Can baby powder stop underarm sweat?


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Baby powder does not necessarily stop underarms from sweating, but it can help absorb some sweat before it gets to the underarm area on the clothes. Excessive sweating from the underarms may cause social embarrassment due to the resulting sweat stains on clothes and bad odor in some individuals. Apart from baby powder, other measures are being taken to counteract underarm sweating and these include using antiperspirants, sweat pads and by wearing specially designed clothing.

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While excessive sweating can be triggered by a variety of reasons such as stress warm climate and excessive physical exertion, it may also be a medical condition called axillary hyperhidrosis. Individuals suffering from this condition sweats more from the underarms than necessary. Several treatments for axillary hyperhidrosis are available including the use of prescription antiperspirants, wearing specialized clothing and even surgery.

For individuals who sweat normally, baby powder can be used together with deodorants and antiperspirants to manage underarm sweat better. When using with deodorants, baby powder should be applied on the underarms after the deodorant has been applied.

Baby powder is usually made with talc or corn starch as the main component. It is used primarily to help prevent diaper rash and for cosmetic purposes. It is important to note that talc can be harmful if inhaled, so it is a good idea to use cornstarch-based baby powder instead of talc.

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