Facial Sweating…Why Me?
Sweating is a necessary part of the body’s cooling system. As the moisture evaporates, it helps regulate the body’s internal and external temperature, making sure that it does not overheat. For some people, however, facial sweating goes far beyond being a simple cooling tool. Also known as facial Hyperhidrosis, this condition can wreak havoc on the sufferer’s life, causing sweat to well up and drip down all parts of the face, particularly the forehead, neck, scalp, nose and above the upper lip. Those who suffer from facial and head sweating can experience symptoms at any time, even when their body is comfortably cool and they have not been engaged in physical activity.
While facial sweating does not usually cause physical harm, it viewed as embarrassing, and can lead, in some cases to a drastic drop in confidence and self-esteem. This effect is worsened by the fact that anxiety and insecurity are two of the most common sweat triggers. With the sufferer already in an anxious state, their condition can become intrinsically tied to their emotions, creating further feelings of insecurity at the mere thought of facial sweating.
Facial Sweating Causes
Doctors are still not sure what causes some people to be prone to experiencing a sweaty face; although many think it could be genetic. What they do know is that for most people, hyperhidrosis is the result of an overactive sympathetic nerve, which is the nerve responsible for triggering sweat when the body gets too hot. In those who suffer from facial sweating, however, it may be triggered by any number of stimuli. For the most part, triggers tend to be emotional. Anxiety, embarrassment and nervousness are all common triggers. Extreme emotional states such as great happiness and deep depression are also common emotional causes.
There are also a number of medical causes of facial sweating that, while less common, can be more severe. This is because those who have conditions related to their central nervous system may be at greater risk of hyperhidrosis, especially if they have suffered injuries to their nerves or spinal cord. Obesity, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and some types of tumors can also lead to excessive facial sweating. While sweating caused by a central nervous system disorder may still be triggered by an emotional or mental state, most perspiration is caused by a medical condition is completely unrelated to emotion.
How to Prevent Facial Sweating
As is the case with many conditions, finding the right way to get started when it comes to treating facial sweating may be to prevent it in the first place. The best way to do this is to get at the root of the problem. For those whose hyperhidrosis is related to a medical condition, it may be seen as a symptom more than a condition in itself and may be improved through treatment of the greater medical problem. For those whose perspiration problems is a reaction to emotional stimuli, it can be beneficial to learn some anxiety control techniques that can be used in stressful situation to decrease the emotional response, and therefore decrease the facial sweating.
While it may not be possible to completely do away with the emotional causes of facial sweating, there are a number of things that can be done to lessen the effect of the condition. Facial antiperspirants are similar in substance to underarm deodorant, but are intended for use on the face. They are commonly sold over the counter at some pharmacies and drug stores, and are also available from a number of online shops. A wide variety of cures also falls into the categories of home remedy and alternative medicine. While few of these have any basis in science, some people have found them to be effective. Home remedy treatments include washing the face frequently in cool water, eating a high-fiber vegetarian diet, and drinking turnip juice and sage tea. One treatment used in the 1950′s, called Iontophoresis, involved the hands and feet being placed in buckets of water and a low electric current being run through the body.
How to Stop Facial Sweating
For extreme cases of facial sweating, there are a number of medical treatments that may be prescribed by a doctor to get rid of this problem. The most common of these is the drug oxybutynin, marketed under the name Ditropan. While it has been shown to help with this condition, it does have a number of side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth and visual symptoms. A newer treatment which is better known for its role as a cosmetic procedure, Botox injections have also been able to disable sweat glands temporarily, for periods of four to nine months.
When all else has failed, there are surgical options available. Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy removes some of the nerve clusters around the spinal cord that are responsible for the body’s sweating function. While surgery may put an end to facial sweating, however, it is an invasive procedure that may require extensive recovery time and like all surgery performed on the central nervous system, carries the risk of serious complications.