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Sweating in Winter? What’s Going On?

The temperature has plummeted over the recent weeks and summer is now what feels like a distant memory.

Whilst many of us will find ourselves reaching for our warm cosy jumpers, some may not feel quite the same. For those who suffer with hyperhidrosis, winter doesn’t offer the much-appreciated break from worrying about if you are sweating, as this condition means a person finds themselves sweating excessively no matter the temperature or weather, especially in areas such as the armpits.

This condition can have a real impact on people’s self-confidence often swaying their clothing choices and causing anxiety when out. However, muscle relaxing injections such as Botox can help with symptoms. We spoke to Dr Shaaira Nasir, Consultant Dermatologist at Sk:n Clinics to find out more.

What is hyperhidrosis?

“Hyperhidrosis is excess sweating. This can happen even at rest or when the temperature is cold. It is debilitating for patients and can reduce a person’s quality of life and cause a lot of social anxiety. For some it’s isolated areas such as affecting the face, axillary area, hands and feet. Some the whole body. It can be caused by several reasons such as overactive sweat glands, or it can be a genetic cause usually starting as a teenager. Other secondary causes can be due to underlying medical conditions such as overactive thyroid or diabetes. Certain triggers are emotions like stress and anxiety, warm temperatures, exercise, and certain foods like alcohol or spicy food.”

How can muscle relaxing injections help with hyperhidrosis? 

“It stops the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which binds to sweat glands to signal the release of sweat. It starts taking effect after two weeks and can last up to six months.”

Top product pick for those suffering with excess sweating on the face…
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation Blemish Control (RRP: £52)

The ultimate combination of skin-boosting benefits and premium coverage. This Aloe-Vera based foundation provides anti-bacterial properties and eliminates dead surface cells, with the added benefit of acne-blitzing 2% Salicylic Acid. Plus, it is supercharged with pro-healing, patented ingredient Ceravitae, an oxygen complex that allows oxygen to penetrate the skin for maximum breathability and that second skin feel. This makes Oxygenetix a great alternative to regular heavy coverage foundations which can wreak havoc on the skin. Plus, it has SPF25 UVA/UVB protection meaning you can tick off wearing sun protection everyday. 

Key Benefits:

  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Doesn’t smudge due to sweat
  • Long-wearing
  • Skin- loving ingredients 
  • Oil and fragrance free
  • Hypoallergenic and non-irritating


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