Sweating in the office can be embarrassing and frustrating. And if you have a condition called hyperhidrosis, you know better than anyone that sweating in the office can feel like another full-time job. Unfortunately, it’s one you can’t quit.
According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, nearly 5% of the world's population — or 365 million people — suffers from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. People with hyperhidrosis sweat for no reason, often impacting their quality of life significantly.
While there’s no cure for hyperhidrosis, there are plenty of ways to manage extreme sweating so it doesn’t control your life. Here are our top-secret sweat reduction tips for how to not sweat at work.
1. USE A PRESCRIPTION ANTIPERSPIRANT
If regular strength deodorant isn’t doing the job, level up your anti-sweat arsenal. Using stronger antiperspirants is your first line of defense against excessive sweating in the office. Did you know there’s a “right” way to use antiperspirant that makes it more effective? Here are three quick tips to get the most out of your prescription antiperspirant:
- Make sure your skin is clean and dry before applying.
- Apply your antiperspirant or deodorant at night.
- Don’t go overboard — use just enough to get the job done.
2. WEAR A SWEAT PROOF UNDERSHIRT
A sweat proof undershirt is the ultimate secret weapon in the war on sweat. Thompson Tee’s sweat proof undershirts provide a barrier that traps sweat and odor and releases it as vapor, keeping your body dry. For office wear, slim-fit undershirts for men and women fit snugly against your body to trap sweat before it reaches your outer layers.
3. DRESS IN LAYERS
Office environments are notorious for being too cold in warm weather and too hot in cold weather — or vice-versa! Reaching a happy medium can be challenging. Dressing in layers helps you adjust your body temperature, enabling you to achieve a “just right” comfort level that helps keep sweating in the office to a minimum.
4. WEAR CLOTHES THAT HIDE SWEAT STAINS
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, sweat stains show through your clothes. Wearing colors that hide sweat stains is an extra-stealthy tip that will help you get through your workday.
If you think you’re doomed to wear only white shirts forever, think again. Light colors like pale pink, dark colors (like black, navy and charcoal), and bold prints hide yellow sweat stains better than white shirts do.
5. GET A DESK FAN
Staying cool in the office is easier than you think! Keeping air circulating can help keep your body cool when office spaces get stuffy. Personal desk fans are small and quiet enough not to disturb your coworkers while providing you a steady stream of cool air. It’s a win-win.
6. CURTAIL THE CAFFEINE
We’ve talked about sweat reduction and caffeine before. Caffeine is a stimulant that revs up your nervous system, triggering your sweat glands into overdrive. Watch your caffeine intake during an afternoon slump. Instead, try taking a short walk or breathing deeply to re-energize yourself.
7. SKIP THE SPICY LUNCH
Spicy and sugary foods can trigger sweat. Save the chicken curry and spicy foods for the weekend to reduce sweating problems in the office. You might consider these foods that reduce excessive sweating instead:
- Water-dense fruits and vegetables
- Dairy foods
- Olive oil
- Sweet potatoes
- Green tea
8. ASSEMBLE AN OFFICE SWEAT KIT
Whether you had a midday workout or are going out for drinks after quitting time, sometimes you need to freshen up after a long day at the office. Making a “sweat kit” to keep at the office helps you handle sweaty days and gets you ready for a night out when you can’t go home first.
Here are a few items you could include:
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While you can’t prevent sweating altogether, excessive sweating doesn’t have to dominate your daily work life. The Thompson Tee combines the best features of an undershirt with our patented Hydro-Shield technology to provide guaranteed protection against underarm sweating all day long.
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Any office sweat reduction tips we missed? We’d love to hear yours!