DRY OR SWEATY SKIN
What is Dry or Sweaty Skin?
For a person to maintain a healthy and functional skin, they must balance proper levels of hydration in their body. Those who fail to do so can take the moisture levels of their skin for granted and experience dry or sweaty skin eventually.
Learning About Dry Skin
Skin that is hydrated and healthy enough is made up of proteins, lipids, elastin, collagen and other substances that contribute to its strength, plumpness and elasticity. On the contrary, when skin becomes very dry, it can appear scaly, tight, rough and ashy, which then leads to premature wrinkles and fine lines on the surface.
What Causes Dry Skin
Dryness of the skin can be caused by very hot water, dry air exposure, scrubs and soaps which can remove the skin’s needed oils to keep it smooth. There are also other medical conditions and medications which can cause it to become dry.
The majority of dry skin cases will last only temporarily and can be remedied with topical moisturizers and changes to one’s lifestyle. However, there are some cases where dry skin can be a condition for life and will require the help of an Advanced Dermatology expert.
Dry Skin Treatment and Advice
- Spend less time for baths and showers. Instead of using hot water, use warm water instead.
- Apply fragrance-free cleaners that are gentle to the skin.
- Use moisturizers after taking a bath.
- Soothing and moisturizing ingredients in creams and ointments can help
- Install a humidifier in your home.
Understanding Excessively Sweaty Skin, or Hyperhidrosis
One in five people suffer from hyperhidrosis, the clinical name for excessive sweating. It can affect the entire body or targeted areas, generally the hands, feet and armpits. This excessive sweating can interfere with everyday activities. Hands can be so sweaty that it becomes difficult to turn a doorknob or use a computer. Sweat from the underarms often soaks through clothes, causing obvious sweat marks. Because the skin is often wet, skin infections can develop.
Causes Of Hyperhidrosis
Sweating is your body’s mechanism to cool itself. Controlled by your nervous system, sweating can increase as your body temperature rises or as you become more nervous. For patients suffering from hyperhidrosis, the nerves responsible for triggering sweat glands become overactive and increased stress or nervousness can cause the problem to worsen.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options
Botox injections are FDA approved for the treatment of axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis as it temporarily blocks neurotransmitters that stimulate sweat production. Although every patient is different, many will see a reduction in sweating that lasts up to six months or more before injections must be repeated again. The underarm injections are tolerated with minimal pain, but topical anesthetics can be used to reduce the pain if desired. Minor bruising may occur at the injection sites but most patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities. On the day of your procedure, an Advanced Dermatology provider will clean the area and may, in some instances, perform an “iodine starch test” to determine where the sweating originates. The doctor will then administer several Botox injections in each underarm.
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