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What are Sweat Pads?

Diane Goettel
Updated May 21, 2024
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A sweat pad is something that can be worn under blouses and shirts in order to stop underarm sweat from dampening and staining one’s clothing. Sweat pads are designed to be invisible when they are worn underneath clothing and should not create an uncomfortable or visible bulk under the arm. Furthermore, they are designed to adhere to the inside of garments so that they do not move about while they are being worn.

Sweat pads are especially helpful for people who experience excessive sweating. While it is quite simple to wipe the sweat from one's brow with a handkerchief, drying a piece of cloth that has become damp with sweat is not quite as easy. For this reason, some people wear sweat pads to avoid such dampness completely. Sweat pads might also be worn if one needs to wear formal attire in a warm climate. Because sweat marks can ruin the look of an otherwise pristine tuxedo or gown, wearing the pads can help to maintain a formal look.

Some people simply wear sweat pads in order to absorb sweat on a daily basis, even if they do not experience excessive sweating. This may be because the wearers simply don't like the look of even small sweat marks. Sometimes people wear sweat pads so that they may wear a garment multiple times before they have to have it cleaned. Not only does this cut down on the cost of dry cleaning, but the less often a garment is washed or pressed, the longer it will last.

Some sweat pads are disposable while others can be washed and reused. The reusable kind are usually made out of a natural fiber such as cotton and come with specific washing instructions. Reusable pads also come in a variety of colors from white and nude to dark brown and black. The range of colors allows wearers to to use the pads even with sheer garments.

The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis may be a side effect of menopause or hyperthyroidism. People experiencing this condition may find sweat pads to be especially useful. There are some medical treatments that can help to reduce excessive sweating. Unless the hyperhidrosis is coupled with other symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, weight loss, or fever, it is generally not a cause for concern. If you do have any of these additional symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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Diane Goettel
By Diane Goettel
"Diane Goettel has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in English from Brooklyn College. Diane lives in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband, Noah. They are the proud parents of a Doberman Pinscher named Spoon. Specialties: book editing, book marketing, book publishing, freelance writing, magazine publishing, magazine writing, copywriting,"

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Discussion Comments
By discographer — On Apr 04, 2012

I have a pair of washable sweat pads. I don't wear them very often though, only on special occasions.

I couldn't wear them everyday because removing and washing it would be just too much trouble. I do sweat a lot, but since I usually wear cotton and in white color, it doesn't show too much.

Only when I'm going out for a special evening, wearing a long sleeved evening dress or gown or something like that, I put on the sweat pads.

By fify — On Apr 03, 2012

@feruze-- I've been using underarm sweat pads for the past two months, almost on a daily basis. They're great, they work really well. They seem to last for about 8 hours for me. It can be a little less on hot summer days, but it gets me through the day without worry and embarrassment.

I have the disposable ones that I buy in a pack of 40. I think the price is affordable. But you can also get the washable ones if you're worried about cost. I can't say anything about them though, I've never tried those.

I attach these inside my clothes where my armpits are. It attaches pretty well and stays in place. It soaks up all the sweat. I've never had the sweat go through the pad to my clothing.

I don't know how I managed without using these before. It definitely was very embarrassing. I avoided satin and silk for years and used to keep a jacket on even in the summer to hide the sweat stains.

By bear78 — On Apr 03, 2012

I don't have excessive sweating but I'm really conscious of sweat. I pay attention to my clothes being clean and hygienic all the time. I also want to be presentable and just like the article mentioned, I think that a sweat stain completely ruins one's look. Not to mention that people don't see this as a good thing and can judge you completely based on it.

I have never tried sweat pads for armpits before and the only place I've ever seen them for sale was at an Asian beauty store. It sounds like a great idea though. I would love to use this on a regular basis if I can.

Has anyone tried sweat pads before? What do you think about their usability and the cost?

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