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Office/corporate workers, how do you combat sweating in the summer

bati

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I know this will likely devolve into the usual stream of shit posting but if anyone has some legitimately good tips for this issue I'll be forever in your debt.

I start sweating easily at the slightest rise in temperature, and this starts the moment I step out of my AC cooled apartment into the hot and humid Eastern European morning air, continues on the bus that closely resembles a can of tightly packed tuna, and lasts about 2h into the work day because the guy in charge of our office facilities thinks that 26 degrees Celsius is an acceptable office temperature. Eventually I cool off and acclimate to the temperature but the damage is done by then.

I've had to resort to wearing undershirts just to prevent sweat stains from showing up on my abdomen and back, and as per usual I'm sticking strictly to dark blue, black or white clothing.

I use a classic antiperspirant for armpits and that does wonders because they're always dry but my torso is the main issue here. I've never tried any of the full body solutions so I'm curious if and how they work and if there are any alternatives.

Fwiw the problem's been getting worse since I started working out about six months ago.
 

Shad0w59

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Undershirts are a good solution, I do the same, especially if you have to move between AC areas and outside often.

A good quality mesh chair will help you in the settling down time you describe. Obviously something like a $1000 Herman Miller would be perfect but if you can expense a decent one with more airflow then I think that will help you a lot.

Edit - I'm referring to something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HFT9KI2/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_9hHaDbEQCQR25
 
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bati

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That's not a solution for me because I spend half the day in different meeting rooms and moving the chair around isn't practical.
 

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I hate sweating through a shirt too (for some reason it feels so much worse than just sweating through a T-shirt). I used to use this special, ultra-strong antiperspirant:




You apply it at night (I did my back and armpits), and then wash it off in the morning. Do this two nights in a row, and then top it up by applying it one night a week thereafter. It pretty much stopped any kind of sweating from the applied areas entirely for me (not sure if that is a healthy thing or not, but a doctor did prescribe it, so...).
 
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bati

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I used to use this special, ultra-strong antiperspirant:




You apply it at night (I did my back and armpits), and then wash it off in the morning. Do this two nights in a row, and then top it up by applying it one night a week thereafter. It pretty much stopped any kind of sweating from the applied areas entirely for me (not sure if that is a healthy thing or not, but a doctor did prescribe it, so...).
It works that well? Damn. I did find it through Google search but thought the stories were a little exaggerated. Did you notice any specific side effects, particularly related to overheating?

I'm a little worried about that aspect because I work out 5 days a week.
 

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It works that well? Damn. I did find it through Google search but thought the stories were a little exaggerated. Did you notice any specific side effects, particularly related to overheating?

I'm a little worried about that aspect because I work out 5 days a week.
No serious side effects. The only one I had was some itching just after I applied it sometimes (I have quite sensitive skin). It's amazing how well it stops sweating. Sometimes I worry that it works too well, although I never felt any overheating.
 
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Trim your armpits, trim your pubes.

Use deodorant.

Buy shirts that breathe, wear thin socks that breathe. Maybe take your shoes off while sitting at your desk.

Have some cold water.

If you are married, resist the urge to go fap in the toilets to barely legal instagram thots, save that for when you go home.
 

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I know this will likely devolve into the usual stream of shit posting but if anyone has some legitimately good tips for this issue I'll be forever in your debt.

I start sweating easily at the slightest rise in temperature, and this starts the moment I step out of my AC cooled apartment into the hot and humid Eastern European morning air, continues on the bus that closely resembles a can of tightly packed tuna, and lasts about 2h into the work day because the guy in charge of our office facilities thinks that 26 degrees Celsius is an acceptable office temperature. Eventually I cool off and acclimate to the temperature but the damage is done by then.

I've had to resort to wearing undershirts just to prevent sweat stains from showing up on my abdomen and back, and as per usual I'm sticking strictly to dark blue, black or white clothing.

I use a classic antiperspirant for armpits and that does wonders because they're always dry but my torso is the main issue here. I've never tried any of the full body solutions so I'm curious if and how they work and if there are any alternatives.

Fwiw the problem's been getting worse since I started working out about six months ago.
Avoid caffeine. And you can put gold bond body powder on your chest and abdomen area.
 
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bati

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Oof, no caffeine. I've tried quitting a few times and then my coworker started making freshly ground iced coffee every morning so quitting is no longer an option :messenger_tears_of_joy:.
 

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Oof, no caffeine. I've tried quitting a few times and then my coworker started making freshly ground iced coffee every morning so quitting is no longer an option :messenger_tears_of_joy:.
I don’t blame you. I love coffee as well. But, that’s why you are sweating more. :p. Caffeine is known to cause excessive sweating!
 
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I've been taking cold showers in the morning. Besides improving my mood, one of the other alleged benefits is reduced sweating. It hasn't gotten really hot here yet (Minnesota), but so far it does seem to be helping with that.
 

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By working in company that has fucking AC.
These days the first thing i ask when i look for work is "do you have AC ?" and when they don't i just stand up and leave.
 
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Trim your armpits, trim your pubes.

Use deodorant.

Buy shirts that breathe, wear thin socks that breathe. Maybe take your shoes off while sitting at your desk.

Have some cold water.

If you are married, resist the urge to go fap in the toilets to barely legal instagram thots, save that for when you go home.
Solid advice, but just shave that body hair.
 

bati

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By working in company that has fucking AC.
These days the first thing i ask when i look for work is "do you have AC ?" and when they don't i just stand up and leave.
We do have AC, it's set to 26 fucking degrees Celsius. It's like involuntary sauna for me. Unfortunately for us dudes the work space is roughly 50/50 and the women seem to be freezing.
 

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Switch to tea to resolve the caffeine issue. It's better for your health anyway as long as you don't doctor it up with a ton of creamer and sugar.

This might sound weird, but have you tried deep-breathing exercises? Your body sweats because it receives the signal that core temp is too hot. Your body has a huge cavity in the center that can be filled with air.

Also, try cold showers like @AaronB mentioned. Not only does it cool you off, but it encourages your body to reinforce the network of capillaries below your skin's surface. In the case of the cold shower, your body uses these capillaries to heat up your skin and prevent it from getting too cold. In the case of a hot day, your body uses these capillaries (via bloodflow) to passively vent heat.

I did cold training over the winter again and I was worried that I would be even more susceptible to heat, but the opposite turned out being true.
 
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I just live in the US south where AC is sacrosanct. I don’t think I’ve yet to work anywhere that didn’t have AC.

However I don’t have a car and take the bus to commute, when not working from home. So I’m that case I wear a t shirt in the morning on the commute and change into a button down on the bus when I get to work
 
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tanooki27

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Trim your armpits, trim your pubes.

Use deodorant.

Buy shirts that breathe, wear thin socks that breathe. Maybe take your shoes off while sitting at your desk.

Have some cold water.

If you are married, resist the urge to go fap in the toilets to barely legal instagram thots, save that for when you go home.
please don’t take your shoes off at your desk
 

lil puff

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I also got me a nice fan on my desk.
Yeah. A small desk fan is good.

Gold Bond/Baby Powder is nice down there for after getting off a hot subway train/platform.

I find that loose fitting button down shirts are better than crew or polo shirts.

We do have AC inside, but it's the first few minutes that can be uncomfortable. Sometimes I'm glad I'm not a girl. Occasionally the AC is not working and it is brutal, like literally dripping sweat from the forehead and other areas.
 
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Trim your armpits, trim your pubes.

Use deodorant.

Buy shirts that breathe, wear thin socks that breathe. Maybe take your shoes off while sitting at your desk.

Have some cold water.

If you are married, resist the urge to go fap in the toilets to barely legal instagram thots, save that for when you go home.
Why trim armpits?
 
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Pejo

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Desk fan, as already stated, is a life saver to cool down quickly. Also, buy some nicer polo shirts that are designed for golfers. They generally are made of materials that allow your skin to breathe more than a regular polo. They also make these things if you're really serious about it. I had a fan seat in a car I owned once, it was a fucking game changer.

 

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I just put my antiperspirant on my body too. If it works on my armpits I don't see why it wouldn't work elsewhere.
 

tanooki27

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Sorry but that shit happens every day, almost every office i have worked in people do it
those people suck. unless you have your own private office to stink up, keep ‘em on.

like many rules, this doesn’t apply to hot chicks.
 
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lil puff

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I just put my antiperspirant on my body too. If it works on my armpits I don't see why it wouldn't work elsewhere.
LOL, I actually thought about that before!

But I understand the body needs to sweat.

I think other people on the train sweating and dripping on me, or rubbing on me on the way to/from work is the worse.
 

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Moisture wicking shirts/undershirts and a desk fan will help. If all else fails, you can get one of those portable A/C units. Maybe. I'm not sure how readily available those are over in Europe.
 
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Moisture wicking shirts/undershirts and a desk fan will help. If all else fails, you can get one of those portable A/C units. Maybe. I'm not sure how readily available those are over in Europe.
Yeah, was gonna mention moisture wicking shirts. Shirts designed for outdoor activities / working out should do a pretty good job keeping you dry. The key is that they aren't made of cotton, which just sponges up all your sweat and holds it, then takes forever to dry, keeping you soppy.