Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can affect any part of the body. The mostly affected areas are face, feet, palms and armpits. Facial hyperhidrosis can occur any moment and they are not triggered by emotions such as stress or nervousness.
Facial sweating is unpleasant and problematic. Since facial area is sensitive and soft, it is hard to treat facial hyperhidrosis by Botox and Surgery. Medications are widely used for the treatment of facial sweating. Sympathectomy is also used to treat it.
So what’s the best cure for excessive facial sweating?
Medication is one of the best cures for excessive facial sweating. Oral medications and topical solutions are widely used to treat facial sweating. Botox can be the last option in case medications and antiperspirants fail to cure it. It should be carried out only by a trained practitioner. But Botox is mainly used to treat palmer (feet) and axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis.
Oral medications are effective in treating facial sweating but they can carry some side-effects like blurred vision and dry mouth. Some widely used oral medications are-
- Anticholinergics- These medicines include Robinal and glycopyrrolate which are effective. They work to block the sweat glands to reduce sweating. Side-effects include extreme dry mouth and throat, constipations, dilated pupil and urinary retention.
- Antidepressants- Anti depressants are also used to treat facial sweating.
- Alpha and beta blockers – Includes alpha -blocker clonidine and carbonic anhydrase which works by inhibiting nerve impulses. Beta -blocker like Inderal is also used to treat facial hyperhidrosis.
- Other medications include Probanthine and blood pressure lowering drugs. All these medications should be administered only after a thorough medical examination and evaluation of the patient by a professional hyperhidrosis doctor.
TOPICAL AGENTS AND SOLUTIONS:
Topical solutions and products containing aluminium chloride are recommended to use. Prescription antiperspirants or over-the-counter antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride hexahydrate are effective to cure facial hyperhidrosis.
- Drysol – Drysol is one of the effective topical antiperspirants containing strong aluminium chloride hexahydrate with ethyl alcohol. It is applied on the skin before going to bed and leave for 6 to 8 hours. Then it is washed off. Drysol is good only for short-term treatment and the major drawback is it causes skin irritations because of aluminium chloride.
- Odaban- It is a lotion that is used to treat mild facial hyperhidrosis.
- Xerac- It is a topical antiperspirant with aluminium chloride hexahydrate which is used to treat excessive sweating.
What’s the best cure for excessive facial sweating- natural or medications?
Some of the natural remedies to cure facial sweating include-
Witch hazel herb:
Witch hazel is the most effective among the herbal plants to cure facial sweating. Extract a liquid from the leaves and bark of the plant and apply it to your face. It gives you immediate dry skin. Also you can apply a thin layer of witch hazel oil with a cotton ball. It will dissolve all the sweat and oil from your face.
Tea tree oil helps:
Apply tea tree oil on to the skin. The astringent property of the oil will dry off all the sweat from your skin.
Dried leaves of sage help to reduce excessive facial sweating. Sage leaves cures sweating by cooling your body and revitalizing your blood circulation.
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