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WORKPLACE / AUG. 04, 2014
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5 Ways to Avoid or Mask Perspiration at the Office

Perspiration is the creation of fluids concealed by the sweat glands in the skin of mammals. Of course, another definition of the term could be one of embarrassment.

Let’s face it: we’ve all perspired at the office at least once in our lives. Whether it’s too hot at the place of work or you’re terrified of delivering a presentation in front of executives, managers and your peers, we’ve all sweated, and it’s quite an uncomfortable and perhaps embarrassing feeling for everyone.

Sweating at the workplace can come with negative connotations. One 2013 study found that stress sweat can be smelled by others and people would find you less trustworthy. Meanwhile, a hiring manager may frown upon a job applicant who is sweating profusely out of nervousness or tensions.

“If you’re interacting with someone and you pick up on the fact that they’re stressed, it might change your interaction. Maybe you’ll be a little nicer, maybe you’ll move away,” said Dr. Pamela Dalton of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, in an interview with the New York Daily News. “It allows us to convey information about our emotional state or health status without actually talking.”

For some, excessive sweating is an everyday occurrence, something that cannot be controlled. The uncontainable feeling of perspiration may be caused by diabetes, thyroid problems, menopause and even the consumption of certain mineral supplements. If it becomes too much and hurts your career then it’s best to consult your doctor about possible solutions.

With that being said, here are five ways to avoid or mask perspiration – or too much of it – at the office whenever you shake a person’s hand, stuck in the elevator with your colleagues or in a small room with a dozen other peers.


In order to save time, some people will take a shower before they go to bed at night. The trouble with this time-saving measure is that we sweat at night and then that odor will stay with us from when we wake up to when we take the shower again. Instead, wake up 15 minutes earlier and take a shower and clean your entire body: armpits, genitalia, face and everywhere else.


It’s unclear as to why some people avoid applying deodorant or an antiperspirant, but it’s an important hygienic product that helps prevent sweating and helps make us smell nice. Although it should be applied once a day, some experts are recommending applying it twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening.

If sweating is a chronic issue then use antiperspirants on other parts of your body rather than just armpits, such as the soles of your feet, in between your toes and perhaps other parts that sweat too much.

Daily hygiene

Even though you may have taken a shower before you left, it’s always important to be hygienic throughout the day. This means that you should wash your hands frequently (recite the alphabet as you do a thorough wash), bring a deodorant item with you and clean your workstation when you arrive to work and before you depart.


When you perspire a lot, it’s best to completely avoid white shirts, hats – our heat is released through our head – and tight shoes. These three items either make the sweating obvious or heighten the predicament. A remedy would be to sport colored or print clothing, wear breathable shoes and toss the hats. All of this makes the perspiration trouble less noticeable.


In recent years, scientists have discovered that our diet and lifestyle can be significant factors to our constant sweating. Health experts suggest reducing your spicy food intake, losing some weight and cutting back or completely quitting caffeinated beverages. Instead, experts say sage can alleviate perspiration, while drinking tea can diminish anxiety levels that lead to sweat.

Perspiration is an uncomfortable feeling and forces an individual to feel self-conscious. Rather than just conceding defeat, tackle the issue at hand to avoid being reserved and timid about your appearance and fear being laughed at because of armpit stains. These five tips can help thwart sweating matters.

Remember, don’t sweat it.

Do you sweat a lot at work? If so, how do you mask it? Let us know in the comment section.


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