Sweating is a normal human syndrome where body water is flushed out to help to cool it down. In some cases, this body function starts reacting unnaturally causing excessive sweating.
It has been proved that around 3% to 4% of the population in this world suffers from this excessive sweating condition. In medical terminology, this condition is known as hyperhidrosis. A person suffering from ‘hyperhidrosis’ experiences excess sweating in various body parts such as armpits, hands, feet and face.
Though till date, a definite cure for hyperhidrosis has not been ascertained, there are several forms of temporary treatments that are available for the patients suffering from hyperhidrosis. Oral medication, antiperspirants like Ghost Grip and surgical solutions are some of the main forms of treatment available.
Anti-sweat lotion is perhaps one of the most commonly used forms of treatment. Sweat lotion is less expensive and painful than surgical solutions and at the same time initiates lesser side-effects as compared to oral medication. Anti sweat lotions provide effective protection against excessive sweating and are easily available in the market.
Antiperspiration lotion such as Ghost Grip helps control perspiration by blocking the sweat glands. Sweat glands that work overtime, in some people suffering from hyperhidrosis, can be effectively blocked with the help of aluminum-based compound such as aluminum chloride that is present in every anti perspiration lotion. A good antiperspiration lotion like Ghost Grip should effectively contain around 10% to 15% aluminum chloride.
Lotion to control perspiration should be chosen after testing whether it irritates the skin or not. Sweat glands may work excessively for some people in the palm and feet region. In such cases, an anti perspiration lotion may not remain effective for long. Anti perspiration lotion may cause skin irritation in some cases, but this condition is rare.
Lotion to control perspiration may also include other aluminum-based chemicals such as:
- Aluminum hydroxybromide
- Aluminum zirconium tricholorohydrex glycine
- Aluminum chlorohydrate
How Antiperspirant Lotions Work
Sweat glands are located right under the skin. Depending on situations or conditions, these glands squeeze out water through the eccrine ducts. Antiperspiration lotion like Ghost Grip gives out aluminum ions that are sucked into the cells which are lined up near the opening of the epidermis where the eccrine ducts are located.
When the aluminum ions from the antiperspirant lotion get sucked into the cells, they start drawing in water at the same time, which results in the swelling of the cells, thereby squeezing the eccrine-gland ducts shut tight. This is how perspiration is stopped with the help of an antiperspirant.
But it is to be remembered that each cell lined near the epidermis can only swell up to a particular limit. Once it reaches its saturation point, the water inside the cell gets balanced with the concentration of the water outside. This is the point where the process of osmosis starts, thereby resulting in loss of water from the cells again. Ultimately, the cell is reduced to its original size. At this stage perspiration in that particular area of body will start again.
When the body part starts to perspire yet again, the entire process has to be repeated once more. Hand and foot antiperspirants are effective to a certain degree but their only drawback is that they have to be used on a regular basis.
Antiperspiration lotion like Ghost Grip is ideal for those who suffer from excessive sweating in hands, palms or feet - athletes and instrument players.