Hyperhidrosis? Don't Sweat It!

It’s sunny and I have a coffee…. sweats

It’s sunny and I have a coffee…. sweats

As anyone who's ever felt the embarrassment of extending a handshake with sopping wet palms will tell you, excessive sweating is no fun, can cause a lot of anxiety and is basically the pits (pun intended). Scientifically speaking, excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis and affects around 5 per cent of people worldwide. Not limited to your armpits and hands, overactive sweat glands can appear in a range of unwanted areas, including your chest, back, face and groin. While things like heat waves, humidity and hormones are outside of our control; there are a few things that can be done to keep you from leaking like a sieve.


Dress Appropriately


Not exactly a revelation I know, but hot weather can lead to increased sweating which can lead to a number of skincare problems. If sweat is trapped against fabric you can develop issues with body acne or folliculitis. So the starting point in the war on perspiration is your wardrobe. Switch up your fabrics and try using a thin cotton vest to keep the sweat off your skin. A sweat-wicking base layer might be a more stylish alternative to the vest but it will also cost you a lot more.


Watch What You Eat And Drink


We all know someone who claims that they can't function without coffee, but if that person also finds themselves inexplicably sweating a lot then chances are it's something to do with their biochemistry. Simply put, caffeine sets your nervous system to beast mode. Your body thinks it's under threat and you sweat more as a result. One cup in the morning won't do any harm but any more than that is potentially opening the floodgates (literally).


While we're on the subject of things you put in your mouth, try to eat less spicy foods. The compound in chillies that gives them their kick has a very similar effect to that of caffeine but also ups your metabolism. Which is why you might find yourself drenched in sweat while eating a particularly potent curry. If you can't give up your beloved takeaways then opt for a curry high in coconut or regular cream, which will reduce the effect of the chillies.


Grease Is Not The Word


Certain hair products, waxes, in particular, can cause sweat and the development of acne on the forehead, especially if the hair rubs at this site. So if you're still rocking the Dax Wax then bin it and upgrade to a light cream or styling clay, or powder. Also, try to use a less greasy moisturiser during the warmer months because as I've said many times before, it's important to switch up your skincare based on the weather.


Just Say No To BO


If your work colleagues run to the other end of the office to escape the stench of your armpits whenever you try to talk to them, then you either need to start your own business or sort out your BO problem. First, get rid of any cream-based antiperspirants you have as these can clog up your glands and make the problem worse. Next, pick up an aluminium-free deodorant which not only lets your pits breathe but your co-workers too. If you need something a little stronger then keep an eye out for Perspirex which is specifically formulated to combat excessive sweating.


The Next Level


If all this sounds a little simplistic or you've already tried these tips and your excessive perspiration persists, then there are more extreme options. Botox can be used in the armpits and other areas that are prone to excessive sweating to stem hyperhidrosis.


To acquire a little more information on this, I sat down with Michelle O'Brien from Alexandra Dental who now offering treatments for hyperhidrosis. According to Michelle "there are many uses for Botox in modern medicine. As dental professionals, we have many uses for Botox. To alleviate the symptoms of TMJ and jaw tensions in patients who grind their teeth or to reduce the appearance of a ‘gummy smile' by relaxing the muscles that pull from the upper lip when smiling. Another common use to treat hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. A cause for much embarrassment, be it underarm sweat marks, sweaty hands or facial sweat outbreaks there is nothing more uncomfortable than an uncontrollable sweat".

The Alexandra Dental team

The Alexandra Dental team

How does it work? When administered by an experienced practitioner, Botox is used to temporarily cut the connection between the nerves and the sweat glands so that they cannot be activated to produce sweat.


And how is it done? Completely pain-free and under topical anaesthetic, the Botox is injected in the desired area, just below the surface of the skin.


How long does it last for? Around 4-7 months, depending on how fast your body can rebuild the connection between the nerve and the glands.


Who would choose this treatment? Everyone from teachers, professionals, Brides, Grooms, people in the beauty industry who can't afford to have a sweaty hand. Working professionals who can't tolerate sweat patches on their work clothes. When you come in for a free consultation we cover everything from suitably to treatment process and price. We then ask our patient to go home and think about it before rebooking in for treatment. To schedule your free consultation appointment call Helen on 061315228.


Patrick McLoughney