Facial Hyperhidrosis

Facial hyperhidrosis is defined as an excessive sweating localized most often in the forehead, temples, scalp and neck.

Many factors can cause facial hyperhidrosis, including: obesity, intense stress and anxiety, physical effort, and some hormonal dysfuntions such as hyperthyroidism.

In this case, the facial hyperhidrosis is called secondary. And it should get better after the cause has been taken care of. In other cases, the hyperhidrosis is not caused by a particular factor, that’s when it’s called primary facial hyperhidrosis.

Facial hyperhidrosis can become a real disability in everyday life.The sweat is visible to all, and can even pour down the face, making it difficult to wear make up, leaving wet marks on clothes and making the hair look greasy and unwashed.

Facial hyperhidrosis can also cause low self-esteem, a lack of confidence and even social anxiety. Since this condition can be so debilitating, it’s important to look for ways to manage it and hopefully completely get rid of it.

How to treat facial sweating?

There are simple and effective solutions to manage facial hyperhidrosis. If it’s secondary, it’s important to take care of the triggering factor.

For example, if the excessive sweating aims to get rid of toxins, you can help the body to detoxify by drinking a lot of water, which will result in eliminating the toxins through urine (and thus decreasing the body’s efforts to eliminating the toxin through the sweat.) You should also avoid eating spicy dishes, garlic and onion (in addition to increasing perspiration, they give it a stronger smell), and if you think that facial sweating is related to stress, you can try meditation or relaxation exercises to help with that.

To decrease sweating, you can also apply a little bit of alum stone (natural antiperspirant) to your face. Don’t hesitate to use wipes to clean your face, and try applying green clay masks to your skin to see if it helps with the problem.  If all else fails, it’s time to consult a doctor for more serious and effective methods of treatment.  Your doctor might prescribe a topical antiperspirant cream, formulated with a chemical such as aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which will put to rest the glands responsible for perspiration.

If the topical medication is not effective or it doesn’t fully manage the condition, your doctor will then prescribe oral medication.

The treatment of choice for hyperhidrosis of the face and skull is the anticholinergic (Oxybutynin). This is an oral treatment, in the form of tablets. Oxybutynin is an anticholinergic that will effectively reduce the facial sweating, but it will also have some side effects.

These side effects can include dry mouth, dry eyes and urinary disorders, to mention a few. So make sure to let your doctor know if you experience any weird side effects.


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