Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) requires daily preparation. With proper planning, you might be able to see a difference in the way you sweat.
A great way to start is by carefully choosing your outfits each day. Even if you can’t stop sweating completely, wearing the right clothing can help you conceal sweat and make you feel more comfortable, too.
Check out the following hacks for getting dressed if you have hyperhidrosis.
1. Dress in layers
Dressing in layers is a rule of thumb during the winter months. However, you can wear layers to help with excessive sweating no matter what the season.
Start with a thin layer of clothing underneath, and top it with a loose, warm piece of clothing. During the summer months, wear a tank underneath a regular shirt. When it’s cold, wear a cotton long-sleeve shirt underneath a jacket or sweater. This way, should you start sweating in the middle of the day, you can take off the top layer of clothing to help cool you down.
2. Choose all-natural fabrics
Natural fabrics are generally more comfortable than other kinds. They also act as sweat barriers.
Cotton is the best fabric to protect against sweat because it helps keep your body cool. The Mayo Clinic recommends silk and wool as alternatives to cotton, too.
3. Select darker colors or prints
These bold selections are good methods of concealing any sweat that might creep up on your clothing. Avoid solid white if you can — it tends to show everything.
4. Don’t neglect your feet
Feet tend to get sweaty. When it comes to hyperhidrosis, the sweat can be even more intense.
If possible, try to wear sandals or go barefoot to help your feet air out. When you wear socks, choose athletic options as they soak up the most sweat. You’ll also want to choose shoes made from natural fabrics, such as cotton and leather.
It’s always a good idea to have a second pair of shoes and socks on hand, just in case.
5. Use an antiperspirant before getting dressed
Always use an antiperspirant before getting dressed to ensure you’re applying the product correctly. (You’re also less likely to get it on your clothes.)
Antiperspirants and deodorants are often discussed interchangeably, but they couldn’t be more different.
Antiperspirants target your sweat glands, making them a better choice for hyperhidrosis. Deodorants, on the other hand, prevent odors that can occur when bacteria mix with sweat.
If you need both, select the antiperspirant first. You can take deodorant with you in case of an emergency. Even better? A deodorant/antiperspirant combo.
6. Keep your doctor in the loop
There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
- Primary focal hyperhidrosis is caused by nerves that tell your sweat glands to produce more sweat than your body needs to help cool you down. There is no underlying cause.
- Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis is a form of excessive sweating that’s caused by another medical condition. Examples are diabetes, heart disease, and thyroid disorders.
If you continue to sweat in unusual amounts (even when it’s cool outside) and it’s affecting your quality of life, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.
Clothing can help keep you comfortable and protect against excessive sweating, but it can’t treat the underlying issue making you sweat or offer the insight a board-certified dermatologist can.