How to Stop Excessive Sweating: What Works & What Doesn’t

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Excessive sweating — also known as hyperhidrosis — is a nightmare for anyone who suffers from it. It can cause discomfort, embarrassment, and disruption to your life on a daily basis.

We’ve gone through this. We created Duradry because we’ve lived with excessive sweating, so we know from first-hand experience what it’s like to try everything we can to stop it.

Most blog posts online will list out every possible treatment under the sun, but in this guide, we’ll tell you what’s really effective for stopping excessive sweating — and shine a light on the tactics that you shouldn’t waste your time on. By the end, you’ll know exactly what works and what doesn’t.

Excessive Sweating & Hyperhidrosis: What Are We Talking About?

First, let’s define what we’re talking about here — because it’s important when you’re looking for excessive sweating treatments. Some people may now know, but there are two types of hyperhidrosis:

  • Primary hyperhidrosis: Also known as primary focal or “essential” hyperhidrosis, this is the most common reason for excessive sweating. Here, your nerves controlling your sweat glands become overactive — even if you’re not doing physical activity or increasing your body temperature.
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis: This is a variant of hyperhidrosis related to other medical conditions — and it sometimes happens due to diabetes, thyroid issues, nervous system disorders, and/or infections. It can also be caused by hot flashes in menopause and low blood sugar levels.

In each of these cases, hyperhidrosis causes extreme perspiration around various body areas, from underarm sweating, to sweaty feet, back, and even other regions.

Naturally, with secondary hypohidrosis, you should be looking to address the underlying health condition. But in either case, you’ll still want to control the sweating — and this blog will tell you which tactics work to stop perspiration and which ones you can ignore.

Try Duradry’s 3-step solution that actually works to stop excessive sweating. Use Duradry PM at bedtime, Duradry AM in the morning, and Duradry Wash to deep clean and prepare your skin for total protection against hyperhidrosis. Get started for just $20.

What Doesn’t Work to Stop Excessive Sweating

A man with sweat under his armpits

Before we get into the ways you can prevent excessive sweating, let’s address the big misconceptions about hyperhidrosis — and bust some myths around hyperhidrosis treatment options.

1. Thinking That Personal Hygiene Is Enough to Control Sweating

No matter how much you clean your armpits or how regularly you take a shower, excessive sweating will continue to cause problems for you in daily life.

Good personal hygiene is helpful for reducing your body odor, because it prevents bacteria building up in the residual sweat on your body. However, hyperhidrosis is either caused by an overactive nervous system affecting the activity of sweat glands, or by another underlying medical condition. No amount of washing will stop the ongoing heavy sweating caused by hyperhidrosis.

2. Creating Your Own Home Remedies

Over the course of the last decade or so, myths around solving hyperhidrosis have been spread by popular blogs and news sites on the web. If you search for how to stop excessive sweating, you’ll find plenty of recipes for home remedies that purportedly help. None of these are scientifically proven.

Here are a few of the home remedies for topical application to look out for:

  • Baking soda and lemon
  • Coconut oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Witch hazel
  • Cornstarch and baking soda
  • Sliced potato(!)

Other websites will recommend you drink wheatgrass juice, tomato juice, herbal tea — or eat more grapes. These are harmless to consume — and are actually healthy, of course — but they’re not a proven solution to excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that needs a more robust type of treatment.

3. Relying on Deodorant

Neither conventional deodorants nor natural deodorants have any antiperspirant properties in the mix. So, put simply, deodorant is a fragrance for covering body odor, but it can’t stop perspiration — let alone the excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis.

Since a lot of the embarrassment about excessive sweating is due to the perspiration — i.e. the wetness and stains that it causes — deodorants won’t help you here. Some conventional deodorants are alcohol-based, which can actually stimulate sweating after application.

4. Overapplying Conventional Antiperspirant

If you’re experiencing excessive sweating, it’s likely that you’ll have tried a lot of the conventional antiperspirant brands on the market. It’s equally likely that none of these products have helped much.

But why? To use an analogy: you might go to the beach on a sunny day, and all your friends are using SPF 20. If you have sensitive skin and burn easily, you need something stronger to stay protected.

Similarly, conventional antiperspirants are not designed for hyperhidrosis sufferers. Either they contain active ingredients that are incapable of stopping excessive sweating, or they contain insufficient amounts of the active ingredients that do.

It can be tempting to overapply antiperspirant to your underarms and other areas of the body, but this doesn’t improve its performance. In fact, overapplication might make your armpits wetter for longer, thus increasing your anxiety and exacerbating the issue of excessive sweating when you leave the house.

Note: Even conventional clinical-strength daily antiperspirants can be ineffective by themselves for people who sweat too much. In many cases, you also need a deep-cleaning wash and something that will work through the night to support the results of any antiperspirant applied in the morning.

Try Duradry’s 3-step solution that actually works to stop excessive sweating. Use Duradry PM at bedtime, Duradry AM in the morning, and Duradry Wash to deep clean and prepare your skin for total protection against hyperhidrosis. Get started for just $20.

So, What Does Work to Stop Excessive Sweating?

sweat free

Excessive sweating can be beaten, but it’ll take more than hygiene, home remedies, deodorant, and conventional antiperspirant. Here are all your options for putting a lid on your excessive sweating.

1.  Using Duradry’s 3-Step Protection System

Along the way, we’ve tried many of the tactics that didn’t work — and this drove us to create a product that actually stops excessive sweating. And going by our awesome customer reviews, it’s clear that all the work we’ve done to make Duradry the very best excessive sweating treatment isn’t going unnoticed.

You can experience total dryness by using Duradry’s 3-step solution for excessive sweating:

Step #1: Duradry PM: Duradry PM is an unscented gel that you apply in the evening before you go to bed. Your sweat glands work at a reduced level while you sleep, which gives the active ingredient (Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate) a chance to work effectively to block excessive sweating.

Step #2: Duradry AM: Duradry AM is our clinical-strength daily protection, which you apply in the morning. It has the maximum permitted amount (20%) of our pure active ingredient, Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Glycine — plus odor trapping and high-performance absorbent ingredients.

Duradry AM has a light, neutral, unisex scent — and it is applied through an easy-to-use stick. You get plenty of bang for your buck with each stick, as it has enough to last for up to 8 weeks of use. This makes it one of the cheapest around, based on cost-per-application.

Step #3: Duradry Wash: Duradry Wash cleans your pores inside out with a thick, yet easy to rinse Pentafoam Concentrate. It eliminates odors by removing bacteria, and moisturises your skin. Duradry Wash also primes the skin by removing layers of antiperspirant residue and oils, so the ingredients in our products can have full contact. This can improve performance by up to 20%.

Combined, these products form our FDA-approved 3-step protection system — and more than 97% of users achieve full dryness within one week of use. You get a quality guarantee, free shipping, and you can cancel your subscription anytime without hassle.

Duradry is different to other clinical-strength (and prescription) antiperspirants, because:

  • We only source the purest version of the active ingredients from the most reputable pharmaceutical suppliers in Europe. Our recipe is world-class and unrivaled for purity.
  • You get more than just a stronger antiperspirant. You get a full protection system that works on your body while you sleep — and helps keep you dry the following day.
  • You don’t need to go out to the doctor or the drugstore — simply order online and we deliver discreetly to your door.

You can get started for just $20, and if Duradry doesn’t control your excessive sweating, it’s on us.

2. Getting the Basics Right

As well as seeking treatment, hyperhidrosis sufferers need to tick the right boxes to ease their experience of excessive sweating. These aren’t solutions, but they make it easier to control symptoms:

  • Try to avoid extra-hot showers, and never finish your wash with a hot blast. Try to mediate your temperature as much as possible when you’re washing or grooming.
  • Always wait until your underarms are totally dry after washing. Applying antiperspirant on wet armpits will make it less effective, and will keep underarms wetter for longer.
  • Avoid extremely spicy foods, even if you’re partial to a jalapeño. While hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating even without hot food, it’s best to give them a wide berth.
  • If anxiety is exacerbating your excessive sweating, seek help to address the underlying causes. You might be able to find relaxation techniques or medications that can help you deal with it.

3. Investigating Your Options for Medical Procedures

There are a few medical options for people with hyperhidrosis, but it’s important to gauge whether they’ll work for you. The reason is that many of these treatments are costly and painful — and not all are permanent. Here are some facts about four methods: botox, miraDry, Iontophoresis, and surgery.

a) Botox Injections

A woman getting botox injections in her armpit

Botox is a toxin (Botulinum Toxin), and it’s mainly used to help people avoid getting wrinkles in their skin. Botox smoothes wrinkles by disrupting a part of the nervous system, and this can also prevent sweating in the areas where botox is injected. So, many people try this as a solution to excessive sweating.

The benefit of botox is that usually it does work, albeit temporarily. But the downsides are:

  • It’s costly: Botox injections can set you back anywhere between $800-1000, depending on where you live and the quality of provider you go to.
  • It’s painful: In order for botox to work for hyperhidrosis, you need to get many injections in each underarm — somewhere between 25-50 injections. This is an incredibly painful experience.
  • It’s temporary: It only lasts between 4-6 months. So, in order to stop excessive sweating for the long-term, you need to go back repeatedly — suffering the pain and costs at the same time.

Many of our customers tried botox for excessive sweating before finding Duradry, and are far more satisfied with the ongoing results of our 3-step protection system than they were with the injections.

b) miraDry

miraDry uses microwave therapy (thermal energy) to burn off the sweat glands in your underarms. It’s a very effective treatment in terms of the results, and the main advantage over botox and alternatives is the fact that it is permanent. However, the downsides of miraDry are:

  • It’s costly: Microwave therapy with miraDry costs between $2500-3500, so while the results are permanent, you do need to have some cash in the bank.
  • There can be side effects: miraDry can cause numbness of certain body parts in the region of where it was applied. This numb sensation has lasted for up to a year for some people.
  • You need local anaesthetic: You need 25-50 injections per underarm to numb the area before doing the miraDry treatment itself. Naturally, this is an uncomfortable feeling.

So, while miraDry is a proven solution to hyperhidrosis for many people, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

c) Iontophoresis (Electric Currents)

Iontophoresis is the process of passing a low-voltage electric current through parts of the body affected by extreme sweating. Traditionally, it has been used mainly for hands and feet, though there are now machines that target the underarms. However, iontophoresis tends to be less effective in the armpits.

In order for iontophoresis to be effective, you need to use a machine multiple times per week — for 20-40 minutes at a time. As your sweating levels reduce over time, you can lower this to once or twice a week, which should usually be maintained in order to keep the desired results.

If you’re pregnant, or have epilepsy or heart conditions — or if you have metal implants such as a pacemaker or joint replacement, doctors don’t recommend trying iontophoresis.

d) Surgery to Cut or Clamp Your Sweat Glands (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy – aka ETS)

Surgical procedures really are the last resort for sufferers of excessive sweating. And even when it comes to this point, 80-90% say they’re not happy with the results. Conventionally, surgery would involve cutting the nerves that control sweat glands in your underarms. But these days, doctors will often clamp your nerves so the procedure is reversible if necessary. The downsides of surgery are:

  • You need to be put to sleep with general anaesthetic when you go under the knife
  • Recovery can take a while, and it is sometimes a painful process
  • All surgery involves risk to the patient, especially under general anaesthetic
  • There’s a long list of potential side effects, including compensatory sweating

Final Takeaways: How to Stop Excessive Sweating Right Now

Duradry 3 part system

The disadvantages of undertaking medical procedures for hyperhidrosis are about the costs, convenience, and comfort. Even if you do have enough money in the bank for botox, miraDry, or surgery — the administrative burdens and painful experiences are still huge drawbacks to going down this route.

At the same time, home remedies and conventional antiperspirants don’t cut it — and never will. So, when you’re looking to combat hyperhidrosis, you need a solution that is cost-efficient, easy to apply, and most of all — effective against excessive sweating. Duradry’s range of products use the purest active ingredients on the market, meaning you can achieve full dryness within a matter of days.

Try Duradry’s 3-step solution that actually works to stop excessive sweating. Use Duradry PM at bedtime, Duradry AM in the morning, and Duradry Wash to deep clean and prepare your skin for total protection against hyperhidrosis. Get started for just $20.