When we’re stressed, anxious, or otherwise in a heightened emotional state, our bodies respond by sweating. A lot. It’s why some of us have had to run to the bathroom during a first date to stick our armpits under the hand dryer. In an already stressful situation, staying calm, cool and collected with swampy, smelly pits is easier said than done. Here’s what you should know about stress sweat and how to deal with it.
What is Stress Sweat?
Your body has two main types of sweat-producing glands – eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine glands are located all over, and they’re the ones that sweat when you’re hot, whether that’s from hitting the gym or just being alive in the south any time other than winter. Eccrine glands secrete sweat that’s mostly made of water and salt.
Apocrine glands, on the other hand, are found in areas with higher concentrations of hair follicles, namely under your arms and in your nether regions; they’re the ones responsible for stress sweat. Apocrine sweat is thicker and richer in lipids and proteins than eccrine sweat, making it all the more appetizing for the bacteria living on your skin. The by-product of this little bacterial feast is what causes body odor.
How to Stop Stress Sweat
While being a sweaty mess during that make-or-break-your-career presentation doesn’t sound like a good time, preventing your body from sweating all together sounds even worse. Sweat is your body’s natural detox process, and it’s good for you! Instead of trying to keep your bod from doing what comes naturally with dangerous antiperspirants or botox injections, try these safer (and simpler) alternatives to deal with stress sweat.
Manage Your Stress
Managing stress sweat starts by managing stress. Carve a little time out of your busy schedule every day to do whatever brings you peace of mind – whether that’s deep breathing exercises, meditation, listening to music, or simply taking a long walk. Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life, but there are ways to reduce their negative impact on your physical and mental well-being.
Change Your Diet
Certain dietary choices can make your body odor worse. Consuming too much red meat or not enough fiber has been shown to cause an increase in body odor. Making a few small tweaks in the way you eat may help keep B.O. to a minimum.
Wear Protective Clothing
If you know you’ve got a particularly stress-inducing event coming up, consider wearing a sweat-resistant undershirt or using underarm pads to help absorb the excess moisture.
Trim Your Hair
Sweat, oil and bacteria can get trapped in underarm and pubic hair, leading to increased odor. Trimming or shaving these areas will help reduce odor-causing bacteria and clears the way for your deodorant to do its job.
The Best Deodorant for Stress Sweat
The easiest way to deal with sweat is to find a natural deodorant that works with your unique body chemistry. We offer 5 deodorant formulations, each with a different active ingredient to neutralize odor naturally while organic arrowroot powder helps absorb moisture. Take our quiz to find the Pit Paste that’s right for you!
And for those stressful days when you know you’ll need some extra protection, try using a body powder on top of your regular deodorant to soak up the stress sweat. Our PoPo Powder is talc-free and safe to use on your pits, “down there” or anywhere you might need it.
Really good article. Much of which I have forgotten since my physiology courses. Good job. Love your products.