Is Sweating Good for Our Skin?

Everybody knows that sweating is a natural mechanism of human’s body for staying cool and keep skin looking its best. Though some experts consider that as sweating opens the pores, it also aggravates such conditions as eczema and acne. Is it actually a healthy glow then? The answer is not an easy "yes" or “no”. Let’s take a closer look at why that’s the case.

First, let’s find out what perspiration is. Human sweat consists of water, concentrations of chloride and sodium and a small amount of potassium. There are 2 glands that answer for the process of sweating: apocrine and eccrine. While eccrine glands regulate our body temperature, apocrine glands produce sweat as a response to stimulation such as workout. Besides the above mentioned ingredients, sweat released by apocrine glands may also contain fatty acids and proteins.

Though sweat has sodium, it can’t serve as a natural alternative to a high-quality exfoliating salt scrub. But it offers some other fancy benefits for your skin. First of all the process of perspiring makes your pores to self-clean from the deeper skin layers to surface. Many cosmetologists use steam during facials to get the same effect in order to prepare the skin for further cleaning and extractions.

Sweat can also play a role of defender against foreign substances. Some of the recent studies conducted in Germany showed that perspiration includes a natural antibiotic Dermcidin. This antibiotic helps to kill such bacteria as Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli on the surface of the skin.

But there is another thing you should know about: leaving sweat on your skin for too long period of time can bring harm, as it leads to such condition like miliaria. Better known as heat rash or prickly rash, miliaria occurs when eccrine glands get blocked and it results in lots of red bumps. The best way to keep your pores unclogged is to always wash your face and body as soon as possible after sweating. If you have an irritable skin you might consider changing sweaty clothes immediately too. There should be an individual approach in every specific situation.

So, the answer to whether sweat is healthy for your skin or not is still open but now you know the main facts that help you to keep them on your side. Let your perspiration take its natural course but once you feel sweat make sure to provide your skin with proper cleaning and care.