Luckily, you can manage your armpit sweat in different ways. One of the most effective methods is the use of armpit sweat pads that can keep sweat away from your clothes.
Dressing up and glamming up can boost one’s confidence. But when sweating trickles into the equation, your focus can easily jump from looking fabulous to fretting about sweat marks.
Armpit sweat stains can be especially annoying. When waving a hand should be a cordial and easy gesture, pit stains make it embarrassing and even anxiety-inducing.
How Armpit Sweat Pads Work
Sweat pads for your underarms are designed to absorb wetness and keep it from staining your outfit.
It comes in disposable and washable types and can be worn by attaching it on the inside of your clothing or by sticking it directly on your armpits. Other names for it are garment guards, dress shields, and sweat guards.
If you want to give it a try, choose one depending on how much you sweat and what fabric you will wear the pad with.
Types of Underarm Sweat Guards
Whether it’s your first time to use sweat protection pads or you have used it several times already, it is important to know that different types of this product serve different preferences and circumstances. One type of pad may be ideal for one person but a terrible idea for another.
Read on to see which pad can guard you best:
Disposable Shirt-Sticking Dress Shields
If you don’t mind getting some adhesives on the inside of your shirt or blouse, a pad that sticks on fabric may be the best way to keep your underarm area dry and safe from wet marks.
This dress shield is ideal for cotton and other non-stretchy fabric and may be worn after you put on your regular antiperspirant or deodorant.
To apply, simply peel off the adhesive strips from the pad, then stick the material on the armpit areas of the inside of your top. Secure the pad from falling off by pressing down, especially on the edges.
But take note that it tends to sag and loosen due to moisture and arm movements, so you might need to adjust or replace it after some time.
Also, using this pad may leave some adhesive residues on your shirt.
Disposable Skin-Adhesive Armpit Pads
If you’re unwilling to risk messing up your top with adhesives, don’t worry. Skin-adhesive dress shields have got you covered.
To put one on, simply peel off the adhesive strips, then stick the pad to your armpits. Make sure that your armpits are dry and shaved to ensure maximum contact between the pad and your skin.
It’s recommended that you skip the antiperspirant or deodorant as these products can weaken pad adhesion.
This type of shield will protect your clothing from sweat. However, sagging and moving out of place can also happen, so you might need several changes throughout a day.
When peeling the pad off, expect to feel a little discomfort or pain, and do not be surprised to see some adhesive residue on your skin. The friction between the pad and your skin may also cause irritation, so it might not be ideal if you have sensitive skin.
Reusable Dress Shields
An alternative to disposables is dress shields that you can use, wash, and reuse.
Aside from being environment-friendly, these reusable pads can save you from adhesives that easily loosen with sweat.
On the downside, however, these reusable shields can also be inconvenient. For one, you to put some effort into clipping or sewing the dress shield to your clothing’s underarm area or your bra. Plus, if you sweat profusely and soak your dress shield, you will have to change by redoing the process, which would again take a lot of effort.
Armpit Sweat Pad Alternatives
As much as you want to save yourself from the embarrassment of having sweat stains, you probably do not always have time to put on sweat pads. Some people might also find them too expensive to use on an everyday basis.
These alternatives can help you stay protected without stressing over the downsides of typical protective pads.
Use the right antiperspirant correctly.
Aluminum is the active ingredient of antiperspirants that block sweat glands. Thus, you should check for aluminum content when choosing your anti-sweat product.
Don’t follow the typical after-shower application usually seen in commercials. Antiperspirants take time before they do their magic.
Contrary to common practice, it is recommended that you apply it before bedtime and give it a full night to be absorbed by your skin and effectively block your underarm sweat glands.
Choose dark clothing over light ones.
Wearing dark-colored clothing is one of the best ways to conceal sweat marks. Plus, if you decide to wear a sweat guard, dark clothing can easily hide your pad from being seen from the outside of your outfit.
Wear a sweat-proof undershirt.
With the inconvenience of having to attach and detach sweat guards, specially designed undershirts with built-in sweat-protection can be worn instead.
You don’t have to worry about pads peeking through your outfit. You can wave all you want, and nobody will notice that you have a protective pad underneath your top.
Sweating is normal, but it shouldn’t be allowed to ruin your special moments.
Protect yourself by choosing the best sweat-concealing option available.
But if all these methods don’t work due to excessive sweating, then you need to ditch those sweat pads and look for a procedure that will help you minimize sweat by targeting the cause.
miraDry is a non-surgical, FDA-approved treatment that destroys underarm sweat glands using microwave technology.
It results in dry armpits that are free from hair and body odor.
If you’re interested in getting miraDry treatments for your sweaty armpits, schedule a Free Consultation with our double board-certified plastic surgeon here in Face+Body Cosmetic Surgery.