3 Reasons You Sweat so Much

By Karen Asp, REDBOOK

Every wonder why you sweat? If your inner sprinkler seems to be set to "random," these tips will help you sweat less.


Alcohol dilates your blood vessels, causing your skin to heat up, and for some of us, that means we sweat. If you can relate, drink ice water before you imbibe, says Ava Shamban, M.D., a Beverly Hills, CA-based dermatologist and the author of Heal Your Skin. The H2O helps cool your internal furnace - an effect that can last 30 minutes.

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Hormonal fluctuations due to perimenopause or just your regular cycle could be to blame for your soaked sheets. Some women get relief from dietary strategies, such as getting more soy in the form of edamame, tofu, or soy milk. You could also talk with your doctor about medications, like hormonal birth control, if the problem is severe. Oh, and wear layers, so you can strip them off as you sweat.

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Everyone gets smelly sometimes, but if a combination deodorant/antiperspirant isn't helping you (or your stinky guy), try applying a moisture-wicking powder like Zeasorb over it. Another weapon: Wash underarms once a day with a face cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide (like Oxy 5) to kill B.O.-causing bacteria.

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