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How To Stop Stress Sweat (Because, Let's Face It, It Smells Foul)

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Look, bodily functions happen. Point blank. There's not a whole lot you can do about biological certainties. You're going to burp. You're going to pass gas. You're going to go to the bathroom. Should any of those things stop entirely, I'd venture to say that's a BIG problem. Sweat is part of this family and that's where it'll stay. However, there are many different types of sweating and it turns out the worst offender of all, is stress sweating. According to Men's Health:

Your body actually has two different types of sweat glands, explains George Preti, Ph.D., an organic chemist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, where he researches the origin of human odors. Eccrine glands produce the watery sweat that covers your body after a hard run. This sweat develops all over your skin, and cools your body down as it evaporates, whether it because of exercise or heat. But your apocrine glands, usually only found in your armpit area, are activated when you’re under psychological stress, explains Preti. This sweat produces a strong, sometimes even sulfurous odor when you’re anxious or scared.

Sulfurous odor? I bet that's a real lady killer (and not in the suave-wink-wink-knudge-knudge-sort of way). Okay, so how do you stop this from happening? Remember, this happens to everyone. Men and women alike! There's nothing to be embarrassed about, but it's important to know how to handle it if you feel like it's lessening the quality of your life.

There are 4 main methods that have proven themselves effective! They range from high to low in pricing and deal with both the mental and physical aspects of stress sweat.

Ramsey Markus, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the Baylor College of Medicine suggests to trim your underarm hair:

"If you don’t really groom your armpits, the excess hair in your underarms can trap the oil and give the bacteria more surface area to feast on the sweat, he explains."

Okay, so once the weeds have been "wacked", so to speak, what else can you do?

Then, it’s important to find an antiperspirant that works for you. Aluminum chloride, the active ingredient in most antiperspirants, actually plugs up your sweat glands—whether they’re apocrine or eccrine—and prevents any moisture from reaching your skin."

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The final two options are 1) learning how to control your stress naturally, you know, counting to 10, learning dee-breathing methods. All of that super difficult, nearly impossible mind control that takes most people an entire lifetime to master. Or you can take a stronger, generally easier approach by way of modern medicine:

"Your dermatologist can recommend prescription solutions like Drysol, which contains a higher concentration of aluminum chloride than an OTC antiperspirant, or even Botox injections in your underarms if you need something stronger, Markus says."

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