Why do I sweat more than other people?
Updated: Mar 31
With Britain experiencing a rare heatwave, it’s safe to say that most of us will be a bit sweatier than usual.
In this weather, there’s more of a chance of getting embarrassing perspiration rings under your arms or a stripe of sweat down your back before you even get to work, and then having to spend the day feeling gross and wondering if the person on the next desk can smell your sweaty shame. We know that sweating is the body’s way of regulating temperature, but why can some people run a marathon in 35 degree heat while others start sweating the minute the weather gets vaguely non-Arctic?
Dr Emma Wedgeworth, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation spokesperson says: ‘Sweating is regulated through specialised glands known as eccrine glands. The amount of sweat they release is under the control of our nervous system, which can sense changes in temperatures or in emotional stress. ‘We all have slightly different settings on our glands – those people who sweat a lot have very active glands, which are very sensitive to environmental changes.’ According to Dr Wedgeworth, it’s all a bit of a lottery. If you’ve got active glands, you’re going to be sweaty when it’s hot and when you’re nervous or stressed.
Lifestyle changes may help to reduce sweating:
wearing loose and light clothes
avoiding triggers, such as alcohol and spicy foods, that could make your sweating worse
wearing black or white clothes to help minimise the signs of sweating
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition in which a person sweats excessively.
The sweating may affect the whole of your body, or it may only affect certain areas. Commonly affected areas include the:
palms of your hands
soles of your feet
face and chest
Both sides of the body are usually affected equally – for example, both feet or both hands.
The sweating doesn't usually pose a serious threat to your health, but it can be embarrassing and distressing. It can also have a negative impact on your quality of life and may lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.
If anti deodorants & lifestyle changes don't help, you may be advised to try treatments such as iontophoresis (the affected area is treated with a weak electric current passed through water or a wet pad), botulinum toxin injections, and even surgery in a few cases.
Hyperhidrosis is usually a long-term condition, but some people experience an improvement with time and the treatments available can often keep the problem under control.
Botulinum toxin injections for cosmetic treatment of excessive sweating are offered by Jouvence Aesthetics for any affected area. Contact us for advice, information or to make an appointment. treatment will last from 6-12 months and is very effective.