Everybody sweats; simple. Sweating from the armpits, palms and soles of the feet is completely normal; in fact, most of us will produce about 1 litre of sweat every single day. Sweating is just our body’s way of controlling our temperature and cooling us down when we get too hot. However, there are some people that can produce up to five times more sweat than normal, without exercise, heat or nervousness. This is classed as excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis) and despite the fact that this condition is well-known and easily treatable, those who suffer find it distressing and embarrassing, which can only make the problem worse! All you need is the right antiperspirant and some self-help tricks that will help you to carry on with your day, no sweat! |
The condition is split into primary hyperhidrosis (sweating occurs on the palms, soles of the feet, underarms and the face) and secondary hyperhidrosis (sweating occurs all over the body) which is understandably more embarrassing. Antiperspirants or Deodorants?
Most people assume that deodorant and perfumes first thing in the morning are the answer to sweating, but deodorants do not stop sweat. They work by neutralising the smell from the bacteria living on the skin in the armpits. The fragrances within deodorants simply mask the smell and don’t actually do anything about preventing sweating. But what most people don’t know is that sweat itself doesn’t smell, in fact it is the sweat that has dried on your skin and clothes that produces odour. Therefore, it is more helpful to prevent sweat from occurring in the first place.
Antiperspirants work by temporarily plugging the opening of your pores and decreasing or stopping perspiration in the sweat glands. The plug is then naturally dispersed and the effects can last between a few hours and several days. Antiperspirants like Perspirex are the most effective treatments for excessive sweating and should be applied to clean, dry skin. It is suggested that antiperspirants should be applied at night before bed, as this is when the sweat glands are least active, before being washed off in the morning.
The secret to a strong antiperspirant is aluminium chloride that reacts with the water in your sweat glands to seal them, thus stopping perspiration temporarily. Strong antiperspirants are also alcohol-based, not water-based, to ensure long-lasting effects. Perspirex Underarm Roll-On Antiperspirant is also free from perfumes and contains a refined aluminium chloride formula that avoids irritation and can be used on the most sensitive of skin.
Along with switching from deodorant to antiperspirant, there are many different lifestyle changes you can make in order to tackle excessive sweating. Take a look at these simple steps you can take to help you get on with your day while avoiding embarrassment: You may find that certain soaps irritate the affected skin and can make the condition worse, so stick to a bland soap or emollient, ointment or cream. When possible, avoid the triggers that make your sweating worse, such as heat, spicy foods and alcohol.
Avoid tight and restrictive clothing and man-made fibres like nylon that will stick to your skin, especially on the affected areas. Wear something light and loose to enable your skin to breathe and reducing the chances of sweat staining your clothes.
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