How to stop sweating: Five ways to combat perspiration and excess sweat

Sweating can be uncomfortable and unpleasant for anyone experiencing it.

The body starts sweating in response to being too hot, so it can remove heat from the body and cool down.

Sweating can, however, also be triggered by other problems such as a low blood sugar level if you’re diabetic.

With the Met Office issuing an amber weather warning today, for more hot weather and urging people to “stay out of the sun”, it may be even more important to take precautions.

Try these five steps, recommended by medical website Healthline, to avoid sweating.

Don’t eat spicy food

Food doused in chillies may be delicious for some, but in hot weather it could ramp up the amount of sweat produced.

“Definitely avoid spicy food,” said Healthline. “Our bodies react to spicy food in the same way they do to any other heat – they try to cool things down, which leads to sweating.”

“Caffeine isn’t advisable either as it stimulates our adrenal glands, and causes our palms, feet and underarms to sweat.”


Wearing “breathable fabrics” could also help stop sweating, said the website.

“The best way to help reduce sweating with your clothing choices is to wear light, breathable fabrics with good ventilation,” they said.

Wear clothes with particular colours

“Lighter coloured clothes also help reflect the sun rather than absorb it,” said Healthline, recommending it as another way to combat sweating.

“Wearing white can help keep you cool and reduce sweat,” they said.

Black clothing, on the other hand, is best avoided as it will absorb more heat.

The NHS also recommended wearing “loose-fitting clothes to minimise signs of sweating”.

“Wear socks that absorb moisture and change your socks at least twice a day if possible.”

Change meal sizes

Eating a smaller meal could also help keep you cool.

This is because it will bring down “metabolic heat”, according to Healthline, as there is less to digest.

Put moisturisers in the fridge

When experiencing hot weather it is important to moisturise skin to keep it from drying out.

To help avoid sweating you could put moisturisers in the fridge to give a “cooling effect” when you apply them.

Other ways to stop sweating include avoiding wearing tight clothing.