Sweat and Scars

Sweating is a normal human response to overheating, but when it comes to scars, this process is compromised. Because scar tissue doesn’t have sweat or oil glands, this can impair the regulation of body temperature. In addition, scar tissue is not as lubricated or elastic as normal skin is.

What exactly is sweat? Also known as perspiration, sweat is essentially moisture that exudes through the pores of your skin as a reaction to heat, fever, physical exertion, or fear. However, scarred areas don’t generally have pores through which sweat can emerge. That being said, recent studies have shown that there may be some residual sweat glands in scar tissue, whereby the regeneration process of some active sweat glands can be present. It’s possible that the sweat glands in scars can regenerate with time after an injury.

A Bit About Sweat

Sweat is your body’s way of releasing excess heat. When your body senses that it is overheating, it will release sweat as a way to control temperature. Through the promotion of heat loss through evaporation, sweating keeps our body temperature regulated so we don’t overheat and pass out, says Healthline.

Sweat contains liquid comprising 99 percent water and one percent salt and fat, according to MedlinePlus. People have between two and four million sweat glands that lie deep in the skin, connected to the surface by ducts. You sweat constantly, even when not exercising. In fact, the average person evaporates up to a quart of sweat every day.

When you get overheated, you sweat. That resulting evaporation cools your body down. You also sweat when frightened or nervous, usually in the armpits, palms and forehead but also in the soles of your feet.

Here are some fun facts about sweat:

  • Pure sweat is odorless. It’s only when it mixes with the bacteria living on your skin that it produces a foul-smelling odor.
  • Spicy foods trick your brain into thinking your body temperature is increasing, which then triggers sweat production.
  • Consuming a lot of alcohol speeds up your heart rate and dilates blood vessels, which also happens when you expend physical activity. However, your brain is tricked into assuming it needs to cool itself down through sweat production.
  • . As byproducts of these foods are secreted, they start interacting with the bacteria on our skin, producing a foul-smelling odor. Sulfur-containing foods like broccoli and Brussels sprouts can also change body odor.

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