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By: Maria Diefenbach
Posted on: Oct 3, 2019

How to Stop Stress Sweat for Good

Whether speaking in front of a large crowd or making a major life decision, stressful situations can leave us feeling less than well—and impact us all in different ways. Maybe you lose your appetite, can’t get a wink of sleep or maybe you’re prone to stress sweat.

When nerves kick in and it feels like your body goes into full speed, it can be easy to feel like you’ve lost all control. The secretion of adrenaline is triggered and thus the increased level of adrenaline in the blood. Before you can learn how to combat it, it’s important to understand why and how nervous sweat happens in the first place.

Humans have two sets of sweat glands—one that kicks in when we’re hot, the other—our apocrine glands—when we’re stressed. And if you’re familiar with the so-called “stress sweat,” you know it’s far more offensive to our nostrils than the usual, heat-sweat suspect. Why? Stress sweat has a different chemical make-up. Where heat sweat is essentially just water and salt, stress sweat is a thick, milky liquid made of all bacteria’s favorite foods—fatty acids, steroids and proteins that come from glands associated with hair follicles. And when bacteria eat the unwelcome perspiration, that notorious sweat-stress odor is produced.

While the smell of stress sweat is noticeably unpleasant (and tends to leave us feeling even more anxious) there are ways you can combat the stink. Here are four of our favorites:

1. Manage Stress

The most obvious key to stopping stress sweat is learning how to better manage your stress. Try coping methods like deep breathing and exercise, which releases endorphins, to relieve anxiety and alter your body’s responsiveness to future stress-inducing situations. Learning how to practice mindfulness is key and something very few adults practice when they get busy or stressed.

2. Switch to Decaf

If you’re prone to anxiety, try switching your morning (or afternoon) cup of coffee to decaf. Caffeine increases blood pressure and heart rate and amplifies stress you experience throughout the day.

3. Put on Some Headphones

In addition to helping to slow your breathing, music is proven to lower the heart rate and blood pressure. Meaning you get to listen to your favorite track all while getting a little sweat-stopping R&R.

4. Sweatproof Your Outfit

While it’s impossible to keep all stress at bay, it is possible to ban odors from your clothes. Look for apparel with an odor control feature. Microban treated garments can neutralize odor or inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria, including those that feed stress sweat, helping to protect you from the obvious signs of stress sweat.

Sometimes stress sweat is inevitable, but we hope these tactics keep them at a minimum. How do you manage stress sweat? Let us know on Facebook!