Understanding Facial Sweating and Its Treatments
Excessive facial sweating can be a menace to those who have to live with it. If you are suffering from facial sweating or know someone who is, you may be interested in learning what causes this condition and ways that it might be treated.
First, let’s take a closer look at facial sweating. “Normal” sweating is caused by a hormonal stimulation that causes the sweat glands to release…well, sweat; typically when a person is too warm. Facial sweating is medically termed facial hyperhidrosis, and instead of a few drops of sweat here and there, it is usually a significant amount that runs down the face, and not just when a person is overheated. Symptoms are not limited to a sweaty face, but also sweating on the head and neck. This can result in hair being constantly damp, giving it an oily appearance. The scalp can become irritated and may persistently smell of stale sweat. Women with this issue face a terrible time of preventing their makeup from “running”.
While there are many causes behind this phenomenon, sometimes it can genuinely crop up for no apparent reason. It can be a hereditary trait, meaning that if one of your blood relatives has it, chances are that’s where you got it from. Facial and head sweating may also be triggered by anxiety or stress. Does your facial sweating usually crop up during office meeting or other important, and stressful, situations? Our bodies do funny things when we get stressed out, and it is quite possible that when someone with facial hyperhidrosis becomes too nervous, they end up sweating profusely.
If your facial sweating is a recent development and seems to crop up randomly (not related to stress or anxiety), it could be caused by something serious. Thyroid issues can result in excessive sweating, as can diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.
The best chance you have at finding a cure for facial and head sweating is to determine the cause behind the condition. If your condition has sprung up due to poor stress management, then you might want to step back and reevaluate your lifestyle. Try scheduling in more “you time” or taking up a hobby that relaxes you. If your job is the main source of your sweat, ask what you can do to change the level of stress your career carries. If you believe that you may have a serious underlying issue causing you to sweat, it is imperative that you seek out a doctor. If you are unsure what the cause may be, you should still schedule a checkup with your doctor to find out what the true culprit is behind your condition.
Treatments vary, depending largely upon the root of the problem. As mentioned in the paragraph above, stress-related sweating can likely be cured by finding an effective way to vent stress. If the condition is hereditary and quite persistent, it is possible to receive Botox injections, however Botox has only been approved to treat excessive underarm sweating. Having injections in the head or face is likely to be quite painful, not to mention expensive. There are also topical antiperspirants available that you can apply to your skin. What you have to be careful about with antiperspirants is that they have to be applied to DRY skin, otherwise it could result in irritation. They are also only good for about six to eight hours. If you apply the antiperspirant before bed, its effects will have worn off before you even start your day. If the cause is an underlying disorder, chances are that treatment of this disorder will result in treating your facial sweating as well.
To be on the safe side, it is recommended that you visit a doctor to receive an accurate diagnosis as well as a recommended treatment.