Don’t Sweat It: Our Skin Care Pros Talk About Hyperhidrosis

by | Mar 21, 2022

The skincare experts at Austin Clinic have a little rhyme for you to answer: “Do you sweat when it’s cold? Do you sweat when it’s hot? Do you sweat when you’re active and even when you’re not?” If you answered yes to these questions, you are in good company. Health Direct researchers have found as many as 3 in every 100 Australians are troubled by a condition called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is not medically dangerous, but it can wreak havoc with your life … and your skin! 

Don’t let hyperhidrosis keep you from doing the things you love. This article will give you the facts you need to keep cool in every situation, with beautiful skin to boot.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is defined simply as excessive sweating.It can develop as either:

  • Focal hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating in limited areas of the body, such as the face, arm pits, hands and feet 
  • Generalised hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating occurs throughout the entire body 

Hyperhidrosis can be triggered by a medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease, certain medications, and often runs in families. Its effect on skin can be devastating. “When sweat sits on your skin, it attracts bacteria,” explains Dr Austin. “Left unaddressed, the bacteria will work to clog pores and irritate skin.” 

5 Ways Hyperhidrosis Makes Sweaters Miserable

Normal sweating may be unpleasant, but hyperhidrosis is not normal. The explosion of sweat it produces can lead to:

  • Bacteria that cause body odour
  • Bacterial infections including warts 
  • Problems with social interaction
  • Macerated skin (skin that looks wet and mushy all the time)
  • Fungal infections such as jock itch and athlete’s foot
  • Skin irritation

In defence of sweating, it does cleanse your bodies of impurities. Unfortunately, those same impurities that sweating helps flush out can linger on the skin. When the skin begins to reabsorb them, the bacteria trigger a change in your skin’s pH factors and that triggers skin irritation and rashes.

You Loved It for Wrinkles, Now Try it for Sweat

Whether you are coping with hyperhidrosis or are simply sweating up a storm at the gym, the professionals at Austin Clinic want to give you the tools you need to protect your skin and keep it looking radiant. One of those tools is the same ingredient we use in anti-wrinkle injections. To preserve skin beauty, this chemical has the ability to block a body chemical that stimulates sweat glands.

“Patients report positive results in four or five days after treatment,” reports Dr Austin. Those benefits generally last from four to six months, although some patients report freedom from hyperhidrosis for up to eight months. One of the key benefits of this particular treatment is that it can be safely and easily repeated when needed,” says Dr Austin.

Manage Your Sweat, Save Your Skin

Hyperhidrosis doesn’t have to impact your life. With the skin care professionals at the Austin Clinic in Balgowlah on your team, you can turn off the sweat faucet and enjoy the pleasures of beautiful skin. Contact us today to get the information you need for the help you want.