Our bodies produce sweat to regulate our temperatures in hot weather. Although sweating is a natural bodily process, excessive underarm wetness can lead to embarrassment and awkward social situations. To combat underarm wetness, many people use an antiperspirant to prevent sweating. Other people may need more serious treatment to stop excessive sweat, like prescription-strength deodorant or Botox injections.
Things You'll Need
- Shaving cream
- Baby powder
Remove underarm hair. Shave your underarms with shaving cream and a razor. By removing this hair, you will allow more air to circulate close to your skin, which can help lessen sweating.
Purchase an antiperspirant with aluminum zirconium tricholorohydrex glycine. This active ingredient closes the pores in your underarms to prevent sweating. Look for antiperspirants with aluminum zirconium at your local drugstore.
Apply baby powder to your underarms. After you have put on your antiperspirant, apply a thin layer of baby powder to your underarms. The baby powder will help absorb sweat and keep your underarms dry.
Speak with your doctor. If your antiperspirant fails to get rid of your underarm wetness, you may need a prescription-strength deodorant. Make an appointment with your doctor and ask for a deodorant with aluminum chloride, which is a powerful ingredient that helps to eliminate sweat. These deodorants should not be used, however, when you exercise or spend a lot of time in the sun since they can lead to overheating and heat stroke.
If a prescription-strength deodorant does not alleviate your underarm wetness, ask your doctor if you may suffer from hyperhidrosis. People with hyperhidrosis sweat profusely in areas such as their hands, feet, armpits or groin area. (See Resources for more information.) Hyperhidrosis can be treated with antiperspirants with high levels of aluminum chloride, Botox injections, oral medications and surgery.