Is sweating good for your skin?  

Dr. Jagatjit Singh Kohli

By Dr. Jagatjit Singh Kohli
MBBS, DHMS-Harvard, Masters in Clinical Dermatology

June 12th, 2023

During summer, everyone hates sweating because it makes us embrace and feel icky and sticky. But you might be surprised to know the benefits of sweating for your skin and body. Whether you like it or not, sweating is one of the most important signs of a healthy body and beautiful skin. The primary purpose of sweating is to help the body cool down and control its temperature. In this blog, we will explain what sweating does for your skin.

Why do humans sweat?

Our body contains 3–4 million sweat glands, excluding the lips. Sweat is produced by these glands in the dermis, which is the deeper layer of the skin. Our body starts sweating when it needs to regulate its core temperature due to excessive heat or exercise. It allows the body to cool down by removing excess muscle heat. 

Moreover, it helps to remove toxins from the body and circulate vital nutrients like sodium through the bloodstream. As we sweat, vital nutrients like calcium, potassium, and sodium are reduced.  

We are likely to sweat more while exercising because the hydration level of our body will decrease sharply. Some people feel a terrible odor while sweating because the odor results when the sweat mixes with skin bacteria. So if you work out regularly, stay hydrated and hygienic, so your perspiration from sweating is odorless. However, excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, might indicate serious conditions that require immediate medical attention.

What does sweating do to your skin?

Some of the reasons why sweating is beneficial for your skin are the following:

  • Sweating while exercising boosts blood circulation throughout the body, giving your skin a healthy glow from the inside out. A proper, healthy blood flow helps to allow oxygen and nutrients to reach and nourish your skin cells. It can also improve your skin’s appearance and make it look dewy by moisturizing thoroughly. 
  • It helps kill harmful bacteria on the surface of your skin. Washing your face after exercising is essential because you shouldn’t allow sweat to sit for a long time. Otherwise, it can have adverse effects. 
  • It helps cool down and moisturize your skin. Regular exercise and routine sweat production can work wonders for your skin with its anti-aging effects. 
  • It is a natural substitute for an exfoliator that helps clear out your clogged pores and remove all the dirt and impurities.
  • It fights against some skin issues like dry skin and skin allergies. 
  • It helps to maintain healthy and balanced skin by improving skin quality and texture. 
  • It also makes your skin feel fresh and radiant by rejuvenating them. 

Bottom line

Sweating not only controls our body temperature but also helps keep a check on our skin’s condition. It helps to balance the quality and texture of your skin, leading to healthier skin.  Our clinic has a team of top dermatologists who can provide solutions for all your skin problems for all age groups. Book an appointment with us today to get healthier, younger-looking skin. 

Is sweating good for your skin?  
Is sweating good for your skin?  
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