Extensive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be an extremely frustrating diagnosis. Although sweating itself is an incredibly normal and healthy process, when it happens excessively, it can impact your day to day life.
Hyperhidrosis can occur on its own or as the result of an infection, some medications/supplements, hypertension, thyroid problems, diabetes, or obesity.
When excessive sweating happens, you don’t just have to live with it. There are many remedies you can try at home which may improve outcomes.
At Home Remedies for Hyperhidrosis
Lemon is a great remedy for excessive sweating not simply because of its antibacterial properties but because of its wonderful smell.
It’s like a natural deodorant! Lemon helps to eliminate the bacteria which causes sweat. It’s recommended to mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of baking soda. Then apply this mixture to areas of your body where you frequently sweat. Let the lemon juice mixture sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse the area with water.
If you don’t have time for this, simply rub a piece of a cut lemon under your arms or in other sweat-prone areas. Sleep overnight and then rinse these areas in the morning.
2. Black Tea
Black tea helps minimize sweat by neutralizing the skin. This occurs thanks to the tannic acid in tea which works to make the sweat glands smaller and therefore release less sweat.
Simply take a couple of black tea bags, dip them in hot water, and let the water infuse. Then, take a cotton ball and apply the tea on areas where you sweat. Sit and let the tea dry completely. Once it’s dry, take a hot bath or shower.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar balances pH levels in the body, which can help sweating.
This vinegar is essentially a natural antiperspirant, but it also helps to coat sweat pores, keeping them closed.
All you need to do is apply the vinegar (diluted with water) onto your skin each night. Sleep with the vinegar on your high-sweat areas and then in the morning, take a shower.
Another option is to add a little bit of vinegar to a warm bath.
It can’t get more natural than a potato. Potatoes help to absorb water. So by placing potatoes on your skin, excess water is absorbed. It also acts as an antiperspirant.
Cut a raw potato and rub it on your skin for a few minutes. Then sit and let the areas dry. Finally, wash the areas with cold water.
Another option is to express the potato juice, store it in the fridge, and use it as needed.
5. Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid. This acid eliminates bacteria which causes sweat.
Apply the oil (in generous amounts) after you take a shower. Massage the oil into your skin thoroughly (for about 45 minutes). Sleep with the oil coating your skin. Then, in the morning take a warm shower.
Most of these tips work best if you use them consistently. Try them out and let us know if they help your hyperhidrosis! You can read more bout these remedies here.