Fans are bliss for us sweaters. Erik Mace for Yahoo Health Do you have a personal minifan? Because I have two. One is electronic and connects to the USB port in my laptop and has a nice little spot on my desk. I use it all the time, even in the winter. View photos Here is my mini USB fan. I got it from Muji. The one I currently use was a wedding favor that I procured last year. In December, the fan cracked in half and in an act of sheer desperation, I used packing tape to cobble it back together.
You must not be a sweaty girl. Plus, I have jet-black hair, which is an excellent absorber of heat! Why is there moisture coming out of every single pore of my body? How is it possible for my entire back to be soaked, even when I have barely moved a muscle? Why does it feel like an entire bottle of water just got dumped over my head and is now dripping down my neck?
And in the summer, I have a subway strategy that I employ religiously, outlined for you here: Waiting another five minutes on the platform without air conditioning is, put simply, not an option. I always enter the middle of the subway car, at least on the line I take.
Once in the subway, I always make sure to have at least one hand free to use the aforementioned hand fan to swat any and all air toward my face. View photos For sweaters, the subway struggle is real.
Which brings us to chapter 2. The Rules Every sweaty girl or guy knows that there are just some life rules you have to abide by when you have sweat glands like ours. Wear a lot of black clothing. Unless another color is invented that hides sweat as well, then this is my go-to. Be choosy with antiperspirant. So you know how everyone already sweats a ton when they work out? Sweaters sweat that much, but times a million.
And tank tops only, unless I want a soggy-sleeve situation. Wash your hair every day. All of those cool beauty articles telling you how great it is to go three days without washing your hair? Have a fan in every room. A fan will always be necessary. Admire hats — but realize that they can never really be for you. Because they make your head really freaking hot. The Science But why is it that some people — like moi — sweat more than others? There is something called apocrine sweat, which correlates with sexual activity, arousal, and matters of the brain.
The way it works is simple: When your temperature rises, your sweat glands make more sweat to lower the temperature. When sweat evaporates, it takes heat with it — thereby lowering the body temperature. The key to knowing if you have hyperhidrosis the medical term for unpredictable and excessive sweating: It significantly affects your quality of life.
With Drysol and Certain Dri, the active ingredient is aluminum chloride, which for some people can cause irritation.
Schultz says that when used in localized areas like the armpits , antiperspirants are not dangerous in terms of thermoregulation and sweating. Botox injections, which temporarily block the signals of nerves responsible for the stimulation of sweating Medications called anticholinergics, which block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, the chemical that goes from the nerve to stimulate the muscle and sweat gland Surgery, where the nerves are cut so that the body no longer receives the signal to sweat However, each of these has its downside.
Anticholinergics can zonk a patient out they have a sedating effect. And surgery can be dangerous, since it involves the cutting of nerves and can lead to compensatory sweating elsewhere in the body particularly the chest. And on the whole, I was actually pleasantly surprised that they seemed to work to varying degrees. Here is what I tried: So when we got Knockout nighties and panties in the mail here at Yahoo Health to test out, I snagged them for my Diary of a Sweaty Girl.
First, the nighty — which is basically a long T-shirt that covers the bum. I did, however, still sweat — but at least I felt a lot more comfortable as I drifted off each night.
I also tried the Knockout panties , which have a built-in cotton liner. So I took them for a spin during a trip to the gym. They felt like how most of my other cotton underwear feels, though perhaps a little cooler and drier? View photos Like a baby wipe … but doused in antiperspirant. SweatBlock SweatBlock comes in the form of an antiperspirant towelette, which you swipe on your armpits.
It claims to be effective for up to seven days and contains 14 percent aluminum chloride. But it actually seemed to work. Any size, any age or any activity … these sweat soakers are the perfect way to stay dry and comfortable around the clock. I was skeptical that it would actually stay put I was anticipating it falling out from under my bra, and me having to explain to my coworkers why there was a weird piece of pink fabric hanging out from under my shirt , so I wore it with a dress that was a bit tighter on top.
I took the liner for a spin on a humid, degree June day, where my outdoor activity involved walking to and from the subway and office. To be honest, I completely forgot I had it on — which is probably the entire point! If anything, it likely saved my bra from the sweat stains that would have inevitably occurred had I not had it on.
There are a lot of us, and some of us do a better job of hiding it than others. And try not to make fun of us when we pull out our portable fans or grab a tissue to sop up the sweat dripping from our necks. And to my fellow sweaters: What works for you? Leave a note in the comments so we can all help each other out. Have a personal health story to share? We want to hear it. Tell us at YHTrueStories yahoo.