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Sep 16

The Scoop on Sweat

Posted By iamincontrol | September 16, 2014

By Alyssa

As you go through puberty and your teenage years, you may notice that you sweat more than you did as a kid.  Sometimes this is a good thing – your body sweats when it gets hot and needs to cool down.  But sweating can be embarrassing, and you may want to know what else causes sweating and what you can do to combat it.

Possible Reasons for Sweating:Teen girl applying deodorant

  • Heat and humidity
  • Emotions such as stress, anger, or being nervous
  • Exercise
  • A fever
  • Caffeine (the more caffeine you have, the more you sweat)
  • Spicy foods
  • Some medicines
  • Alcohol or smoking

How to Combat Sweating & Odor:

  • Shower or take a bath every day.  Wash off the odors from a full day of sweating so you stay fresh and clean.
  • Calm down.  Easier said than done, but if you can learn to combat your stress, you may be able to decrease the amount of sweating that occurs from being stressed or nervous.
  • Use a deodorant or an antiperspirant, or both.  A deodorant just masks the smell of sweat, while an antiperspirant can decrease how much you sweat.
  • Wear cotton clothing, especially socks.  Cotton absorbs the moisture from sweat instead of trapping it.
  • Don’t wear the same shoes every day.  Try to at least switch between two pairs of shoes so that each pair has one day to dry out before you wear them again.

See your doctor if you have tried all these options and nothing has helped.  Sweating is normal for most teens, but it may be more serious for some and require medical attention.  Some teens may have a medical condition called Hyperhidrosis, which leads to excessive sweating.  To learn more about Hyperhidrosis and how to control excessive sweating, go here.

Don’t sweat it, you are in control!