Armpit pads, garment guards, dress shields – you may have run across these products when looking for a solution to underarm sweating. But how do you know if they are the best solution for your problem?

Let’s be honest, for many like myself, deodorant or antiperspirant just aren't enough to keep you dry throughout the day.

To avoid pitting out in public and ruining expensive clothing, some people turn to armpit pads for extra sweat protection.

But not all underarm sweat shields are created equal. And it’s important to understand the differences before putting them to the sweat test.

What Are Armpit Pads?

Armpit pads are disposable cotton pads that stick to your skin or clothing to absorb excess sweat. When applying directly to the skin, armpit pads work best on dry, clean-shaven armpits.

Some underarm sweat pads can handle more than one use. For example, dress shields, garment guards and garment shields are washable, reusable shields that attach to your clothing.

Here are some types of sweat pads and shields available today:

  • Garment shields that fasten around the torso or arm
  • Underarm pads that adhere directly to the skin
  • Sweat pads that stick to the inside of your clothing
  • Shields that must be worn with snaps, tapes, pins or sewn into your clothing
  • Armpit shields that attach to clothing such as a bra

Will Armpit Pads and Sweat Shields Work for You?

If you'd classify your sweat as light to moderate, armpit pads can help block the appearance of underarm sweat stains. However, there are situations where armpit sweat pads aren't the answer:

1. When Wearing Expensive Clothing

When wearing sweat pads that attach to your clothing, the adhesive can stick to your shirt and potentially ruin it. It’s best to avoid sticking them onto expensive materials, dress shirts or any clothing you wouldn’t want to ruin.

2. When Wearing Loose-Fitting Clothing

Sweat pads that adhere to the inside of your clothing don’t always capture all the sweat. If the underarm of your shirt or button-down doesn’t sit close to your underarm, sweat may find a way to soak into your shirt instead.

3. When Wearing Tight Clothing

Sweat pads show through tight-fitting clothing. So if you don't want the world to know your little secret, avoid slim fit shirts. You can trim the sweat pads to conceal their appearance, but they can't absorb as much sweat.

4. If You Have Sensitive Skin

Armpit pads can leave a rash or cause skin darkening. So if you have sensitive skin, choose sweat pads that don't adhere directly to your skin. If signs of redness or irritation occur, you should stop using the pads immediately.

5. In Stressful or Nerve-Wracking Situations

Sweat pads rarely stay in place and require embarrassing maintenance. Sweat can also loosen their adhesive qualities, causing leaking. Because stressful situations like giving a presentation make you sweat more, sweat pads aren't ideal for spotlight moments like these. Instead, try a sweat proof undershirt so you don't have to fumble with sweat pads in public.

6. If You Have Hyperhidrosis

As a sufferer of axillary hyperhidrosis, I've tried nearly every product imaginable to contain my underarm sweat — armpit pads included. I noticed they began to leak within a matter of minutes and did nothing to release the sweat, so they felt heavy and loose in my shirt. If you also sweat profusely, armpit sweat pads aren't a great solution.

The Best Armpit Pads — The Only Integrated, Truly Sweat Proof Barrier

Stick-on pads never worked for me — so I spent over a decade developing a safe and affordable solution to excessive underarm sweating. Today, Hydro-Shield is the only patented sweat proof armpit pad on the market. And best of all, it's integrated into the underarms of every premium Thompson Tee undershirt.

This lightweight layering system traps heat and moisture and allows it to evaporate rather than seep through to your outer layer – providing relief from wet marks and yellowing that quickly destroy your clothing and your confidence. Because the sweat proof properties are native to the shirt and aren’t made with chemical treatments found in many water-repelling fabrics, they won’t wash off over time.

Unlike underarm sweat pads, the sweat proof technology stays put throughout the day, so you don’t have to fuss with adjusting the placement or worry whether it’s visible to others. Most importantly, you eliminate embarrassing wet marks and pit stains – all while wearing a comfortable and breathable T-shirt.

If you’ve tried underarm sweat pads or just want a seamless alternative, try Thompson Tee risk-free today!