When it comes to talking about our bodies, sweat can seem like the elephant in the room. We sometimes notice how other people smell, or even if others are actively sweating – whether that tell-tale glisten on the forehead or a wet patch on their clothing. But, as a nation, we don’t feel comfortable talking about it, or pointing it out (however politely) in others. This means that lots of people who have hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) don’t always realise, and don’t necessarily get the help they need.
Here at Emma J Aesthetics, your Inverness skin clinic, we think everyone should look and feel the best version of themselves – especially when it comes to a medical condition like hyperhidrosis. In this post, we’ll go through some of the common myths surrounding this skin concern.
Myth: hyperhidrosis is a rare condition
Incredibly, over 2 million people in the UK* suffer from excessive sweating, making it far from rare. What makes it differ from normal sweating is when it occurs (for instance, if it’s happening when you’re not feeling stressed or exercising) and how much of it is made (especially if it interferes with your daily life).
Truth: hyperhidrosis affects lots of areas of the body
This is 100% true. Whether the palms, soles and armpits; the face and scalp; or the groin and trunk, our skin sweats virtually all over, meaning hyperhidrosis can happen in lots of areas of the body.
Myth: hyperhidrosis only affects men
There have been lots of studies around whether men sweat more than women – and body size can certainly play a part in how much sweat you produce. Unfortunately, though, hyperhidrosis can affect anyone, which puts paid to the age-old saying of ‘men perspire, ladies simply glow’.
Truth: hyperhidrosis is a medical condition
Although genetics can influence how much you sweat, hyperhidrosis is also a medical condition. Thankfully, one of the best ways to treat it is through the injectable, botox. Surprisingly, this anti-ageing marvel can also block your glands from over-producing sweat.
Truth: hyperhidrosis has lots of triggers
Excessive sweating can be caused by so many factors, from the foods you eat, to the amount of exercise you do and how stressed you get. Knowing what triggers it can actually go a long way in helping to control it, whether it’s cutting out hot and spicy food or learning calming techniques.
Myth: hyperhidrosis is linked to personal hygiene
Many people who suffer from excessive sweating repeatedly wash and change their clothing to avoid smelling and wet patches. But, sweating isn’t to do with how clean you are – it’s a function associated with cooling your body.
Booking with Emma J Aesthetics
To help treat your hyperhidrosis, book in with our Inverness skin clinic today. After undergoing a consultation, we’ll find the right treatment for you to help improve your skin and transform your life.