Your entire body is covered with eccrine glands. These are secretory skin glands that controls the temperature of our body. The eccrine sweat gland is only found in mammals and is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system. Water is released by the eccrine glands onto the the surface of the skin whenever the internal temperature rises. The heat is removed thanks to the evaporation that takes place when this occurs.
With all that being said, it’s very common to sweat when the temperature of your body rises because your face and entire head (as well as most of your body) is covered with eccrine glands.
Examples of an eccrine gland:
However, when your face begins sweating excessively for no reason it is diagnosed as a chronic condition known as hyperhidrosis.
Primary Hyperhidrosis – Targets a specific area such as the face, palms, or underarm area and causes it to sweat excessively for no reason at all (even when cool). There is no official cause but many suspect it’s due to genetics.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis – This type of hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating all over the body instead of just one specific area like primary hyperhidrosis. Either medications or some type of medical disorder is what causes secondary hyperhidrosis. Some of the medical disorders known to produce secondary hyperhidrosis symptoms include:
Once your doctor is able to determine the underlying cause he will be able to treat the problem and stop the excessive face sweating.
You know you’re suffering from excessive facial sweating when:
- You have profuse sweating on your forehead while you’re doing basic activities.
- You have beads of sweat falling down your face while your body is at a normal temperature.
- Your upper lip is constantly wet.
- You always have to wipe your face.
How To Sweat Less on Your Face
The following treatments I’m listing below are great when it comes to reducing facial hyperhidrosis. All of these treatments can be used to stop facial sweating for a certain amount of time before you have to apply the treatment again.
The generic name for robinul is glycopyrrolate, and it works as a muscle relaxer to stop spasms. It’s commonly used for digestive problems such as preventing spasm in the urinary bladder or stomach, and also to help decrease the production of stomach acid to control stomach ulcers. This kind of drug is classified as being an anticholinergic.
How Does It Work for Excessive Sweating?
It works for excessive sweating by decreasing the secretions of specific organs all over the body (preventing the secretion of water to the skin surface by the eccrine gland). However, not only will your excessive sweating be reduced, but also your saliva and mucus inside your nose and lungs. It’s a great solution for excessive sweating, but it is a far way from being a cure.
There’s a list of unwanted side effects that come along with using robinul. Of course one of the most common side effects associated with this drug is dehydration and dry mouth. Other side effects associated with this drug are…
- Trouble Urinating
- Bad taste in Mouth
- Nasal Congestion
If you think you can deal with the potential side effects when you take robinul I think it’s more than worth it to ask your dermatologist about it. You’ll definitely begin to sweat a lot less on the face and anywhere else on your body where you experience relentless perspiration.
Have I Given Robinul a Try?
No, and that’s because I don’t really feel that comfortable when I’m overly dry or completely dry all over. To help stop my own sweating I’ve utilized natural treatments with success.
However, there are many people around the world that have used robinul and emailed us telling us how it WORKS! Some of our subscribers have mentioned to us that they believe they’ve built up a tolerance to the medication, and as soon as they stop taking it they begin sweating profusely.
Another one of our readers said he didn’t like taking the drug because it would make his eyes so dry that he couldn’t wear his contact lenses. So it is really up to you if you would rather deal with these side effects instead of dealing with hyperhidrosis.
Me personally, I would be a little concerned with having to increase my dosage and take more and more of this drug. Check out some of the positive reviews on robinul —> http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drugreview-12403-robinul+oral.aspx?drugid=12403&drugname=robinul+oral&pageIndex=1&sortby=3&conditionFilter=-500
It all depends on the severity of your hyperhidrosis condition. Start off taking 2 pills (Glycopyrrolate 2mg) each day, and then reduce the dosage if the side effects are too uncomfortable.
I don’t want to totally scare you away from giving this medication a try, but with all the different side effects (some I haven’t even mentioned here) I feel it’s best to be patient and try all the other treatment options like iontophoresis machines first. Robinul isn’t the only medication often used to help treat excessive sweating. There are other medications that some people have found success with and you can see them here.
Driclor is a popular antiperspirant that is commonly used for reducing or stopping excessive sweating in the feet, hands, or underarm area. However, it’s possible to use driclor on your face and fight off facial sweating.
It’s the AlCl3, or aluminum chloride in driclor that makes it so effective at reducing excessive perspiration. It works by blocking the sweat glands so that sweat production is stopped for a certain period of time.
How Do You Apply Driclor?
You apply driclor at night time when you are about to go to sleep. This is when the sweat glands are less active and much easier to block. When you awake in the morning wash off the driclor and then go on about your day.
Do not apply more driclor to the affected area in the morning. You should not sweat as much (if any at all) because your sweat glands should remain blocked during the course of the day. After a while your skin will begin to naturally shed the dead cells off the surface, which will unblock the sweat glands.
To apply driclor for your facial sweating you can apply it along your hairline or in small amounts on your forehead. Make sure your skin is totally dry (or it will cause a lot of itching), and also make sure you have no open wounds in the area you are applying it. Driclor has been known to cause irritation so please apply it in small amounts.
- Skin Irritation
- Skin Redness
Just like driclor, perspirex is an aluminum chloride based antiperspirant. I recommend the perspirex hand and foot lotion 100ML, which you can also apply to your face. Simply rub the lotion onto your forehead each night to enjoy less sweat the next day.
Secure wipes are your best friend if you want to sweat less on the face. These wipes were made specifically to combat facial sweating. There are different degrees of medicine in these wipes, which will determine their strength.
Keep in mind it’s important to not start off using a strong prescription of secure wipes because it will make your face red, itchy, and irritated. I would start off with the 2% secure wipes and then increase the medication if you feel you need to.
Even though the results are pretty impressive, they are very expensive and you have to keep buying them. You can wipe them across your forehead and around your cheeks. If you have short hair you can use them to wipe your scalp.
These are some of the best ways to reduce sweating on your face. Facial sweating was one of the most difficult areas I had deal with when I was suffering from hyperhidrosis. Give a few of these treatments above a try and keep talking to your dermatologist or GP. Also make sure you try using different home remedies for excessive sweating such as herbs, diet and lifestyle changes, teas, and etc.