Excessive sweating is quite the itchy and icky phenomenon. Excessive facial sweating is even worse, as it gives you the appearance of drowning in your own sweat. Applying makeup on a sweaty face is quite disgusting, too. If just a little physical exertion turns on the waterworks on your face, it’s time to make a change.
Sweating is a natural bodily function that occurs when a person is physically hot, exercising or stressed. It is a mechanism through which the body regulates its temperature. (1)
But if you sweat excessively without any physical exertion, even when you’re in a cool environment, you might be suffering from hyperhidrosis. Pregnancy along with certain medical conditions like diabetes or thyroid problems can also give rise to hyperhidrosis in the body.
Facial hyperhidrosis refers to excessive facial sweating. Hyperhidrosis doesn’t always have a specific cause, and the treatment aims only to alleviate symptoms by hindering the overactive sweat glands.
People usually attempt to deal with it by using chemical-based antiperspirants and deodorants to control the excessive sweating. But antiperspirants aren’t meant for the face and can give rise to acne and breakouts when used on the face. And if you have sensitive skin, antiperspirants can often bring about allergic reactions.
Medical procedures that are intended to stop excessive sweating are quite expensive to have a low success rate and may also give rise to allergic reactions.
Experts agree that when it comes to excessive sweating, home remedies are the safest as well as the most effective means to have a sweat-free face. This means that you can treat excess perspiration without incurring heavy expenses.
Here are two natural remedies that you can use to get rid of excessive facial sweating.
Method 1: Use ACV and Honey Drink
When taken internally, apple cider vinegar (ACV) balances the pH level of the body. Its astringent properties also help constrict the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat produced.
Honey not only improves the taste of the drink but also helps keep your body hydrated, which is very important if you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis.
Step 1. Mix ACV and honey in water
- Add 2 tablespoons of ACV to 1 cup of warm water.
- Add 2 teaspoons of honey to it.
Step 2. Stir and consume ACV drink twice a day
- Stir the water to thoroughly mix in the ACV and honey.
Consume this ACV drink twice a day on an empty stomach to control excessive perspiration.
Method 2: Use Sage Tea
Being rich in vitamin B, sage is a natural antiperspirant. It also has astringent properties, due to the presence of tannins in it. This helps constrict the facial sweat glands and prevent excess sweating. (2)
The sage extract can be mixed with fruit juice and taken orally or applied topically to help with excessive sweating on the face. But the easiest way to use sage to control facial sweating is drinking sage tea.
Step 1. Steep the sage tea bag in hot water
- Put 1 sage tea bag in 1 cup of hot water.
- Let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 2. Remove the tea bag and drink the sage tea
- Remove and discard the tea bag.
Enjoy this sage tea twice a day for several days to achieve a noticeable decrease in facial sweating.
Tips to prevent facial sweating
- You can also apply diluted ACV topically to control excessive facial sweating. Its astringent properties will diminish the size of the sweat pores, curbing the excessive sweat.
- If you’re making the tea with loose sage tea, keep the ratio to 1 teaspoon of sage tea per 1 cup of hot water.
- You can also wash your face with sage tea to control facial sweating.
- Excessive sweating can make your body dehydrated, so drink plenty of water. Hydrating beverages like calming teas and fruit juices can be consumed to increase your fluid intake.
- Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake and limit the frequency of smoking.
- Stay on a healthy diet and keep away from over-processed and junk foods.
- Being overweight also makes you prone to sweating. Take measures to maintain a healthy weight.
- If none of the measures seem to be working, consult your doctor to see if you have an underlying medical condition.
1. Shibasaki M, Crandall CG. Mechanisms and controllers of eccrine sweating in humans. Front Bioscience. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866164/. Published 2010.
2. Walch SG, Tinzoh LN, Zimmermann BF, Stühlinger W, Lachenmeier DW. Antioxidant Capacity and Polyphenolic Composition as Quality Indicators for Aqueous Infusions of Salvia officinalis L. (sage tea). Frontiers in Pharmacology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22194722. Published December 19, 2011.
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