Stop Excessive Facial Sweating
How does one stop excessive facial sweating? Learn about the causes and treatment options for excessive
Excessive facial sweating, medically referred to as facial hyperhidrosis, can be extremely unpleasant,
embarrassing and annoying. Not only is facial sweating the most visible form of hyperhidrosis, it also involves
sweating of the scalp and neck.
Individuals who suffer from excessive face sweating tend to need to keep their hair short and affected females
are unable to wear much makeup because it runs. Involuntary facial blushing (Erythrophobia) is also another symptom
that often occurs in conjunction with facial hyperhidrosis.
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Causes of Excessive Facial Sweating
Contrary to popular belief, excessive face sweating is not related to being overweight. Instead, according to
various medical case studies, facial hyperhidrosis is believed to be likely a genetic condition and can often
occur, with no obvious triggers. Usually, excessive facial sweating begins early in the adolescence years and gets
more severe as one gets older.
Though this condition is thought to be genetic, however excessive face sweating can also be aggravated by other
stimuli such as foods, anxiety, medical and emotional issues like stress, depression, fear or anger.
Topical lotions and creams containing aluminum chloride are somewhat effective in controlling mild facial
Applying antiperspirant onto the face effectively blocked the opening of sweat glands in the affected area,
thereby stopping the production of sweat.
For best results, apply antiperspirant onto the face, neck and scalp in the evening, before going to bed. Make
sure skin is dry before application. After six or eight hours, wash it off. Use daily until favorable results are
Prescriptive oral medications such as beta-blockers and anticholinergics are another viable treatment for
excessive facial sweating. Typically, doctors would only recommend medication if facial sweating cannot be
controlled by antiperspirant since such medications carry many side effects such as blurred vision, drowsiness and
For those who want to stop excessive face sweating, Botox ® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) is another choice of
treatment against facial hyperhidrosis. In this procedure, the specialist or dermatologist will administer a series
of small injections across the facial area to block the neurotransmitter that causes sweat production.
While Botox ® may effectively treat facial hyperhidrosis, however it is important to understand that Botox ®
does not completely cure the condition. Repeated treatments is required to control the sweating every six to eight
When traditional non-invasive treatment fails, a surgical procedure known as Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy
(ETS) can be effective at treating facial hyperhidrosis. Performed with local anaesthesia, a part of the nerve
system called the sympathetic nerve is either removed or cramped (in case future reversal of procedure is required)
to disrupts the neural signals that transmit signals to the sweat glands, thus effectively preventing excessive
With a 95% success rate, this surgery is popular among most hyperhidrosis sufferers. However common side effects
of ETS can include compensatory hyperhidrosis (where the patient sweat heavily in other areas of the body, mainly
the back, lower legs and thighs), lack of arousal or a reduction in alertness.