Controlling Underarm Sweat When Using A Deodorant Only

Posted on: 30 January 2019


You're likely used to slapping on a combination antiperspirant/deodorant every morning to control both odor and underarm sweat. If you're switching to a deodorant-only life, perhaps with womens' unscented natural deodorant, you've still got the odor under control, but the sweat could become a problem. There are ways to control it without resorting to antiperspirants or other chemical layers, however, if the sweating is typical. It is possible that a medical condition might be at play, but if that's the case, there's a solution for that, too.

Use Sweat Pads

If you're like most people, you'll sweat under your arms. If you stop using antiperspirant, that sweat will work its way onto your shirts and create that yellow stain that is the bane of so many T-shirt wearers. You can prevent that stain, however, by using underarm sweat pads that attach to your shirts. These absorb the sweat and protect your shirts so that you don't have dark, wet patches showing under your arms, nor will you have the yellowing in lighter-colored clothing. These pads are affordable and washable, so they're a good, eco-friendly alternative to antiperspirants if you are avoiding those due to not wanting to use chemical products.

Modify Your Clothing

Tight clothing can aggravate sweating. You'll sweat even if you wear loose clothing, but tight clothing can make you feel hotter, and thus you end up sweating more. Plus, if the shirt you're wearing is a bit looser and you don't want to use underarm pads, then less of the sweat may end up on your shirt. However, you should really use those pads if you can. Wearing looser clothing helps reduce some sweat, but not all, so combining the two strategies is best.

Check for Hyperhidrosis

If you stopped using antiperspirant because it never really seemed to work, and you are sweating a lot, you might have a condition called hyperhidrosis. Generally, this leads to excessive sweating -- as in, really bad -- but that would explain why over the counter antiperspirants never worked for you. You should see your doctor to be diagnosed and to discuss options. A common option is a prescription antiperspirant, but if you want to go the natural route and avoid those items, your doctor can work out coping strategies with you.

It is possible to control sweating without the use of antiperspirants. It can take some trial and error, but you'll find the most convenient options for you.