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From The Editor's Inbox: How Can I Stop Sweating When I Exercise?

"I sweat a lot when I exercise, and it can be really embarrassing. I use deodorant, but is there anything else I can do to stop sweating so much?" — Kate

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Dear Kate,

I sweat a lot too when I exercise, so I know exactly how embarrassing it can be! Everyone sweats differently, but know that is is normal. The average person has two to four million sweat glands, with about 250,000 of them being in your feet! A lot of sweat, right? And as gross as it might be, it's actually your body working as a cooling system to prevent you from over-heating.

If you're looking to stay dry, hopefully a few of these tips will help.

1. Right product: There's often confusion about antiperspirants and deodorants. A deodorant will mask any smell or odour, but won't prevent sweat or moisture. An antiperspirant will reduce or stop the amount of perspiration, or sweat. So try looking for a higher-strength antiperspirant, but if you've got sensitive skin you might react to one of these. Applying baby powder to your most sweaty regions is also a great way to soak up the moisture.

2. Apply at night: This might seem like a strange concept, but the ingredient in an antiperspirant needs time to get into the sweat glands and block the sweat ducts, which is why at night works best. In the morning or when you're exercising you're already producing too much sweat and it will most likely wash off.

3. Right fabric: Depending on what you wear to workout, this might be the reason you're sweating so much. Choose clothes that are breathable (like cotton), quick-drying and made from sweat-wicking fabrics. Also try wearing a sweat band to wipe away any excess sweat quick.

If you find you're sweating all the time and not just with exercise it might be hyperhidrosis which is characterised by overactive sweat glands. If you're concerned speak to a medical physician or dermatologist who will be able to suggest the right treatment for you.

I hope I've helped Kate and good luck! — Steph, POPSUGAR health and beauty journalist

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