Excessive sweating often causes discomfort and malaise, mainly due to the smell. People suffering from this problem are looking for effective and lasting solutions.
Like them, you can choose from several natural remedies that will help you fight excess perspiration. Your efforts will bear fruit after a while, so I advise you to be perseverant and patient.
Fighting excessive sweating naturally
Both effective and easy to find, natural remedies will be of great help in the fight against excessive sweating. In addition, plants are known for their medicinal virtues. So there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use them. Some of them reduce the activity of the sweat glands in a natural way. Marketed in various forms, sage can be ingested or applied directly to the skin. Let 4.5 g of sage infuse in 15 cl of water for about ten minutes and drink this infusion at least three times a day. You can also mix the leaves with tomato juice to obtain an anti-perspirant.
Moreover, the use of alum stone dates back to the Middle Ages. It regulates perspiration without clogging the pores of the skin. Natural, ecological and organic, it is a huge success with many consumers. Many cosmetic brands even use it in the manufacture of deodorants and antiperspirants.
Moisture stains under the arms are caused by an overproduction of sweat in the armpits, especially during the hot summer months. Put an end to this embarrassing situation with one of the following natural methods :
- Cider vinegar: Apply directly to your armpits before going to bed.
- Willow bark and tea: Mix these two products together and apply to your armpits.
- Cornflour: After washing and drying your armpits, apply cornflour to them. It is the same principle as for talc and alum stone.
- Vegetables: Like cucumber slices and tomato juice, your refrigerator provides you with natural anti-perspirants. You apply them to your armpits for about fifteen minutes before rinsing them thoroughly. The technique gives satisfactory results after two weeks, as long as you use it every day.
You may also be prone to excessive foot perspiration when wearing closed shoes. A few daily gestures will certainly solve your problems. :
- Black tea: Brew five black tea bags in a liter of water and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes.
- Coltsfoot or Tussilago Farfara: Boil a liter of water with a handful of coltsfoot leaves for 10 minutes. Let it cool down and bathe your feet in this preparation.
- Walnut: Prepare decoctions with 2.5 g of dried walnut leaves and use them as poultices on your feet by applying them with compresses.
Fight against the bad smell of excessive sweating
Generally speaking, excess perspiration is accompanied by a bad smell. Refer to the products that you use as natural deodorants.
- Camphor and 90° alcohol: Mix these two products in a container and apply to your armpits and soles with a cotton pad.
- Marseille soap and mustard flour: Morning and evening, wash your feet thoroughly with Marseille soap. Afterwards, immerse your feet in a bath containing two spoonfuls of mustard flour. For more effectiveness, sprinkle your socks and shoes with this flour.
- Lemon juice: The pulp of the lemon absorbs the bad smells of perspiration while limiting the production of sebum. It is preferable to choose a fruit that is not too ripe.
It is entirely possible to fight perspiration with natural remedies by using organic and ecological products. Most of them can be found in your kitchen, so don’t hesitate to test their effectiveness now!
Where do bad smells come from?
The sweat secreted by the sweat glands is naturally odourless. While the eccrine glands are made up of water with a little salt added, the apocrine glands produce milky sweat, which, on contact with the many microscopic bacteria on the skin, leads to the production of odorous molecules (short fatty acids, such as caprilic, capric or valerianic acid) and creates that special smell of perspiration.
Thus, it is not directly the sweat that “smells”, but the contact with the bacteria present on the surface of the skin that consume the sweat and produce the chemical components responsible for the smell. Hence the fact that some people “smell” perspiration more than others!
Note: the presence of hair, especially underarms, can accentuate bad odors. In fact, they retain secretions and provide an environment conducive to the multiplication of bacteria. That’s why it’s advisable to wax your underarms regularly.
How can I mask the smell of excessive sweating?
Generally, when you perspire rather lightly and are bothered mainly by the smell of perspiration, you use a deodorant that masks bad odors. When perspiration is moderate, we use an antiperspirant that blocks the sweat but also the bad smells. Attention, all these products are to be applied on a healthy and dry skin!
Sometimes, deodorant or antiperspirant is not enough, especially in case of hyperhidrosis: it is when perspiration is so abundant that it becomes uncomfortable on a daily basis. The use of a deodorant based on aluminum chloride hexahydrate is then necessary. Warning: this is no longer a simple daily hygiene gesture but a regular local treatment recommended by a doctor or pharmacist.