As much as we’d like to be free of it, perspiration is a natural phenomenon that is essential for good health.
It plays three important roles:
-It helps regulate body temperature, keeping it at a steady 37°C/98.6°F.
-It helps the metabolism eliminate waste and toxins present in the body.
-It helps keep the skin moisturized: sweat contributes to forming a natural barrier that protects the skin and maintains moisture levels by controlling evaporation.
What causes perspiration?
As you probably know, increased body temperature (heat, exercise, fever, etc.) can lead to intense surges in perspiration. However, other factors, including your emotions (stress, fear, etc.) and even the consumption of certain foods (chilies, alcohol, coffee, etc.) can also play a role.
When you perspire, your body produces two types of sweat:
-Eccrine sweat, produced by the eccrine glands, is naturally odorless and made up of 99% water. These glands are located all over your body (forehead, palms, feet, underarms, etc.).
-Apocrine sweat, produced by the apocrine glands, contains greater amounts of oil. When this type of sweat comes into contact with the bacteria naturally found on the surface of the skin, it can cause body odor. Apocrine glands are found exclusively in the underarms, crotch and chest.