Have you been wiping your face drenched in sweat for many times in a day? If you think you’ve been sweating too much for no reason at all, you should look into facial hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis affects an estimated 15 million people in the United States. Roughly 10% of them suffer from the excessive forehead and facial sweating. Like you, they want to stop their excessive sweating.
Facial sweating, or craniofacial hyperhidrosis, occurs in around 10% of people who suffer from focal hyperhidrosis.
Although less frequent then axillary and palmar hyperhidrosis, it can have a large impact on patients’ lives. Our faces convey our emotions and when people see facial sweating they can often assume the sufferer is anxious or embarrassed. Wiping sweat from your brow or eyes can also become disruptive to everyday tasks.
Causes of facial hyperhidrosis
Anxiety, stress, medications, diet, and climate are all possible causes of profuse face sweating.
For some of us, the cause is more mysterious and the sweat is even more extreme. If this is the case, you’ll know that it is no longer a case of normal sweat.
What causes excessive head sweating?
Some cases of excessive face sweating treatment are caused by a medical condition called craniofacial hyperhidrosis. This condition is localised to the face, head, and scalp and is thought to be the result of overactive sweat glands.
Another potential cause of excessive head sweating is secondary hyperhidrosis. This can often be a side effect of medication, a change in hormone levels, or damage to the body’s nervous system. If you think you have secondary hyperhidrosis it’s important to consult a doctor to identify the potential cause and treatment.
Facial hyperhidrosis treatment
While there isn’t a sure-fire cure for hyperhidrosis, there are tips and treatments that can provide relief from the forehead and facial sweating.
- Handkerchiefs, bandanas, and cooling towels
- Diet Hacks – Fewer carbs, sugar, and caffeine. More vegetables, vitamins, and water.
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Stop focusing on the sweat
- Clinical-strength antiperspirants
- Prescription-strength antiperspirants
- Botox injections
- Medications for craniofacial hyperhidrosis
Fortunately, much can be done to combat the symptoms of facial sweating with an effective hyperhidrosis treatment plan. Medications that help reduce social anxiety are proven to be a helpful method for counteracting facial hyperhidrosis.
Of course, if you are suffering from excessive sweating, face towels are one of the simplest and most immediately helpful ways to ward off the side effects of facial sweating. The problem most patients troubled by hyperhidrosis face is, while these methods can undoubtedly help diminish the appearance of sweat, they don’t put an end to the problem.
For people who are interested in more aggressive measures of fighting excessive facial sweating, outpatient surgical procedures at Skin Club are relatively affordable and can successfully treat the condition.
Some of the treatments for facial hyperhidrosis include:
- Topical solutions. These include over-the-counter antiperspirants, which can be applied to the skin. They contain chemicals that can help keep the face dry but are not considered a good long-term solution, as it can irritate the skin of the face, head, or scalp.
- Antiperspirant with a high aluminium content. It is good to start with a clinical strength antiperspirant e.g. Driclor or Rexona Clinical Protection (contain around 20% aluminium). These can be bought from a supermarket or over the counter at a pharmacy. It is best to apply them at night prior to bed since you tend to sweat less overnight and it is more efficacious. It can result in localised irritation of the skin which might limit its use on the face since the red skin can be unsightly.
- Medications. Some medications are useful in treating facial sweating.
- Anticholinergic medication. After a clinical assessment at a clinic that specialises in hyperhidrosis, anticholinergic medication can be considered (particularly effective in craniofacial sweating). These work systemically and work by blocking the transmission of the chemical messenger (acetylcholine) responsible for excessive sweating. Anticholinergic medication can cause a range of side effects e.g. dry mouth, constipation, impaired taste, blurred vision and urinary retention so the dose needs to be adjusted to minimise these while maximising the effect on sweating.
- ETS Surgery. This is a very effective way to treat severe facial sweating. “ETS” stands for Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy and is useful for patients who have not responded to conservative treatments. It is laparoscopic surgery, meaning only tiny incisions are used, to cut specific nerves that communicate to the sweat glands.
Like other types of hyperhidrosis, treating facial hyperhidrosis is relatively accessible and easy. There are many treatment options to choose from, most of which will vary according to your individual case. The best way to find a cure to your problem is to ask your doctor about it.
At Skin Club, we encourage all our patients to have an initial consultation with our doctors before ever deciding which procedure to have. This allows us to know more about you and determine the root cause of the problem. It is also a way for us to ensure client satisfaction as we get to align our treatment offers to your specific needs.