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We’re heading into summer, and with the warm season comes weddings, Christmas parties, and endless events… in the heat.
We all know the struggle of discretely trying to conceal sweat from pouring down your face when you’re in your fanciest dress and posing for photos. It can be a nightmare.
An increasingly popular way of preventing said sweat is using creams and gels that stop perspiriation.
You’ve probably seen these potions in your local pharmacy. So how do they work, and are they actually safe to use? We ask Dr Greg Goodman from The Dermatology Institute of Victoria.
How do they work?
Sweat-preventing creams work in a couple of ways. The varieties you see on the pharmacy shelf are usually aluminium-based, and they work by blocking sweat glands in the same way deodorant does.
"Most are modifications of normal antiperspirants that one may use, for example, daily to stop sweating from armpits," Dr Goodman explains.
However, other antiperspirant formulations require a prescription due to the way they work. "They are more specific chemical-targeting products that disrupt the nerve supply to the sweat gland. Modifications may be seen in the future to the botulinum toxin (Botox) molecule to allow it to be used topically in sweat reduction, but usually Botox is used as an injection preparation to stop sweating," Dr Goodman says. (Post continues after video.)
So if you do have particular problematic areas, especially on your face, then seeing your doctor or dermatologist for a prescription to resolve the issue is probably your best bet.
"The prescription preparations can be used on your face, where people sweat excessively in certain areas such as the forehead, nose and upper lip, and there are commercial preparations that are designed for facial use," Dr Goodman explains.