August 31, 2018
Many people think excessive sweating is due to poor personal hygiene. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hyperhidrosis is primarily a neurologic disorder; but endocrine, infectious, or some other systemic diseases can also cause hyperhidrosis in otherwise healthy people. Although high temperatures, intense physical activity or stress can trigger excessive sweating, it is true that people suffering from hyperhidrosis may sweat excessively during waking hours, in spite of the weather or other internal and external conditions.
While normal sweating is the body’s cooling mechanism, in hyperhidrosis the nervous system is overactive and triggers the sweat glands to work up without any reason. Excessive sweating can lead to dry skin, which would eventually need extra care and moisturising. Excessive sweating can make the sufferer prone to skin infections, as well. In these conditions, medical assistance may be required to keep the disorder under control.
The approach to treating excessive sweating generally proceeds as follows:
- Over-the-counter antiperspirants containing a low dose of metal salt (usual aluminium) are usually tried first because they are readily available. Antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride (for example Certain Dri) may be more effective when other antiperspirants have failed.
- Prescription strength antiperspirants, which contain aluminium chloride hexahydrate.
- Iontophoresis, a device which passes ionized tap water through the skin using direct electricity.
- Oral medications, Anticholinergics reduce sweating.
- Botox (botulinum toxin)-A, has been approved in the U.S. by the FDA for treating excessive axillary (underarm) sweating.
- miraDry. This technique uses microwave energy to permanently kill sweat glands.
- Lasers. Lasers can target and kill the underarm sweat glands.
- Surgery. A procedure called thoracic sympathectomy may be considered as a last resort.
However, remember that hyperhidrosis can be easily managed, and it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying life just the way you want to!
August 27, 2018
You have been invited to a high profile business event. You have the perfect clothes, the right personality and the ideal crowd to hang out with. This could be just what your career needs! But there is something constantly worrying you; a problem that most people don’t expect to cause discomfort – excessive sweating. You imagine your clothes swathed in sweat, your hands clammy in a handshake, or your face dripping when you meet someone important.
Here is a reassuring fact, though – YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Scientifically called Hyperhidrosis and this condition of excessive sweating is a manageable disorder.
People who suffer from hyperhidrosis know that this condition does not always kick off due to heat, rigorous physical activity or nervousness. An episode of heavy sweating can commence just about anywhere or any time and may leave the sufferer feeling uncomfortable, and even embarrassed. This kind of excessive sweating of the underarms, feet, palms and even face usually begins at adolescence, and can hamper a person’s self-confidence and personal and professional relationships, and cause practical problems such as difficulty in writing or driving.
Hyperhidrosis can also be caused by medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid problems, menopause-related hot flashes, low blood sugar, etc. Excessive sweating can make the sufferer prone to skin infections, as well. In these conditions, medical assistance may be required to keep the disorder under control. However, remember that hyperhidrosis can be easily managed, and it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying life just the way you want to!
August 27, 2018
A majority of people dismiss Psoriasis as an unsightly skin condition. However, those who suffer from this medical condition are aware of the psychological impact it has on their lives.
The International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA) has revealed that about 3% of the global population has some form of psoriasis. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) states that around 7.5 million Americans are affected by the condition.
Identified by red inflammation on the skin, Psoriasis is a result of an abnormal growth of skin cells. This leads to lesions on the skin’s outer layer, defined by stages of scaling, thickening and redness. The condition is usually accompanied by sensations of itching.
Anyone who suffers from this condition would hope to zero in on the triggers and get rid of Psoriasis. However, the exact causes of Psoriasis are unknown. There could be several potential causes for the condition, ranging from genetic and immunological, to psychological and environmental. Nonetheless, it is believed that smoking, alcohol, infections, stress and certain medications can act as triggers. Even seemingly everyday occurrences like bruising, bug bites, chafing, cuts and scrapes, or boils could set off an imminent Psoriasis attack.
Psoriasis has a detrimental psychological impact on patients – like, low self-esteem, poor relations with family, friends, partner and colleagues, depression and suicidal tendencies, decreased vocational and career opportunities due to discrimination, and increased stress leading to a flare-up of the condition.
Although the scale of the skin disorder varies from person to person and goes from being mild to severe, the discomfort, embarrassment and psychological consequences of the condition can be far-reaching and prolonged.
Treatment for the skin disorder begins with consulting a doctor, who may first suggest topical creams for psoriasis treatment. Depending on the severity, doctors may also advise prescription medicine for psoriasis.
However, to deal with the psychological effects, one may need counselling, relaxation therapies and participation in support groups.
August 27, 2018
The pH of skin stands at 5.5; which is pretty acidic, helping your skin stay safe from harmful bacteria and fungi. This is why you need a cleansing agent that promises to be “pH balanced” so that the acidity of your skin stays unaffected, keeping it protected and clear.
So, if you are using a regular soap to cleanse your skin, you may be putting your delicate skin in danger. Syndet, on the other hand, is cleansing products with pH 5.5. They gently remove dirt and grime from the skin, while keeping the natural oils intact.
Take a look at some of the key differences between soap and Syndet:
|Difficult to wash off with hard water due to its soapy characteristic.||Easy to wash off even with hard water since it is soap-free.|
|Good but harsh cleansing.||Mild but effective cleansing.|
|Higher pH levels, mostly above 9, can erode the skin’s acid mantle.||pH levels similar to skin’s natural pH level – 5.5 – keeps skin’s protective acid mantle intact.|
|Made using a process called saponification, which involves converting animal/vegetable oils, liquids and alkali into soap.||Made with synthetic detergents that are not saponified. Hence, they are soap-free.|
|May cause drying, irritation and lead to wrinkles in the long run.||Gentle on skin. Gives a moisturised effect. Recommended for babies as well as those with sensitive skin.|
Keep your skin protected and youthful for longer with a Syndet cleanser. Choose either a bar or a gel/liquid that will cleanse, moisturise and protect for longer.
August 27, 2018
It may all start with a seemingly harmless blush-like effect on your face; but Rosacea, a chronic skin disorder, is nothing like a happy, flushed face. This inflammatory skin condition causes small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face. However, Rosacea can turn into more than just redness of the skin. In some cases, the inflammation transforms into visible blood vessels, swelling, break-outs, skin thickening, and even develop into ocular rosacea, causing redness and irritation of the eyes, and swelling of eyelids. The disorder has such does not cause itchy rashes. However, its side effects may give you itchy skin.
According to a study published earlier in 2018, approximately 415 million people in the world are affected by rosacea. It was also noted that people with mild to moderate symptoms may not seek medical attention. This could be because milder symptoms get mistaken for acne, skin allergy or eczema. But if left untreated, rosacea worsens and spreads from the cheeks and nose to the forehead and chin, and even the ears, chest and back.
Although the causes of Rosacea are unknown, medical experts believe that it could be related to abnormalities in facial blood vessels. Also, if there is a family history of rosacea, the chances of its occurrence are more. People with lighter skin colour have also been observed as being more prone to the skin disorder. Another observation is the presence of H. pylori bacteria in the gut, which is to know to cause blood vessels to dilate.
Rosacea could also be triggered by factors like environmental conditions, smoking and alcohol, stress, cosmetics, certain drugs and some kinds of foods.
It is important to look out for symptoms of rosacea – persistent redness of the face and consult a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Those with severe rosacea may also need counselling to manage stress and its symptoms.