Kw-logo-smaller

Don't Sweat It

Drink plenty of water to replace what you lose when you sweat.
Sweat Glands

Why is it that whenever you see your crush your palms start sweating, your underarms get wet and drops of sweat form above your lip? What's going on? It's normal - so don't sweat it. Just read on.

I Sweat A Lot!

I sweat a lot more than an average girl. I wear deodorant but it still soaks right through my shirt. What should I do? It's embarrassing walking around with sweat marks under your arms! sum41chick

The Human Body - Your Sweat Glands

Sweating is totally normal and everyone has to deal with this smelly bodily function. Did you know that there are close to 2.6 million sweat glands in the human body? You can find them everywhere except on your lips, nipples and genitals. Sweat glands are long, coiled tubes of cells found in the skin and there are two types of these glands.

The Human Body - Two Types of Sweat Glands

  • Eccrine glands: These are the most common sweat glands. They are found mostly on the palms and soles of your feet and on your forehead. Eccrine glands are smaller than apocrine glands and don't produce fatty acids or proteins
  • Apocrine glands: Found in your armpits and anus. This type of sweat gland produces sweat that has protein and carbohydrates, which is why you get that yellow stain on the armpit of your shirts. These glands only become active once you reach puberty - so it makes sense that you'd start sweating a lot more around that time.

The Human Body - Why Do We Sweat?

Perspiration or sweat is controlled by your sympathetic nervous system. Heat is the main reason your eccrine glands kick in, but there are other reasons you sweat. Being nervous or even eating spicy food will make you break out in a sweat. Sweat is how your body gets rid of excess body heat from your working muscles - like when you sweat up a storm in P.E class after a hard work-out.

The Human Body - Dealing With Sweat

There are a variety of ways that you can deal with sweat and it's smelly aftermath. When you hit puberty, it's best that you shower on a daily basis - it'll help rid your bod of the day's sticky, sweat residue and will help keep you feeling fresh. Deodorant can help curb the smell of sweat under your arms, but won't stop you from sweating. A different product, called antiperspirant, will stop you from sweating as much throughout the day though, by blocking the pores in the skin under your arms. Some studies say that antiperspirants are unhealthy because it can cause a build up of aluminum in your body. If you are perspiring more than normal, or are concerned in any way about your sweatiness, get in to see a doctor to discuss your options.

 

Do you have any embarrassing sweaty stories? Share them with us in the comments.

>
>

readers voted!

Comments

bernese7

bernese7 wrote:

i aggree with u periods and puberty is tuff. i am going through that
commented: Tue Jun 17, 2014

sanonroller

sanonroller wrote:

I face the lot of sweating during working. This is very big problem for me, So I have u...
commented: Tue Mar 25, 2014

ThatIrishCutie
Ugh. I sweat a lot. Like why. What have I done to deserve that. I sweat through my t-s...
commented: Tue Sep 17, 2013

there are 49 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

F1006901163908

What Makes You Sweat?

  • Taking a test.
  • Driving with my grandma.
  • Giving a speech in front of my class.
  • All of the above!

related stories

Micro_hair_micro
Wearing your hairdown and in your face just makes you feel even hotter when temperatures are soar...
Layering is a practical way to combine your favorite t-shirts and sweaters. Check out the most st...
Jock itch is caused by a fungus that lives on your skin. If that sounds disgusting, imagine what ...

Dear Dish-It in the forums

Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in Style:
One braid. 
reply about 1 hour
prettesgirl
prettesgirl posted in Style:
pink 
reply about 1 hour
zainah3
zainah3 posted in Style:
EYE LINER
reply about 2 hours
Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in Style:
I don't usually use lipstick, but if I do then it's going to be pink. 
reply about 2 hours
Kirarin12
Kirarin12 posted in Style:
lipstick
reply about 2 hours

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

Big_icon_(7)

Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

Big_icon_(4)

You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

Big_icon_(6)

The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!

Ow_fright_ad_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...