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How to Stop Armpit Sweat: 5 Ways to Prevent Excessive Underarm Sweating

Excessive armpit sweating can ruin your clothes, make you feel uncomfortable, and increase your self-consciousness. Studies have shown that excessive sweating also has links to increased anxiety. There is no shortage of motivation to try and rein in your sweaty underarms, but there is a fairly limited list of treatments that are proven to be effective.

The problem is there are plenty of misconceptions about the best way to treat excessive armpit sweating (more on this later). Because of these misconceptions, you can waste a ton of time and money trying solutions that aren’t designed to stop it, like home remedies that don’t contain any of the active ingredients required to help keep your underarms dry.

Plus, it’s both time-consuming and expensive to keep buying products that you end up throwing away because they don’t do anything to treat the heavy sweating you’re experiencing.

I know your frustration intimately. I started experiencing excessive sweating as a teenager, and over the years I tried several different treatments. Some didn’t work at all, and others were effective but came at too great a cost (physically and financially). I eventually realized I needed to work on my own solution, which is how I created Duradry’s 3-step system. So far, 97% of our customers experience complete dryness within one week.

In this post, we’re going to look at 5 ways to stop yourexcessive armpit sweat — discussing their respective pros and cons. But first, we’ll cover why excessive sweating happens and why traditional antiperspirants don’t cut it as a solution.

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Why TraditionalAntiperspirants Don’t Work forExcessive Sweating 

The first thing to know is that uncontrollable excessive sweating is actually a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. If you’re experiencing excessively sweaty armpits, regardless of body temperature or exercise levels, then you’re suffering from axillaryhyperhidrosis.  

While traditional over-the-counter antiperspirants do work for plenty of people without this condition, they won’t be effective for those suffering from axillary hyperhidrosis.

Put simply, drugstore antiperspirants can’t keep up with your overactive sweat glands. The amount of sweat your glands produce will easily wash away the antiperspirant, leading to stained undershirts, body odor, and sustained periods of heavy sweating throughout the day.

What AboutClinical Strength Antiperspirants?

Many of the big-brand antiperspirants (e.g. Dove, Degree, and Secret) label a section of their products as clinical strength, extra strength, or prescription strength.

These labels are mostly marketing terms, and they don’t reflect the effectiveness of the antiperspirant. Unfortunately, a lot of major store-bought antiperspirants just increase the percentages or tweak the ingredients they use in their regular products, when it’s the baseline ingredients themselves that aren’t effective for hyperhidrosis.

Note: there are more robust “clinical strength” antiperspirants available, such as Certain Dri and SweatBlock. You can read more about these in our blog post, and compare them vs Duradry.

Below we look at 5 different solutions that can help stopexcessive sweating.Each of them are proven hyperhidrosis treatments, yet they vary greatly in cost and ease-of-application.

1. Duradry’s 3-Step System: Guaranteeing Dryness

 

Duradry uses a simple 3-step system to keep your underarms dry (97% of our customers achieve full dryness within one week).Our products are safe, FDA-approved, and get delivered directly to your door.

But let’s take a look at how to use each of the three steps.

  1. Duradry PM: This unscented gel is applied to your underarms before going to bed. It contains 15% Aluminum Chloride. This is the active ingredient that is ideal for treating excessive sweating — this is what’s missing from other antiperspirants. By using Duradry PM at night, you’re letting the active ingredient work on your sweat glands while they’re mostly inactive. Most of our customers only need to use Duradry PM 2-3 times a week.

  2. Duradry Wash: Duradry Wash clears your skin of any bacteria or residual antiperspirant, which helps your daily antiperspirant get full contact with your underarms when applied. Plus, it’s full of vitamins and moisturizers that help treat your skin, reducing irritation. You can use Duradry Wash daily or whenever you shower.

  3. Duradry AM: You apply Duradry AM in the morning. It contains Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex (20%), another aluminum compound that keeps your underarms dry and increases the effectiveness of Duradry PM. It can be used daily and comes in a light, neutral unisex scent. 

Duradry is effective where traditional antiperspirants are not, due to:

  • The active ingredients we use;
  • The quality and purity of our ingredients;
  • How our three products work together to maximize their benefits.

One Final Word About Our Ingredients

Aluminum Chloride is one of the most effective ways to treat excessively sweaty underarms. But most antiperspirants you’ll find at the drugstore don’t contain it. This is because Aluminum Chloride is more likely to cause skin irritation. The big brands don’t want to risk this.

To make sure Duradry doesn’t irritate your skin, we use Salicylic Acid in Duradry PM. Not only does this help keep your skin healthy and reduce the risk of irritation, it also increases the overall effectiveness of our antiperspirant.

Plus, we only use the very best European-sourced active ingredients in our products. Our pure ingredients have low pH (which makes them more potent). And we also designed our ingredients to get into your pores easier by using micronized particles.

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2. Prescription Antiperspirant 

 

Sometimes antiperspirants are so strong that they require a prescription. But does that mean they’re that much more effective?

The answer is surprising. First, let’s explain that when antiperspirants need a prescription, it’s because they contain a high amount ofAluminum Chloride.

We talked about Aluminum Chloride above because it’s the most critical active ingredient when it comes to treating excessive armpit sweat. In Duradry PM, we use 15% Aluminum Chloride, along with other ingredients that help reduce skin irritation.

But in prescription-only antiperspirants — with brands like Drysol — the manufacturers use 20% Aluminum Chloride.

But according to the data, that’s overkill, and in fact, comes with two significant drawbacks.

  1. By using 20% Aluminum Chloride, you increase the risk of irritating your skin.While dryness is the goal, exchanging sweaty underarms for blistered and itchy underarms isn't ideal.

  2. By using 20% Aluminum Chloride, the antiperspirant is only available with a prescription. By using 20% Aluminum Chloride — which isn’t any more effective than 15% — brands make it more difficult for you to get your hands on their product because now you need to make an appointment with your dermatologist or general care physician.

    This also adds to the cost of the product, whether you’re talking about taking the time out of your day to go to the doctor or literally paying your co-pay just to get a prescription.

Further reading: If you want to learn more about how prescription-only products like Drysol compare to other leading hyperhidrosis antiperspirants, check out our comparison article: Drysol vs Certain Dri vs Duradry.


Below, we’re going to cover more serious, invasive, and expensive treatment options. These aren’t solutions that you’d take up casually.

If you haven’t tried pain-free and cost-effective methods like Duradry, then we don’t recommend considering the options below, which are meant only for the most extreme cases of excessive sweating, and after you’ve exhausted all other options.


3. Botox Injections

 

Maybe you’ve heard of getting botox injections to stop sweating, maybe you haven’t. Either way, there are some misconceptions about this specific treatment that are worth clarifying.

Botox injections work to stop sweating because botox is a toxin (the botulinum toxin, to be exact) that disrupts the nerves of wherever it’s injected. To stop your underarms from sweating, Botox is injected with a fine needle into your underarm (dozens of times in one session) to stop the production of a chemical in your body that triggers your sweat glands.

Unfortunately, botox injections are neither affordable, pain-free, or long-term. Each session requires around 25-50 different botox injections, and as you imagine, they’re quite painful. Plus, botox’s effects wear off over time. Most of the time you’re back to your normal sweating output after 4-6 months.

Finally, botox injections are expensive (around $800-$1,000) a session. If you combine trips to the dermatologist, plus the shots themselves, you’re looking at spending well over $3,000 a year on treating your hyperhidrosis.

4. miraDry

Another effective — if not practical — way to stop armpit sweat is to book a miraDry session. miraDry is microwave therapy technology that burns off the sweat glands in your armpits. It has an advantage over Botox — in that it’s a permanent solution and doesn’t require repeated sessions — but also comes with some significant drawbacks.

  • Price: It costs around $2500 -$3500 for a miraDry session.
  • Unpleasantside effects: Some patients of miraDry have reported numbness in areas where they had treatment applied, in this case the underarms. For some patients, the numbness lasted up to a year.
  • Painful treatment preparation: miraDry is relatively pain-free only because you are given local anaesthetic prior to treatment. The local anaesthetic is delivered with a needle, and requires up to 50 injections per underarm.

Similar to Botox treatments, miraDry does work but it’s an option that shouldnt be considered until all other options — such as trying Duradry’s 3-step system that’s been shown to provide dryness for 97% of our customers — have been exhausted.

5. Surgery

We’re covering surgery, not necessarily because it’s an effective treatment for stopping excessive underarm sweating, but because we want to explain why surgery is ever considered and why it’s almost always something that should be avoided if possible.

We’re personally invested in helping people who suffer from excessive uncontrolled sweating in their underarms. Based on our research, somewhere between80-90% of people who received surgery to stopexcessive sweating said they werenot happy with the results.

Here’s how surgery works.

  1. You’re put completely under with general anaesthetic.
  2. The surgeon cuts into each underarm, severing the nerves that trigger your sweat glands into producing sweat.

In addition to plenty of post-operative patients reporting long and painful recoveries, there’s also a list of side effects, such as compensatory sweating.

In short, surgery is painful, risky, and expensive. Plus, the majority of people who get it regret the operation, and even after all of that, there’s a high chance that your body will just push the sweat out somewhere else, such as your hands, feet, or lower back.

Note: Iontophoresis is often listed as a solution for excessive sweating. Iontophoresis is when you get low-voltage electrical currents pulsed through your body in the affected area.

This involves multiple sessions per week for the first few weeks, with each session lasting up to 40 minutes. Like botox and surgery, it can be expensive. In addition to the cost, it didn't make the cut for this list because, while it’s been shown to be effective to treat hyperhidrosis with hands and feet, the data is less clear about treating excessive underarmsweat.

How to Say Goodbye toSweaty Armpits for Good

You can find lots of general tips about keeping your underarms dry online, such as avoiding spicy foods or keeping your anxiety in check. But if you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis, this means you experience uncontrollable excessive sweating, and neither of these things will help much. Your body is going to actively produce sweat, no matter what you eat or what you wear.

So, you need a proven solution that actuallystops sweat from forming in your armpits.

To help you keep your underarms dry, we recommend the Duradry 3-step system.

  • Unlike prescription strength antiperspirant, Duradry can be ordered directly through our online store and sent discreetly to your home;
  • It is cost-effective and guaranteed to work (or your money back);
  • It is pain-free and designed with only the best sourced ingredients.

Ready to experience complete dryness? Try Duradry’s 3-step solution that actually works to stop excessive sweating. Get started for just $20.

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