Dry or Sweaty Skin

Balancing optimal levels of hydration is important to maintaining both the appearance and functionality of healthy skin. Those who do not suffer from excessively dry or sweaty skin may take moisture levels in their skin for granted, never truly understanding what it feels like to be afraid to shake someone’s hand or give someone a high-five.

Understanding dry skin

Healthy, properly hydrated skin is made up of lipids, proteins, collagen, elastin and other special substances that contribute to skin elasticity, plumpness and resiliency. Conversely, when skin is too dry, it can appear tight, scaly, ashy and rough, creating premature fine lines and wrinkles.

Causes of dry skin

Skin dryness can be a result of exposure to dry air, excessively hot water, soaps and scrubs that strip necessary oils from the skin as well as some medications and medical conditions. Most dry skin is temporary and can be easily fixed through topical moisturizers and small lifestyle changes, however for some, dry skin can be a chronic, lifelong condition that requires help from your dermatologist.

Dry skin treatment options

There are several at-home treatment options to help alleviate dry skin. If these changes do not bring relief, visit your dermatologist for an evaluation and treatment plan.

  • Limit showers and baths to 5 or 10 minutes and use warm instead of hot water
  • Use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers
  • Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing
  • Look for ointments or creams that contain soothing, moisturizing ingredients
  • Add a humidifier to your home

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Understanding excessively sweaty skin, or hyperhidrosis

One in five people suffer from hyperhidrosis, the clinical name for excessive sweating. It can affect the entire body or targeted areas, generally the hands, feet and armpits. This excessive sweating can interfere with everyday activities. Hands can be so sweaty that it becomes difficult to turn a doorknob or use a computer. Sweat from the underarms often soaks through clothes, causing obvious sweat marks. Because the skin is often wet, skin infections can develop.

Causes of hyperhidrosis

Sweating is your body’s mechanism to cool itself. Controlled by your nervous system, sweating can increase as your body temperature rises or as you become more nervous. For patients suffering from hyperhidrosis, the nerves responsible for triggering sweat glands become overactive and increased stress or nervousness can cause the problem to worsen.

Hyperhidrosis treatment options

Botox injections are FDA approved for the treatment of axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis as it temporarily blocks neurotransmitters that stimulate sweat production. Although every patient is different, many will see a reduction in sweating that lasts up to six months or more before injections must be repeated again. The underarm injections are tolerated with minimal pain, but topical anesthetics can be used to reduce the pain if desired. Minor bruising may occur at the injection sites but most patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities. On the day of your procedure, an Advanced Dermatology provider will clean the area and may, in some instances, perform an “iodine starch test” to determine where the sweating originates. The doctor will then administer several Botox injections in each underarm.

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Houston’s hyperhidrosis specialist

Dr. Sherry Ingraham, Dr. Kelly Duncan and Dr. Mary Moore of Advanced Dermatology all have extensive training in the use of Botox for the treatment of hyperhidrosis.

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