How to Prevent Sweat Patches When Dancing

Updated April 17, 2017

Show off your awesome dance moves, not your large sweat stains. Go crazy on the dance floor without worrying about embarrassing pit stains or sweat patches spreading across your cute outfit. reported worldwide deodorant sales of £11 billion in 2008, proving just how much most people hate to sweat. Tell the DJ to turn up the music, and use a few simple tricks to fight perspiration all night long.

Use a strong antiperspirant or deodorant. Look for packages that advertise clinical strength or long-lasting waterproof formulas. Deodorants designed for individuals with hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating unrelated to temperature or movement, are another option. Some people find these deodorants to be a bit harsh, so use a moisturising shower gel or lotion before you apply one to your underarms. You can also use a non-greasy deodorant under your knees and feet, as well as on your chest and lower back. Buy a clear formula to avoid chalky white marks and clumps.

Wear fabrics, such as cotton and linen, that breathe well. Avoid nylon and polyester; they limit airflow and increase the chance of overheating. Choose light colours if you plan to dance under bright lights or out in the sun. However, The Department of Energy warns that light colours do not always reduce the risk of overheating. Pay attention to the thread structure of your clothing; a loosely knit black shirt allows air to flow more freely than a tightly knit white top.

Take frequent rest room breaks to avoid overheating. Bathrooms tend to be cooler than a crowded dance floor or bar. Use paper towels or toilet paper to mop up any puddles of sweat, then stand under the hand-dryer to get rid of any remaining moisture. Use your hands to gently shake your shirt or dress around to make sure you don't miss any sweat patches.

Use a sweat guard or shield on the areas where you usually find sweat patches. Sweat guards are absorbent pieces of cloth that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and protection levels. You can even buy clothing with sewn-in sweat shields -- and nobody will know they're there.

Talk to your doctor about how often you sweat. A health care professional can treat excessive sweating with medication or surgical procedures, if necessary.


Dress in layers to avoid overheating.

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Missy Nolan has been a writer since 2003. She has contributed articles to several online publications and websites, including Nolan's poetry has been published in "Teen Ink" and she was the 2002 winner of the "What Matters" essay contest. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in public health.