Everyone sweats. We've all been there, those situations of fear or excitement, when the heartbeat increases, blood pressure goes up, and that first drop of sweat runs down your body. But is sweat okay? Contrary to the socially accepted norms, perspiration is actually good for you-necessary, in fact.
Perspiration, more commonly known as sweating, is a natural and vital function of the human body. The purpose of sweating is to regulate the core temperature of the body. During physically and/or mentally stressful situations-exercise on a hot day, an important presentation at work, or a first date-sweat is produced to keep the body cool and stable. That is why it is so important not to stop the entire function of sweating; rather, it is best to control it where you sweat the most. It is safe to prevent sweat at these hotspots, because your body will naturally redistribute the perspiration over a wider region of your body-thereby safely reducing problematic perspiration.
PURAX offers a full line of products that combat sweat directly at the hotspots-the underarms or back, for example-but without stopping the entire mechanism of sweating itself. Just give PURAX a try and experience the difference.
For many, sweat is a source of anxiety, embarrassment, and even depression. Sweat is, after all, looked down upon in society-it is seen as a sign of bad hygiene or as a lack of physical fitness. It is believed that sweating should only be condoned at the gym. For such negative associations, however, sweat is a rather simple and benign substance.
Sweat is a fluid made almost entirely of water, along with trace amounts of other bodily compounds such as fats, acids, salts, and sugars. As sweat is released through the pores, and onto the surface of the skin, it evaporates and, therefore, cools down the body. Although sweat itself is a natural product of the body, there are countless negative consequences to sweating including but not limited to: clothing stains, rashes, blistering, bacterial growth, and bad odor. And so people spend their hard-earned dollars searching for answers and, more importantly, solutions to excessive sweat.
PURAX prides itself on knowing what sweat is, why we sweat, and how to safely stop sweat, along with its associated problems. When it comes to perspiration, you can trust that we know what we're doing.
We have about 3 million sweat glands distributed over the entire body. Especially in the armpits, on the neck, head, forehead, and on the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet. They are missing on the lips, in the nail bed, eardrums, and to a large extent , in the genital area. On the hands, feet, forehead, and armpits there can be as many as 350 sweat glands per square centimetre.
Eccrine sweat glands are the most common in the human body and contribute to the majority of the overall amount of sweat produced. They are directly connected to the central temperature regulator in the diencephalons, therefore play a crucial role in regulating body temperature. They do not only excrete water, but also toxins and metabolic end products. Depending on the temperature, sweat glands are able to secrete between 0.5 and 8 litres of liquid per day.
Apocrine glands on the other hand produce a more viscous secretion. They are also referred to as "odour glands". They do not develop until the body reaches puberty. Then they develop mainly in the hair roots, such as in the armpit, around the anus and in the genital area. Odour glands are not main contributors to temperature regulation but are activated during strong emotional conditions, such as anger, pain, fear, or sexual drives. Apocrine sweat is odourless upon release. Only after bacteria or yeast cells decompose the sweat is an unpleasant odour produced. Especially large sweat glands are placed in the armpits and release pungent smelling sweat and produce unpleasant wetness under the arms.
Sweat consists of up to 99% water and contains not only sodium chloride, but also potassium, magnesium, phosphate, sulphate, urea, volatile low fatty acids, neutral fats, immunoglobulines, cholesterol, and odour substances. Ailments of the sweat glands can be an overproduction(hyperhidrosis), under production(hypohidrosis), or complete loss of production(anhidrosis).
Without any sweat, the body will overheat. Sometimes, however, the body can produce too much sweat-a condition known as excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. The International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHS)-of which PURAX is a member-estimates that "up to 8 million people or 3% of the U.S. population" struggles with this condition. "Unfortunately," an IHS fact sheet explains, "many people suffer with hyperhidrosis in isolation and silence because they do not believe there is anything that can be done, that it is a diagnosable medical condition, and that they are among millions who suffer the same."
There are a variety of invasive, electromotive, and surgical solutions to hyperhidrosis:
• Botox can be injected into the skin to reduce excessive sweating. The invasive procedure is, however, expensive, and must be repeated every 4-6 months. In addition, the patient runs the risk of life-threatening side effects.
• Iontophoresis therapy involves using a weak electrical current that stimulates the mineral carrying ions. While this is a relatively safe and effective solution to excessive sweating, it only works on the hands and feet, and the therapy must be repeated periodically.
• Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) is a dangerous surgery which involves disabling the nerves responsible for sweating in certain parts of the body by clamping or severing them. This procedure is the riskiest and most expensive of the treatments; ETS should only be carried out for the most extreme cases of hyperhidrosis.
PURAX offers a full line of effective, noninvasive and nonsurgical sweat-defense products to deal with the problem of perspiration, safely and inexpensively. Our best selling PURAX Pure Pads, for example, are an all natural solution for moderate to excessive sweating of the underarms. For excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis,