Why line and wrinkle treatments can also tackle excessive sweating

13 August 2013

108547213Line and wrinkle treatments can do a lot more than fill out the signs of ageing – one of their many uses is the prevention of excessive sweating. Sweating is our natural way of cooling the body down. When our body temperature rises, our nervous system is triggered to stimulate sweat glands to release fluid onto the skin’s surface.Excessive sweating that is not related to exercise or keeping the body cool is called hyperhidrosis. The most common areas affected include the armpits, palms and soles of the feet. In rare cases, it can affect the face or scalp. It can have a significant impact on social and professional interactions. People may feel embarrassed by wet hands, the potential odour, or sweating through their clothes. “The good news is that there are multiple options available for treatment,” says Canadian doctor Sheila Wijayasinghe. “First, see if there is a trigger to the sweating. For some, emotional stress can cause excessive sweating so work on relaxation techniques that can help with the physical symptoms.” As an over the counter treatment, she recommends antiperspirants that contain a low dose salt. These can work to stop the sweat glands opening, used nightly it should produce results within a week. Use should then be spaced out to a couple of times a week, and then once a week to keep topped up. As well as oral medicines, line and wrinkle injectables can do a job. These have been found to be helpful with severe hyperhidrosis – especially for the palms and armpits – by blocking nerves that trigger sweat glands. The solution, though, is not permanent and will require topping up every couple of months.