Clogged Sweat Glands Causes: Treatment For Blocked Sweat Glands

Do you know that we sweat without our knowledge; this is because it is an autonomous process in our body which maintains an even body temperature by the way of sweating. Sweat is secreted by sweat glands; they are tubular structure of the skin. On an average there are four million sweat glands in humans.

However many people suffer from clogged sweat glands, especially those prone to heavy sweating and having curly hairs. Some people are genetically predisposed to clogged sweat glands. Though not a serious ailment, blogged sweat glands results into prickly heat rash an itchy and irritable skin condition.

What Causes Clogged Sweat Glands?

Prickly heat rash is also called sweat rash and medical term for it is miliaria. It is common in children as their sweat glands are still immature and more prone to become blocked.

Warm climate, increase in humidity and excessive perspiration can clog the sweat glands. Clogged sweat glands are more prone to occur in the armpits and the groin area. It is because of the increase in the skin folds and due to dense number of sweat glands in the armpit and the groin area.

Let us know what causes clogged sweat glands.

Bacteria called staphylococcus epidermis lives on the skin and it does not harm the body. However the bacteria make a sticky substance, when it combines with sweat, oil and dead skin cells it blocks the sweat glands. Blocked sweat glands cause red tiny bumps or rash that itch and burn.

Treatment For Blocked Sweat Glands

Several herbal and home remedies are effective in treating clogged sweat glands.

  • Lime juice is natural remedy to unclog the sweat glands. It allows the skin to cool and reduce the internal heat. Drink lime juice three times in a day when you experience your sweat glands are clogged.
  • Other fruit juices that similarly act are orange and watermelon juice.
  • To avoid prickly heat caused due to clogged sweat glands, avoid heat and humid climate.
  • Avoid excessive sweating.
  • Wear loose cotton clothing that can help the skin to breathe.
  • Apply pulp of watermelon the prickly heat rash, it give a cooling effect and treats the condition within few days.
  • Prepare a paste by mixing cornstarch powder and water. Apply it on the clogged sweat glands and on the prickly heart. Rinse it with cool water after it has dried.
  • Sandalwood powder and rose water give a soothing effect to the miliaria. It reduces itching and inflammation. You can use only sandalwood powder if rose water is not available.


  1. Lee said:

    Is it possible to get clogged sweat glands on the forehead? I have what I was told are clogged sweat glands on my forehead. I have had them for quite a few years now. Is there anything that can be done to remove them? They are like hard knots on my forehead, some are tiny and a couple are larger. I don’t like the way they look. Please help.

    July 29, 2012
    • PUP said:

      It is possible to have clogged sweat glands on forehead. In fact they can occur anywhere on the skin, but often they are more on face. These hard knots like bumps are probably acne and pimples on forehead as a result of clogged pores. There are time tested home remedies that you can try.
      • Apply pulp of watermelon on the forehead. It gives cooling effect to the skin and unclogs the sweat gland.
      • Apply sandalwood paste on the bumps. Apply it regularly every night.
      • Fuller’s earth is also effective. Make a paste of fuller’s earth by mixing it with water or rose water. Use cool water. Once the paste dries, gently clean it with soft sponge. The sweat glands will open fast.

      July 30, 2012
  2. Bianca said:

    It says drink lime juice three times a day, but how much per serving? A cup will be enough?

    April 10, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Yes a cup of lime juice taken two to three times in a day is beneficial. Lime juice contains vitamin C. And therefore lime juice is food for healthy skin.

      April 11, 2013
  3. MM said:

    Can laser cause these little red bumps? I had laser treatment done a few weeks ago for the third time and noticed these bumps on my pubic region 2 weeks later. I have not been sexually active and I don’t feel any pain discomfort or itchiness. They are just there.

    July 16, 2014
    • PUP said:

      Skin irritation and bumps may appear on the pubic area after first few laser hair removal treatments. You can apply aloe vera gel to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Also talk to your doctor if in case there may be some other reason for its occurrence.

      July 17, 2014
  4. k Robinson said:

    I had lumps on my upper eyelids and in few days they grew bigger. I consulted my GP who referred me to a dermatology hospital. They used laser to remove the bump. Now 2 years later the bump has come back and not just on my eye, but on the cheekbone too. I again consulted my GP. Is this a recurrent problem?

    July 25, 2014
    • PUP said:

      The bumps that you are describing are probably caused due to blocked sweat glands. Try home remedies, they are found to be effective.
      • Mix cornstarch with water and prepare a thick paste. Apply it on the bump. Keep it for 30 minutes until it dries. Gently clean the area with water after that. Pat the area dry with clean cloth. Close your eyelid when you apply on it to prevent the paste entering inside the eye.
      • You can use sandalwood paste for the same purpose.
      • Drink plenty of water daily.
      • Wash your face two to three times in a day if it is sweaty and oily. It helps to clean the skin from dirt and grime.

      July 26, 2014
  5. Claire said:

    When i go on a holiday, I always try to cover up fully and keep myself in the shade. My rash goes all over my body, the only parts it hasn’t spread to yet is my palms and my face. I’ve taken Camomile tea bath. I’ve used Aloevera gel and bought products with Salicylic Acid as i read it was good for it. But it has not worked. Obviously Aloe vera helps to soothe. I get this rash/prickly heat every time I go in the sun, even if it’s for a couple of hours. Is there any advice out there? It really gets me down on my holiday as I am so embarrassed by them.

    April 10, 2017

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