August 2019 Newsletter

From the Desk of Dr. Balharry ...

Don’t sweat it. Sweat it out. Sweat equity. I’m sweating. These are terms that we hear almost every day. And with good reason because we humans have 2-4 million sweat glands on our body. The main purpose of sweat is temperature regulation of our body. When we get hot, our body produces more sweat which evaporates off our skin causing a cooling effect. That’s why we sweat with exercise. But, sometimes this beneficial effect can go sideways and cause a condition called hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition where the body produces excessive sweat, commonly seen in the underarms, hands and feet, but can occur elsewhere on the body. It is not rare, affecting at least 2-3% of the North American population. There are a few health conditions that will cause excess sweating but the vast majority of people with hyperhidrosis are healthy individuals. The effects of hyperhidrosis can be very socially isolating. Underarm sweating is noticeable, damages clothes and can create an odour. Hand sweating makes handshake greetings a thing to dread and can wet paper when writing. The feeling of embarrassment makes it difficult for people with this condition to seek out treatment.

Which brings us to treatment – what can be done? There is often confusion between deodorants and antiperspirants. Deodorants just cover the odour from sweat by creating a different odour. Antiperspirants block the secretion of sweat from the sweat glands. Many of these are available over the counter but there are stronger ones that you have to ask the pharmacist for or obtain a prescription for. They are usually best applied the night before and they can all be used on the hands and feet as well as the armpits. The only trouble with the stronger ones is that they often cause skin irritation.

There is a treatment called iontophoresis which uses a mild electric charge to stop the sweat glands working. It is, unfortunately, a very cumbersome and time consuming procedure so it is not very popular. There are also some medications that dry up the sweat glands but they also have other side effects such as dry mouth and drowsiness.
There are surgical procedures that cut the nerves that supply the sweat glands but this is rarely done now because of the risk of the procedure and the fact that there is a high incidence of what is called ‘compensatory hyperhidrosis’ which means that some other area starts sweating instead.

The most popular treatment is Botox. Botox interferes with the nerve information to the sweat glands and stops the production of sweat. The treatment involves several tiny injections of Botox in to the armpits, hands or feet with no other side effects. This will cause dryness for 6-12 months. The other good thing about this is that for most people, they can get it covered through their extended health benefit plan.

One other option is laser treatment. There is a laser treatment called MiraDry where the laser destroys the sweat gland cells.
So, the biggest hurdle for people is to not feel embarrassed about seeking out a solution for their sweating as there is help that can be very effective. Come in and talk with me and we can work out a solution for you.

Skin Care Tips by Anna ...

Why use a primer?

I get asked quite regularly: “What is the purpose of using a primer?" Let me explain:

The main purpose of a primer is to help create a smooth base that can diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, and uneven skin tone and textures. By using a primer, you can get away with less foundation and it increases the longevity of the makeup on the skin to have it last all day (as long as the makeup is a good brand - my favourite line is Jane Iredale!)

There are specific primers for different skin types and they have different benefits. Here are the primers that we carry at the clinic:

Jane Iredale - Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener is for dry skin types. It has anti-aging benefits and helps prevent trans epidermal water loss, which is very important with dry skin. This product goes on clear.

Jane Iredale - Smooth Affair for oily skin. It uses revolutionary poreway technology along with state of the art mineral science that visibly reduces shine to create the ideal makeup canvas. This product goes on clear.

Jane Iredale - Absence Oil Control Primer actually absorbs excess oil without affecting the moisture of the skin. Originally, this products was developed for oily skin types, but makeup artists recommend this product for anyone who has an important occasion like a wedding, a graduation, etc. to keep them looking fabulous all day long. This product goes on clear.

Dermalogica - Skin Perfect Primer is a product for aging skin including a sunscreen SPF 30 which protects skin from UVA damage up to two hours. It is known to smooth fine lines, brighten your face and prep for make-up application. It has a velvety formula with Soy Protein which helps to even out skin texture and creates a smoother surface. This product has a sheer tint to it.

Vivier - Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF melts into skin leaving it silky smooth which is great to apply under makeup. It has a special texturizing agent that is known to absorb oils and provide a mattifying and weightless texture so ideally this product works best on dry to normal skin types. This product goes on white then turns clear when you work it in.

So as you can see, we have multiple kinds of primers available for all skin types. Please feel free to come to the clinic and we can help you pick the right one for you!

Healthy Skin ~ Happy Skin