. So how do apocrine glands operate?
To begin with they are most commonly linked to underarm sweating
caused by emotional stress. Here’s how. These glands contain
tubules into which sweat comprising mainly fatty substances is
directly secreted. Under mental strain the walls of the tubule contract
and push the sweat out on to the skin where bacteria begin working
on it to break it down. It is this bacterial activity that produces
underarm odor because the sweat once again is odorless by itself.
How can I prevent underarm sweat?
To answer that question we’ll take the conventional methods
of treatment first. For most people the first step to reduce sweating
is to use antiperspirants that are widely available over the counter.
In fact antiperspirants are most often used to tackle the excessive
production of underarm sweat. The strongest antiperspirants contain
aluminum salts and other chemicals that temporarily block the sweat
ducts and thus reduce sweating. Among them are also prescription
antiperspirants which a doctor may recommend if regular antiperspirants
do not seem to be effective.
However the problem with antiperspirants is two-fold. First they
represent a temporary solution because their effects last only a
few hours at best. In any case they do not entirely stop the production
of underarm sweat but merely reduce it so they may be ineffective
in cases of excessive underarm perspiration. Second they may cause
skin irritation and contact dermatitis in many users depending on
skin sensitivity and other factors. That said do not believe rumors
that say antiperspirants cause breast cancer or hormonal imbalances
because they don’t as numerous studies have proved.
Iontophoresis is another method used to control excessive sweating
but in may prove unviable for the treatment of underarm sweating
because it involves the administering of a mild electric shock using
a battery-operated device to the area of the body prone to excessive
sweating. For obvious reasons iontophoresis is more effective as
a means of treating excessive sweating on the palms and feet though
there are recorded instances of its use in treating underarm sweat
problems. However the nature of the procedure means that using it
for the underarms will be cumbersome and unnecessarily elaborate.
Besides you will have to repeat the procedure because once again
its effects are temporary.
The use of botulinum toxin or Botox to treat underarm sweating has
become fairly widespread after the FDA approved its use for treating
excessive underarm sweating or axillary hyperhidrosis in 2004. However
though Botox reduces underarm sweat by interfering with the sympathetic
nervous system that controls the sweat glands it may take several
injections before the nervous system responds. Besides it is an
expensive form of treatment (which a lot of medical insurance companies
do not cover) that will have to be repeated after a maximum of 6-10
Some doctors may recommend surgery for extreme cases of underarm
perspiration. In such a situation one option is to remove the sweat
glands altogether. The other option is ETS (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy)
in which the nerves that carry neural transmissions from the sympathetic
nervous system to the sweat glands are cut in certain places. Though
a very delicate surgical procedure ETS can typically be performed
in a day and is usually successful in stopping underarm sweating
all together. However a major drawback of surgery in general is
that it may cause what is known as ‘compensatory sweating’
or sweating in other areas of the body.
Finally there are certain anticholinergic drugs that are available
on the market. These drugs work on a chemical in our bodies called
acetylcholine which stimulates the sweat glands under the influence
of the sympathetic nervous system. However when anticholinergic
drugs interfere with the actions of acetylcholine they may also
affect other bodily functions in which acetylcholine plays a role
producing side effects such as dizziness nausea hazy vision dry
mouth and constipation.
So what do I do about it?
Since all the conventional methods we have discussed above tend
to have one or more negative effects why not follow a few basic
steps that can help you reduce underarm sweating and underarm odor?
To begin with take a bath every day. That is not as obvious as you
think because a lot of people may feel too lazy to bathe daily
especially in cooler weather. However a daily bath can help reduce
the number of odor-causing bacteria.
Second avoid wearing too many synthetic fabrics like rayon and
nylon. Instead wear natural fabrics like cotton wool and silk
which allow your skin to breathe and also allow sweat to dry quicker.
A lot of people have benefited from relaxation techniques like yoga
and meditation. While these do not have a direct impact on sweating
obviously they can help you keep stress-related emotions under control
thus controlling underarm perspiration.
If certain foods and beverages (like coffee and alcohol) produce
more underarm perspiration or underarm odor avoid them. It is also
wise to avoid foods that emanate strong smells such as raw onions.
These natural methods not only help you rid yourself of your underarm
sweat problem they do so without side effects. So why not try them
out? That white shirt can’t languish in your wardrobe forever.