Why Does My Skin Feel Hot to the Touch?
It’s not just me! It happens to everyone. There are many reasons why your skin feels so much hotter than usual when you’re around others. Here are some of them:
1) You’ve Been Overheating All Day or Even All Night!
You may have been over heating all day long because it was very humid and/or windy outside. When you get home from work, you’re usually sweating profusely and your hands and feet are burning up. You probably even had a rash or pimple on your face.
If you were lucky enough to go out in the sun, chances are it wasn’t too pleasant either since the heat is still high inside. Your body may have already reached its limit of what it can tolerate and now it’s going to start cooling down naturally with sweat.
2) You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin D3 in Your Diet
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, muscles, blood cells and brain function. Without vitamin D, you’ll experience rashes like eczema or psoriasis. (Source) So if you don’t get enough of this vital nutrient from food sources such as fish oil capsules or fortified milk products then your body will turn to other ways to make it.
One way is through the skin. This is why your skin feels so much hotter when you’re around others. The body is trying to produce more Vitamin D through the skin because it can’t do so in other ways.
Some people are more prone to this than others based on their genes. If you start taking Vitamin D supplements then the body should stop “stealing” from the skin very quickly and normalize within a few days. If you’re unsure of whether or not you’re getting enough then consult your doctor.
3) Your Body is Signaling to You That It’s Not Comfortable
Your body is intelligent and will always try to protect your internal organs from harm whenever possible. When it starts feeling excessively hot, it has to do something about it otherwise cell and tissue death will occur. The best way to cool the body down fast is through the skin by way of sweat.
So the body does just that.
But why does it seem that other people around you aren’t feeling this effect nearly as much?
Well it’s because your body is trying to protect its vital organs at all costs. It would rather risk overheating the skin than damage something internal. The next time you start to feel excessively hot, try taking the following steps:
Step 1) Remove Clothes
Remove as many layers of clothes as you can. It’s not very professional to walk around work without a shirt but you’ll feel better. The less you’re wearing, the less the body has to heat up.
It might also help you concentrate at work. If it gets very hot in your office building then try going to a lower floor or go outside for some fresh air.
Step 2) Take a Cold Shower
Go take a cold shower. Your body will have no choice but to cool itself down since there’s no other way to do it. Stay in as long as you can stand.
Try to stay around 5 minutes and increase time gradually each day until you reach 20-30 minutes.
Step 3) Eat a High Protein Diet
Your body is going to be burning a lot more calories than usual so try to eat more high protein foods since it’ll have no choice but burn those instead of your precious body fat. Stay away from sugary junk food as well since that will only make you hotter in the long run.
In a Nutshell
Your body can start to overheat very easily when you’re surrounded by other people. There are a few reasons why this might be happening to you. Luckily there are also ways to counteract it as well.
Follow the steps above and you should see some immediate relief within the next couple days.
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Sources & references used in this article:
What is touch? by M Ratcliffe – Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2012 – Taylor & Francis
The skin, touch, and human development by A Montagu – Clinics in Dermatology, 1984 – Elsevier
Skin: A natural history by NG Jablonski – 2008 – books.google.com
Aristotle on the Organ of Touch by GB Matthews – Ancient Philosophy, 2011 – pdcnet.org
Water, skin and touch: Migrant bathing assemblages by G Waitt, L Welland – Social & Cultural Geography, 2019 – Taylor & Francis
The tactile eye: Touch and the cinematic experience by JM Barker – 2009 – books.google.com