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Armpit sweat in fitted shirts

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Hi,

Looking around the forums I see that armpit sweat is a fairly common problem. Fortunately I am only mildly afflicted, however I have recently started to take the effort to become a bit more stylish and wearing fitted shirts at work is one part. At the moment they sit flush under my arms and are making contact with my armpit when my arms are down and have very little room between fabric and skin.

I wouldn't say I overly sweat, however given the proximity of my shirt to my armpit any sweat is immediately visible, and because the fabric is flush to the skin it makes it hotter under my arms which just makes it worse.

Whats the best way to give myself a bit of room under the armpit? is it due to the shirt being too small around the shoulders resulting in the tightness? Or should I wear an undershirt which covers my armpits?

Thanks.
 

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If you aren't against it- getting rid of, or trimming your underarm hair will do wonders for the amount of perspiration in the region. Also, look into getting a clinical deodorant that shrinks your pores instead of just clogging them. Personally, I've been using this for the past month, and after a day or two of applying, haven't sweated at all.

http://www.certaindri.com/Pages/CD_Home

I'm fairly active, and still don't sweat under my arms even after an hour of strength training. Also, in case you aren't aware, Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly is the main ingredient in most over-the-counter deodorants, and results in dingy yellow stains after a few wears. Avoid.

Chris
 

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aluminum free deodorant + soak shirts in oxyclean
 
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nystyle86

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A combination of these should solve your problem

1. shave/trim down armpit hair regularly
2. must use an antiperspirant and not just a deodorant. (Try several until you find one that works best with your body's chemistry. Deodorants mask smell of sweat, antiperspirants stop sweating for x amount of hours.)
3. wearing a cotton t-shirt serves as an absorbent barrier for sweat between your pits and shirts.
If all that fails, start looking at clinical strength antiperspirants. If clinical strength fails and you have money to throw around, get botox shots into your pits and you're guaranteed not to sweat from there for a long time.

I never wear my shirts without a t-shirt under because you're guaranteed to have your shirts stained. Antiperspirants permanently stain fabric so t-shirt pits always look yellowish. I rather stain my ts than shirts.
 

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In my opinion, wearing an undershirt with short sleeves to catch sweat is counter-intuitive. Barring sweat from some sort of social awkwardness, you sweat because you're hot. If you add an undershirt, you will be hotter and sweat more. Catching sweat in your undershirt? Gross. So you make yourself a nice little damp pad of sweat which will better support the bacteria in your armpits, which then makes you more smelly, faster.

A long time ago, I switched over to a deodorant, and completely abandoned antiperspirant. Antiperspirants are arguably bad for you anyway. Your body sweats as a natural reaction. Also, AP's turn your shirts yellow and cake up/rub off on your shirts. With just a deodorant, I've noticed that I actually sweat less. Sweat also dries up off of my shirts fairly quickly since it's just one layer of clothing. The only downside of just a deodorant is that the odor prevention may not last all day if I've gotten sweaty that day, i.e. walking on a hot day. However, a quick reapply and I'm good to go.

I've been using Herban Cowboy for years and its the only kind I buy. Other brands have caused irritation or didn't work well and I've just thrown 3/4 full sticks away.
 

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In high school and college I perpetually had this problem. Then I made two major changes:

1. Trimmed down my armpit hair. There's no need for insulation there anyways!
2. Switched to a non-antiperspirant deodorant. Turns out a lot of guys have a reaction to the aluminum in them which irritates the skin and creates more sweat. Besides, aluminum might be implicated in a number of a long-term health issues.

These two changes and now I don't even bother with "undershirts". Don't need them. Hardly sweat under there even after a hard day at the gym.
 

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