Stop Excessive Sweating on Your Face

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Excessive sweating on the face is normal when it occurs in hot weather, while sitting in a sauna or after eating a spicy meal. Some individuals also experience heavy facial sweating if they are nervous or suffering from extreme anxiety or if they ingest a meal that is full of carbohydrates. It is normal for you face to sweat excessively if you are in an occupation that has you baking under hot lights all day, such as a photographer or stage actor.

Some people just naturally sweat facially if they start blushing because they are embarrassed. There is also a condition called Asian Flush that refers to the sweating and flushing of the face that can happen after consuming a few drinks. The reason it is called the Asian Flush is because 50% of Asian people lack an essential enzyme called acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) that is used by the body to process alcohol. This hereditary condition produces the symptoms of redness and facial flushing.

Excessive Sweating Is Not Always Normal

When is Facial Sweating Abnormal?

Sweating on the face not normal if it is not accompanied by some kind of exertion. It can indicate the presence of an infection or fever. It can also signify a food allergy, drug allergy or drug interaction. Excessive sweating on the face is also a symptom of -

  • Heart failure
  • Lymphoma
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Tuberculosis

Many medications and supplements can also cause excessive facial sweating including -

  • blood pressure medications
  • medications for dry mouth
  • antibiotics
  • vitamin B supplements (especially niacin which causes flushing and sweating of the face)

There is a condition called Focal Hyperhidrosis that describes chronic excessive sweating that is specific to the face, hands, arms and fact with no apparent cause. It is an idiopathic condition, meaning that it happens for no reason at any time and that it exists without a medical explanation for it. However, Focal Hyperhidrosis may be a symptom of two underlying medical conditions: Insulin Resistance and Type II Diabetes. In both cases, a raise in blood sugar causes the beads of sweat to appear on the face. Facial sweating can also be caused by hormonal imbalances experienced during menopause, which can affect blood sugar levels and cause sweating on the neck and face, especially after eating.

Ways to Stop Excessive Sweating On Your Face

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    An immediate quick fix for stopping excessive sweating on your face is to take a paper napkin or washcloth and cool it with very cold running water
    Dab your skin with the icy water and then wipe your face dry. This should cool down your body temperature down enough to stop the facial sweating for the time being.
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    For a longer term solution, see a doctor
    He or she will help you determine which of the four medical conditions is causing the excessive sweating and get treatment for it from a professional. For instance, bio-identical hormonal therapy might be prescribed for facial sweating caused by menopause and a special sugar-free and low-carb diet might be prescribed for those with insulin resistance. Doctors might also prescribe medications such as glycopyrrolate, oxybutynin, propantheine and benztropine to manage both idiopathic facial sweating and facial sweating, but drugs are only prescribed in severe cases.
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    If anxiety is the cause of your sweating, meditation, biofeedback treatment or prescription medication from your doctor may also solve the problem
    Excessive sweating on the face can be prompted by chronic anxiety or social anxiety.
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    Drink tomato juice regularly
    Nobody knows why but this old folk remedy this seems to have the effect of inhibiting sweating.
    A glass of tomato juice a day may keep the sweats away.
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    Drink a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey every day
    Mix two teaspoons of both and consume it to help eliminate excessive sweating on your face and anywhere else. Consumed internally this mixture helps to eliminate the toxins that your body is trying to eliminate through perspiration instead of through your digestive system.
    Apple cider vinegar mixed with honey helps stop sweating.
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    Take activated coconut charcoal powder if your doctor says it is right for you
    This is an organic black powder, made from coconuts that you mix into spring or distilled water and drink once daily to absorb the toxins created by an endocrine system that is out of balance. You need to check with your doctor about the dosage and also if it is right for you at all as the charcoal can also inhibit the absorption of certain medications.
    Coconut activated charcoal helps inhibit facial sweating. Image source:
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    If you take No Flush or Flush Free niacin to control facial sweating
    These formulations do not have the side effect of blushing, feeling hot and sweating that regular niacin has.
    Flush-Free Niacin such as this brand from NOW does not cause the side effect of facial sweating.<>
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    Apply Green Moong Dal paste to your face once a day
    Green Moong Dal is the Indian name for a paste made from toasted green mung beans. Take a cup of mung beans and toast them for about ten minutes in the oven until they are lightly browned on top. Grind them into a powder in a blender or coffee blender. Make a paste with half a cup of boiled milk. You may have to add a little more or less of the milk to get a spreadable consistence. Apply this to your face every day for fifteen days to minimize facial sweating. The peas absorb moisture from the pores and possess and unknown constituent that seems to inhibit sweating.
    Mung beans are toasted and used to make a paste to help stop sweating on the face.
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    Stop using heavy lotions and creams on your face
    Many of these creams are thick and oily and also block pores. They can contain phytoestrogens, estrogens and chemicals that can provoke episodes of sweating and skin irritation that can also cause the skin to sweat.
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    Apply fresh cucumber juice to your face
    Cucumber is an enzymatic juice with astringent qualities that shrinks your pores. Juice a cucumber, with the skin on chill the juice and then apply the chilled juiced to your face with a cotton ball. Leave it on until it dries and then rinse your face with cool water.
    Apply cucumber juice to your face and let it dry to help prevent excessive facial perspiration.
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    Apply Witch hazel with a cotton ball to the entire facial area
    Witch hazel is a powerful astringent that helps to cool down your skin so it does not feel so hot and shrink you facial pores so that any beads of sweat are not as evident.
    Witch Hazel cools and calms the skin to reduce sweating.<>
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    Use Maxim Wipes to stop facial sweating
    This is a product for both men and women that contains a very gentle antiperspirant that is specifically formulated for the face that can be used on the sensitive skin of the neck and face. It may be used as often as you need to prevent an outbreak of sweating.
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    Use Dude Wipes to minimize facial perspiration
    This is a product made for men that helps clean up and reduce perspiration everywhere on the body and it is formulated for use on delicate areas of the body such as the genitals and the face.
    Dude Wipes Help Wipe Away Facial Sweat<>
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Tips and Tricks

  • If you are experiencing excessive sweating without triggers from your environment, you may need to see a doctor as this can be a symptom of insulin resistance (a precursor condition to Type II diabetes), Type II diabetes, menopause, obesity, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, lymphoma, fever or a health issue with your endocrine glands.
  • Fresh cucumber juice can be made ahead and used every day. The juice will keep in the refrigerator for four days.
  • Never apply a regular antiperspirant meant for your underarms to your face as it is toxic and the remedy will likely not work. Only use a product that specifically says that it is meant for use on the face on the label.
  • Activated coconut charcoal powder can be bought at some specialty health food stores or natural health dispensaries or can buy it online at Amazon.
  • Facial perspiration may be minimized by the application of products that are designed to reduce the look of facial shine to the skin. Products made especially for this purpose are Professional License to Blot by Benefit, Biofilm by MAC cosmetics and Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets. These products don't treat the problem but they help reduce the sheen caused by facial sweat. These products are available in the cosmetic department of your drugstore.

Sometimes all it takes to stop an episode of extreme facial perspiration is to step outside for a minute and try to catch a bit of a cool breeze. This helps evaporate the moisture from your face and relax you, especially if the facial sweating is caused by stress. This does not treat the cause of the facial sweating issue but it is an inexpensive way of managing the problem in the immediate moment.

Questions and Answers

Hi! I'm an actress, and during performances or rehearsals I tend to sweat more than the other actors and actresses on stage. I was wondering if there was something that I can do to sustain all the sweating: I even minimize my makeup, and it still doesn't work?

I'll be wearing a habit and a sequin dress. There are quite many lights on stage. Could that also be a factor? I have tried: nothing, just minimizing my makeup. I think it was caused by: I've just always sweat a lot. Not sure why.

Metabolism is absolutely different for each person, and some people tend to perspire much more than others. In my experience, even facial masques for photography sessions melted upon my face during the application owing to my high skin temperature and perspiration; and the stylist had to use alternative materials. On stage, the stage lights and action in dresses made hair and clothes wet in no time; and there is little I could do about it. To make hands less slippery, I washed them with soap, leaving some of the soap on the hands and fingers so that they are dried up under the light. Maybe you can do the same with your face once in a while for shows, but I would not recommend it. All of the show-ballet dancers have special make-up with sweat-proof foundations (or theater make-up), so you might use that. Drinking water on stage caused more perspiration too, so you might consider not drinking water before and during the show, if it is short enough (forget about controlling sweating at rehearsals). If you are too active on stage for too long or singing, then you will need to drink warm water. You also have to get used to the feeling of being wet on stage: the audience may notice it, but if you show no signs of tiredness and do not notice it, so will not they.

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