Three Reasons Why You Sweat So Much

Rucuss staffMarch 26, 2012

Sweat is the body’s mechanism to stay cool.

When your body heats up due to some intense activity, the skin needs to be cooled down. The main cause of sweating in the body is due to heat, which is the normal cause of sweating. But what about when you sweat like a dog during daily activities? Redbook has put together three reasons why you sweat too much.


Alcohol dilates your blood vessels, causing your skin to heat up, and for some of us, that means we sweat. If you can relate, drink ice water before you imbibe, says Ava Shamban, M.D., a Beverly Hills, CA-based dermatologist and the author of Heal Your Skin. The H2O helps cool your internal furnace – an effect that can last 30 minutes.


Hormonal fluctuations due to perimenopause or just your regular cycle could be to blame for your soaked sheets. Some women get relief from dietary strategies, such as getting more soy in the form of edamame, tofu, or soy milk. You could also talk with your doctor about medications, like hormonal birth control, if the problem is severe. Oh, and wear layers, so you can strip them off as you sweat.


Everyone gets smelly sometimes, but if a combination deodorant/antiperspirant isn’t helping you (or your stinky guy), try applying a moisture-wicking powder like Zeasorb over it. Another weapon: Wash underarms once a day with a face cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide (like Oxy 5) to kill B.O.-causing bacteria.


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