Hyperhidrosis can manifest itself in many forms, and excessive facial sweating is on of them. When this condition occurs it extends to more than just the face, also affecting the scalp and even the neck. When the scalp is affected by excessive sweating, the hair may look oily and dirty. Even though this condition is known as facial sweating, the negative effects are serious as far as the hair is concerned. Blow drying the hair may prove to be a difficult task.
The social problems this condition raises are similar to the ones of hand and foot excessive sweating. Facial hyperhidrosis appears in unexpected moments and doesn’t need to be triggered by factors like stress or emotional uncertainty or pressure.
The condition may manifest itself in the most embarrassing situations, while talking to people, or having a business lunch. With female patients this poses an even bigger obstacle, as they have a hard time putting on make up and maintaining it in good shape. Excessive sweating will dilate the skin pores and the result is that the makeup will run over their face, creating an unpleasant situation. Facial blushing is another condition that may appear in combination with the excessive facial sweating.
Medications are used successfully to cure facial hyperhidrosis. Robinul and Sympathectomy are the most successful in dealing with this condition, either separate or in combination with facial blushing.
Guy Storer says
WOW, I have read so many people’s comments on here…and the one that stands out, is how everybody feels they are alone on this, which is how I have felt for years.
I suffer with HH, have kind of known about it for a few years but have never really dealt with it fully. I am in my mid 40’s now and have a decent job, but it has definately stopped my ability to progress in work in the past 3 companies I have worked in.
I have episodes every week at work, whenever I am made to feel uncomfortable such is a conflictual situation, a presentation, or when i am asked to give my opinion, or when i meet someone who is challenging or intimidating, or even when I am asked to introduce myself esepcially in front of a group. Just the thought of these things makes me feel on edge and of course it is then a self fulfilling phrophecy, as much as you don’t want to sweat you sweat more.
I have had some terrible moments which have made me go home and feel very down about life. It almost feels like a curse at times which has held me back and reduced my ability to be myself and be more successful.
Because of it I am also inhibited by situations so shy away when i want to speak out or present badly because I am so conscious of what is happening on my forehead, and at times my hair can become soaked. On many occasions it has soaked through my shirt.
Socially sitting at a dinner table and eating, especially with people I don’t know so well or intimating character is a nughtmare, so at work I tend not to go to lunch with people, just sit by myself, eat quickly and when asked make the excuse that i am busy.
I get embarrased so easily, even when i am nothing to do with what is going on, I fear people turning to me as my heart has already started to speed up.
My only tips for anybody that has helped in a work environment if you are asked to give opinions or present, is as follows:-
I don’t know if any of this helps, but in a strange way it is kind of re-assuring to know that I am not the only one with this ‘curse’.
Good luck to everybody who has posted on this site.
Jill Hares says
Hi my fellow sweaters. I have good news. i have found a standard household pantry item has nearly cured my head and scalp sweats.
I use baking soda with my face cleanser every night, and add baking soda to a dollop of shampoo each time i wash my hair. (every 3 days)
Baking soda has changed my world. Try it…
Create a paste using water and a teaspoon of baking soda and gently rub into skin. After 60 seconds, wash it off with warm water.
Rae Vynn says
I’ve been reading all the posts here, and take comfort in the fact I’m not alone. I don’t really feel the need to share much anymore, as everyone has posted the story of my battle with hyperhidrosis.
However, I did feel the need to point one thing out before anyone wastes money on this. I read above someone wanted to try the medication Hyocyamine. Don’t. It’s not worth it. This is a prescription I’ve had since I was 15-16 years old. I’m now 35. Yes it dries you, but not your sweat. It gives you a very dry mouth, to the point where I sometimes can’t swallow. It also helps stop bronchial, tracheal, and pharyngeal secretions when given as an injection before surgery. I take it for its other use, as antispasmodic. It actually makes you more sensitive to heat stroke, and I’ve seriously felt this during very hot and humid days. The hyperhidrosis started about 5 years ago with me. 15 years into me taking this medication. It is ABSOLUTELY NOT meant to control sweating. If you don’t have a condition like IBS, like I do, don’t take it if you don’t need it. I am also genetically predispositioned to having weak enamel. Dry mouth makes this significantly worse.
I just wanted to make sure no one did this. I’d hate for anyone to waste money, or worse, injure themselves because they tried it when not needed.
I am from India and the temp here is nearby 30 all the time. I hate thus hot weather if I go out somewhere I start sweating like like crazy, really so embarrassing
I can’t talk to ppl properly,no gfs …… so bad life
Well as the others on this website i sweat enormously, i mean i don’t know anyone who sweats more than I do, even my father who I inherited it from doesn’t sweat as much as me. Anyway I also had a depression because of that, had to get off buses cause my shirt was all wet, leave discos cause somehow i was the only one who was sweating just standing and many more really embarrassing situations.
Basically as soon as the temperature rises above21/22 it is starting to be bad and if it is coming to 30 i shouldn’t even leave home cause I am wet after 100m walk literally. I am always asking myself why, why me ?? If I am walking just in the shirt wet and I see a guy in full suit without a smallest sign of sweat i am thinking why I have been punished so much. I know there is worse things in life, but this can really influence your confidence and mental health.
Anyway I see that many of you just write about your problems with no solutions. I think there is enough posts like that in here and as much as I feel sorry for you as i know your pain, this doesn’t bring any positives, as everyone entering this page is looking for a cure and the fact that you read 100 stories similar to yours doesn’t really help anything nor will make you feel better. So I can share with you something that actually helped me. Didn’t cure the problem, but helps to avoid some embarrassing situations.
Basically what I do i apply antiperspirant with 15-20% aluminum chloride ie driclor, anhydrol forte to the area that sweats. So it goes on all back all chest and abs, armpits, face forehead above lips below the eyes, scalp, sometimes thighs, so basically almost all upper body 🙂 So after the application it stings like hell, honestly it is bad, but the next day the applied area is really dry.
The sweat will eventually find some places that wasn’t properly applied but it is way better than with no protection. it is actually weird feeling, cause you fell like you gonna explode with sweating but you dont, it is not pleasant, but way better than if you were sweating. Apply it for the night before going to bed, the next day in the morning you can take a shower and apply normal deodorant, even though your armpits will not be sweating, but i do it just for my comfort. First few time you may apply it few times in a row and then even once a week.
I have also read that ionthophoresis is really beneficaial as well and it has applicators for face back chest scalp, but it is expensive around 500 eur so that can put a lot of people off. Also read on many forums that anticholinergic pills do wonders i mean stop sweat completely all over your body, but there is some side effects and they only work for few hours so you would need to take them constantly and dont know about effect of a long term use. Hope all this will help someone with their problems and i wish all of you and myself as well for the cure for this horrible disease to be finally found! 🙂
Sandeep T John says
I Have the same Facial Sweating Issue…Once it triggers, i was not able to control it for hours. However, i can assure you pals that believing yourself that you will be able to control it by yourself can do some wonders. I was able to control this problem completely for quite some time like for more than 6 to 7 months after facing the problem for more than 2 years. As everyone says, deep breath and diverting your focus on sweat can help you. Therefore, the moment the sweating starts, you make sure you focus on your breath. Close your eyes for couple of seconds and start taking slow and steady breaths. Hope these little tips can transform your life. It does not matter how you are what you are or where you are, if you believe that you will come out of this, you actually can. You may fail sometimes, but you surely can come out of it. Believe it. Practice it. You have all the rights to enjoy your life.
I am from India and for me this HH problem started around 6 years back without any reason, or I dont remember any specific reason. Its so embarrassing from past couple of years or so, that I cant attend any meetings, or if I sit in meeting, I make sure I sit against the A/c. I sweat even when I walk in shopping malls. What upsets me so much is my forehead sweating when I talks to someone. My palm and feet sweats too, but this forehead really pisses me off..:(
I am from India, by seeing the site I came to know, we are many in this world but in less ratio in different part of world. I was leading a happy life which I even don’t know that I have hyperhydrosis. First time I came to know about my sweat problem in college when I gave a presentation, but I ignored it after the presentation and my life started running smoothly, I am very talkative with my friends, playful and jovial.
I entered into my Final Year where the Campus interview arrived, I noticed my palms keep sweating initially and my body went chill, i tried to control it by making palm placing at below my knee where its hot. I entered into the interview panel, I knew all the answers for the questions but my face started sweating, my voice started throtling, thats it I lost my job. I am a guy where I never feel to face many failures but cannot bear the insult. I never cared about the Job, still this time I never knew the name of my disease is hyperhydrosis, I was wondering why myself alone having this problem.
Later on after the college days I got job with low salary, again my life runs smooth. As my job and responsibility increases, my sweat problem also increased. By frustrated and browsing the net I came to know, its a disease. Now I am working as Network Engineer, even though I am good in troubleshooting I am not able control my Panic attacks which leads to sweating.
Really I am suffering a lot, not only in Jobs, even a beautiful girl comes and sit in front of me in train I started sweating, its really funny I know, I left the place and stand in the door side. There are many situations which leads me to be in abnormal. I am planning to find a peaceful job which has no stress never mind about the salary even though I have paid good now. Peace full Life is important.
I want to forget that I have HH. I am ready to do anything for that.
My face sweats so much I cant put make up on and even when in air conditioned shops this is so embarrassing. But I just found a link that says if you rub antiperspirant along your hair line this helps. Willing to give anything ago I ran my fingers over the ball of Dove roll on and rubbed along my hairline and dabbed a little on the bridge of my nose AND THIS WORKED Amazing , Seriously and I dabbed it over makeup and it does not dry your face or leave white marks I used the Dove Roll on Color Fast that does not stain or mark any color clothing. Just a little on my fingers. Try this it cant hurt But you will see IT WORKS!!!!!
helo sir…..m indushee…. m 23 years old..sufferig frm havy sweat in my face ,,it is creating many problems fr me nd so embracing.frm this problm i cannot speak to people confidently….whn i sit in home also ill sweat ….facial sweat is heavy fr me…..next month my marriage is fixed m scared of it very much….hw to stand in sweaty face in front of peole…..i sweat like too much..sweat will come like a water from face………lease please suggest me good medications…….also i cant bear costly medicines,,,,,,please get me medications…..if i sweat like tht everyone looks at me lik a theif…..feels to cry loud at tht time,,,,,,please suggest me good injection r pills plese,,,,,,i beg u…..
I’m 23 yo . i thought i’m the only who’s suffering from this . i have this sweaty facial problem since i don’t know when , but i started to realized it when i start to sweat even when im in the chilly shopping mall . i mean it is so distracting and humiliating when others start to talk about it . i need tissues like a lot in my hand . i brought a small fan to comfort myself from sweating . i need another solution that is not expensive and give good results.
Hello all. I thank each of you for sharing your experience with HH. Up until recent years, I didn’t know it even had a name. I am a female in mid 30’s and have suffered with excessive sweating since grade school. As a female, it has been a very difficult thing for me to handle. It causes me to feel very uncomfortable in my own skin.
I very often have declined to attend various parties, vacations, trips, dances, women’s retreats, dates, etc due to the fear of embarrassment by a wet face, body etc. I have used prescript antiperspirants, beta blockers, etc, with some level of efficacy. As you all well know, nothing seems to be a permanent fix.
This condition has greatly affected my self esteem in a negative way. I have felt very lonely in a crowd, meeting etc as the only one sweating buckets for no apparent reason. As a woman, I feel so unattractive, self conscious and like I am somehow not normal. It has affected my confidence in dating because I feel like what guy would be interested long term in a wet, greasy princess? It sucks too because because I’ve been told before that I am sexy and attractive.
People don’t know how lonely I am. I am sweating typing this. Doctors have provided no cure. I suffer embarrassment and depression with self hate because of this. I work a job that is physical and have done so for years because it gives me somewhat of an excuse to be sweaty all day. People don’t know that I am severely depressed because of this. My finances are bad because I am limited with this type of employment. I’ve been told I am intelligent. I have no confidence to achieve and show it. So supervisors treat me like I’m stupid. I remember once I gathered the guts to go to a party and left very embarrassed by a sweat-stained back. Uncool.
So frustrated. I’m sorry to go on and on. I have so many dreams and am so embarrassed and self conscious about BO. I am a very hygienic person. Almost a germophobe. I’m so sad. I want a normal life. I’m so sorry everyone to go on and on..
I am finally able to vent. Thank you all very much for sharing and listening. I wish you all success and happiness and may your dreams come to fruition.
Kristina Archibald says
I seriously thought I was the only person in the world that had this problem. It’s so embarrassing and it’s ruining my life. Right now I’m basically a lab rat for my doctor. We are trying all different things but so far nothing is working. I feel like there is no hope and now I have huge anxiety because I never want to leave my house, I cant even get a job.
Is there anyone that can tell me if something has worked for them I have tried wipes, gels, patches, pills, I just want to know what really stops the sweating. Has anyone even had that luck?
Gosh, I wish we all lived by each other in our own little world. We all know what we go go thru everyday. No one knows or understands what it’s like but us. I’m at my ropes end because of the facial sweating. It rules my life, where I can go, what I can do, what I can’t do. I hate it!!!
I have bought all different types of sprays and wipes off the internet but none have really helped much. I think I have every battery powered fan from four size D batteries to one triple A battery that I carry in my handbag at all times. I have three in my handbag right now. That’s the only thing that helps me. And I mean barely helps me. So, if I was to give any advice to any of you it would be the battery powered fans.
Well it all started a very long long time ago in high school when I started lying about the reasons for sweating… Like I drank to0 much water or I am going through perimenopause, it would make me so self conscious that I would get sick to my stomach before going on dates.
I am still fighting this sweating embarrassment. I work in a school cafeteria and it is hot in there but I look like one of those exaggerated cartoons where the sweat is literally dripping, no, more like pouring, down my face! I still get so nervous when I go out that I have had to take different medications to cure the anxiety. What do you do about a sweating problem such as this?
Sharon From Redcliffe Queensland says
I sweat like i walk around with shower over my head. I sweat in hot weather, freezing cold weather, i can be shivering an be in heavy sweat making me shiver more. Walk from one room to an other the slightest temp rise or fall will set me going. Shops kill me as ever one has diff setting on their air cons. I run fans on me 24/7 trying to keep dry. i am totally embarrassed by this condition.
Standing and talking starts of dry with in mins my hair face neck running many ask me if I’m ill hormonal. This started bk in 1996 just after I had major spinal surgery where rods an screws where used also at same time had Thyroid storm which I spent up until 2yr son replacement. Stop taking thyroxine as was trying to work out why i sweat like this. My thyroid picked up working again but now since stopped again. My point is none of this made a difference to my sweating. I developed heart condition on blockers not stopping sweats. I stopped all pain killers an any meds i could Still only slight change noticed.
what i use to try stop sweats.
BUT how can u stop it? PLEASE someone help I’m alone with this problem! I don’t feel depressed but have thought dieing might be easier??
John Smith says
Well, like the vast majority of people posting, it does feel good to know your not alone. I have a had a sweating problem since elementary school, I am now turning 20 soon. I did not find out about “HH” until i was around 17-18 i cant quite remember.
I went to my doctor and other doctors multiple times because i was sweating more then a pre-teen should have been. I was a chubby kid growing up i am 6 ft 3 205 lbs currently i could be in better shape that’s for sure but that’s not going to fix or cure “HH”. I was young and didn’t know anything and thought that because a Doctor tells you something that means its true and they’re right.
One doctor just straight up told me it was because i was overweight, which would of helped my situation more then likely but it was not going to fix it. Then i got tested for diabetes 3 or 4 times, they would take blood then call me and say i’m fine they didn’t see anything and that would be that. now mind you i live in a small hick town in Ontario. So our doctors are not the greatest up here anyway. “HH” has made life one hell of a challenge. I always liked the saying “what doesn’t kill make’s you stronger”. So I tried to stay positive and not let it bring me down, but as time went on, it got the best of me.
I just went on thinking i was normal because the doctor said so. well i then read the symptoms of “HH” and soon gathered that was more likely my issue. I have walked out of class because i would start sweating and not be able to get control again (multiple times), I have walked out on presentations. During terry fox i would stay home from school because i would get teased during the run from all the older kids for the sweating. it made me very insecure. i was afraid if people found out what i was like no one would want to be around me.
For me i find i start sweating when i put my self in a situation or environment that i am not comfortable being in and until i remove my self from it. i cant stop sweating. so my 2 options. sweat until my clothes are so wet the slightest breeze would send shiver up my spine then i would be cold until i changed my clothes. or remove myself from what ever is making me nervous. I had a chance to go to college when i was in grade twelve so in other words i could of done my 1 semester well still in high school. I wanted to be a woodworker like my father. but i couldn’t even put 1 board through a planner and sweat would start poring down my face. And the college was an hour and half away from where i lived so. i knew if i had a sweating episode i couldn’t just run away from my problems. so in the end i turned it down and have regretted it ever since.
I also starting going bald when i was just finishing high school. i already had enough anxiety issues. now all it takes is a attractive girl to walk by or get close and the sweat begins. I know that is mostly my fault, but social media is a bitch… i cant go to a job interview without sweating. a lot of jobs request to be fit and have good hygiene well i think its safe to say if you suffer from “HH” your more likely not going to get that job. And if you somehow you do you may not be able to maintain it.
I went to talk to my doctor about it when i figured out what was wrong with me for my self because i guess that’s not what doctors are for…. and they claimed to know about “HH” but said they knew a specialist and he could help me and could help with my hair loss to. HAHA he was french and the best kicker he was bald himself and i had a webcam appointment with him i made two words out of the whole conversation. So no idea what he said. all i knew is he wanted to do the thyroid test was supposed to do a 24 hour urine test they didn’t even seal the lid so all the acid pored out in the bag i got it in… so i have basically given up on doctors at least in my area. i swear they got their phd’s out of a cereal box.
Ive lost about 85% of my friends since i graduated because i’m not outgoing anymore. i avoid situations i might sweat in and now i’m miserable an depressed and really wish “HH” could take a hike. The worst thing in my opinion about ” HH” is how quick people are to judge a book by its cover. And it seems like (98%) of the people i talk to pretend or act like they believe there is something internally wrong with you but they don’t, or they just think your full of it or making excuses to not not do something. And that’s not exaggerating at all!
I just think about my future and if i continue the way things are going i will always be alone and i was very social in school right up until the ending of grade twelve. There was a girl who liked me and i liked her knew her for years our dads worked together. She kept asking me to come hang out with her the summer after grade twelve i just started loosing my hair and came to the realization i had a major sweating issue. Stupidly i was afraid and never went. I was happy knowing she liked me rather then her finding out about me and then not liking me well i should have taken the chance.
Now she has a bf. he doesn’t deserve, I probably don’t either. I finally told her about “HH” a couple months ago and she didn’t care, she just liked me for me! but that’s when i realized she had a bf shortly after we started hanging out not saying there wasn’t anything there but i’m so low in my life from from “HH” i don’t blame her for choosing him she deserves to be happy.
So my point is, don’t let excessive sweating stop you from doing what you want! You may go through a lot of pain but you will be rewarded in the end, just don’t give up!
Hopefully, someone can come up with a cure or solution to this problem. Sorry for the long message but I keep everything bottled up this is my way of venting i guess, so thanks for letting me share!
I have also had the problem of facial sweating. i carry a thin was cloth with me at all times. i don’t have too much sweating anywhere else so i always thought it was because i had such thick hair.
The most annoying is that i’m a fancy gal and i like to wear makeup and the sweating makes it a bit difficult. i found a few tricks over the years. everyone is different but this semi works for me. again i carry tissues or a thin soft cloth. i carry a mirror in my purse at all times to keep a good look at my makeup. i do have to touch up a little more then most women but if this is the worst thing that ever happens to me..then i will take it. also, after doing my make up i try to ‘set” it by blowing my face with the coldest setting on my blow-dryer or sitting in front of a fan until i feel cool. carrying one of those little hand fans with you in your purse wouldn’t be a bad idea.
I also had advice from a makeup artist that said stand with your head in the freezer for about 5 mins after all your makeup is in place. this should help for a little while anyway. use powder cover up and choose waterproof eyeliner and mascara. hey, its a problem, i don’t like it either.
I got pretty sick of people asking me if i was okay or why i sweating. it seemed so intrusive or condescending, so i got sarcastic. when someone asks you if your okay, it usually will put you in defense mode…so i reply “why, whats going on?” put them on the spot sense they found it so important to ask such a personal question then they deserve to get it right back. i will always try to put them on the spot. i will say I’m a diabetic, or have some other condition….i mean really who the hell is so ill mannered that they would ask someone why they are sweating. very poor manners. sometime when i’m feeling really bitchy..i just say i really don’t think that you know me well enough to ask such a personal question..and i go on with my business, hey it will make you feel better.
Count your blessings that you don’t have some serious illness and don’t let other people’s lack of tact and manners put you on the spot. i would rather have a face that sweats occasionally then be a rude jerk. Good luck and stop worrying so much 😉
I have posted here before but thought I would post again. I too have this problem on my forehead and face. I’m in sales and I’m great at my job but I’m constrained by this issue which I believe is a handicap. I get so embarrassed and hot all the time when sweating. Like most of the posts, I too can sweat for not reason at all. I ran into my sister in law in the grocery store unexpected and just started sweating like crazy. I lied and said I was just coming from the gym.
This is what I do about it now. I use robinol ulcer med. There is a generic too. The side effect of this drug helps reduce sweating. Also used is propanol which is a beta blocker used for high blood pressure but it blocks the nerve signal that makes you nervous. I just started taking lexapro too. Obviously see a doctor to see what is best for you but I take Propanol 20 mgs daily and the lexapro. I only take robinol if I’m making a presentation. I also carry a very cold bottle of water into my meetings. It helps.
I wear slip on shoes so I can take them off where possible which has a cooling effect. Loose weight. Obviously being a bit heavy isn’t going to help you with this situation. A lot of people have this issue, tell yourself you are no different and if it happens its not your fault. I’ll lie and say its my allergy meds causing me to be hot, or cold medicine in the winter. I just had my review which I have monthly with my boss. I started to sweat as soon as I sat down. I was so embarrassed. He asked if I was sick and I said I was just getting over a cold. My suggestions above usually help me.
Once I get over the fear of having sweat some and I get noticed, it will get a bit better because the fear element is gone. Depending on the length of the meeting, it can come back though. I just got botox on my forehead for sweating and this definitely helped too. (About $300).
Also have this problem…..thought it was because I live in Louisiana…to be sure. I do some of the things y’all have mentioned and also take as many as 3-4 showers/ and or baths a day…always layer clothing and make sure my blouse underneath is very cool and no long sleeves.
My perspiration is worse on face, scalp, underarms , pubic area and feet. This got worse in my 30s when I went through pre-menopause and then menopause, but it am 59 now. I am on natural hormone replacement and that has helped with odor. I also carry. Deodorant wipes, and freshen up in the ladies room when out for the day or at work. I wear open shoes in summer and wash and use deodorant on feet….and clean sandals/ shoes daily or more often..land let them dry. I avoid much outdoor activity in summer months, and often have a small fan with me. But I haven’t tried dried or or prescription meds…will address this with dermatologist next week.
Hi: Can anyone help me? I have excessive sweating on my face. It could be very cool, and I still have it. I have had a hysterectomy when I was 32; therefore my sweating was magnetized due to hot flashes. I don’t know what to do. My health insurance company just lately said they are not going to cover the estrogen and refusing to cover the medicine, I don’t know what to do.
Perhaps you can advise me or guide me accordingly. I’m trying to correct the health insurance problem, but what to do about the horrible sweating on my face. Actually, my whole body gets hot when that happens. That is also when I am on the estrogen.
I am 50 years old and have experienced facial sweating since my teens. When explaining to my doctor, he indicated it was nerves. I knew that could not be the case because it happened every single day. In my 20’s I was diagnosed with depression and prescribed Paxil. In time the facial sweating went away. Over the years I have either taken Paxil and Prozac for depression and any time I stop taking it, the facial sweating returns within a few days. As others have stated, the sweating was bothersome and embarassing and my makeup always ran off within a few hours.
I am 16 and I have been dealing with HH since I was in the 5th grade I first started to realize it after my teacher had asked me if I was okay? And I had said yes because I didn’t think anything of it of course I had went to a doctor and they said that they couldn’t do anything but now that I am older the sweating is worse I can’t find anything to stop it like I go and see my girlfriend in the mornings in her moms room at the high school and I could just be sitting there and next thing you know I’m sweating like I just got out of the shower.
I am about to consult another doctor about it now that I have done alot of research on it and I also found out that ADHD kids or adults suffer from high or low blood pressure unfortunately for me I have high blood pressure but, when I start to swear the most is once I start sweating I get worried because I’m sweating and sweat more. I so deal with the fact that my girlfriend is some times embarrassed to be seen with me. Like a couple weeks ago I was in my service uniform for JROTC and we had open rank inspections and it was not that hot but I was poring sweat and the other kids including my girlfriend where not sweating it has ruined my life I feel sometimes its very hard to explain I could just be sitting in a cool invirent and start sweating its like a never ending thing.
I hope to get this problem fixed I just thought for the most part it was because I am big but I am 6’2 and 250lbs and I find that normal but I just have to find away to escape this hell that I live in. I could be working at trade school on my machine and it be cold as could be in there and soak a tee shirt with in minutes my face and scalp is soaked and I tend to go to the restroom and use the hand dryers to dry my hair hoping it will stop but it dose then it starts again. This condition is slowly ruining my life!! I feel like dying sometimes because of it I have tried even smoking cannabis to slow down my heart beat and dry up my system some times it works and sometimes it dose not, I am just searching for help!!
Neoma Manion says
I am a 65 year of female and for NO apparent reason I am sitting here typing this and my face, scalp and neck are perspiring like crazy. Most unfortunately my son, 47 and my grandson, 13 inherited this from me. My little grandson has asked me what is this grandma, what is wrong with us???? I honestly don’t know. I have been blown off by dermatologists and primary care doctors. I would like to give my son and my son a decent realistic answer and solution in the world of medical miracles especially since they got it from me. Not only that I would like to spend my remaining years being able to keep make-up on and wear my hair in a hair style other than basic WET! Please please help us!
Male (54) Brisbane Australia says
I have tried all the herbal stuff, even prescription anti-anxiety meds. Nothing works. I love Latin dancing, but increasingly I am being forced away from it by this condition. It’s hard dancing and being in the moment when streams of water are running down my face, and I am splashing sweat all over the floor. And everyone else is dry. This condition is crippling my life, and there is no solution.
I have TRIED everything i possibly can, from botox, witch hazel, medication from dermatologist, to anti perspirants. Why cant someone research this and come up with a solution for us all. It is so difficult for us to reach our full potential, when we are all avoiding life. Im 31 years and dont want to spend my life like this. If anyone has anything that really works please HELP us.
Sharon sweaty and bothered in Philly says
I am so glad I found this site. I am 47 years old and thought something was seriously wrong with me. I am (what my doctor says) border line diabetic and overweight. I also had a hysterectomy in 2006. My husband would say you’re flashing. My doctor would only say I have to loose weight. But I knew it was something else. It would be 35 degrees outside and my face would be drenched. Putting on lotion was a nightmare. I could be sitting still and the sweat would start to pour and as quick as it started, was as quick as it ended. It is so embarrassing. I attend college and the majority of my class mates are half my age. We were standing outside having a conversation one day and all of a sudden it started. My entire face was wet from sweat. I was asked was I alright and I lied and said, “You girls will go through this when you get my age.” I couldn’t think of anything else to say. They all responded with saying like OMG ! I don’t want to be old! I am not old. But what else could I say to them. I am so happy to hear that there are others with the same problem as I have. I don’t have a problem sweating in any other area of my body besides my face. Today I actually tried putting Ban’ clear deodorant on my face and then lightly applying lotion.I put the lotion on because the deodorant dried my face instantly. believe it or not, it actually worked. Now that I know what the problem is, I will bring it to my doctors attention and hopefully she can prescribe something. I also read on the internet that there is an over the counter cream that you can buy. I will be looking into that as well. Good luck everyone with what ever you try and thank you for being like me.
I am 34 years old male suffered from Hyperhidrosis since secondary school. It ruined my whole life, crippled my career and social life. It drove me to chronic depression, panic attacks and made to anxious at all times. All i could think of whenever i am around people doesn’t matter strangers or at home, just sweating, sweating and sweating!! When i see someone on Tele or someone at work or someone giving presentations, someone just doing their job weirdly unknowingly i look their body for signs of sweating and wonder how they dont sweat?!! I can remember countless embarrassing events, GOD knows hou many millions of buckets of sweat flown from my body! I never imagined just sweating can take your life and make you crippled.
My affected areas are worst where you cannot hide; forehead, neck, whole scalp, underarms, buttocks, thighs. I never wore a light trousers as i sweat buckets leaving marks. Never used to sit on hard chairs or on floor as it used to leave marks. School was just a pain with soaked stained underarms. GOING TO HAIR SALOON WAS THE WORST NIGHTMARE, SUCH AN EMBARRASSING ONE. USED TO POST PONE GOING TO THEM TILL THE VERY LAST MINUTE TILL MY FACE COVERED WITH HAIR AND TILL I GET HEADACHE DUE TO EXCESSIVE HAIR!
Even though i succeed in a highly competitive world and went to university and got degrees, it was always a pain and at a cost. I never enjoyed the success became it all came at a cost and sometimes at inappropriate times. I am ashamed to say I work in medical profession and was ignorant for so far in life. I am also astonished and shocked many of medics have no clue about HH. It doesn’t appear in any teachings neither any discussions.
I left my high flying career to a very lower one but depression and anxiety drove me mad and made sweating much more so bad even simple conversation with your school mate made to sweat!
I used to heavily sedate myself in imp situations like weddings, exams, interviews, parties etc with cocktail of drugs such as propranolol, probanthine alprozolam etc. The enjoyment wasn’t there in any of parties. My engagement was so painful i have never watched the DVD because i was drenched in sweat. But marriage on extremely end left me with blurred vision, dry mouth and with confusion thanks to probanthine and propranolol.
Finally don’t know how i found Driclor, never had any hopes for topical antiperspirants funnily never bothered to try any of them. First day was painful as i applied all over face and neck, it was so painful,burning and itching i had to dose with anti histamines. But thank GOD it worked!! hurray at last! Now I apply may be once in 2 weeks, it is making me more adventurous and having my life back ( not really i never had a life!).
Folks, try Driclor at any part of your body but get some Hydrocortisone or stronger steroid cream and apply to parts where it burns but with utmost caution apply it sparingly!
I apply Driclor to forehead, nose, neck, all of scalp, underarms and thighs because these areas are worst. I have also tried Glycopyyrolate wipes (on face and scalp only)but have to say in conjunction with driclor. Have kept it for emergency purposes.
Damn it is so expensive to get it from Canada to UK with Customs charges. It cost around £125 for Robinul tablets 60 (3mgs) and Secure wipes 3% ( 2 boxex).
So not is all lost just try different things.
Good luck you people. You can beat SWEAT AND CAN YOUR LIFE BACK BUT DON’T DELAY TRYING NEW TREATMENTS.
For years I was told that it’s menapause but it’s different because I don’t feel the flushing. I begin to sweat along my neck and forehead and it begins while trying to put make-up on for work. By the time I get to work my hair along my neck and face are soaked. Why bother to blow dry my hair? I sweat during the job interview today and sat there trying so hard not to effect me but it becomes so unbearable. I’m not sitting here in an air conditioned room with a cold wrap around my neck because I started having another sweatfeast. Is there any herbal medicine available? Tried the diet and exercise and I think it has become worst. I carry a hanky with me all the time. It doesn’t effect me at night like it had in the past so I’m seriously considering moving to the North pole.
I am 22 years old men from India and as just like you all suffer from secondary hyperhidrosis which effect every part of body. being a software engineer my life is totally professional but i could not manage even my social life rather than professional.
i want to live like a normal person when i see others got totally depressed. my life is a signature of desperate. when i feel sweat of face and body i try to scatter from group of team management. usually i try to avoid social life, parties. it is true i could not friendship with girls. i too want to love someone but cannot express my feeling with this problem.you all guys are like me disturb.
there is no permanent treatment. ETS is famous but has lower success rate and too costly in India. person who wants to share their feeling and problem please write.
I’m 18 and started noticing a couple of years ago that my face tends to sweat a lot in social situations. At first I would just notice beads of sweat building up on my nose in social situations, and progressively it got worse. Now my whole face starts sweating in those situations. And it doesn’t just happen with strangers, it even happens when I’m just talking to people I already know.
It has become so embarrassing that I sometimes try to avoid having face to face conversations with people, or be the center of focus in a group conversation. Other times I just avoid people, or cut off a conversation when I begin to realize that my face is too sweaty. I worry about how the sweating will affect me when it comes time to do interviews for jobs, internships and graduate school.
It’s always comforting to know you’re not alone, and it would be great if I could find something to help me with this problem, so as not to feel so self-conscious about it.
I am 70 years old, run a successful business and had Facial Sweating all of my life. About 4 years ago, I had a Sympathectomy.. It completely stopped my Facial sweating but the compensatory BODY Sweating is almost worse.. I must change my shirts 3/4 times a day..
Can the Sympatehctomy be reversed/ Or is there another treatment to help.
I Have been suffering from facial sweating for a few months now but thought it was due to the medication I was on but after reading the comments on this site I now know what is causing my problem. I am going to see my doctor today and finally get some answers . My husband is suffering from peripherial neuropathy and he has been having the same problem again it was put down to his condition. I am sending all of you the best wishes for your recovery thank you Barbara in Canada
I am a 33 year old mom. I have had a problem with sweating for most of my adult life. Its really embarrassing to be talking to someone, or even just watching a movie, and just start sweating the niagra falls from my face. I can sit in freezing rain and still look and feel like i just tried out for the olympics. I hate it and im frustrated bad about it. I have always been a social person, but im noticing how i try to be less and less social. I think its actually causing some depression as well. I dont know what to do.
Hi i am 23 years old – li-fraumeni carrier . ( Cancer Mutation Gene ) Fingers crossed i don’t get cancer!! XXX But quite recently in the last 3 months or so iv started to sweat out of the blue! iv always been a fast walker and iv always had problems with my weight it’s up and down but at the moment it’s down which is good lol I used to go walking for miles and never sweat. But i’ve noticed if i walk down to my nans which is 10 min walk i arrive head to toe in sweat, i mean literally dripping off my face! it’s getting embarrassing! it’s all over, down my back, neck, face, tummy, legs, arms everywhere!
I’ve had Raynards disease for years where my hands and feet would be ice cold! but now it’s the complete opposite! even now im feeling clammy and burning sensation.. quite odd. Somedays id feel really tired .. Not Pregnant , Haven’t changed any contraceptions, not on any meds, i suffer from headaches and migraines a lot my family does. so i don’t take notice just take pain killers, I’ve had Breast mri’s for years, had ultrasound recently on breast they are fine, iv had blood test ( fasting ) came back normal..
I’ve been asked to go in for another ultrasound on my tummy due to this sweating wondered why??? i need to go for more blood tests. I’m a big fan of make up typical girly girl and i cant wear it nowadays it just comes off lol Iv been tested for lupus and that’s negative …. My grandmother has the same problem but she has lymphoma non-aggressive…
I have suffered from this condition for years now. About 16 to be exact. I brought it up to my doctor today and was given a psychologist name to go see. I truly believe I do not have an anxiety problem. I believe I have a sweating problem. I believe my my anxiety is due to my sweating. My four head and face get covered in sweat. I am a married man with a son who fears losing them both if I can’t get control of this. I am very glad I found this site. I will be returning to my doctor and asking for a prescription for One of this medications. What would people suggest who have tried them.
Wow, i thought i was the only one who has this problem,glad to hear that I’m not after finding the site. I’m 32 years old and I’ve always been a heavy sweater but it seems it got worse as i got older and i hate it it i cant go any where with out worrying about if I’m going to start sweating. i cant stand the fact that i cant got to a baseball game or someplace out side just because i start pouring out buckets when i finally get under control it looks like i just stepped out of the shower. i want to get this under control and was wondering if any body had any good over the counter recommendations since i don’t have insurance right now.
Facial HH says
Try Robinul, it helped me alot for my facial sweating, Propranolol will decrease you heart rate and facial blushing in stressful situation.
God bless us Hyperhidrosis victims.
Girish Nayak says
I am in the same page. I start pouring crazy in my forehead and neck when I talk to my Managers, my CEO or anybody from higher management (probably because I feel that I’ am been judged by them, or the fear of being mistaken etc.). And this has been a common issue when I attend the interviews, give presentations etc (I remember once it was so intense that I was looking like I was drenched in the rain or something). I know it sounds crazy, but it damn happens.
This happens only when I’ am new to the group that I’ am presenting or interacting. Once I’ am used to the group, I’ am awesome at presenting or talking to them. I’ am a very jovial kind of a guy, but this thing has pushed me to the level where I fear or try to run-away from social situations, especially at work. I have brilliant ideas and suggestions to give at my work, but when I get on to the table with my senior Management, I start pouring.
Thank god I’ am free from this thing when I hangout with friends, go on dating with girls etc. This is the issue I face only at work.
At times, when I start pouring I just ignore and continue what I’ve been doing – This helps. I mean just not bothering about the Sweating part will make me feel better. The sweat would disappear in couple of minutes. If I give a little attention towards the SWEATING part, that’s it. I’ am drenched!!!
I am great at work. I have passed few certifications and I’ am been promoted as a Corporate trainer now. I have a batch to handle next month. The group that I’ am gonna teach include people from Strategic level management. I am well aware of the subject that I will be teaching. But I was worried about the Sweating part so much that I instead of being happy and excited being promoted, I was being worried.
– I have tried Proponol/Inderal tablets (10mg, 20mg, sometimes 40mg). It has not helped me much. Or may be I need to increase the frequency of taking the tablet. I always took just 1 tablet after the breakfast. probably I need to take couple more of it during the working hours.
And I’ am a kind of guy who would never give up hopes in life. I have always overcome challenges at school, college, work and personal life. So, I have decided to research all kind of medicines that helps cure this disease and try them all and choose the best among them. I decided to try all these medications:
glyppyrrate aka Robinul
Also I will try to increase the frequency of taking Inderal.
One thing I’d wanna say to everyone here with this problem. There is a cure for everything. Just don’t worry and keep hopes!! We can overcome this embarrassing problem.
Hello all. I am 34 now and I have had this condition since I was 14. It normally happens in social occasions. My forehead and neck sweat profusely. I am a freelance IT Consultant so I have deal with new people all the time, which makes matters worse. Some tips have helped me over the years.
* Running your wrists under a really cold tap, sounds crazy but it does work. It tricks the body into thinking you are cold.
*Drinking 3 cups of Cold water.
*Control of breathing
My doctor has always stated that I suffer from panic attacks, But after reading your comments I feel I have this condition.
Thank goodness for this sight it is a blessing to see stories so similar to mine. For years i have been mis diagnosed for facial and scalp issues because i assumed my weight was the reason behind the sweating, but its not normal i have friends larger than me and none of these issues.
I’m 31 yrs old and since middle school have always gotten beads of sweat on my nose over the years it was more upper lip and nose, but starting about two years ago it has become a major problem. Now it’s my whole head and scalp that are affected with no relief. I dry my hair in the morning but always end up with it up in a clip, now I have always been heavier than I should and right now that is very true but a year ago and fifty pounds less this was still happening it has me so stressed out. I started a sales position in Feb where I have to visit clients and when they look at me and I am literally covered with sweat pouring down my face and neck it is just agony. I bring a handkerchief around with me to try and blot before I was bringing hand towels. I have actually have someone send me to fix myself in the bathroom. So mortifying because you know people are staring at you like you have three heads.
I find it actually gets worse when I stop moving, if I’m walking outside and then come inside to the AC the second I stop motion I am drenched. The only thing that helps is my hand held fan but I can’t very well bring that with me to places. Many of the buildings have locked bathrooms that only employees can access so I can’t even fix myself before. This has been such an absolute nightmare. Just so good to see that I am not alone I can’t express how much it means to me. This problem has heightened my anxiety so much I started meds for it. Just so restricting because I fear so many situations now. My dermatologist said I would have to see a neurologist for ropinul going to check with my primary first.
I’ve read all the posts, so glad to find this site. I’m 41 years old, and finally ruled out all the reasons why I thought I had been sweating over the years. Progressive increasing amounts of sweat from the head and face over the years have isolated my life. Previously thought to be hormonally induced, or from being overweight and out of shape I have removed these possibilities. The sweating begins with any increase in body temperature. The rise of temp. cannot be avoided as life requires some level of activity. My theory now is that after using antipersperant daily on my underarms that the sweat glands have stopped functioning. The sweating that should occur at my underarms has been averted to my head and face. I don’t know how to undo this since it took years to occur. Today I went to my MD and have just began Robinul (glycopyrrolate), hope it works. I’ll post back in a couple of weeks.
I know some people who suffer from hyperhidrosis of the underarm. CertainDri seemed to work for them. When that was my problem, in high school, I used the same product with terrific results. It would burn holes in my shirts, however. Now I am soon to be 25 years old, and have been suffering from craniofacial hyperhidrosis. It has been three years now, and the condition started off tolerable and has accelerated to being socially debilitating. Before I could escape to cool off and come back in a minute refreshed. Now it can take up to an hour for the sweating to stop.
It started when I worked in a thrift store loading bags and boxes of donations from a truck onto big carts. “Of course I should sweat doing that type of labor,” I thought to myself. Except that it would also happen in an air conditioned night club, or when walking to my car in 75 degree conditions. Now I find myself sweating profusely while sitting at my desk, and if the fan is not on me, the sweat will soak from my head through my hair, trickle down the front of my face in a dozen different places down onto my shirt. I thought it was gaining weight, but fixing that didn’t help (made it worse if I had low blood sugar after going hungry a bit). I thought it was possible to wear lighter clothing, but I could sweat like this with no clothing on at all. I think it started when I began Wellbutrin, which coincided with the onset of the facial sweating. Dropping the medication had no effect, and sweating only got worse along with depression from the feeling of social exclusion, so I went back on.
I am a graduate student and I teach labs. Luckily I teach them in the fall and spring. I am about to teach this summer starting next week. I can tell you that judging from how wet my hair becomes when teaching a lab at the beginning of the fall semester when it is still warm out, this will be hell. I cannot cope with this anymore. I just returned from a trip to Chicago, which was experiencing a heat wave, in order to meet with a professor I am interested in working with in a PhD program. I am sure I won’t get the position if I apply. I had to run to the bathroom and change my shirt in the middle of the meeting it was so soaked! I am sick of being considered a nervous wreck, some kind of deviant, or my mother’s favorite, an alcoholic. To hear that I’m not alone and that others share my experience truly does help to deal with the emotions, but I must now deal with the sweating.
I cannot handle cutting another conversation short to pretend to get a phone call. I cannot handle fearing that the bathroom might be hotter than the room I am in so that I can’t cool off where no one can see me. I cannot handle dripping sweat drops on a person when I bend over to listen to a question during an exam. I will not spend so much time hiding in my house in a dark air conditioned room afraid to move too much for fear that the sweats will start again. I also can’t take the rashes that are forming on my neck and scalp from being constantly exposed to moisture. This isn’t just cosmetic, it is physically uncomfortable. I slipped on a puddle of my own sweat that formed under me while I was working on my car and spilled used oil all over myself and the floor. I have fainted before from this. I will lose five pounds in a day in just liquid coming out of my pores, and if I don’t have water with me all day I can get physically ill.
I set an appointment with a new PCP for next week because my previous primary laughed at me and told me to wear lighter fabric, not knowing this will lead to the “soak-through” effect. I will try just about anything but the surgery if it means, for once, that I won’t sweat.
Hello. I am 15 years old and I have been sweating since i was a baby. I hate it. My brother makes fun of me, and I am sure people in my school have some nasty opinions about me. They all think I am a freak because I am always sweating. I don’t know if this has anything do to with this, but I have hypothyroidism and take .100 synthroid.
My sweating was bad before I was diagnosed, but now it seems like it is out of control. My school has no air conditioners and I live in NY. It gets pretty hot, well, at least for me. I am always so embarrassed. I will look around the class seeing that everyone is not sweating, except for me. Realizing that I am the only one sweating makes me sweat even more. It is very bad.
My underarms are bad, but my face is horrible. I sweat a lot on my forehead, near my hair-line, my nose, my upper lip, and my neck. I hate going into school everyday when it is warm, knowing that I will be sweating. It has gotten so bad, that I rarely participate in my gym class. Once I start sweating I can’t stop. It has gotten to the point where I wish I was home-schooled so that I don’t have to worry about what other people think of me.
Like I said before: could this be from my hypothyroidism or a side effect from my medication??? :'(
Yay! Can’t believe I found all of you. I’m the only one I know who suffers from hyperhydrosis that I know of (except for my dad). I’ve always been a heavy sweater but the anxiety didn’t start for me until later in life. People used to ask me if I was okay and I would simply state that I just sweat really easy. The sweating was pretty much only right after a walk or some sort of activity.
As the years went on and people continuously inquired about my sweating, I began to develop anxiety about it. After my first son was born, it got worse. No one understands what I go through. I’m 41 years old and have just finished my degree and am getting ready to go back into the work force (I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past 16 years). I dread interviews because I know exactly what will happen…I’ll sit there in a puddle of sweat. I know no one would hire me. I sweat everywhere on my body but the face/head is the most embarrassing because that’s what everyone sees.
This has really interfered with my life and held me back from doing many things. After reading this page, I called my doctor to see if he’ll call me in a prescription for Robinul. I’m hoping that will be the answer to my prayers. I’ve tried Xanax, a medicine used to lower blood pressure (that lowered my blood pressure way too much and made me very ill), deodorant on my face, a prescription deodorant that stung really bad and gave me a rash…nothing works. If this Robinul works, I will be able to get my life back. I can’t wait to try it.
Heavy Facial Sweater says
I’m happy I found this site. I’ve been sweating profusely from my forehead for twenty or so years; I am 38. I do suffer from severe depression, social anxiety,bi-polar disorder and high blood pressure but I was sweating from my forehead long before I was diagnosed with any of these conditions. Yet, my doctor and psychologist has said it is adrenaline and my nerves but has so far offered no cure. In the meantime, I avoid social situations and interactions with people at all costs because the condition is so embarrassing and happens in any weather. I’ve lost out on so many jobs because once the sweat starts, it just does not stop. … So I have an job interview coming up and I think I’m going to tell the interviewer that I suffer from hyperhidrosis in the very beginning so once the sweating starts – it never fails – at least he/she will not hold it against me too much. If I don’t get the job, then I will know it is the sweating. In the meantime, I’m going to run some of these medicines by doctor to see what she says.
I am trying something I read on the web. It says to massage your scalp, and for the last two nights I have used my wooden massager on my scalp, and for the last two nights I have not scalp sweated at night. I use a thing with a curved wooden handle with 4 wheels and I roll it over my scalp and facial areas for 5-10 in the evening. I am also trying using an anit persperant on my face and around the scalp line. I use Dove unscented and rub it into the scalp line with my fingers. This also seems to help a little during the day.
OMG, I am so glad I found this site! I can’t believe how many people have the same symptoms that I do. I am 63 now, and have been having these symptoms since my early 40s. my doctor always says nothing can be done and writes it off to menopause. I can be standing still or sitting in a meeting, and the sweat just starts running off my face and scalp. And once it starts nothing stops it except sitting completely still in a quiet place.
The only thing I know that really helps is FRESH MOVING AIR. AC actually makes it worse for me. I keep fans in my purse, but at home i have little electric fans everywhere. I have one that hangs off my headboard and plugs into a strip on my nightstand. I also have little ones where ever I sit. As soon as I start to sweat I lean over and turn it on. I have one on my desk at work, and in the car i prefer outside air to AC unless it is really hot out. Unfortunately that doesn’t help with the grocery shopping, or going for a walk or meetings.
Sorry for everyone with this problem, but thanks for sharing. I feel not so alone now!
I am now 45 yrs old.Before 20 years i slept with a lady having exessive sweating on her face since then i do have this problem.It hurts me a lot.Is it like std?
I’m 19, from Asian countries. I’m glad I found this site. I have read most comments and I found out that I’m never alone in my disgusting situations.
I’ve been been also experienced a lot of socially embarrassed in front of many people especially when talking face to face, I couldn’t help myself whenever I felt nervous I suddenly gets wet all over my face,specially to my nose and once I started to sweat I never stop sweating all day long even at uncomfortable night.
When walking outside the house not quite distance, sweat running down my face,even after taking a shower,watching TV, eating…and most horrible even when sitting in my class room in an air con.It never stop sweating my nose. And in some other awkward situations that really made me hassle and I’m afraid that theres no cure for this kind of abnormalities Ive been suffered since I was a kid.
How can I enjoy my entire life if I’m still suffering from this. but I do hope that someday I will find a cure and I always trust God in everything that He would guide our way and help me to overcome from this .we are not alone…. Please I do need your help too, I need your wonderful advise? what can you suggest? thank you and GOD BLESS US ALL.
Wow! I’ve read most of the comments (and there are A LOT). I’ve sweated on my face as long as I can remember. I starts on my nose mostly, but also then profusely upper lip, chin, around hairline, forehead, then entire head (ALL hair, especially back of lower skull area). Once my whole head is sweating (which comes on extremely fast, just sounds slow because I’ve described the general pattern), it seems like forever to stop.
It got much more intense beginning with first of three pregnancies, so I know it’s not menopause, although seems to be a little worse now (if that’s possible). I’m 54 years old. First pregnancy at 27. I tell people, “If it’s menopause, then I started menopause in my 20’s through three pregnancies!”
For me it’s only head sweating that’s unbearable, although I sweat everywhere else during physical exertion. Ironically, I don’t even wear deodorant, armpits don’t smell or sweat that much. I use Goldbond powder under armpits.
I have to sleep with windows open all year except during hot summer, then A/C and ceiling fan running on high if it’s unbearably hot. After shower I’m already sweating, and I live in a dry (hot summer) climate! I feel real empathy for people with this condition who live in hot, humid climates.
I think medications might worsen it, don’t know how much though since I’ve learned to live with this my entire life. I recently started taking Cymbalta for depression and Hydroxyzine (generic for Vistaril) for anxiety.
As a kid I remember looking in the mirror after PE or recess to see my beet-red face dripping sweat and trying to cool with water on my face and wet paper towels around sweaty hairline to cool it off before going back to class. This was from grammar school throughout college.
I had a philosophy class in college just following raquetball. OMG! The sweat was dripping when I entered the classroom, tomato-head and all! I tried cooling off on the walk there. ARE YOU KIDDING! I wore little to nothing going in, and I didn’t care. You feel trapped when you’re sweating profusely while the central heating is running and everyone else is comfortable. It feels like you’re a freak on stage for all those to see!
I remember watching my mom run around with paper towels in her pockets (because kleenex weren’t tough and absorbent enough) mopping the sweat off her face ALL DAY LONG no matter how cold or what time of year. My sister also sweats on face and head and turns tomato red.
I worked graveyard shift at a ski resort (a desk clerk, nothing physical about that) and would take my parka off walking from my trailer to the hotel I worked (11:30pm in below freezing). When I got inside the hotel to start my shift of course the heat would be turned on and that’s when the waterworks REALLY started. Co-workers would ask, “How can you be hot?” I had to go outside about 3am after vacuuming the hotel lobby and sit with nothing on but my pants, short-sleeve cotton shirt, and even BAREFOOT at times for my 15 minute break to cool off as I would say hi to night security guys walking outside with parkas, head warmers, heavy gloves, and snowboots!
I will try the Maxim wipes and may the Certain Dri around my scalp, upper lip, nose area. We’ll see.
Anxiety does not cause sweating. Sweating causes anxiety!! Even though I am somewhat of an anxious person, from my history I know it’s genetic (but anxiety does perpetuate the condition, that’s for sure). It’s a vicious cycle.
It seems the worst when getting ready to go to work or somewhere in a hurry and in heated buildings. Once it starts I have to get FRESH AIR!! Go outside, open car windows, or turn on car or house A/C. Unfortunately, going outside is not always an option. This is when anxiety kicks in and/or it’s just plain TOO HOT AND THE SWEAT STARTS DRIPPING!!
It is annoying (to say the least), but I think those of us with this condition should do the best we can and realize that everyone has their crosses to bear. I feel somewhat better now that I know, even though it sounds cliche, I am not alone in this.
THINGS THAT MAKE ME HOT:
shoes or socks
hair sprays and gels
ANY head gear, hats, or caps
stuffy rooms, hotels, shops, cars
heavy lotions, especially with sunscreen
pants below knees if hotter than 75 degrees
sleeves or collar after 80 degrees
THINGS THAT HELP ME STAY COOL:
no hair, short hair, pull back hair
cold cereal for breakfast during summer
FRESH, COLD AIR
spray bottle in car
open bedroom windows to sleep (during winter)
HEAD IN COLD WATER AFTER WORK OUT OR EXERTION
I have just recently started suffering from this terrible condition, I am a 23 year old woman and before the recent year I wouldn’t sweat a drop unless I did some really hard exercise.
5 months ago I moved to an island with very hot climate and started having big problems with my partner, so it might be stress related and also due to the heat, but I have never suffered from this before while on vacation to hot places. My face starts blushing up and I feel as if the inside of my forehead is burning up. Then the sweat appears from my hairline (smells like birdseeds – awful!), cheeks and upper lip. I keep struggling to dry myself off but it just keeps pouring out. If I’m around other people this problem is way worse also, due to the fact that I think about it more and “try” not to sweat instead of just letting go and relaxing. If I’m on the beach for instance laying alone in the hot sun I sweat a lot less then if I’m in a chilled room but in front of a lot of people.
I ordered Odaban and I am very pleased that they actually managed to ship the product to this very small island where I live – and do so very fast. And yes, it does work if I use ALOT of it – maybe 20 sprays on my face – which then makes my eyes sting. The burning isn’t so bad though, and the effect passes after 1-2 days.
The problem now is that I have started sweating abnormally all over my upper body instead – of course I understand that the sweat needs to get out somewhere, but it is annoying now that when I don’t use Odaban and go out my whole back, underarms, chest and stomach starts sweating as much as my face, and they didn’t do it before.
I don’t know if I should continue using it, I’m afraid that if I do and start spraying on my upper body also that then my legs, feet, hands and everywhere else where I am now dry will start sweating profusely and permanently and that scares me! I don’t want to be stuck in a vicious circle and sweating from all over my body, now I sometimes actually miss the time when it was just my face. It’s like as if I have suddenly activated the sweat glands on my back and so forth, and that is horrible!
But I have to thank you a million times for this site, it has really helped me a lot to read about everybody’s stories and to be able to share mine too. We are not alone, and let’s all pray that we will see a cure in the near future.
I also have been facing this problem for 5 years now! It is very embarrassing and I’m glad I found this site.
I have tried Maxim wipes and they do not seem to work for me! I am one of the few that makes itchy and I form a small rash.
My concern in the sweating in the face and neck! It happens all the time! I can be sitting at Church and see someone unexpectedly and it happens for no reason. Also if I’m put on the spot or even when it’s hot outside. A normal workout im drenched in sweat and it’s embarrassing to go to the gym because no one is sweating half as much and have been there sooooo much longer!
I went to the doctor and they would not prescribe Avert/Robinul. They suggested BOTOX which is not a solution for me. The doctor said it only lasts for approx 6 months and cost $1200-$1,500. I cannot afford this and do not like the thought of needles in my face.
Someone please help!
56 year old female. Menopause for almost 10 years, excessive sweating especially during the summer months.
Yesterday my face felt dry and what seems to me as some peeling.
With every hot flush I have experienced today, my face would burn.
After every flush I would rinse my face and put almond oil on to soothe it.
The dermatitis I had on my forehead for the last year had been treated. The forehead does not seem to be affected only my cheeks!!
Do not know whether I should go back to see the dermatologist
It has made me feel better to find so many people with this issue. I am a treatment coordinator for a private medical practice, and I work closely, face-to-face, literally, with patients and doctors on a daily basis. I experience face and generalized head-sweating when dealing with pressure or stressful situations.
It usually starts on my forehead, and is also bad at the base of my neck. I have very long hair, but it has actually been visibly WET at the back of my head. So awful. Patients must sometimes wonder if I am lying to them, hiding something awful from them, who knows. I know I would be like, What the heck?!
I keep a small fan on my desk, and it is usually on throughout my work day, winter or summer. Staff meetings are difficult for me and I worry that it makes the doctors wonder if there is some personal problem. My co-workers tease me about how I look like I just got out of the shower sometimes. It is embarrassing. I am going to try one of these meds. So excited!
OMG, all my life I have had excessive sweating. I am 57 yrs old and I don’t wear a coat in the winter or sweaters either. I work with 3 yr old and I will start sweating and my hair will get wet and drip into my eyes.
I had a hysterectomy in 86 so its not hot flashes. I am so glad i goggled this. I worked in retail and I had a little girl ask why was my hair wet. I tell everyone that when the Good Lord passed out sweat glands I thought he said sweet glands and went back for more. Will now talk to my doctor. Thank you all and God Bless.
Meant to mention –
Try these simple changes too. Shave first, and then shower. The cream residue can cause your face to sweat. Don’t wear lotion on your body the day of stressful situations, especially not on your face. Carry a cross – knowing God is with you and your side can help. Carry an ICE cold bottle of water and keep in your hand to keep you cool. Wear slip on shoes, pull your feet out when getting warm. If in an interview, list the names of your kids or dog or favorite thought on the top of the paper. If you feel you are getting nervous and going to sweat, look at those names or items. It may calm you. Tell yourself that you are not alone. Many people have this issue and get over it. If you sweat, tell the interviewer that you are finishing cold medicine that makes you warm – or something like that. I have used Nexium as an excuse before – acid reflux pill.
I am becoming an expert on trying to stay calm, and stay cool. I drink ICE water before a big meeting or an interview. I try to find something metal on the chair to touch to try and feel cool. I make sure that I don’t have any caffeine for two days prior. Best rule is to pass on the caffeine all together! Sometimes I think about a really cold place like snow skiing in Alaska. It calms me. I sure hope this helps.
WE are not alone!
Face Sweater says
Hey, it’s great to read other peoples’ triumphs and tribulations associated with facial sweating. I sweat so much on my face but it usually only occurs when I am in front of other people or am in a stressful situation. I wish someone could just synthesize a facial moisturizer that would block all sweat glands. I sweat so much everywhere, however if I could fix my facial sweating I would be in a much better place with my life. I honestly don’t know how I am ever going to get past a job interview with a dripping wet face.
17 yr old girl who sweats a lot says
hey I’m a 17 year old girl who constantly sweats on my face and it drips down my face, even if it isn’t hot i sweat a lot and it so embarrassing as none of my friends sweat its like I’m the only one..the other day we ran for the bus for like 2 minutes and then we got on the bus and i started sweating like crazy i tried to wipe it and then i thought people on the bus was staring at the sweat on my face and i started to sweat more i was soo mortified none of my friends sweat on their face.. during the summer its worse if i step outside my house i immediately start sweating on my face..I’ve become isolated and i don’t like to go out with friends anymore..PLEASE HELP ME i live in the UK
I too have had this issue forever. I take 40mgs of propanenol when i am faced with a situation that may make me have forehead sweating. I can’t wait to try Robinul that is detailed in this forum.
I call on customers every week. Today I was at lunch, with a tall glass of cold water, and I began to feel my forehead and cheeks get wet. I was so embarrassed. I began to rethink my 25 year career in sales! I have a fan in my office to keep me cool. If I get thrown into an uncomfortable situation I’ll have forehead sweating. It can come on even if I meet a neighbor in a grocery store unexpectedly. So weird.
The propanonol has helped but it hasn’t cured the situation. I try to carry a cold bottle of water with me into meetings to keep me “cool” if I start to sweat. I’ll put the bottle in a freezer 10 mins before my meeting so it almost has a little ice in it. It helps keep me comfortable.
Always wet says
Hello again, I posted the comment prior to this one yesterday. I found and read most all of the posts on this site last night. This morning I called my PCP provider and told them I’ve had hyperhydrosis for 15 years. I asked the nurse to goggle this site if they were not familiar with it. I told her I would like to try one of (the three) medicines discussed on this site. She called me back this afternoon and had called me in “glyppyrrate” 1 mg twice a day. She told me to follow up in 3 weeks.
I live in Atlanta and it was sunny and 75 today. I took a pill and went to my sons lacrosse game and would normally sweat horribly until the sun went down and it cooled off. But….NO….. SWEATING at all. I am so excited to think that I may actually be capable of functioning like a normal person and not always have wet hair and sweat dripping off face when I get a little warm.
I am so excited about this med but still very skeptical. So, I preceded to test this med. And when I got home I jogged around the neighborhood with my son. As we reached my driveway I was screaming “Thank you God” at the top of my lungs!!! Yes, I was sweaty but nothing like the usual face and head (faucet) dripping like I’m used to.
Thank you people for starting this site and thank you to all the people who have posted.
Don’t give up hope to be normal…. Try one of these meds or try Glycopyrrolate aka Robinul. It worked for me. I am soooo excited to live life without this embarrassing problem I can’t stop thinking and talking about it.
Good Luck to you and God Bless!
Always wet! says
Wow, I’m sitting here in shock!!!
I’ve been reading this site for hours. I cannot believe that there is a name for my problem and this many people suffer from it. I have had facial and forehead sweating for a 15+ years.
I will never forget the first time I told my doctor about it and he said to me ha ha ha if that’s the worst problem you’ve got your doing great. I tried to explain to him how it interfered with my work and that I couldn’t wear my glasses and it messed up my makeup and my hair every single day…. He just blew me off!
I feel so sorry for each and everyone of you but I’m so relieved to know that there is a name for this problem and that there is hope.
I am going to make a doctors appointment tomorrow and will post back with any success and or failures.
Best of luck to you all!
I just wanted to share my solution. I have had the wet droplets in my eyebrows for about 5-6 years now. Never correlated it to anything in particular, although I was on accutane in my early 20’s. I am now 42. I have seen others connect the sweating with accutane. So when it first started I went to a dermatologist who prescribed Drysol which is not usually used on the face but he thought it might work. It did not and was so strong it really stung my eyebrows and left them very red the next day after applying it at night as instructed.
So then I found some answers on the internet and decided to try Certain Dri, also not usually used on the face. Certain Dri is an over-the-counter medication to be used at night on the underarms and it seemed to work for others so I tried it. I used the roll-on type like others had and within a few days it was really working! I applied it after washing my face at night making sure my brows were very dry, as instructed. It stings a tiny bit when first applied but not too bad. I would rather a slight sting than deal with the sweat droplets! I hope this helps someone!
I have been telling my wife all day how happy I am to have found the web community. I have been quietly and hurtfully dealing with this issue for the bast 12 years. I just recently began talking to my sister about it and she too has had to experience similar embarrassing situations. She confirmed to me that our father also had the condition, which revealed to me that it is hereditary.
I have tried everything, but now hope some of these natural remedies will work. I have a job that requires me to speak in public constantly and I no matter how much I love the work, I hate every minute of it. I hope to learn a great deal, but mostly appreciate you all sharing your stories.
There are some 250 of us sufferers on this page. It would appear a considerable number have taken certain products/procedures. I think it would be very beneficial to advertise the success or failure of these. Reading all the comments confirms we all have a similar problem but it appears there are no solutions. This forum should try to get previous authors to come back with their successful solutions or ultimate failures of product/procedures.
I too have experienced extreme facial, neck, and scalp sweating over the past three years. I noticed above that someone else mentioned how they used to always be cold. I also used to experience frequent chills and i would commonly be the only person around who was cold.
I wish I could go back to that because unlike facial sweating, there were no social consequences. Like most people who have posted I am very outgoing and rarely nervous in speaking engagements so that rules out anxiety causing my sweating. The sweating usually occurs after walking. I can be walking in 20 degrees and I will still eventually start to sweat profusely.
While I am not in the best shape, I suspect that has little to do with facial sweating because most other parts of my body do not sweat nearly as much. I also work out and experience more sweating than all of the musclemen combined. One last thing…I’ve noticed when I sweat, my skin on my face and neck will get very very red and flushed. This usually persists beyond the initial sweating and will continue when I am feeling dry again.
I am reluctant to go to my doctor because she is not very keen on prescribing medications. In fact, I am sure she would tell me to come back in a month or two, after giving me some advice on getting in better shape, and assess the problem then.
Any advice at all would be so appreciated. I really would love any ideas that Don’t involve doctors but if it comes down to it I am willing to see a different doctor.
I went to a funeral on a hot day, I avoid these situations because I know I’ll just end up sweating and try to hide it by drinking beforehand but it doesn’t always help (and could end up with a drinking problem); sure enough, half way through I started face sweating. The sweat kept falling down my jacket like waterfalls and guess what no one else was sweating! I overcame the phobia by consequently using my handkerchief and finally I stopped sweating as profusely. I have phoned my naturepath and she will make the hushed sea tea for me to try. I usually wear a cap when I go to the footy or cricket to avoid people seeing my sweat. This condition inhibits my outgoing nature and you end up living in a jail in fear and resentment and saying why me.
R U Like Me? says
It’s tough to see so many people searching for help. It’s such a crippling issue and very hard to get help even when you seek it from a doctor. I’ve experimented with just about everything and suffered countless embarrassing situations. Force your doctors to work with you to help you solve this issue as we tend to suffer privately. It wasn’t until I visited a dermatologist that he suggested Robinul and it’s works! Lasts about 5 hours you need about 3 hours for it to take full affect. 100% cure during that time. You may have to play with dosage (2-6 mgs) and timing and side effects are dry mouth, itchy eyes and fatigue. These were completely worth it vs. the embarrassment of the many situations I endured with uncontrollable sweating. Robinul stops the nerve trigger that sends us down that “I can’t stop this” road. It took me years to find something that works so don’t give up. Good Luck.
The heavy sweating we are all talking about is hereditary. My grandmother, my mother and lucky me all are cursed with sweating. The worst part is the facial sweats and like most of you it is very embarrassing with sweat dripping off your nose and your hair drenched so you look like you have just got out of a shower. Most people think it is because I am unfit, but it is not the case. After many tests it is hereditary. I am just starting Clonidine now and am hoping for a big reduction of sweat. After that the only choice is Botox, which even though is expensive if it gives me just a few months of relief it will be worth it. I will keep you informed with the Clonidine. I know it doesn’t suit everyone but I am hoping, praying that I am one of the people it does suit. Good luck to all of you as only we know how terribly debilitating and embarrass this condition is.
Oh my gosh. I am so relieved to have found this post! I am 21, female, reasonably fit. When I was 12-13 I developed excessive perspiration under my arms, nobody seemed to take it seriously. I would put on deodorant and one minute later, sweat stains. I found a product called Hidrosol, which might only be available here, and it worked so marvelously and has ever since.
About two months ago, out of the blue, I started sweating profusely from my face, neck and head. At the time I was actually starting a new diet and thought it had something to do with that so I gave it up but the sweating persisted. It’s summer where I live now and I can’t even walk up my street without moisture on my forehead and scalp. It’s totally debilitating. I’m so frustrated because I thought I was done with this. At the gym it’s ridiculous! I am literally drenched 10 minutes in and after I’ve finished, I have to sit in the changing room for a good twenty minutes just to get my body temperature back to normal.
I thought it had something to do with fitness level but nothing stops it! It’s not associated with anything! Some days are better than others and I have no idea why. I am actually tearing up as I write this because I have been incredibly self-conscious all of my life to the point where I developed an eating disorder and finally I was feeling on top of things and better about myself and now I’m afraid to leave the house. I start university this year and I will have to walk there due to the cost and I don’t think I can do it.
I’m finally going to my doctor in a week but I’m so afraid she will just brush it over and not may it much mind when it is quite seriously ruining my life. I’m actually hoping it is diabetes as hyperhidrosis doesn’t even seem to be given much weight in the medical community.
I am staggered at the number of people who seem to have the same problem as me – head sweating, sweat pouring down my face and this can be in the night or wandering through the shopping centre. This has only started within the past 12 months. Initially I thought it was menopause back but at 61 decided that I was way passed it. I remember that my mother had the same problem for most of her life and so when I started with it I just thought I’ve inherited it from her. I sleep with a window open, have very few covers on the bed but still my pillow is saturated in the morning and my hair is plastered to my head. I take tissues with me wherever I go to mop up the sweat. This website has given me hope and I will go and see my Dr this week.
Hey, i’m only 17 and i would say its been in the last 6 months i’ve noticed it.. awkward situations.. meeting new people.. etc. When i notice i start sweating i start to think about it then i’m sure it gets worse.. its like a vicious cycle. i’m a really confident and outgoing person but this obviously is having a big impact on me socially.
From what i’ve read it seems quite a lot of people started fairly young and have just had to put up with it for years, that’s why i’m hoping to nip it in the bud now. I’ve heard some good stuff about ‘witch hazel’.. i would just like to know what type to get.. every shop i look at has loads of products and i wanna get the right one. I haven’t spoken to anyone about it before leaving this comment.. Do you think i should talk to my parents? Would you recommend going to see my doctor?
Would be greatly appreciated if someone could reply. Thanks!
Fiona Hargrave says
I am so glad I found this site and am now going to make an appointment with the doctor. My facial sweating is so bad now that it is debilitating – sweating from the head, neck and headaches that accompany this which I thought was from me overheating. Does anyone get cold as well and not be able to control this – this has happened to me 3 times where as the heat thing is so regular 2 or 3 times a day.
Also glad to see I am not alone and something can be done – Thank you for posting!
Thanks for posting this. Just knowing there are others with the same problem as i have let me a bit at ease. Hopefully everyone will one day accept it as a valid medical condition rather than a type of a panic attack.
I too am thankful for this site as the last decade plus has been terrible for me due to sweating of the face, neck, back, behind the knees, inner elbows, upper lip, basically everywhere.
After reading every post here, I am keen to try Certain Dry on my face. However it seems that most people who have done this are men. Are there any women out there who have applied Certain Dry to their faces? I am worried that the product will damage my skin or cause discoloration.
Any feedback is much appreciated!
Hi. I am desperate for answers and I am so glad I found this site. I have been thinking that my extreme facial sweating was the cause of panic attacks, social phobia or even PMS! There are certain times of the month when it is worse than others. For example, when I am being singled out in a meeting at work or if I am meeting people for the first time, it all starts with a little upper lip sweat and then it just explodes into a full sweating attack.
My back, stomach, face, scalp, arms and even elbows get soaking wet out of the blue. I can never tell when this is suddenly going to happen so I am always on the edge about being in certain situations. I have taken every anti-depression known to man, but each make my symptoms worse!
Glad to know there are others with sweating issues like me!
I’ve had a serious problem with excess sweating since childhood. It started with my underarms. I found that Drysol and Xertac solved that problem, but the sweating moved to my face after giving birth to my children. I also developed headaches and was prescribed Topimax. The side affect of Topimax is reduced sweating, and it has worked for me. I no longer have facial sweating. Thank God!!! I do sweat, but not as excessive as before, where I would not even leave the house. It really was awful!
I am a 35 yr old male. I suffer from facial (forehead) sweating. I am a very outgoing a confident guy but as you all have expressed as soon the sweat starts it’s almost a crippling feeling that makes me feel like a looser at times. Just as others have said it mainly happens on first dates, first encounters in social situations, when confronted at work with tough questions, job interviews, etc. Propanol did not work at all.
I tried botox injections in my forehead and cheeks and it decreased the sweat by 95% 🙂 But the downsides are: 1) It was painful as hell having needles stuck in your face, 2) the positive effects of the treatment only lasted me approx 3-4 months, 3) and I couldn’t make “surprised” facial expressions since the botox temporarily deadens areas that are treated (a small drawback to staying dry). I was lucky and my benefits paid for it. I want a more long term solution.
You have to be a soldier to get all those needle pricks in your face. It is not pleasant at ALL. I also just ordered Maxim wipes so we shall see if those help also.
Good luck guys!! I feel your pain.
Hi all…well I have similar conditions as some of you…my big thing is when I feel uncomfortable I think. My whole head starts sweating then it gets worst when I try to control it, or when some one gets notice it, how embarrassing. Like last nigh I was going to play poker went there out of no where started sweating, I said I didn’t feel good all of the sudden and left. I knew the people don’t know why that happened..it happens at weddings or if I’m center of attention its so annoying…when I’m with friends I don’t get like this. When I was in school presentations forget about never did them..I dint get like this all the time. At work I’m fine with friend, family…seems like it happens when I’m uncomfortable ..
Please help I hate this.
Jenny :'( says
Hi everyone i have bee reading through all your posts & i am so glad i am not alone..
I am 31 & have become a recluse over the past 3 years i never go out with my friends anymore it just seems pointless as after 20min / Half an hr i am looking like a drowned Rat! It is soul destroying & makes me feel extremely uncomfortable.
I have been on this site before & after reading some of the stories i headed off to see my doctor she gave me the Clonodine but for me it wasn’t working ..
I am getting married on the 1st of June & while i should be stressing about things like Dresses/Guest lists & Table Plans i am constantly obsessing & getting real stressed about the The Sweating Face & Head & my Photos :'( I’m so looking forward to the wedding but anxious about the sweating!
Greg i was reading your Post & found it helpful id very much like to give the Glycopyrrolate a go… But what site did you get it from there are that many when i looked.. id rather get the right thing from the Right place.. Can you help please?? Is it not available in the UK???
Surely with so many sufferers out there they should be looking at something that will Help & be available to all!!
What works for me says
For at least 6 years I suffered craniofacial HH. I tried everything to keep my head from overheating and pouring sweat. My face would flush and everyone would look worried and offer me a cold drink. Fanning, misting with cool water, ice neck tie, ice vest – you name it, I tried it. Tried propanolol and glycopyrrolate but didn’t work. I was never cold, but summer was the worst.
After lots and lots of Googling I found out about Clonidine.
It has stopped my face from flushing, and with some antiperspirant I hardly sweat at all. It’s a blood pressure medication called Catapres that you have to get from your doctor. It helps to reduce the effects of noradrenaline. It does make my mouth a bit dry but chewing gum fixes it easy. And a dry mouth is a tiny price to pay for being happily dry and cool. Hope you all find what works for you 🙂
which anti-depressant are you taking. I take Cymbalta and have horrible sweat that keeps my hair soaked all the time, can’t wear make up and my pores have become big and I got the diagnosis of rosacia. I’m thinking that if I could get the sweating under control the rosacia would go away. Also, I haven’t been able to wear a sweater or sweatshirt in the winter for several years now..no coat outside either. I use a fan right by my chair and when everyone else is freezing, I’m soaked with sweat.
Cassy, omg, are you me? I have problems holding down a job because of the constant sweating. For some reason, I seem to be mostly okay outside, but indoors when there’s not a constant breeze? Forget it. Even just sitting and watching TV or checking email, I can end up drenched in sweat and it’s ridiculous. I too sit in front of or under fans 24/7, keep the furnace turned down or off, use the A/C in the winter, and yet I can *still* end up sweating like I’m in a sauna. I also can’t cut my hair because it helps absorb the sweat (and, okay, because short hair just doesn’t look good on me lol), and I *also* get very red-faced and blotchy like you mentioned your son does. I think our problem is hereditary in its own way; my father had this condition when he was younger, complete with red face and inability to cool down even in freezing cold conditions, but he doesn’t have that problem anymore. Unfortunately, he was nearly 40 when it finally stopped; I’m 26, and I don’t want to wait another decade and a half on the off-chance it just magically goes away.
I’m sorry that anyone else has to go through this, but at the same time, I’m glad to know I’m not crazy and I’m not the only one with this problem. Here’s to hoping we all find help and beat this terrible condition!
well hi everyone, I’m just 17 years old and i recently went and saw my doctor about this problem that started about a year ago. He told me that it was Hyperhidrosis because i took a blood and urine test and i was perfectly healthy. As i grew up it seems to be getting worse. I’m very funny and confident person but this problem seems to be making me more antisocial. I tend to avoid partying these days and anywhere with lot of people because that’s when I start sweating a lot on my forehead. And i think the more i avoid going out the worse it get when i do go out . Anyways i read a few of your comments and i will make another appointment with my doctor, to see if i could try some of these options.
Hopefully some of these work for me
I’m female, 57 and have dealt with extreme head and face sweating almost all my entire adult life. Over the years, it has progressively gotten worse. I’ve begged every doctor I see for a cause or diagnosis and not one could tell me what was wrong with me. It was only after doing months of online research on my own that I learned what this condition is called, AND, I finally have it under control.
I’m wondering how many people with my condition are on anti-depressants. I’ve been on one for about 30 years and learned that excessive sweating is a common side effect of all anti-depressants, but I didn’t know anyone else who was on the medication who had this problem.
This past summer, I came across one single post in one of these forums and there was something mentioned I had not heard of before. I was desperate to try it, but expected absolutely nothing. The post said that some psychiatrists know of a medication that counteracts the sweating caused by anti-depressants.
I was referred to a psychiatrist and after weeks of waiting, explained my situation. Thankfully, she was willing to try to help me, even though she had not personally dealt with this before. She got on her computer and did some research as I sat there. She wrote a prescription for Terazosin hcl and had me take one 1 mg. capsule at bedtime. She said if I tolerated it, to increase the dosage after 5 days. After just one dose, I noticed a huge difference!
I have long, thick hair and each time I try to blow dry it, it is an uphill battle against the sweat. Even in the winter, I sit under a ceiling fan, turn the furnace way down and do the best I can to get my hair dry. This is my routine every single time. Since the first night I started this medication, I have not had to use the fan or freeze my house to get my hair dry. I no longer break out in a severe sweat while sitting still, doing absolutely nothing. Tonight, for the first time in years, I was able to wear a pullover sweater out to dinner, something I haven’t done in years.
I have been taking this med since late August and there is absolutely NO doubt that it is working for me. NOTHING else had ever done a thing for me. I feel I’ve been given a new life. This medication is a blood pressure med and I’ve never had high blood pressure, but it clearly can be used for other ailments. I would never promise that this is the answer for everyone, but it worked for me. Terazosin is the generic name; I am not sure what the name brand is. If you take an anti-depressant, look into this. If this doesn’t work, don’t give up!! If I had given up when I wanted to, I’d still be soaked in sweat for no obvious reason. Good luck!!
Greg do you find the affects decrease after multiple use? I am scared to take it to often as it may not be as affective down the road. So I tend to use it more as a PRN, like when I am going to be in a social setting. Its hard to believe with this many people having the same problem, there is no true cure.
This issue has held me back for years. I am scared of job interviews, doing presentations and etc. Now that I am 36 and have been doing more research I am learning ways to work around this. One thing is I carry a big water bottle filled with ice. I get a lot of comments from co workers and other professionals but its easier to explain that than why it looks like I just stepped off a treadmill when I have been just sitting there.
I have been using Glycopyrrolate for over 5 years for excessive sweating – mostly for work but also other social situations like weddings, etc. I’ve suffered from this condition since I can remember, and it has impacted my life negatively in many different ways – that is until I discovered the only cure that has worked – glycopyrrolate.
I found the recommendation through a site similar to this one and was buying it from Canada for years up until the Canadian postal service went on strike and disrupted my service; at which point I called my doc and said I needed an Rx for Robinul and she gave it to me – turns out it’s much cheaper to buy it in the US than from CA – just gotta get your doc to write the Rx – but there’s no reason they shouldn’t.
Some of the side effects for me have been dry throat and dry sinuses, which can be severe during the flu and sick season -just have to be careful with doses as the glyco could aggravate and/or prolong sore throats and/or sinus infections. I also experienced elevated blood pressure, which could be the result of the glyco, so much so that my doc put me on Atenolol. But it’s tough to say if this was the result of glyco because it was also a very stressful period in my life (recession, baby, etc). Since then my blood pressure has stabilized and I no longer take Atenolol, but I do watch what i eat (salt, alcohol) particularly when I am on glyco so as not to aggravate the blood pressure and any other symptoms.
I too am a regular cannabis user via a vaporizer and this also can severely aggravate the dry throat symptoms if I am not careful. All in all I would say the side effects are absolutely worth it – especially when you consider what life is w/out it – miserable. It’s truly been a life changer for me and if anything has caused me to pay more attention to what I eat and drink. I generally take 1.5mg in the early AM on weekdays and I’m good to go for the day. I usually take this at least 2 hours before eating to get the best effect.
I hope this was helpful and I wish the best of luck to all strickened with this terrible condition. Don’t let the Psychiatrists put you on any anti-anxiety or depression drugs – it’s B.S. and the side effects are much worse – oh yeah and they don’t work!
I’m 59 and this problem started this summer. I have never been comfortable in the heat, but this was over the top. I would have rivelets of sweat pouring off my face. One of my less tactful family members said “Wow, you’re sweating lke a horse!”.. Gee, thanks. I have my pillow encased in towels to absorb the sweat and have even experienced waking up from a sound sleep as a result of feeling water running down my face and onto my neck.
I am long past the change, and this resembles nothing like a hot flash. I am sorry all of you are going through this, but I’m happy to have company and kow that it’s not exclusive to just me.
I stopped working during the day in a successful career and started night filling at my local supermarket due to my facial sweating but now even though i don’t see people I see other employees and I am always humiliated and feel embarrassed about my excessive sweating.
I have long hair and I cant cut it short because it helps absorb the sweat a little more. I am constantly wiping my face and the funniest part of it is I work in perishables and freezer because I have this problem I chose to work in these areas to help me keep cool but I sweat just as I would in a sauna.
I am trying to get a doctor to listen to me but because I am on depression medication, they think it is related but I have suffered this since childhood. and so does my 14y/o son, he gets red in the face and sweats very easily. I now know what he has.
I wonder if anyone else has the same problem I have with doc tors wanting to try different things to help. I am so glad I am not alone, I am lucky I am in my 40’s I can pretend I have hot flushes…lol but feel for everyone who has to go through this terrible infliction.
Sebastian (NYC) says
So thankful I found this forum – thank you! I’m going to try some of the ideas you all shared – fingers crossed! For me, I am not sure what triggered my sweating, but something in my late 20s where I began to sweat profusely, mainly around my forehead, while the rest of my body remained relatively dry. I do suffer from mild anxiety which complicates the situation… but I really feel like my anxiety is mostly triggered because I worry so much about what people are thinking about my sweating – don’t we all!?!?
Like most of you, the excessive sweating could begin within seconds, or at least feels like it, and before I know my entire forehead is drenched (and sometimes blushed). It would usually happen when I would engage in some form of public speaking, for me, usually at staff meetings or when I give presentations – did I mention I’m a communications director!!! Nothing more embarrassing then sweating up a storm in front of your colleagues, and watching there eyes drift to your forehead, it really doesn’t matter what you say, or how well you say it, it feels like its game over. Not to mention, the sweating sometimes (thankfully not often) would also happen on dates – doesn’t matter how handsome you are, your confidence is shot! I hope some of the things you all found useful will work for me too!
I’ve been reading these posts on and off for the past couple days and I really feel it has helped me with my excess sweating. Before this I really felt like I was the only person who had this issue, as in every situation where I started sweating profusely, no one else around me was sweating at all.
I’m an in shape 22 year old college student. The main thing that sets off my sweating is talking with people who I’m not completely comfortable with, such as my family and some very close friends, other than that while I’m talking to people I can just feel myself starting to sweat, especially my upper lip and forehead. It causes me to cut conversations short, act awkward, and stray away from social interaction, which is unfortunate because I enjoy to be sociable.
I’ve been dealing with this problem since high school and it really has had a severe negative effect on my confidence. I recently purchased witch hazel and it has surprisingly helped me a lot. I apply it to my face after I shower and right before I’m about to go out with possible interactions with people. Maybe it’s mental, but I feel my sweating has decreased.
I can relate to almost all of these posts and feel for all of you, I go through the same thing. Hopefully we can all find a way to overcome it, until then keep your heads up…were all in this together.
OMG!! I had started to think I was alone with this. After reading a lot of posts on here I realize I am not alone. I have suffered with facial, neck and head sweating since I was a teenager. I am now 34. It doesn’t matter how fit or how big I am (I have had 4 children) I still sweat! It happens when I’m out shopping, doing housework, walking, talking to people. I have started to avoid a lot of situations just because I know what’s going to happen. I have made a appointment to see my doctor and I am really hoping to get something to help this. I look forward to hearing from anyone who has used something and it has worked.
Drip Drip Drip says
I was either 12 or 13 when my armpits started sweating for what seemed like no apparent reason. Every few months you get to try a different deodorant/antiperspirant; Each new brand brings with it a faint possibility that it might actually work. Smell was never the issue, the pure liquid volume was the issue.
All in all I’m well rounded, well educated, sociable, and enjoyable to be around. But this one nuisance that seems to come and go whenever it pleases has truly limited the social possibilities in my life.
Drysol prescribed by MD, when I was 16, helped and within a year or 2 my armpits stopped sweating and I stopped using except once every 6 months or so for a few more years. Then I switched to deodorant only and have been using that ever since with only mild and occasional “appropriate” armpit sweating. By 18 my sweating returned but this time it only seemed to be face/neck/back with the latter being by far the least bothersome or productive.
Winter helps, unless I have to be inside… Nothing for me is worse than walking any distance >20 feet and then into a heated building in the winter. Sitting. Standing. Walking. Talking. Anything can trigger an all out facial sweat.
It gets old explaining to concerned or creeped out people that NO I am not sick, and NO I am not nervous/anxious. It gets old having to bail on your friends while out in the club, or bar, or party while you stand outside in the freezing cold to cool off, or you relocate to the bathroom to run cold water over your wrists/forearms/face/neck/chest/thigh or towel off your now wet hair.
Now I’m 25 and about to graduate from physical therapy school. I want to specialize in manual orthopedic PT (it’s what I’m great at) but at times it requires a very large physical demand in conjunction with a physical contact with a patient/client. The plain and simple truth is people do not want to have someone dripping sweat onto them.
The Social challenges have been aggravating, but not unbeatable. I’m just praying I can overcome the Professional challenges in my future.
Sweaty Teacher says
OMG. I have just spent about 3 hours reading all your posts as this is a condition that I have suffered since puberty! I have cried and smiled at some of things that you have written knowing my own humiliating experiences with this condition.
I have recently been offered a promotional position at a different school and my biggest fear is how new teachers and students will deal with my excessive sweating. I remember my first day of teaching when I literally dripped on some of my students to 24 years later one of my students kindly commenting on how I needed the fans on in the middle of winter.
Whilst I know so many people are accepting of the ‘sweats’ it is a problem that I really wish would go away. The only relief that I have had in almost 30 years is the 3 years in which I’ve dropped my body temperature to a ridiculously low value which I would actually love to have back.
Thank you to everyone who has posted on this site. I am seeing my doctor tomorrow and have some ideas that she might want to explore with me as I tentatively look towards a less sweaty approach to my new job (always worse in Sydney’s humidity at the start of the school year).
It is wonderful to know that this condition has a name and that others have it as well. It’s a horrible feeling to have your skin start to heat up and know that the sweating will start soon. I look forward to a day when there will be more awareness of this condition and a cure.
I read the one post that questioned if yeast had something to do with this condition. I was just diagnosed with a baker’s and brewer’s yeast sensitivity and plan to eliminate yeast completely from my diet. If this solves the problem, I will post again.
I also suffer from severe facial sweating. I am a server and it’s hard going to a table looking like I just took a bath. I found that Maxim Wipes work well. I have to use 4 of them to keep from sweating like a pig, but I can make it trough the day without the drowned wet face.
I suffer from the same disease. When I’m in the company of people i tend to sweat on my face. In worst case scenarios (when I’m really anxious and nervous), the sweating can begin instantly, and my face can go from absolutely dry to absolutely showered in 1 minute 🙂 If I would be able to control that I guess I would make good money at a circus. 🙂
What I noticed is that I tend to suffer from this either when interacting with complete strangers (thinking “what will their first impression be of me?”), or when talking to known people who’s opinion matters to me (and that’s about 90% of known people :)).
If someone starts to tell me something and the story is long and I get bored, I immediately begin to sweat. If the story is captivating enough so that it can keep me thinking about it and not about the sweating (rare case!), than it’s fine.
From what I’ve read here, I tend to think that it’s a non-psychiatric condition, augmented by anxiety but not caused by it.
Has anyone around here tried Apaxil? Is aluminum-based medicine dangerous?
paolo orsini says
Hello people!I’m so happy, that Ive found this web page. I don’t know anybody, who has same problem, so I’m so glad, that I’m not alone. When I’m browsing all those cases, I can see myself.
Ive been dealing with sweating last 19 years, problems came, when I was 22. It ruined my social life, choice of profession and business. All life is like nightmare since than….I’m afraid of every social event, where will be a lot of people , or family events, weddings etc……Only thing what is in my head is, whats gonna happen, when I will start sweat again and I see those staring faces, making stupid comments and jokes.
My opinion is, that mostly, its brain problem. Sweating is defense reaction of brain on some anxiety or uncomfortable life situation. When brain feels comfortable, sweat is gone.But that’s just my case, I don’t sweat at all, when I’m not under stress or facing some uncomfortable event for me.
Anyway, whats is only thing, what works for me, from time to time? Before event, what u afraid of, to get couple of drinks, till your brain fells relaxed and comfortable and after that go in. Not get to intoxicated, just to get mood. Of course u cant use it for everyday life or at work.
In professional life, find job or business, where u don’t have to deal to much with people face to face and go everyday to meetings or business lunches and diners. So all my business is over the phone and I deal just with my secretary, so I’m not under that stress and fear every day.
Lets face it, I don’t think, that there is 100% success treatment without side effects. Maybe in future somebody will find out something, what will work out. I’ve made order for DRICLOR AND MAXIM, maybe its exactly, what will work for me, at least will reduce sweating on acceptable level.Who knows, but probably, Ill have to deal with this for rest of life.
I wish luck to everybody, who has written own story here.I know how u feel.
I’m a male, and I’m in my late twenties. When I was about 22 my excessive sweating just increased, particularly my palms and armpits, but at times also my face.
After trying hardcore antiperspirants, I was close to giving up. I suddenly found my whole wardrobe being filled with black clothes, so that hiding the unavoidable moist spots would be easier.
Of course I also experienced the ol’ “there’s nothing wrong with you” from the doctor. My solution to the problem came after hours and hours of reading and googling.
Avert, a generic type of Robinul was my blessing. Don’t be scared by the fact that it’s a drug, it’s not psychoactive, and the effect is only temporary. I take one every morning on an empty stomach, and an hour or two later, my sweating is gone. This effect lasts for 5-8 hours, which are the most important ones in the day. The only side effects I’ve experienced are a slight dry mouth, but this is easily fixed with a glass of something to drink. I smoke cannabis on a regular basis, so the cotton mouth didn’t really scare me :). Other than that, I’ve had a boost in my confidence, as I can now be social again, in the clothes that I actually like to wear. Gone are the black clothes, and back are the nice light blue cotton shirts, without having five layers under them to protect from sweat stains.
I bought my Avert at a canadian online pharmacy, as they were the only providers of generic glycopyrrolate that I knew of. I think the price is around 70 dollars for 100 capsules, which lasts me about three months. That’s a lot cheaper than having to buy new clothes because of yellow sweat stains.
I just went to the doctor the other day after years of dealing with excessive sweat on forehead, face, and armpits. He prescribed Drysol. It is wonderful. A life changer is just a few days. I still get those rushes of warmth like I’m going to start sweating, but everywhere the Drysol was applied–DRY. I recommend Drysol to anyone with excessive sweating problems.
OMG!!! I finally found other people with this problem. I thought I was the only one. I am 57, female and have dealt with this for years and it is getting worse. If I just sit, I am fine. Any kind of exercise, movement, yard work, or just walking will bring it on. I always wear a wicking type headband while doing yard work or bicycling. That helps a whole lot. I had armpit sweating and finally found that the new Secret Clinical Strength is a god send. If you do use it. Take a shower at night and then apply. It has to dry first, to be most effective.
Medically, I do have a goiter and now am looking at Hashimoto’s disease but the symptoms don’t match. I do not blush or have issues when meeting people, so I can rule emotions out. Right now it is in the 50’s and I do not have the heat on in the house and I am wearing shorts. I feel fine.
I always laugh when my brother comes over, he tells me to turn the heat on. The last time he came over in the winter he had on long underwear, 2 sweatshirts and a winter jacket. He wore it in the house. My house is always at 58 at night and 67 during the day-however, if I start doing house work, the heat is turned off.
The funny part of my story is I have animals. My greyhound had to wear a coat in the winter at all times. My 3 Siamese cats have a heated bed and that is where they stay.
I think I will show my endocrinologist this site at my next visit. I think he thinks I am nuts. Sad part is that I am an RN and never have seen another patient like this. Good luck to all of you!
I have had hyperhydrosis all my life, i have shyed away from life and lacked confidence and developed depression. Last year i decided to have the surgery because it felt like the only thing left to try and i was willing to risk it. Thankfully it was sucessfull. My hands used to drip with sweat and my face would blush all the time and now they have both stopped completely.
I still have under arm sweating and my feet are still sweaty too
I’m needing psycological help to adjust, as strange as it sounds ,but before this operation i avoided people and socialising and now suddenly i have to learn how to be ‘normal’ it’s very overwhelming. Has anyone else had this problem?. And also i still get the anxiety feeling and like a deep tingling (almost feels electrical) pulses throughout me in waves. I would recomend the operation (key hole sympathectomy) to anyone as its changed my life massively!
Hi im 22 years old in the UK (london area) and have suffered with this problem since i was 16 getting progressively worse with mild weight gain over the years, i have now been to 3 doctors to get diagnosed, two at my local surgery and one at a walk-in clinic and none of them had any idea what the condition is, the last doctor passed me on for blood tests to look for some irregularity which i cant even remember what it was, but the results ( which i had to call up for 2 weeks later) came back negative so the doctor never bothered to contact me about the next step etc.
It has become an ABSOLUTE nightmare for me i have used numerous deodorants on my forehead and side of scalp over the years and they have all seen to be effective for about 2-4 weeks then the sweat just seems to break through them and destroy my confidence once again.
My social life is now pretty much non-existant with just two close friends that i see once a week, its driving my partner mad and pushing us apart (we have been together 4 years so she has been with me from near enough the start) as it seems to have upped a level in the last couple of months resulting in me going home from her family birthday meal with the excuse that i had to go to hospital, i’m sick of making excuses not to go places and reasons i cant attend events because i have now become so socially awkward that i feel that my nan gets out more than i do, to make things worse i’m a qualified gas engineer by trade so i have to deal with customers looking at me funny from the second i walk in their doors to when i am literally dripping wet before i even start the job to the awkward goodbye when i try to keep my face away so they cannot see the state of my brow.
I would really really appreciate it if anyone could give me details of a doctor or a specialist in the UK that will help get me diagnosed with HH or literally any little tips or advice that could help make my life a little bit easier 🙂 just respond to my comment on here i will keep checking
sorry for being so cynical, but I feel so relieved to finally find somewhere i can get a weight off my shoulders with people that suffer from the same symptoms.
T Brown says
I am so relieved to have found this forum. I had no idea that my problem was an actual medical condition. I need some advice as I have an upcoming interview and need an immediate aid to keep my head, face, and neck from sweating during the interview. Any ideas? I don’t know how long the meds take to kick in nor do I know if the topical agents work on the scalp.
I am praying for the rest of you my dear friends.
YOUR NOT ALONE says
Guys try building yourself up on Vitamin B tablets daily & drink water with Sage in it on regular bases. It may help greatly. Vitamin B and Sage helps control nervous sweat. Remember build yourself up it may take a couple of weeks to see great results. & dont forget heartfelt prayer. Try to decrease process foods in your diet, eat more organic vegetables. You need to repair your nervous system its broken
hi, I used to have these sweating episodes esp. after eating and only from scalp and face while the rest of body is cool. I believe that it is all due to stress atleast for me. So my advice to the people who suffer from the sudden attack would be to calm down, take deep breaths, follow any relaxation technique that works for them. Once they are cool, try to think what triggered the episode. For me it was meeting somebody unexpectedly breaking my routing. Once I realized it, the sweating reduced considerably. Maybe it is a bit psychological issue too. So it should get better when you develop emotional maturity and control.
I have severe and chronic craniofacial sweating. I also has gushing sweats all over by body. Reading this this site and others, I was amazed at how many others deal with the same or similar symptoms I have dealt with almost my entire life.
Randomly, throughout the days, I spontaneously get a sensation as if a hot inner core is activated from the center of my body and and heat radiates from deep within and throughout my entire body. This sensation is accompanied by a big wave of body aches going through my body – like you have a bad flu. These sensations come on together and last not more than about 3-4 seconds. Then, the profuse sweating starts and I drench my hair, face, neck, underwear and, sometimes, even my outer clothes. Eventually, an hour or so later, the profuse sweating subsides … only to start up again later.
The other scenario that occurs is … I get up in the morning, shower, dress, try to make something of my hair and face, go to a desk job in an air conditioned office, or stay home on the weekends, and by the time I get to work, my under and outer clothes are drenched and I just sweat profusely and constantly all day long.
On winter mornings as well as any other time of the year, even with storms, snow and ice outside, I always have to have the car air conditioning running full blast on the coldest setting in order to arrive to work, or anywhere, somewhat cooled off and dry.
I’ve been in light clothing in cold storms and snow and am still hot and sweating.
I can’t wear makeup, can’t have nice hair dos, can’t wear layered clothing, can’t dress fashionably, and don’t do many activities. My sweat ” burns” my skin and eyes, causes my facial pores to become inflamed, and can be very sticky and thick. Other times, my sweat feels lighter than water , and this is when it tends to gush.
Everyday about the same time – 3pmish, sticky, burning sweat will run into my eyes and I have to start dabbing at them for the rest of the day. My reading or sunglasses fog up every time I wear them due to the oil around my eyes. I have to keep wiping the glasses about every 5 minutes.
My eyes are often irritated and burning, although no signs of hay fever or allergies. Eye symptoms can correlate with a general feeling of malaise. My face will feel like its burning, but I won’t see anything except large pores and oily sweat.
Life becomes a mission to stay dry and cool at almost any expense.
The flip side of all this heat is that if can, actually, get cold and stay that way, it is very painful.
Has any body heard of these symptoms being correlated with any kind of Rosacea? From what I’ve been reading here, I think I should see a dermatologist? I’m 54, have gone through the change years ago, and my weight fluctuates from slim to heavy to slim to heavy… over the years. It hasn’t mattered how young or old, skinny or fat, or living situation, I’ve always been like this, since my early twenties. I know my grandmother and aunts have this on my dad’s side of the family. My dad dealt with the facial/eye symptoms.
Thanks for reading and to anybody who can give some insight.
I’m 57 years old so have thought that my facial and neck sweating was caused by menopause. However, I’m a nurse in a critical care setting and the sweating would start as soon as I arrived at work and stop when at home. It was not only annoying but I felt unprofessional feeding a baby while sweat was dripping down my forehead and cheeks or in complete surgical garb of mask, cap, gown and booties (no, I never had sweat on a patient!).
I could fog up the car windshield on a winter day and sleep with a ceiling fan on and window open at all times of the year. I have been on disability for PTSD caused from work for 10 months and did not have sweats or hot flashes most of the time until recently as I’m waiting to start a new job out of the patient care setting. This has been so annoying, frustrating and disconcerting. It’s not like I can put deodorant on my face and neck.
My therapist has said it could be from “adrenal fatique” but I’m not finding a whole lot of information validating either the disorder or what to do about it besides medication.
For all on that have commented, we’re not alone.
Omgosh! Okay I have been going nuts thinking I’m some gross sweaty thing! I only sweat like this on my face head and neck,its as if I dunked my head in water! I cut off all my hair thinking it would help,it didn’t. I’m a dog groomer and the minute I pick up my tools to start working BAM it hits me,I’ve had to keep a rag nearby because it gets so bad I can’t see,my assistant will look at me like I’m crazy for acting like it’s so hot,I know this isn’t normal .. Well at least now I know other people are going threw this,I’m only 25 I’m
Not going through menopause,and I am a bit over weight but this is too weird and Linda just started up one day! Anyway that’s my sweaty story 😉
I feel your pain!!! I can’t walk outside in the summer for 1 minute without starting to sweat. Sometimes I feel like I am suffocating. I have always been heat intolerant, but lately it has been so bad it is ridiculous. If it’s over 75 outside, I’m sweating. 73 or so inside, I’m sweating. I can’t walk down the hall without feeling hot. Getting ready for work in the mornings, especially drying my hair with the hairdryer…I can barely stand it. I will literally lay in the floor and put my face in the air vent to cool off!!!!! It’s so awful I can’t describe. If I move, I sweat!!!!! Wish I could figure what causes this!!!!
I am relieved to find these comments. I thought I was the only one. It is just my face, head and neck. I can’t imagine living with this since childhood. It started about 5 years ago – hung around for a few months, then went away. And now it’s back with a vengence. I am embarrassed to go anywhere with friends or family. My face, neck and head can be drenched in a matter of seconds, even in situations where I am relaxed or just watching television. All of a sudden I feel like my inner core heats, then the sweat comes. Nevermind when I exercise or take a simple walk. If I am around anyone when my face starts to drench, they stare at me, adding to the embarrassment. We have a wedding reception to attend in a few weeks. Normally, I would look forward to it, but now I dread it.
My doctor has been blowing it off trying to tell me I am going through menopause (been there, done that almost 13 years ago – chemo induced). Gave me a prescription four weeks ago that I tried. It dropped my blood pressure way below normal, made me lethargic and I couldn’t focus at work. And while it dried my mouth and eyes – my face, head and neck still poured. I dumped the meds after a week. And I’m disgusted with doctors. Why can’t they just say they don’t know what’s wrong with you.
I bought some Witch Hazel during my lunch hour in the hopes it might help. I checked up on Black Cohash, but it’s a plant estrogen and anything with soy (also heavy in plant estrogen) I can’t take it. I had an estrogen receptive cancer. Don’t want it back. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of treatment options for us. However, I am thrilled to have found this group.
Swamp Hands' says
I sweat worst from my hands, then my feet. It’s almost as if I dont think about it because i’m focusing on something stimulating I dont sweat. But once I feel hot, or a slight spike of anxiety comes up, my hands turn into a swamp, my cousin call’s me “Swamp Hands”. Sometimes I just dont care because i’ve had to deal with this my whole life, think of k-12 education with hands that ruined your paper because of how much sweat accumulated onto it from your palms. Or the social awkwardness of not wanting to shake people’s hands. But I did meet one girl who actually liked it.. I dont know if I was appreciative of her understanding. Or the strangeness of her not minding
B Garrett says
Have the same problem as ALL of you guys do!!! So glad I found this!!! I teach first graders and hate meeting parents, friends and kids (AND my boss) daily sweating uncontrollably!!!!! Met my student’s parents last night and blamed my sweating on the hallway being so hot. My hair was dry when I left the house, but by the time parents came, it looked like I had a serious workout. All I did was drive with the ac on and got there AND sat in front of a fan while drying my hair! The school board president’s grand daughter is in my class and I was INCREDIBLY embarrassed!!! Haven’t been diagnosed with HH, so I didn’t feel right about saying anything about it. My niece has been diagnosed HH with palms and feet, so I have a feeling I have it. I have all the symptoms of facial and scalp. Tired of making of excuses just searching for answers… So embarrassing, but now I know others are suffering from it too! Embarrassing to me because the parents think I’m a lunatic (unclean and nasty) and kids just think my hair is gross and my face drips! This isn’t how I remember my first grade teacher! Been sweating from the face and scalp for 10 years. Thought I was premenopause (sp), but I started sweating like this at 32… hmmmmmm
Tried witch hazel, but didn’t work. Right now trying Milk of Magnesia (rubbed in because it’ll turn my face white). We’ll see..
I’m SO glad I’m not the only one who suffers from this!!! This is crazy!!! Would love to find a man friend, but who’s attracted to this??? really!?!?!?
I feel all of your pain and then some. I have a lifetime’s amount of stories when it comes to HH but I’ll only share a few. I started suffering from HH at the ripe age of 14(high school) and have not let up one bit. Those days were great compared to now-a-days since the HH practically traveled from my armpits to my forehead/neck/scalp. I long for the days when it was only in the armpits since my face is so viewable in front of anyone who has the privilege to see my face sweating as if I’m running a marathon in the Sahara. At 17, I was in a drama class and we were on stage learning the basics of stage acting. Before we could start, the teacher wanted everyone to stretch by touching your toes and reaching for the sky. Well, in that same class there was a very attractive female friend that I would socialize with but on that occasion it felt like my world was ending. I went down to stretch then when I went to reach for the sky I could see others had seen my spots so my embarrassment kicked into high gear. It was common for me to have up to a 8-10 inch diameter sweat stain per pit when at my worst. I was still friends with her and always showed up to class but that type of social situation was very embarrassing. Another situation, PROM. So I show up to prom with a friend and we end up dancing a bunch and taking pictures and what not. That’s fine and dandy but the whole time I was sweating in the armpits which just made it uncomfortable. That same night I got to dance with the same girl from my drama class who knows about my dirty little secret. So we’re dancing and I immediately start dripping from my face and scalp onto her which is unbearable for both her and myself. She acts like it’s no big deal and I end up leaving the dance around 30 minutes later since it was closing down. That type of situation is ridiculous since I should not have been thinking about sweating and should have instead been thinking about how much fun I was having.
College: It was a trying time. Skipped classes. Only had to go to classes Monday, Wednesday, & Friday due to perfect scheduling. Sweated no matter what temp. Tried medications such as anti-depressants & anticholinergics. Tried certain dri. Mitchum. Nothing worked during those years. I remember during one of my classes I decided to be bold and not wear a hat to class since it was around 40 that day. I show up, I sit towards the front of the class, I’m good for around 20 minutes, then all hell breaks loose and I start pouring. It was actually streaming down my face and neck and I felt like my life was over since I was in the front of the class and others could easily see the devastation taking place on my neck and face. I endured this for what seemed like a lifetime (5 minutes) then I got up and went outside with no jacket. I had left my stuff in the class because I had freaked out about the incident so I just waited until the class was over to retrieve my belongings. So, 60 minutes in 40 and below temps, in the shade, and I had just barely managed to cool down enough to get my stuff. It’s funny too because as soon as I walked into the building my face starting becoming tingly and itchy so I knew time was of the essence. Another situation, I was in class in the summer time and it was around 90 that day. The A/C had gone out in the building with my math class and it was a pretty small class with all seats facing each other (3 sides). So, as you can imagine, everyone had front row seats of the devastation that was happening on my face & body. I was even wearing a hat and constantly using it to scoop up the sweat but nothing was working. There were times when it would feel like it was going to stop but then it would come back full circle. I endured that disheartening situation for over an hour then class was over. Funny thing is, I promised myself I wouldn’t get up and leave to feel better but rather just get through it no matter how uncomfortable and humiliating it could be. I also ended up having the highest grade in class (98) which was ironic since you would think I would not try as hard due to the fear of the class. Anyways, I’m currently 24 and on xanax xr which does a pretty good job at reducing flare-ups since I can somewhat manage my anxiety. I try to only take it 2-3 days since taking it everyday caused me to become used to it and thus the impact of the drug became useless. The xanax coupled with 20-30 miles of running a week as well as a semi-healthy diet has produced fairly good results in terms of sudden occurrence’s. By sudden occurrence’s I mean a full waterfall on my head. I still have a propensity to sweat on my face/scalp/neck/armpits quite easily so social events are extremely hard for me.
O ya, when you start sweating before you even get in the gym, you know you have it bad. When you wake up sweating, you know you have it bad. When you typically wear t-shirts in the winter, you know it’s bad. When you only have a ‘good day’ only once a month, you know you have it bad. When you spontaneously start to bead in the frozen section of a grocery store, you know you have it bad. When getting a simple buzz off of alcohol actually makes things worse, you know you have it bad. When you’re snowboarding and you have to strip down to just your t-shirt not to look cool but because you were hot & sweaty, you know you have it bad. When you can lose 5 pounds in just 1 hour by running, you know you have it bad. When you both envy and scold others for being dry, you know you have it bad. When you lose 20 percent of you body weight and the problems are exactly the same, you know you have it bad. When you know you could come up with a million of these ‘when you know’ bits, you know you have it real bad.
Hopefully, in the near future, hyperhydrosis will get a cure that’s both inexpensive and permanent with no side effects. Until then, I will have to suffer along with the other 3% of the population so enjoy this while it lasts because this condition will be extinct in the near future. Hopefully.
I have had this problem of facial and cranial sweating since I can remember. I am now in my 40s and can tell many of you that I feel your pain. Checking to see what the temperature is going to be everyday and plan what I can and can’t do to avoid embarassing situations. I have used ditropan (oxybutynin) in the past and it worked pretty well but made me tired and dry mouth and eyes. I can say the best thing I have used is secure wipes from Canada. They are like those acne pads you would buy as a teen and wipe on. I believe they have Robinul (Glycopyrolate) solution on them. Sad but comforting to hear so many other people dealing with same issues.
Finally, I have been suffering for several years with facial hyperhydrosis, thinking it was part of menopause. After several MD’s , more than I can count and perscriptions that did nothing but break my pocketbook, it is finally good to put a diagnosis to the problem. I take 2 -3 showers a day because the problem is so severe and I cannot stand to feel sweaty. Have an MD appt. on Thursday and cannot wait to get rid of this.
I am so glad to read all these comments and see im not alone.
Im a 26 year old female from UK and i have suffered with this problem for 3/4 years and haven’t seen the dr about about yet but i will have to soon as i dont know how much longer i can cope with it.
It seems the slightest raise in temperature or the slightest bit of physical exertion has me sweating from my face. Usually my forehead, but if it gets really bad and doesnt stop then my scalp starts and so does my upper lip and by the sides of my nose, then the sweat starts running down my face.
Going out on a night with my friends after being in a club dancing for about 15 mins i will start to sweat and end up spending more of my night outside or in the toilet wiping my face. My friends all manage to look great by the end of the night but theres me looking like i haven’t got any make up on and depending on the severity of my sweating that night i can go from just having a messy sweaty fringe to a full on wet mop of hair on my head.
I used to walk to work which was about a mile and a half but by the time i got there i would be dripping, id have to make sure i was there at least 30 mins before everyone else so i could dry off and make myself look presentable. I gave up after a while and now drive, sometimes even just walking from the car to my desk (a whole minutes walk) can have me sweating.
I ate a meal in an air conditioned restaurant the other week and was sweating, i was stood in a queue in the cinema and i was sweating.
I think you pretty much get the idea just anything can make me sweat! It doesnt matter what i wear, whether i tie up my hair and pin back my fringe it just seems to happen. Sometimes it stops before anyone else could notice but other times it just keeps coming until my fringe is stuck to my face and my hair looks like i just got out the shower. I know the more anxious i get when it starts makes it worse but i know the condition itself is not caused by anxiety.
Its got so bad before that my hairdye has actually run down my face out of my hair.
At first, I am not afraid of public speaking but my sweat on forehead in public takes away all my confidence and I just start to fear of public speaking in just few seconds. One thing I have kind of understood is that I started to sweat when people speaking before my turn are speaking meaningless. That is when I start to sweat (while waiting for my turn) and by the time it is my turn to talk I am overflowing with the sweat.
I’m a 26 year old female and my head/face sweating started a couple of months ago. It started happening when I would get ready to go out and now it’s happening more frequently in more situations. I walked two blocks today in 60 degree, overcast weather and sweat started pouring down my face. On Sunday I went to a dinner party and as soon as I arrived the front and top of my hair were drenched in sweat. I even have to have an electric fan on in my face when I’m blow drying my hair. I carry a manual fan with me to try to alleviate my condition when it’s happening.
I got some blood work done today to check for thyroid issues and to see if I’m diabetic or have other problems but it seems like they are unrelated and this is its own condition.
I am also suffering from this socially horrible disease. I have done a lot of research, also as patient, also as doctor, and I’m almost convinced that only nervous diseases like anxiety, cannot cause such huge amount of sweats, but can play a crucial role on augmenting the problem.
In my case, I have noticed that since I had experienced the augmenting of sweating, especially the most humiliating one, from the forehead, I have had more often and more severe oral yeast (candida) infections. There a lot of other symptoms I had, that very many sites attribute to chronic yeast infection, and which consider sweating one of its important symptoms; but these are not scientific accepted arguments. Most “official” medical books don’t even tell about chronic candida. But the oral yeast infections I had are undoubtable.
Another problem, that this time officially has almost always the symptom of sweating is hypoglycemia. My glycemia is very often, but not always, around the inferior limit, and I have all the other symptoms in some kind (usually higher) degree.
Thirdly, I suspect I have a warmer blood; from this cause, the thermostat of the body from the hypotalamus orders cooling, thus sweating, earlier than it should; also at low temperatures, it orders too late the warming of body, so I cannot bare heat and cold both, and these have developed slowly about at the same time .
I would be very thankful if you could write if you also have these kind of problems. The blood temperature problem can be checked by measuring temperature auxiliary and anally and see if there are big differences. There is always a difference, that’s why it would be good if you’d ask some close persons who don’t have the sweating problem to measure too; I know it’s embarrassing, but if your difference is bigger than theirs, it could mean that you have a warmer blood, and that’s an important point to leave from in order too find out what it’s causing it.
Wow, it is so relieving to see that I am not alone in my condition. I have not been clinically diagnosed, but I have been an excessive sweater all my life that I can remember.
I hate going outside in the summer. I always have to wear an undershirt because my back and chest sweat so much. I also suffer from facial sweating. It’s pointless for me to even think of wearing makeup if the temperature is more than 70 degrees, because after about 30 minutes, all my makeup would be ruined by my forehead, cheeks, and upper lip sweating.
Amazingly, the only place I seem to not sweat, is my underams. Go figure. So we are now in another ungodly hot summer, and unfortunately I am outside more this year than usual because my kids are in swim class, which is outdoors, so I have to stay outdoors too. Even finding the shadiest area and sitting as still as possible is no match for my sweat glands.
I had heard of Certain Dri and its amazing sweat-blocking properties before, but I just assumed it would only work on underarms, and, as stated above, that was never my problem. So tonight, after another embarrassing episode at the pool club, I desperately searched for a solution to my problem. Finally I found this site, and I am so appreciative of all the advice everyone has given to help relieve me of this.
I bought some Certain Dri tonight and I plan to use it on my back first, just so see how the results go. If it works and is not too irritating to my skin, I hope to be able to use it on my face as well like a few others I have read about. I am crossing my fingers that this is the solution to my problem! Will update soon 🙂
Deeply sorry for you all, and I’m in the crowd too. I’m an Italian boy (23 now) with excessive facial sweating.
When I mean “excessive” I mean that I had to quit a metal band despite being the skillest guitarist they ever had… chords were about to rust and playing on a stage in “face-fountain” condition is absolutely an horrifying experience I could not stand.
When I mean “excessive” I mean that I’m pretty good-looking, and never had a single damn kiss because of this curse! Yes you got it: I sweat a lot more when I’m about to talk to a girl. This is pretty awesome..
When I mean “excessive” I mean that going out with my friends always turns out in the usual questions “are you okay dude? You don’t seem so well.. What’s happening to your face?”. I can tell my friends my problem, but you think that would solve a thing? There will always be people I still haven’t told that asking “what’s wrong with you?”.. there will always be a girl I like and I’ll always ruin everything by goddamn sweating
Genetic is utter bs because you are given curses or gifts randomly.. think of young children diagnosed with cancer – this is the WORST. Think to a beautiful healthy actor confident in himself – this is the BEST. And if you have my same problem… well we’re just in the middle. I know I should just shut up because my problem is totally worthless, but social life has a role in human life. And mine is ruined / empty. I’m not happy.
I have read every single one of these posts and feel for every one of you.
I don’t feel that i have the situation as bad as so many of you but have been in so many situations where I have just started pouring with sweat from my forehead and face when I’m not comfortable with some body or feel like I’m Being watched or judged by people. It’s the most awful feeling in the world when you can feel it coming and you’re right in the middle of a presentation or conversation or even a room of people and you think oh god here I go again!!
I just wanted to share what I have done and how it has worked.
I bought driclor from a store and for two weeks 2 or three times a day I applied to my hairline, direct to my forehead and cheeks and chin where the problem was worst. Did it stung. YES at times it did. That’s what it does as it’s blocking the sweat glands. You can relieve the stinging by just rubbing your face with a DRY towel. Never wet as it need to be applied to a dry face. Guys I NO LONGER SWEAT from my forehead or my head!! I can still feel the sweat attacks coming and I will feel like my head is sweating but when I go to wipe my self NOTHING is there! If I do sweat now it’s after heavy exercise and is more like a mist over mr than sweat dripping.
I know it says to be careful and avoid eyes etc but this has worked for me and almost changed my life over night. I’m more confident I’m more social. Work is getting better.
If it works for one other person. Then I’ll be so glad I shared!!
Wishing you all the best. God bless.
Keith Sweaty says
I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it has been to find this site! I’ve spent half the night reading all of the different testimonials and it feels like for the first time in my life that I’ve experienced a true revelation. I’ve sweated excessively from my scalp and face (in that order) for as long as I remember being alive. I really noticed it around my pubescent stage (12-13) and it’s been an ongoing struggle ever since (now 33).
Being from the coastal southeastern region of the United States, I grew up in a very humid climate – down right sub tropical. So, for many of those early years I attributed those conditions to my environment but always noticed while at recess on the playground, playing team sports, or during some other form of physical activity that I would sweat significantly more than my peers. It didn’t take long to notice that my sweating seemed to be stimulated by more than just heat as I would sweat at different times despite being in very comfortable temperatures and whether indoors or outdoors.
As many of you have already described through your own stories, the effects that facial sweating can have on your social/professional life can be devastating. I have more stories than I care to share at this point, but I must say that having to deal with this ‘ailment’ has made me a more socially savvy individual primarily through the use of comedy. I can recall one particular period of time while I was attending college. I was enduring an initiation process for my fraternity which involved significant physical and mental tasks as well as an insane amount of standing up in line while being lectured to by my ‘big brothers’. One night, after watching me sweat for hours, two of them come over to me. One of them produces a small towel and with the tenderness of a grizzly bear proceeds to wipe my face dry. I was so tired of sweating that I was completely thankful for the gesture with not even an ounce of ill will to attribute to his approach. Familiar with my relationship status at the time, the second one loudly asks ‘How does your girlfriend tolerate all of that damn sweating when you’re having sex?’ Now, stop and take a deep breath. Here is where the average person may have literally dropped dead from the humiliation that such a comment invokes. But, remember that little thing I mentioned earlier called “comedy”? Here’s what happened next. After quickly collecting my thoughts, I noticed that everyone else in the room was completely focused on me. You could have heard mouse fart. But, I broke the silence by loudly answering back ‘If you did what I do, you’d know why she don’t mind, big brother!’ After about a split second, the room erupted in laughter. Even the two big brothers were praising my wit and offering to buy me drinks once I’d finished the initiation process. This was a major turning point in my ability to handle my facial sweating in social situations through the use of comedy. Still, despite the benefits of comedy in social settings, you still have to deal with the depression and the knocks to your self-confidence that you internalize over the years.
Still, as we all know, life will continue to challenge us for as long as we are alive. I started going bald around 19 and had been able to maintain the majority of the hair on my head until I got into my late 20s, when I found it necessary to take corrective action. On my 28th birthday, I decided to take the plunge and go bald. One problem solved, another problem amplified. Please believe me when I tell you that I could never have imagined how much maintaining a shaved head would confound my sweating problem!!! Now, I have the uncanny ability to involuntarily produce thousands of sweat beads across my entire scalp while allowing those beads to be completely controlled by gravity thus drenching everything from my face on down. I feel like a member of the X-Men with one of the lamest mutant powers ever. I doubt that Professor Xavier and the rest of the team would tolerate me for too long.
On a serious note, I was relieved to finally talk to my physician last year and learn that my excessive sweating condition had a name – hyperhidrolysis. She recommended an oral medication called Ditropan (a form of oxybutynin) which I believe has been previously mentioned on this site. Since I was dealing with other ailments that I was already taken medication for, I chose not to try at the time. I’d always hoped that there were topical solutions that were out there that I could try as I don’t prefer to use oral medications. Now, I am very interested in trying either Certain-Dri or Obadan anti-perspirants in the not too distant future. I’ll let you know how it works out for me. I wish you all, my beautiful co-sufferers, the best on your individual journey to finding a solution that works for you. God Bless!
‘If you get anything out of life, then you’ve got to put up with the toils and strife!’ – Bobby Womack, “That’s the Way I Feel About You”
My heart goes out to all my partners in uncontrolled inappropriate perspiration, especially females and young people. I’ve suffered through these red-faced salt-floods all my adult life. It began when I was 19 or so and I’m 70 now. No doubt it altered my life, hindered it, made it very difficult. No med ever worked for me. Over the years I’ve gone from feeling shame and embarrassment to just accepting it and even laughing at it. But, like i said, I’m an old guy now. It doesn’t seem so important anymore.
Even now, I’m sitting in front of my computer, no one is home, it is a cool and overcast morning, I’ve got all the windows open, and sweat is dripping down from my underarms!
One more thing. If you are young I recommend telling friends or dates about your condition ahead of time. That kinda takes some of the pressure off you and you can make a joke out o it like, “Okay, I feel it coming on, watch this, I’m gonna turn into a sweat machine right in front of you!” say stuff like that. Challenge the attacks-welcome them-don’t associate shame with them. I only discovered that tactic/mindset after thirty years of misery and solitude. -dayll
I have so many of the problems with facial sweating, that are mentioned here. It’s awful and the older I get the worse it gets. In desperate circumstances, when I have to go to a meeting, knowing it may be warm or the room will be stuffy, I apply Drysol antiperspirant to my face and especially along the hair line.
This can work if it is done the day before. However, the face must be totally dry when it is applied and even then, it can sting badly. Drysol leaves a white dust on the face, which is easily towelled off. I don’t do this often because it seems to get less effective if I do.
In a few weeks I am going to go to a specialist in chinese herbal medicine. I’ve heard of good results from their potions and i’m willing to give it a try.
I would like to know how many of you have taken the drug accutane, and have developed or been developing HH since then?
Very brief history on me – I have never been a sweater, i was one of those people that you hate, i was the guy standing outside in the 95 degree heat, in a long sleeve shirt, with not a drop of sweat on me.
This year, i have been undergoing a full dose treatment of accutane. I am 75% of the way through the treatment – and am absolutely positive that i am developing facial sweating. My eyebrows and upper lip sweat CONTINUOUSLY, all day long. Irregardless of the temperature, or activity or stress. I can be laid back in a chair in a 68 deg. room watching tv, and my eyebrows are just dripping sweat out, etc… you get the idea…
I read every single word on this entire page, it took 2 hours, but i don’t recall reading anyone correlating it to accutane.
I am really scared to realize that this side effect might be permanent, or even get worse over time.
It has gotten significantly worse in the past few weeks and i am avoiding social situations and any intimacy with my girlfriend. Very scared to realize that this could get much worse and develop into a condition that is as bad as many of the sad stories that are on this page. I don’t have it nearly as bad as some of you guys do, but im probably on the way-
*wipes off brow and lip*
Please . . . . , let there be something out there that controls this. . . .
or i will go
Reading these comments, I’m amazed that so many people are suffering from it, i taught i was alone.See, i’m from the Caribbean, which is a tropical region, we don’t get snow and those things.I have been sweating from before i knew myself.My parents told me that as a baby i used to cry a lot, all the time, and they couldn’t figure what was the problem, because i wasn’t hungry,they just taught i was miserable,until they noticed i was wet.They taught i was sick, had fever, thus sweating, and because i was wet, i was uncomfortable , and being so small i could not help myself, so i cried all the time.
So they took me to the doctor and was surprised when he told them that i didn’t have fever, but rather an abnormal condition that causes me to sweat profusely, and he could not do anything about it. So they had the fan on me all the time to cool me down, but i developed asthma.
When i started going to school i always had to carry a rag, because i would sweat more than normal, i avoided playing during lunchtime. But during the night’s when i was sleeping that’s when i would really sweat, then woke the next morning with the flu.
My father found this out and had to keep watch, and woke me up during the nights to change my pajama shirt, sometimes 3 or 4 times.I was drenched, like someone through a bucket of water on me. The older i got, the worst it became, even if i was late for school i had to walk slowly, and head for the bath room to wash my face.
I moved from the country to the city, and about i year later, i noticed it got really worst, i don’t know if it’s because of lifestyle changes (was more active in country, now spends more time around a computer or sitting down) as well as diet, (ate more fruits and vegetables, as we grew most of them) or it just gets worst the older you get, but I’m now sweating all over like i used to do at nights,w hen i was a kid.
My face is like a pipe,i even sweat with the ac on, it has to be turned up high.Then as soon as i start to walk,my body is drenched, chest,belly and back,and it doesn’t matter , if the time is hot or even raining .It might be drizzling or as light down pour of rain,and I’m walking and I’m sweating, you’ll think it’s the rain that did it. amazingly my palms or my feet doesn’t sweat, unless i don’t wear socks.
I can be in a club at 2 in the morning and my face is sweating, people are staring at me like a weirdo.
It’s hell,the first thing i have to do is go to the bathroom and wash my face,then i still will start to sweat, because it seems the more crowed the place is, the harder it is for the air to circulate and the more i sweat, so i avoid those places.Or pretend to get a call and go outside to hide and wipe my face, it’s horrible. Even tucking my shirt in my pants make me sweat more, i avoid white clothing and thin materials that show up the sweat easily.
I wear caps all the time, even to college, during classes.I also carry an extra under shirt in my bag to change off, as well asunder wear. I tried antiperspirant on my body and face,and it decreased it some what, but it did nothing for my face, which is visible to everyone.But then i started sweating on my trunk, and had to wear more than one underpants to absorb it. Then i was afraid to get up, because the chair will be wet, and someone sitting beside me might think I’m gay or something or I’m leaking.
I felt like giving up, i saw others walking long distances, even wearing think sweaters during summer,without breaking a sweat, and I’m always the only one who seems to have this problem.I remember doing a presentation,i washed my face before and was good, then when i started my face was dripping,everyone was just staring at me and murmuring, i started talking foolishness,my other group member had to take over and explain my part, i just went outside, embarrassed. When i was sitting my mid module exams, which was like 6 in the evening, ac was on, i started sweating.This was after i spent time washing my face in the bathroom and cooling down outside,and waited until the exam started, because if i joined the line, i would start to sweat and i can’t wear a cap during the exam.I just got fed up and withdrew the following semester to seek help.
I tried sage tea.Boiled the extract bought at a health store, it did nothing.witch hazel as well as the extract.It dries my face, but as soon as i start to walk , not really long distances, it could be just walking down stairs to the bathroom or a short walk, once i move,my face just break out again.
I went to the dermatologist,he did some tests like for diabetes,overactive thyroid and many others and found nothing, so it was hyperhydrosis. I’m also not over weight,in fact my weight fluctuates, it depends on how i eat, and a doctor told me that people with fluctuating weight tend to have this sweating problem. I am active, i jog and exercise. I’ve stopped eating things like kfc, burger king and those for about 2 years now as i thought the fried foods where a part of the problem, and soft drinks, that have in a lot a sugars, but still no real change. I also avoid garlic, onions, ginger as they say these things helps to trigger it, and really uses salt or eat fry foods.
The dermatologist prescribed proponol i think, it too didn’t work,then he put me on apo oxybutynin. 1 to 2 times a day.During the first week a noticed i stooped sweating, i was amazed,it was the first time in my life this has happened. I also went to class and the ac wasn’t working and i didn’t sweat,before that, if i ever went and found out the ac wasn’t working, i wouldn’t stay, because i know what would happen to my face as soon as i sat down.I would either pretend to get an important phone call, go outside and not return,but go to the library where the ac is turned up high,or if the teacher hasn’t seen me i would just leave campus. I’ve gone through hell with this, i can tell you.
I went for a walk,shopping,something i avoided, or if i had to i wear a thick cotton shirt, with a t shirt underneath to absorb the sweat and a cap,drawn down over my face.I did not sweat, even my face.I jogged and was amazed, just a little sweat, my trunk was dry as well, before that i would be drenched.I had some dry mouth,so i just drank plenty water and i urinated a lot,and a little nausea, but my body got used to it.The next week i noticed it seems to be gradually coming back, i would start to sweat,but not profuse as before, then when the tablets finished, it was back to square 1.
I went back,he prescribed more,and said i could try 3 times a day, then 2 or 1 according to how my body could withstand.The first week no sweat as usual, but the second week , which is this week i noticed my face sweating again.As a result i skipped a class,and with presentation coming up as well as mid module, I’m trying to be calm and up the dosage to 3 times a day, as well as exercise everyday,as it seems that when i jog and do abs and push up i don’t sweat on my face.
But to me it seems that things like your emotions can trigger your face. Like stress, anxiety, shame, excitement, fear.
OMG..how did i get to age 45 wth this problem and not realize that it actually is a medical condition and has a name?? I went to a wedding last weekend in Palm Desert, once I got to the hotel and walked for about a mile due to being misdirected I found the venue…and that it was an outdoor wedding. Even thought the wedding was at 6pm…due to the heat a previous walking the sweating started…and NEVER stopped. It was so embarrasing as these are old co workers i havent seen in a year. It like once I start sweating I can’t stop it. I only saw one or two other people sweating like I was. It ruined my hair and makeup…I am so fed up with this issue. I’m reluctant to take meds because of other meds I am on. Ive tried the deodorant around my hairlne but my scalp and neck still sweats…its so depressing. Any other suggestions?
I am happy that I found this forum because every since 4 years ago I’ve had the face/head sweating problem. It really has changed my life because any random situation can trigger it, and then all I think about it is just how to get away and cool down. It’s just the weirdest thing for me and very hard to explain.
I think about stuff so in advanced now because I get nervous that I might sweat and not be able to get away and cool off without it looking too weird. I always think about if people really knew what I do to get away to get that cool off period when I am out socially. Even my gf knows when its coming on because once I feel the sweat coming I get very weird and distant, as the only thing I can think about is how to cool off.
I’ve had sooo many situations where I’ve look like a wierdo because I need that 10 min cool off period or risk being embarrassed due to all the sweat. I am in good shape and I truly believe it is an anxiety/nervous thing that’s all in our head.
At work I did a presentation for 10 min, everything went great no sweat or anything. After the presentation we had to mingle with other people and that’s when it started when a random person started telling me how well my group did. I had to pretend I got a phone call, so I could leave the room. I went into the bathroom stall and took off my shirt and just sat there thinking to myself this isn’t normal.
Like many posters have said, any situation that turns uncomfortable for me and it starts. Once it starts there’s rarely a time I can stop it without getting away. Like some other posters stated, it usually happens to me just once if I am able to cool off, but sometimes it will happen a lot because I don’t get enough time to cool down.
Just this weekend I had a wedding outside, it was like 70 degrees and I saw an older kid that lived on my block and we just started talking. Once the ceremony started, we stopped talking. I turned around and the sweat started coming on. The feeling of being trapped, sweating, and no way out is just horrible. I had to live through it by just staring at a tree and not even looking at anyone else to calm me down. I escaped without it being really bad but still had to wipe my face a lot of times. After I just looked around at other people and everyone was perfectly dry.
Another perfect example is I had to eat dinner with a couple of my friends at their house. People I’ve known for many years, were at the dinner table and they brought up a embarrassing moment from several years ago about me. As soon as the story started all the attention was on me and everyone was asking what really happened. It started really bad where I talked for about a min and then acted like I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of dinner. I get to the bathroom, take off my shirt, cold water on my face, and fan out of my shirt because there were a couple of wet spots. The problem was me being in the bathroom for too long and it was getting weird, so I came back and just still had the nervous feeling because I left in the middle of the story and dinner. Literally two minutes went by and it started again because I was just freaked out and I had to act like my stomach hurt and needed to get some air. After came back and acted like I wasn’t hungry.
These two stories plus many more make it a horrible thing we go through, but I know its my head now. Its so bad and embarrassing that once I get to a place I think of escape routes once I get there, like how many times I can take a fake cell phone call or bathroom visit. I know its my head because if I am out in dark spot (club or lounge) and maybe had a drink it won’t happen because I’m calm. It happens when i’m isolated or stuck in a spot (dinner table, meeting people, family function, etc) I don’t know what to do and I just hope everyday that it will eventually go away but I do feel for all you.
Michael McNaught says
I am a 39 year old male living in Glasgow, Scotland. I have had severe facial and scalp hyperhidrosis for about 7 years now and can sympathise with all of you regarding the situations we find ourselves in when the sweats come on – so i will get straight to the point. About a year ago a skin doctor put me on a six week trial with a drug called OXYBUTYNIN HYDROCHLORIDE 2.5mg tablets which has turned my life around, i noticed the effects after about 2 hours of taking my first pill which is taken three times daily with food. I still get the flushes and hot feeling’s after consuming thing’s such things as cheese, hot fluids, spices and even alcohol but believe me i only sweat as much as i did before hyperhidrosis, i can find myself at times starting to sweat a bit more if i miss a pill but as soon as i take one i am back to normal withing 30 minutes tops. Hope this helps someone out there as it has given me my life back. Make sure you read the label and warnings before taking!
I have had severe facial sweating since I was a teenager. I’m now 43 and decided I have to do something about this, because it is effecting everything in my life, including my job, which is very difficult to do with sweat poring off my face all day. I read these posts and decided to try Certain Dri. It works. I am amazed. I put it on my hairline, above my upper lip and on my chin at night. I am on my third day now, and I feel like a normal person. I still get hot, and I do sweat, but it’s only like a little mist on my face now, instead of a soaking wet face that I would constantly be mopping up with tissues and towels. This is the best thing that has happened to me in years, and I am thrilled. Wished I had done it sooner. I hope it continues to work. My life will be changed as a result.
I posted in January, but as the heat starts creeping up here in NYC I am starting to get anxious because this is when my sweating intensifies. The other morning while I was ironically on my way to the doctor, it wasn’t hot at all, just mildly humid, yet 5 min after I left my house and got on the train my face was dripping “I just ran a 5k” sweat. Usually I would get nervous and start sweating more, but that day I took it in stride and just started playing games on my phone. I was so proud of myself. But its spring so this is just the beginning. I also took pictures to show my md because I can never seem to sweat in front of them.
As I posted before, I’m 26 and sweat mostly from the face/forehead. I barely sweat from my underarms when wearing deodorant. But for 6 months I’ve gone deodorant free except rubbing on an “aluminum free” crystal salt rock if going out. I’m trying to encourage my underarms to sweat more and for my face to sweat less.
Tonight I’m going to buy some Thayer’s witch hazel and some fresh burdock root from whole foods. I’ll keep you posted.
A few of you made suggestions like robinul and sweat block. I’m going to try both.
Feel free to suggest anything else show it come to mind.
Also, I encourage all of you to print out these forums or others to bring with you to the doctor and highlight the lines where people are complaining that the doctor isn’t taking them seriously. When they start to realize that there are websites and blogs dedicated to this condition with thousands of people suffering from similar symptoms, they WILL start to take us seriously.
Hi to everyone,my name is Kostas, and I am 30 yr old male, even thow I am in to professional sports, in any hot environment even the sliest symptom of stress or anxiety is enough to trigger my sweat problem,when this starts the sweating mechanism turns ON,something like the body has an amount of sweat that needs to get rid off,and while it does so… there is nothing i can really do,just trying to go away,hide my problem pretending i have a sadden call or something and trying desperately to make my body cool down,so it stops this terrible sweating issue…in the meantime I may look like i ve been dropped in a pool….
its is a living hell…I really don’t know what i have done to deserve this…
First of all allow me to preface this a bit: I understand how all of you feel; had the issue since preteen years. All doctors said the same thing; “Your body has a great cooling system. ‘it’s natural’ ‘some people just sweat more than others’ ‘try loose fitting clothes and cotton fabrics” yadda yadda yadda etc. Most doctors don’t take it seriously; not sure if it is pride or sheer ignorance on their part or both. The condition is called hyperhidrosis with various side labels usually denoting the location the excessive sweating persists ie: hands, feet, face, thighs, armpits, torso. The older you get the worse it gets. The ridicule is unreal as is the look of disgust from others (gotten used to it). The excuses we give total into the thousands. If someone only had one eye they could put a patch on their face. This ailment is socially unacceptable for a variety of reasons. It doesn’t matter how healthy or unhealthy you are; it can affect anyone of any condition. Most people see us as disgusting, unclean, unkempt; first impressions become disasterous. We all know these things to be true. I have however read a myth here that I would like to put to rest: Anxiety does NOT cause hyperhidrosis however it can amplify the obvious symptoms. For all of you out there who are being told to “control your own mind” allow me to reassure you the condition IS NOT PSYCHOSOMATIC…meaning; it isn’t in your head. The symptoms are NOT caused by the way you think end of story so don’t be blaming yourself for not being able to control it.
There are several remedies out there all of which can be found on the internet. You can even search for a doctor on the issue by zipcode for your area. No doctor in your area? Tell your primary care doctor to look it up if they don’t know. INSIST on it, they are YOUR doctor, YOU PAY THEM! If they won’t take it seriously FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR!
Now, for the treatments. I will tell you my personal information regarding what happened to me and some of the things I’ve noticed and done to limit it. Started in my face, chest and stomach as a preteen, high humidity; hot weather; yes even in winter; stress and excercise all brought it about and made the symptoms worse; even mild temperature changes of a few degrees. In my midteens the problem grew to include my feet. Sneakers made it worse. I showered and washed my hair every day sometimes up to 3 times a day. My feet and footware developed an odor which literally lasted for YEARS. I was told to take my shoes off at a party due to the carpet; I forewarned them to no avail they insisted, I complied, moved to the very back of the house. Literally within 5min I could hear “OMG What’s that smell?” I heard gagging and people milling about trying to get away from the odor within 10min the house was clear and devoid of any human beings other than myself and the kid who threw the partywho unpolitely asked me to leave. I was 16. Grew up in a small town thank god the people knew me for WHO I was rather than for what my feet smelled like however the reputation spread. After about 4yrs of this I developed a skin fungus that traveled up my body. My feet never got any air. Change your shoes and socks completely EVERY 3mo, I know it sucks; but it’s the only way. Do not wear your shoes without socks EVER. When you get home; throw your shoes in the dryer for a cycle, helps to kill the bacteria, the odor, and keeps the sweat from ‘building up’ in your shoes. Armpits, Any exercise and I was drenched from head to however long my clothes were on me, so shorts were to my groin; and pants to my calves and ankles. Odd; I never sweated much in my groin area, just my buttocks I know, bad enough right but the sweat trickled and soaked down from my upper body. In college I managed far better, not in my shoes too much just class, however on a hot day, high humidity, a 2min walk would find me drenched and I would go back to the dorm and skip the class. I stopped wearing shoes and socks for one summer, about 3mo, luckily I didn’t have to work that summer, just classes but took my shoes off whenever I could and used everything I could get my hands on to clear up my foot problem; including using deodorant directly on my feet; at the end of the 3months I barely sweat from my feat at all; sandals also helped; had to replace them about once a month though. Today my feet sweat ONLY if I wear shoes without socks for periods over 30min.
A friend of mine told me about Mitchum. IT WORKS FOR UNDERARMS!! It didn’t at first but I used it nearly 3yrs and still use it on occasion to this day however, I don’t even use it once a week now and I bardly EVER sweat from my armpits anymore. Which leaves us with facial sweating; including night sweats. If I don’t have a fan on me constantly, I sweat. My facial sweating got worse after my armpits stopped sweating; which is not uncommon. I have determined the antipersperant method WORKS however it does take time to build up in the problem areas. My torso I can deal with but not my face, scalp, and neck so what I am going to do is shave my head and beard and directly apply Mitchum (I may also try Certain-Dri) to my scalp and face at night as soon as I get home. I obviously won’t wear it outside the house and it is easy to wash off and reapply if I really need to go somewhere. I will do this for about 6mo and I can almost bet I see at least an improvement. I have hermitized myself due to this problem anyway so being a recluse to fix it isn’t a big deal to me. Aluminum Choride=strongest antipersperant on the market. Certain-Dri contains 12% of the active ingrediant. Arrid XX Dry aresol carries 24% of Aluminum Hydrochloride. Notice the “Hydro” there is also “tetra” and “hexa” hydrochloride. I’m not a chemist but I would assume they would all carry similar and different properties with them. Start with a lower concentration like Certain-Dri apply sparingly. Give your body time to absorb a build up in the skin. Increase OVER TIME. Keep away from eyes, mouth, cuts, and open wounds. DO NOT APPLY WHEN WET!! Negates the chemicals and burns. USE AT NIGHT AS WELL AS DURING THE DAY!! For those of us with this condition we usually sweat as soon as we get out of the shower and dry off. My suggestion is DONT towel dry; dry with a fan, and a blowdryer on cool. Takes longer but your skin feels better for it.
Ladies of course I wouldn’t suggest you shave your head but thin out your hair as best as you can, cut it short, part it so you can apply directly to scalp with a COTTON PAD. Wash hair the next morning. NEVER APPLY TO SHAVED SKIN!! Wait a day at least, longer for cuts or don’t apply on cuts at all. THIS WILL TAKE TIME!! Results won’t happen overnight, they will happen over time, keep faithful. If you stop seeing results after a month or so move up to prescription antipersperants with higher conentrations SLOWLY. Do not use EVERYDAY, I know this part sounds crazy but give your skin time to adjust on its own. Be prepared for excess sweating elsewhere as well. Lite, loose, soft cotton clothing in layers if you have to. WARNING some of the antipersperants can alter the color of your clothes so always wear an undershirt. Keep a hand fan with you or electric fan(Not enough power for me) and use it, casually and calmly, once your face does get dry it usually stays that way till the next episode. Keep a semi-thick cotton cloth for soaking up the moisture, use along with the fan; DAB don’t wipe for some reason wiping the sweat away makes it worse. I will let you know how it goes. Not everyone will benefit from my tips for those who don’t there are other remedies I don’t discuss cause I have no experience with them such as botox and surgery, there are others. Be patient, research everything, talk to people who use different products, KEEP LOOKING FOR YOUR ANSWER AND REMEDY! My heart and best wishes goes out to you all.
Im really happy about hearing that im not the only person with this condition im currently living here in Philippines. And i’ll say its much more difficult to have this condition when u are in a tropical country i hope someone from this people will find a cure for all of us and hope we live our lives to the fullest… When you have some remedies please share this to us thank you all…
The witchhazel and aloe vera gel did help me a little.
The witchhazel had a nice cooling effect.
I’m going to be a groomsman in my friends wedding and i am dreading it now. even though it is 2 days away i already have butterflies in my stomach because i am nervous that I’m going to start pouring buckets. I usually only sweat when i get in front of a large crowd of people and i feel like all eyes are on me. And trust me the sweat comes down uncontrollable, like i just dipped my head in a sink of water.
It doesn’t help that I’m not a hard guy to miss standing 6 foot 3 and weighing 280lbs. i just hate the feeling like everyone is looking at me wondering what the hell is wrong with me. i don’t sweat under my arms even when i play sports and my palms are only sweaty 20% of the time.
Like one person said earlier there sweat is usually caused by some discomfort with a situation like if you talk to someone new or if your singled out to speak in a group setting. i just wish i could get this under control because its stopping me from being the person i should be.
A boy with hope. says
Hello everyone, I am fourteen years old (male) and I have been suffering from this horrible embarrassing thing as well. It is just a dread to live with but I have to live with it. Its just embarrassing when it does happen. I mean just today I started sweating on my head and face uncontrollably.
It all started because my friend was telling my brother something embarrassing about me in choir. And then I started feeling this sudden anxiety and nervousness and I knew (because of past experiences) that i was gonna breakout in sweat. I tried to tell myself in my head to relax and that by sweating your gonna make the situation worse but I couldn’t control it. Then o started to feel the sweat to start coming and to make it worse the choir teacher had the girls watch the guys sing after that I became totally self conscious. I just started pouring sweat and the only thing I could do was put my head down and hide my face behind my music sheet. I was totally embarrassed about it and I went home and I wanted answers to this problem and I found this site and i was relieved to know I’m not the only one!
Another instance was our schools banquet. I asked this girl to go to the banquet with me and of course, she said yes. I was planning on talking to her for a little longer but then it became slightly awkward and soon afterwords i started to get that hot anxiety feeling and I knew i was gonna start to sweat so I cut the conversation short and fortunately left before it got really bad. Lucky only one of my friends had noticed.
But it gets worse. 🙁 On the day of the banquet we met up and everything was cool for the first fifteen min. We took our picture and got in line for the food. And then it happened. It got awkward. The anxiety rush and self consciousness kicked in. And about a min later I was drenched in sweat. It was probably the worst and most embarrassing moment of hyperhydrosis of my life. It took me about five min for it to stop and everyone was looking at me strangely. I just had to lower my head in embarrassment and frustration.
After five min, I finally stopped and started to dry. And then for the rest of the night I was fine. Not another sweat drop came. And that’s usually common for me, I’ll sweat once and from. There on I don’t sweat again. Another instance was just last week. Our school had this thing were we get into groups and play games. It was a weird hand game thing and were we get into a circle. Well the person I was next to happened to be a very hot and attractive girl and i was like omg DON’T START TO SWEAT. Then almost immediately that feeling came and I was like o gosh here we go again. Then i started to sweat. I purposely lost the game (which I was winning before the stupid sweat -.-) and took a seat and just tried to hide it.
After my experience today I was just determined To figure out what the heck was going on. I came across this website and I read most of the stories. I’m glad I’m not alone. 🙂 it makes me feel better. I hope that perhaps this could all be in my head and I was just scarred from the banquet experience. I’m also glad I was able to vent this all out. It’s very difficult to tell someone in person. I pray to God almost every week to help me stay strong and hopefully help me in this struggle. Unfortunately this hasn’t happened yet but I remain faithful and positive.
I plan on telling a doctor about this soon and I’m confident that this could be fixed. In the meantime I just gotta live life. Make the most of everyday. 🙂 I pray for everyone here who has to deal with this. Pray for me. Thanks people.
Hi everyone. Wow, I always thought I was the only one with this problem. Now I don’t feel so bad after reading some of your stories. I think like Ryan and a couple of other folks, my sweating is somewhat related to anxiety. Since I’m also in pretty good shape so people don’t understand why I’m the only one sweating through my shirt at a party in Jan. It sucks even more that I do a lot of client facing and consulting work
The more I analyzed it, the more I think the anxiety is something I have to deal with first. So, I started doing everything that makes me uncomfortable. I joined Toastmasters, I started going to more and more networking events where I’m forced to interact with strangers. I’m not saying it’s stopped the excessive sweating, but I think it has definitely helped. I’m more comfortable in new situations and feel less anxious which makes me sweat less.
I’m weary about putting chemicals in my body to stop a “normal” bodily function. It’s not like the drug is going to know the difference between sweating and excess sweating. I feel that if I can take away most of the factors that triggers my sweating I will be better off.
Change those things that you can control instead of trying to control things that you can’t change.
Just my 2 cents…
I’m 24 now and have been researching and trying all ways to curb this problem since my teenage years. I have tried sage tea and also chinese medicine. Both did not do much for me and i have since stopped using them. Sage tea apparently has different effects when taken hot or lukewarm, so you can try varying it to see which works better. For chinese medicine i was just prescribed by the doctor some yellow powder to mix with warm water to drink. Had no idea what it contained. Doc said acupuncture comes after the oral medicine, but i lost confidence in the whole thing after i started sweating more. Please try them to see if they work for you as different people have different reactions to the therapies. Patience is something i lacked and i did not try them for long periods (only 2 weeks). Also, i think getting the right doc is important as the therapy is very much reliant on their expertise.
I stopped short of going for surgery and trying prescription drugs, as they could harm the body.
I am actually not doing much for my facial sweating right now. This is because I also have palmar sweating which I think is a bigger concern. It actually limits you the things you can do with your hands. Currently using iontophoresis for it and trying hard to make it work. Anyone who has experience with it please share them. Thanks.
I’m going to buy some witch hazel, zinc, aloe vere gel and give them a try for my severe facial sweating. I have a meeting/interview later in the week and pray this helps!
Robinul and propanolol do very little for me.
Xanax helps a bit but is not ideal.
Beeen suffering with facial hyperhydrososis for about 15 years. Just heard about the witch hazel and aloe vera today.
Wish me luck!! I’ll let everyone know how it goes.
Its amazing reading all of these responses, I can relate to what most of you are saying! I just turned 23 im a Male, obviously at this age im going out doing a lot of things socially. Ive had this problem I would say for 6-7 years. It started mainly as an Underarm problem but about a year and a half ago that has really died down and isnt a huge problem for me anymore…. What is a huge problem is the head/Neck sweating thats affected me the past 5-6 years. I feel like its totally in my head, im in good shape im studying to be a personal trainer. This problem has literally has changed my life. I will be fine one minute than if something unexpected happens say I see someone I havent seen in a while, or am not comfortable around, or if someone I dont know well starts a confrontation with me my head and body just get extremely hot and my head just starts sweating… Im someone who has been playing sports all my life, I know what its like to sweat from being active and this is a completely different kind of sweat…. Its like a cold sweat. Its so hard to explain but I know you guys know what im saying. Humidity triggers the problem as well, if its hot (but not so hot that EVERYONE is sweating) than that can trigger the sweat as well. I really feel like its all my nerves, because if im talking to someone I know well (a family member or close friend) I dont even worry about it, its just when I feel even the slitest but uncomfortable. Because of this I usually wear hats to outside events during the spring and summer, It also has affected my working life. During the Winter im OK to work inside with people because its usually cold enough where the sweat wont be triggered, but during the warmer months I have to opt to take jobs outside because I sweat so much I know if Im working outside people wont think its weird that im sweating, but when it happens inside in a cool grocery store you cant explain it. Im afraid to go to job interviews because last time I did, I started sweating during it and it nearly scarred me for life. Im no afraid to do certain things where I know I have no way of stopping the sweat if the problem comes around again… because as we all know, if you have this problem, you know its coming, you just never know when so its hard to prepare for.
When desperate times call for it I found something that works, but I dont recommend it and I personally only use it when I have NO other choice, but sometimes before I go somewhere that may potentially strike up my sweating ( uncomfortable social event with a lot of people you wont know etc) I drink a little bit of alcohol and give myself a buzz and calm my nerves. Whether it be a few beers or a mixed drink. Im not saying get drunk or even close to it, but I find doing so before an event I dont sweat at awkward moments because im mentally relaxed and I think thats what my problem is. Obviously this isnt a great way to get over your nerves, but its the only thing I find that actually works. About a month ago I went to the barber to get my haircut, and while he was cutting my hair I just started my head sweating! It was so embarrassing, he even handed me a paper towel to wipe off the sweat so he could continue cutting! These things SHOULDNT HAPPEN to normal people so their has to be something wrong with me for this to be happening to me and and the rest of us. So next time I needed a haircut I made myself a mixed drink and got a little buzz, whent to my haircut and I was fine, no sweating at all! I hate having to do this because it makes me sound like an alcoholic but as I said its the only thing that has worked thus far. I dont want to have to do this anymore, its really affecting my life. Im fine if I go out to the bars with my friends and im drinking I dont have a nervous head sweating at all, but I cant be drinking all day, what am I supposed to do in situations when Im sober?? I feel like this problem is really holding me back in life it would be the biggest relief in the world to me if I could have this problem fixed and enjoy those parts of my life like any normal human being.
I read all of your guys posts and decided im going to try Obadan. Just ordered a bottle tonight cant wait to get it in and see if it works. If it does I will let you all know. Its a relief to know im not that only one with this problem even though its seems like I am because no one around me has this problem. I read somewhere that only about 3% of the population suffers from this, so were a rare breed. If Obadan works it will be one of the greatest things to happen to my life. Good luck to you all and ill keep checking in!
It seems that you and I are in the same boat.. Have you tried anything to stop the sweating? Ie surgery, acupuncture etc? I am strongly considering acupuncture.. although there are not many studies out there I feel its worth a try as many say it is something to consider. They say that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help reduce the sweating. Has anyone here ever tried this?
It seems that acupuncture is my only hope to solve this dreaded problem. I have spoken to a doctor and ETS surgery was not recommended.
I know exactly how you feel. I’m an undergraduate and whenever I have a question for the prof I usually end up wiping myself. It’s that red hot sensation that will make me go ‘that’s it’, then i usually end up explaining to people that i’m just feeling hot.
Here are some of the awkward moments:
So yea Amod, it’s a like a battle for me every day. I have everyone asking me why I have gone so quiet in recent years. That’s because the sweating is getting worse and i am constantly thinking about it. i am really out of ideas. I can’t find any more ways to escape from these embarrassing moments. I think this is something I will have to live with the rest of my life.
I thouhgt I was the only one!! says
Hello to everyone
I am so glad I am not the only one with this dreaded porblem and it comforts me that there is support available. Recently, I went to visit a Thoracic Surgeon in Canada to look into options for ETS surgery and was told that I am not an ideal candidate for this type of surgery due to its side effects of compensatory sweating. My sweating problem is facial, chest and my back- pretty much my entire upper body!! It has really affected my life. I am unable to attend social and work events in the summer time, and travel by Subway/public transport. It has truly affected my career and social life. I am looking into trying acupuncture to reduce my sweating and there is not much out there on the internet with testimonials. HAs anyone tried this type of treatment? I would love to hear from you.
Thanks and I wish everyone here all the very best in overcoming this problem
I have the same problem and went to the Dr’s – he prescribed me Driclor – never needed to look back.
I’ll use it once or twice a week and I’m fine.
Driclor Solution has been specifically formulated to treat excessive perspiration. It works by forming a gel matrix in the effected sweat glands, which reduces and eventually stops the flow of sweat. Excess sweat is reabsorbed into the body and disposed of in the normal way. Within just a few weeks of using Driclor Solution, excessive perspiration should disappear and sufferers should feel cool and dry.
Driclor is suitable for use on all skin types and by anyone for whom traditional anti-perspirants are inadequate.
hope this helps
Hello, I’m 16 years old and i have been fighting with hand and nose sweating since i was 14 and it makes me soo mad sometimes cause its uncontrollable it doesn’t matter what i try my nose and hands sweat 24/7 and i hate it when i meet a new boy or even have a relationship i have to wipe my nose Constantly and i refuse to hold their hand because i was dating a boy once who held my hand and was like u hands are sweating and that’s gross and we broke up shortly afterward.
I don’t want to have to take pills or have to go see a professional. Does anybody know anything i can just buy out of a store and use? I really do not want to fight with this the rest of my high school days.
I have facial sweating also.
Has anyone here tried Maxim Sensitive Antiperspirant Wipes which were made specifically for facial sweating?
I am thinking of buying this maybe for the summer when humidity severely affects my sweating
Eleanor de Vere says
Did some serious research on the internet and discovered Witch Hazel……….so far it seems to be making a real difference. Other herbs which I intend trying are……….tincture of Burdock (taken orally)….Apple Cider Vinegar (1teasppoon a day in water) and Aloe Vera juice. I have also given up coffee and taken up tea (which is a vaso constrictor). So far …..so good.
I am 36 years old and I live in Louisiana. I have been sweating in my face uncontrollably since I graduated from high school. It has made my life a living hell to where I can’t even go to church with my family. I avoid social situations as much as I can. The doctors have given me paxil, celixa and some other rx drugs due to anxiety attacks. None of these has helped. I have just about been through all of the experiences you all have talked about. I asked my dr to give me something to take when I know I will be in a situation where I know I will sweat. He rx me clonazepam. I really think this drug if very addictive but I only take it when I think I will need it. It is probably not the cure but it does help me in these situations.
Zero social life, SA says
Good to know I am not alone. After reading all your stories, I have come to realize that there is no light at the end of this tunnel. I live in South Africa and has never heard of this disease here. So basically I am a freak of nature,sweating in AC places. I am so depressed, 32y old female, why me?
No name says
I am 22yrs old from underdeveloped country Nepal this disease is not known and doctors have no idea of it.this disease has ruined my life, because of this i don’t interact with others, sit alone, and think of this disease all the time, because of this i am jobless and my career is going down. Please help me email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
wow i didn’t realize so many people had the same problem as myself. as long as i can remember no matter what the situation i got sweaty, i would always tell people who commented on my sweating that” i sweat eating ice cream” in an attempt to diffuse my own discomfort. now that i realize it affects more than just myself gives me some comfort, but we all know that it doesn’t really help the problem it just lets us know we are not alone.
I think we need to realize that it doesn’t matter how others perceive us in that situation or in ourselves as people, but remember that 98 percent of all people sweat its just that we might sweat more than others, but their are people whom cannot sweat at all and are far worse off than we, they could die from their condition whereas our biggest fear would be getting uncomfortable and wet. so lets try to remember that its not as bad as we think and take it easy and maybe this train of thought can help us all with this annoying condition.
I can relate to and sympathize with all the comments regarding hyperhidrosis and particularly head, neck and facial sweating. I am 68 years old and have dealt with this condition all my life. It has been getting worse as I get older. Moderate activity, taking a shower, coming inside from the chilly outdoors causes me to sweat profusely from head, neck and face….my upper lip seems to always be on the verge of sweating. One thing I did not see mentioned, other than spicy food, I also sweat from acedic food such as Italian tomato sauces and vinegar such as pickles, sauerkraut and Italian salad dressings. When eating in a restaurant, I avoid these foods like the plague.
I believe at least to some extent my condition is hereditary. My father was a very hard worker all his life…but, he sweated with low activity and on mildly warm and humid days. He sweated whenever he ate almost anything. It was like the act of eating caused him to sweat. In the summer, he would often place a towel around his neck to sop up the sweat. He was always in good shape and a very strong guy and not at all the nervous type. He, nevertheless, sweated profusely from mysterious reasons. I am dealing with the same malady….it sucks.
I’m 25 yo and I’ve been having this problem since I was around 16. My excessive sweating is mostly from the forehead. During fall/winter it’s not that bad unless I rush to the train station or do strenuous exercise. But my skin gets VERY oily, a thick viscous oil. During spring/summer it becomes intolerable once the humidity starts to rise or temp. is over 75 F. Social situations are especially bad in the summer if I’m outside or somewhere with no a/c.
Once I was going to a party so my friend came over and spent over an hour doing my hair and make-up. Five minutes after we got there the whole thing was ruined and I spent the whole time trying to avoid her and everyone else at the party even though I was the one who had invited her there.
I live in NYC, and taking the the train underground with this condition is just brutal. It also didn’t help that my job had no a/c and I was a cashier having customers and coworkers watching me sweat. I would go to the bathroom 10-20 times a day to splash my face with cool water.
For special occasions I’m so self conscious about being on camera or taking pictures.
I’ve gone to the doctor and dermatologist and they don’t take it seriously.
I’ve tried drinking apple cider vinegar and raw honey………..nothing.
I’ve tried applying certain dri to my face………………it made my skin REALLY irritated, raw and inflamed. Also it stings and you can feel that annoying prickly heat.
Milk of magnesia on my face also irritated it.
Sage extract didn’t help at all, but I was not consistent with it.
The dermatologist refused to diagnose me with hyperhidrosis, hence if she were to give me botox my insurance would not cover it.
I really don’t want to resort to Robinul because there are a lot of side effects associated with this medication.
I lost over 30 pounds in the past and it didn’t help. Neither did drinking more than 10 glasses of water a day and avoiding caffeine, spicy foods or hot food period.
The one thing that I can think of is that I’ve had a problem on and off with underarm abscesses that have left my armpits with some cellulitis. I believe it is possible that my sweat glands are clogged there so the facial sweating is compensatory? Does anyone else have this problem.
The next thing I’m going to try is Biofeedback so maybe I can control that vicious cycle where you start sweating, then you get nervous, so you sweat even more. Biofeedback is supposed to help you have more control over your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Google it.
One thing that had really helped me in the past was completely cooling down before a social event. I took a cold shower about 2 hour early. Then as I “sat down” to do my make up calmly and kept ice packs under my feet. I had 30 min to spare once I was done getting ready and I used this time to apply extra ice packs to my wrists and neck.
Hope this helps someone. Reading all of your experiences lets me know that I’m not alone and that this is a serious condition despite what the doctor says or how they try to dismiss you.
Please email me if you have any questions or you just want to talk more about your experience.
My email address is spanish.conversation at yahoo.com
sorry i dont want to tell my name says
i m from nepal, pokhara.
I m studying in 12 now n having facial problem since i was in grade 8,as far i can remember. my face and body sweats when i was to say something in the class,or even my name was called.within 20 seconds i used to get wet.due to this i always avoided sitting in the first row in the class n always stayed in the last bench.in front of girls also i sweat a lot.i have visit some skin docs but they told there was no cure! I have also tested my hormones related to sweat.
i later consulted a psychiatrist and took anti anxiety tabs for 6_ 7 months but my sweating didn’t stop,in class, i sit in last row. there are a few gals in my class so i’m not blushed in my class but when i go shopping or in public places i sweat a lot. till now i haev managed somehow but i wonder how far can i go!
Please if there any1 who can help me out please write to me!
I am 23 years old. I came to USA from India last year for my graduate studies. My problem with hyperhidrosis has been there for as long as I can recall. I remember as a 10 -12 year old, I used to hold my palms close to my mouth and blow air to dry it, my brother teased me saying I would never become a pilot when I grew up because of this habit of mine.
I started having facial and armpit sweating when I was a teenager. I can recall so many embarrassing situations right from my high school. When I was in 8th grade, I devised a plan to tie small handkerchiefs around my armpits to absorb the sweating. I stopped it after a few failed attempts.
I never wear any bright clothes. Black is my favorite color for obvious reasons. I am a friendly, outgoing person but this side of me has been contained because of my HH. I can identify with so many experiences posted here. Funny thing is that I have had 4 girlfriends and they never found out about this part of me. I find myself comfortable and dry with people that I am really close to or interact with on a daily basis. I agree with a couple of posts here which mention about mind control and I feel I need some help with this. Is there a book or website that can help all of us control the sweating or at least remove the emotional factor that leads to sweating?
Believe me, I have felt horrible so many times. Once, in the middle of a group meeting my professor was talking to us I started sweating all over my body. I got up and went to the bathroom and felt like screaming on the top of my lungs/weeping like a helpless person. However, I wiped my face and neck and went back.
Another time I entered the room of a professor.
ME: *looking at the prof*-Hi, I had a doubt regarding the 2nd question on the xyz paper.
PROF: *Looking at me*- Go on.
ME: *Beginning to sweat, body becomes hot, sweat beads on my forehead, its like I lost a battle. I feel embarrassed and look down*- Well, ummm… the question did not exactly mention the approach required to …..*voice trailing*
PROF: *Smilingly*- Why are you sweating so much? is there something wrong?
ME:*Still looking down*- I feel warm here.
PROF:*still looking at me*- No, its not that warm.
I felt like I have been challenged and the fact that he was alone made it easier to cope with it and I hurriedly wiped my forehead and continued with the technicalities. I strangely felt comfortable after like 2 minutes and I was dry after 5 minutes. I talked to him for at least 20 minutes, joking with him and feeling like my true self.
This is an example of emotional triggers and if that professor had said nothing I would probably have felt bad and instead to talking I would just be quiet, heard him out and leave with my head down and depressed and embarrassed. Anyone having similar experiences like this?
To start off, I am a 19 yr old guy and currently in college. I workout around 2-3 times a week and weight around 133lbs. I eat healthy and am in shape. I don’t think its just overweight people with these sweating problems since I’m fit and have these problems myself.
I have been having these sweating problems for around 2-3 years and over the years it has been getting worse to where I can’t even eat in front of my own family members. I go to a church which consists of mostly family members (around 20-30 people) yes its pretty small.
Whenever it comes time to eating lunch I get all anxious and out of nowhere while eating I start to sweat profusely while everybody seems normal. I feel as if everybody is staring at me even though its not true and out of nowhere my thoughts start to race and I start to think “What if I start sweating again and then everybody sees me? What if they see me as a disgrace to the family?” yes that’s how paranoid I get while eating there with everybody.
I think I get anxious also because of all the loud noises going on around me(ex. kids talking,laughing, everybody talking).The sweat comes out as a “cold” sweat if that makes sense. I have also felt nauseous to where I have to get up to throw up outside or in the restroom. I can now control the nausea with pepto bismol pills but cant overcome the sweating problems.
Recently I have avoided going to church and just stay at home. I may go every other week but when I do go to church and when it comes time to eat lunch I usually go out to Mcdonalds or another fast food place and eat at a nearby park in my car while everyone is finishing up eating at church. Yes that’s how bad it is.
I think the sweating is linked to my social anxiety since I do get anxious when I go out to places sometimes. I really hate standing in lines where everybody is facing you while waiting to be attended. I remember sweating a couple times while at the bank which was pretty embarrassing.
I have been doing some research online about antiperspirants. I found that Certain Dri is really helpful to some people. I recently ordered mine online and am waiting for it to come in around Christmas time (a couple of days). Anyways the sweating problem is what is mostly bothering me in public places.
Hopefully the antiperspirant I ordered will be of use to me. As the person below me (Feeling Hopeful) said, if it really does stop you from sweating even while doing work such as carrying boxes,etc and no sweat comes out throughout the whole day because of Certain Dri, then that would be awesome for something like that to work for me because I truly need to stop sweating in public just like others that want to get rid of this embarrassing problem.
Well I hope that this product works for me and will keep all of you updated as to whether Certain Dri does work or not.
Barbara Jean Laura Nino says
I’m 65 now and found this website going back to Indian earth makeup and the person in charge gave me this site. I feel a lot better knowing I’m not alone and have this excessive sweating for years and years and feel it got worse with age.
Thank goodness it got worse when I went under S.S. disability, for I always was a manager in jewelry sales. I have colitis, fermalyagia, arthritis badly in my fingers, underwent surgery for hitalia (stomach backing up) and is on cymbalta, protonox, and sometimes vicoden for severe pain. But if I did not have this sweating on my face and head I could tolerate the rest of my medical conditions.
I’m going to Walmart tomorrow and try certain dry. I will also read this forum and try everything recommended by all of you until I find something that works, for I have all of your symptoms and feel like half a woman because it is ruining my life and making my medical conditions worse.
This seating is creating a lot of anxiety for me which makes my fibromalagia worse and very painful which is a lifelong condition.
Thank you all.
asante alice says
im 26 years and have been having this facial sweating when i was 2years, it is really so disgusting and i really need ur help now pls no delay because im so so much fastrated
I just wanted to share my story of hyperhidrosis. I had the bilateral thorasic sympathetctomy when I was 17 years old and it really changed my life. I have both plantar, axillar, and palmer hyperhidrosis. I still sweat a little, and mostly in my feet, but I believe I have normal sweating now (like when it’s hot you sweat, when you work out, you sweat). Other areas of my body sweat a little more now ( like my lower back, sometimes my face) but it is nothing compared to what it use to be. I was extremely depressed as a teen because of this condition- it is absolutely horrible. I tried many other things before surgery, (robinul, drysol, ionotophoresis) and ultimately surgery was the only thing that helped me.
Good luck to all- I know how it feels to go through this. The surgery was also very simple. It was outpatient, took approximately 1 1/2 hours, and a few weeks of healing time. I only had minor pain in my chest and the pain medication I received took care of that. I use to have 3 microscopic scars under each armpit and they have disappeared completely without the use of any medication.
Hi my name is Balin. I’m 13 and have had this since birth. I need to know if anyone has found a medication that will get rid of it without altering anything else. Thx
I can relate to all the comments here. I am 34y.o. Had xs sweating during my teenage years, but it just affected me more and more as the years have continued. I was worked up by an endocrinologist, and then one day, he finally diagnosed me!
I went to a dermatologist who gave me propranolol, with no success. Then glycopyrrolate topical spray which made my eyes constrict and/or dilate! Then I tried drysol with success….but then my hair started falling out in balls every time I showered! So i am a young female with male pattern balding. I am now in regrowth.
Due to some life changing events, my sweating decreased (decrease of personal stress in my life)…and also trying to avoid stressful situations. Today, it flared up again due to a stressful event at work. I was soaked. EXTREMELY EMBARRASSED…… The sweat took my makeup with it and stained my white cotton shirt. There were also 30 + people watching me go through this.
I looked up “http://www.myexcessivesweating.com/help-stop-sweating.php” but it seems to similar in content to Drysol. I can’t have my hair fallout again…I am going to try Certain dry since it has a different chemical than Drysol.
I really don’t know how long I can keep wearing t-shirts in winter. 🙁
I hate this. I feel like i am cursed in life.
All you people put it in a nice way but come on.
Go to a supermarket. look around . Only you sweating
Go to any event.
Look around. Only you sweating.
It seems like you are the only one out of thousands
The people wondering why this person is sweating too much
I hope the medication listed above works.
Going to doctor to try it out
Hey guys and girls,
I have the same problems for about 15 years now, and my hands are sweaty when stress rises for as long as I remember. It lead to some serious anxiety issues too in the past. I guess my sympathicus is just firing too much for today’s lifestyle. Maybe being alert all the time was an advantage when you were dealing with sabre-toothed cats and cave bears all day long, but what do I know.
I’m able to handle it like Duane most of the time now: Just wipe your face and move on. It doesn’t work every time, sometimes the stress in my life is too much to deal with the sweating.
But most of the time it works pretty well. It’s only sweat. Liquid to cool you down. If someone asks me why I’m sweating, I just tell them it’s too hot for me. And if you start to accept that you’re sweating more than others, you’ll be less stressed, and then you’ll sweat less.
I’ve NEVER, in my whole life, had someone brush me off because of my sweating. I had people brush me off because I was acting strange because of my sweating though. Who would you like more, a nice sweating person, or strange acting sweating person?
Keep your sweaty head up high, there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
p.s. English is not my first language, sorry.
It has now been about 4 months since my initial comment from July, and I’m at the stage now where I’m soon going to “label” my self as a non-sweater!!
Let me tell you how this could happen, and maybe you can get well also……
As I mentioned I have done a lot of research into my sweating condition, and found out that my mind controlled the body. But the mind I’m referring to is not my conscious mind, but my unconscious mind. So it didn’t matter what I wanted/thought with my conscious mind, like thinking don’t sweat, I’m confident and social person etc. I had to change my unconscious part of my brain. The unconscious part is the one that controls the basic functions in the body such as heart beat, body temperature and also sweating. When I got my unconscious mind “align” with my conscious mind, my life started to improve dramatically.
The solution I used to do this was hypnosis. These are programs that you can listen to that get you in an unconscious state so that you can work on the underlying issues. There are many not so good programs out there, but the one that I found was excellent. See this: youtu.be/TklwRDt8pDc video by Joseph Clough. (I know that this website doesn’t want anyone promote certain products, but since there are so many bad products out there it is important that his name is mentioned).
It is worth a try and I hope that you will get the same benefit as I did. Good luck!
ADMINISTRATOR WARNING – I have no idea if Joseph Clough offers a legitimate solution and no idea of the validity of Gudde’s comments. We have included the link so that you may determine this yourself. Should you try this, please let us know how this worked for you.
I’m 47 years old and suffer from facial sweating, brought on by high humidity and social situations. Had it all my life, and it has affected by business situations and to a lesser extent social situations, and I think its probably genetic. It has affected by life in so many ways, and most on the problems mentioned here I’ve had. If I didn’t have it I know I could be so much better, and achieved so much more. To share…
– I think the situation worsens slightly as you get older, bad news but compensated by the acceptance as you age that this is ‘as good as it gets’ so sod it.
– Exercise makes you sweat ‘earlier’ and more, but it helps to stop it quicker and recover quicker. This hasn’t stopped me getting very fit as it stops me getting soo depressed. Exercise is good.
– There is no cure. I’ve searched for about 20 years for one. There is also no proper funded research into it, so a cure soon is unlikely.
– Odaban helps a lot for me.
On the last point, I would recommend to try it. Try it properly, apply it properly, and apply it for at least a month. I didn’t…it lay in a drawer for a year before I tried it properly a few years ago. It doesn’t eliminate 100% but more than enough to start to build confidence in situations that were unbearable before.
Its cheap and easy to get online, so hoping that this helps someone else … please try it, and try it properly.
I do wish that all of our prayers are heard and that we do get some cure for this problem soon.. I will be going for accupuncture treatment soon and will let u all know how it worked.
I’ve been suffering from major facial hyperhidrosis for longer than I could remember. As a kid, I always wondered why my hats always ended up drenched all the way to the brim and I just thought it was normal. Every time I’d be at a nightclub or in the summer my head would just be pouring out with sweat non-stop at temperatures bearable to other people.
In January this year it was my sisters wedding during the day, temperatures were up to 40 degrees celcius. I could be naked sitting in a ice truck with the door open and still be dripping in sweat let alone in a full suit. What I found to be the most effective combination for me was Odaban along with putting talcum powder on areas where I sweat. But I find I still sweat from these areas but it just blocks more from coming out and at a less notable volume. Also, I find that humidity is a bigger trigger than heat itself. On an extremely hot day I usually sweat less than an extremely humid average temperature day.
However this is becoming not enough… I train at a martial arts gym in both muay thai and bjj and I spend every time feeling self-conscious about being the only guy with his whole shirt drenched in sweat or constantly dripping from the face. I’ve considered getting surgery or whatever can eliminate this problem for good rather than bandaid or “mask it”
Eagle Sy says
I can totally relate to all your experiences since I am suffering from this condition. I have been searching online about hyperhidrosis and I have found a medication called Eredicane. This medication sounds promising, Has anyone of you tried it? I hope anyone can share their experience about this medication.
oh my, i am not alone, i am 53, female, and have had this problem since i was 30. first i thought it was due to a miscarriage, then pms, memopause, and even stress from xmas shopping. but it started to happen more and more, and people look at me like i,m an alien. seriously. i start to sweat, for no reason, then i get hot, then have to sit down. i have had people ask me if i need an ambulance, did i do some drugs, do i have allergys, and on and on and on.. my hair is thin and fine and shopping is a real chore. so i go for grocerys every 2 days. i have stayed away from friends for up to 20 years, and nobody knows why. the doctors say everything from stress to diet to age, too much. then i found i,m not alone..what a feeeling.. i have always had sensitive skin and have been seeing a dermatologist for 50 years. this has been the best treatment i have gotten. thank you all, a sweating canadian, thanks, again paula…
Feeling Hopeful says
Hello everyone, I can totally relate to everyone’s stories on here. I suffer from constant sweating. I don’t remember being like this when I was younger. (I am 25 years old.) It seems to me ever since I had my first child, the sweating started to become a problem. I just thought it was because I had gained a lot of weight (60 lbs!) and that’s what was causing me to sweat a lot.
I started working at a store that required me to lift boxes and heavy things, and that’s when I really began to have a problem with it. It was so embarrassing, all my co-workers seemed fine, and here I was sweating profusely from my hairline, underneath my eyes, and my upper lip. I constantly had to take breaks to go clean my face. It made my job miserable because I knew they all saw me sweating, and I was so embarrassed. Well I had to quit that job because it became too much for me =( Physical activity makes my sweating worse, along with warm weather, also feeling stressed, or rushed will cause me to begin sweating.
Well, I began researching this because I couldn’t imagine not doing anything about it, and I found someone on-line saying to use Certain-Dri on the areas that you sweat. Well I went to my local K-Mart, bought the roll-on and followed the instructions. It doesn’t say on the label to put it on your face, but I did. I must say, when you put it on, it stings/burns for awhile until it dries up. But I didn’t care because I had to give it a try. And the next morning I went about my day as I normally would. Once again, out of nowhere I start feeling hot and I know the beads of sweat will be popping out soon. So I go to wipe my hairline and what do you know?! It’s dry! I still felt hot, but I wasn’t sweating where I had applied the Certain-Dri! It was amazing.
The whole day I went without sweating! That’s a first in a looong time! I didn’t apply to under my eyes because I was a little unsure about it, since the box said not to, so areas where I didn’t apply I was still sweating. But this is a life saver for me! I’ve been using it for over a week and I am very satisfied. Everyone should try it, it’s only around 6-10 dollars. Can’t quite remember, but its a deal! I haven’t tried working out or anything, so I can’t say if it will work then, but for everyday things, I am very happy I found this. It just kinda sucks that I didn’t find it when I still had my job. I think I would’ve still been there.
So if you don’t know what to do about your sweating, try Certain-Dri and just let it dry, it will itch/burn/sting, but not too bad, I rather deal with 10 minutes of that than a whole day of sweating and being embarrassed. Oh one other thing, while it did stop me from sweating on my face, I guess it re-directs your sweat somewhere else on your body, because I began sweating more on other parts of my body. But I’m totally fine with that. It wasn’t extreme or uncomfortable. Good luck everyone, I hope it works for you like it did for me!!!
John W. says
I have excessive facial/scalp sweating as well. Started about 4 years ago, I am 34 now. I refuse to accept this for the rest of my life. I have missed job interviews because I am extremely ashamed. I thought it was because I had put on so much weight (40 lbs.) – so I started working out and lost the weight, to no avail.
My doctor thought it was anxiety and put me on Benzo’s. Xanax works but I end up getting trashed on it and was addicted for a while.
I have used certain-dri in the past for the armpits – that was my problem in High School – it worked for a little while but burned and I am terrified to put that on my face. I did grow out of the armpit sweating around 22 as did my brother (they used to call him “The Great Salt Lake”) he is 3 years older than me and has no problems with facial sweating.
I notice that I also start sweating at a lower temperature 75 degrees to be exact – most people would find this comfortable.
Any relief or cure for this would be great! Think about how much money you could make from this… I would pay $100/week to fix this problem.
I am 43 and also deal with significant facial and body sweating. Had tried lots of things including meds all with limited success. Now I use honesty and humor. I always carry a nice hankerchief and in meetings if I sweat I usually just say ” when I get nervous my face sweats..believe me it was a great quality to have while trying to get dates in highschool!”. Then I wipe my face as needed. Took me 30 years to accept my quirk
Hi there, all those who understand.
Tonight I went to sign up my daughter for Daisy Scouts. It was (and still is) a particularly humid night, and has been pouring with rain all day. The meeting happened to be held directly across the street from my house, at the Parish Hall of a local church. I crossed the street with my two children, wearing only an orange t-shirt and jeans – and rubber boots because of all the puddles. I didn’t put much thought into planning for this registration, pretty much just grabbed the kids from in front of the TV and dragged them over there. So… in we go, and it’s a brightly lit stuffy room with no a/c. I’m already sweaty from crossing the street and the humidity outside, but I feel the sweat start to intensify immediately. It’s the sides of my face and my neck that start it off.
I look around and see tons and tons of moms and their kids – some of whom I know vaguely (we just moved here) and many that I don’t know. The first drips are starting to run down the sides of my face and neck, and so I purposefully don’t make eye contact and steer away from people so that they don’t have to see the state I’m getting in. My son runs off and begins to play, and it’s a big room so i have to keep my eyes on him as he darts between people and make sure there’s nothing dangerous around (he’s 2 and into everything). I walk over to the table where the registration forms are, and take one, whilst smiling at no-one in particular.
Then a caregiver from my son’s daycare sees me and heads my way – she’s a lovely woman, really warm and chatty and sweet – but as she gets nearer, she sees me close-up and asks, “so – is it still raining outside?”
Tell me if you’ve heard that one before. I got it last week at Target at the register.
I tell people all sorts of things to try and “make it normal”:
oh, yes, I’ve got some sort of hormone problem, i think it’s my thyroid… maybe it’s early menopause! hahaha.
I’m just really sensitive to humidity, this is what my body does.
This is something that’s been happening since I had my kids. I wish I had health insurance so i could get it checked out… soon, i will.
And on and on and on. But it doesn’t matter what you say, they’re always THINKING something else, or thought something else initially. And it’s first impressions that count, right?
After she asked me if it was raining outside I told her no, it wasn’t. And that I’ve got some sort of hormone issue that I’m trying new medication for, and it’s making me sweat a lot. But the doctor told me it was normal. I’m basically lying about it all the time in an attempt to blame it on something.
I was so drenched at that meeting that I had to leave before it was actually over. I couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye to anyone, I just grabbed the kids and legged it. It didn’t help that my daughter spent the whole time picking her nose, either. It was truly horrible and I felt like crying when I got home.
I’m pretty certain that this tale resonates with many of you and I’m sorry we all have to endure this! I’m subscribing to this thread to see if any new products arise, or if anybody finds out something new.
Hi, I’m a 17 year old girl and I have facial sweating. I have a passion for makeup, and would love to be a makeup artist when I’m older. Every morning I wake up and spend time painting my face so you can imagine my despair when I start sweating and all my handy work just melts away. I don’t sweat buckets but say I suddenly go from a cold atmosphere to a slightly warmer one, my cheeks, nose, upper lip and forehead will become extremely wet, and its very embarrassing when I’m having a conversation with someone and constantly wiping at my dripping face. However as I adjust to the temperature I’m fine but it takes me about ten minutes. And also the slightest physical exertion, for example bending over to tie my shoelace breaks me out in a sweat.
When I look in the mirror after a sweat outbreak, I feel despair in the girls toilets as every other girls makeup and hair looks as perfect and fresh as it probably did that morning and I look like I’ve been up all night.
I’ve researched and found out about a product called Odaban, and will purchase it tomorrow as it has rave reviews. Very excited to try it and enjoy flawless makeup and nice hair.
And its actually very comforting to know I am not the only one with this problem, and that there are lots of different remedies and cures. I’m hoping my discovery will help me regain my confidence and wish you all luck and tell you that you all deserve to be calm, confident and happy human beings. And ladies, of course to re-discover your love of makeup.
Best wishes to you all, and keep smiling 🙂
Hi to all posting,
A little lead in, then I’ll tell you what I’ve done about it and how I hope to permanently deal with it.
Amazing stories here with so many circumstances that exactly match the situations I’ve been in that have triggered facial sweating (forehead, head, and back of neck) – (other places as well, but they come and go and aren’t the super noticeable ones).
I’m 58 and have had this condition for the past 14 years. It all started when I went into sales [imagine that!].
I’m really not a nervous person at all (as so many folks here have also stated), but now I sweat under many conditions (but not always, it seems to trigger almost at random)… one-on-one with strangers or even one-on-one with very familiar friends, in front of some crowds where all eyes are upon me, or in somewhat claustrophobic situations. I even had a bout with a new person cutting my hair just like someone wrote about above! I need to emphasize that none of these things ever used to bother me. So what the…????
WHAT I’VE DONE:
I checked with my doctor and scoured the internet. OK, reduce stress, exercise, lose weight… yada, yada, yada… but I needed help ASAP, it was ruining my ability to even meet with clients [this whole thing came on sudden and strong].
Drugs: 4 drugs are repeatedly considered for excessive sweating, that I’ve discovered:
1. Propanalol (beta blocker) reduces blood pressure
2. Lorazepam (sedative) reduces tremors and anxiety [can build tolerance, addiction]
3. Robinul (Glycopyrrolate) reduces secretions of some organs
4. Ditropan (oxybutynin) muscle antispasmodic
I found that daily Propanalol (doctor works with you on getting the dosage right) along with “as needed” ‘boost’ from Lorazepam works for me.
The more stressful I anticipate the situation to be, the more I consider the Lorazepam…but I never overdo it and find it essential to go without it whenever I can. I don’t want to build up a tolerance to it or a real dependence upon it. Anyway, the combo works great for me.
Oddly enough, in the same situations where sweating before utilizing drugs would occur, I still felt a similar onset of “the same symptoms wanting to perform their magic tricks of embarrassment on me,” but the drugs seemed to kick-in as needed to stop it from happening. Once this initial (and it will be successful) first few seconds was over, it was amazing how relieved I instantly felt and how my confidence started to rise (which was the foreshadowing of the psychological side of this).
THE REAL DEAL:
I think Gudde above is exactly right, the core issue is in the mind. For me, I’m convinced of that. The drugs help me function for now until I can get rid of the real underlying cause. So my next steps are:
Physical: I’m trying to lose some weight, maybe 15 pounds, (I’m not way overweight at all…so it’s not just a weight issue, for sure). I’m also trying to get some daily exercise as a stress reducer too. It just makes sense to eliminate this physical side from the equation.
Mental: I’m convinced I need to practice being in “those situations” and getting used to them. Somehow I’ve allowed myself to attribute an unrealistic importance (or horror?) to having “all eyes upon me” at a meeting, or an unwarranted unsureness (lack of confidence?) when meeting someone new, or a conjured up sense of pressure/stuffiness (been spending too much time alone or with too many folks not your peers?) when confined or in a too-close situation. I know these feelings are real at the time, but how did we ever let things get blown out of proportion in the first place? I know I’ve let them; I still don’t know how. Not sure if I ever will.
However, I think, for me, I need to throw myself into more of these situations:
Safe ones, like making a habit of striking up conversations with strangers in stores, more than one at a time, maybe. Ones where I leave myself an “out” of saying ‘gotta go” and walking away if my maintenance “drug cocktail” isn’t perfected yet. I’m hoping that with head-on practice, I can beat this thing once and for all and get off the “cocktail” for good.
Best of luck to all of you,
I truly know how you feel!
I would like to commend each and everyone who suffers with this ailment and it is a SERIOUS issue which a lot of doctors and ppl in general consider minor or just plain disgusting.
I am 38 years old and have been suffering with this all my life. I have tried most suggestions but am in the process of trying a new dermatologist who I heard has a special sensitivity towards this ailment.
I am now happily married and I am also noticing that both my children also have perspiration issues. It saddens me that they would have to go through this so I am convinced it is hereditary since my mom and dad had excessive sweating. So good luck to everyone, and I hope your life experiences do not leave a permanent scar as it did with me because of this dilemma. Also it is NOT an issue of social anxiety as I can vouch for that being a very social talkative person.
I have even lost clients because of the bad impression in appearance i gave when working as a consultant.
Anyway all the best to everyone…waiting for that miracle cure…if not for me then at least for my kids.
Like many on here I’m glad i found this site, this problem has gotten to the point that it has ruined my life, a lot of people have had me convinced it was my nerves, or a health issue, which is not true, i even joined the army to give me something i was missing but that did not help. was in the army five years.
It’s been over a year now and i can’t even get a job because of the sweating on the interviews, trust me i keep trying and trying, but it’s getting to the point I’m running out of places to go, I’ve heard so many answers to why and it’s all bull because of my nerves bull because of my health bull because I’m depressed bull, i just want to have a simple life, a job and be with the person i love, but this is destroying everything!
I think I heard a chorus of angels singing when I found these posts! I have had excessive scalp/face sweating since I was a teenager. It has intensified with every passing year, and I would say for the last 10 years (I am now 41) it has forced me to altar my life significantly.
I was relieved and saddened to see how many people this condition affects. It was also very discouraging that most of us are aware of WHAT we have, but no one seems to know how to fix it. My family is used to it, they have chalked it up to, “I sweat a lot.” My new problem is I have just been accepted into Nursing School, and instead of worrying about the insurmountable amount of homework, my #1 fear is SWEATING during clinicals! How can I treat a patient when I look like I’m on the verge of a medical condition myself, with a wet head a sweat pouring down my face?
I have tried Certain Dri on my face and scalp at night, but found that I get cempensatory sweating from my neck, chest and armpits! ANYTHING makes me sweat, washing dishes, vacuuming, standing for long periods of time, even shopping in a 65′ air conditioned store, I end up leaving with wet hair. I took my kids to the zoo and was ASHAMED because although it was a hot day, my hair was soaking wet. A kid actually said to me, “hey where did you get to go swimming?”…Seriously?
While reading this site, I immediately went and ordered Odaban. I am seriously praying that it works. There must be something in the food, water, atmosphere, whatever, that is affecting this many people. I am glad to know you are all out there, I am hoping Odaban works, as I could go the rest of my life without hearing someone ask, “Are you ok? Were you running?” It will also to be nice to leave the house without checking my purse to make sure I have my battery operated fan with me. It’s ridiculous we have to live this way, isn’t it?
I’ll get back with you in a couple of weeks and let you know if the product works for me.
I’m glad we’re all not alone in this. Honestly, anyone who reads my post and who sweats alot, use Certain Dri, especially for facial sweating! It’ll clear it right up-I PROMISE! It’s seriously been a godsend for me.
I’m 21 years old, I started using certain dri on my underarms when I was about 18, then about a year ago, I was so sick and tired of my face sweating so damn much that I wondered if certain dri would work on it. So, I put it on my forehead, temples, upperlip, undereye-cheek areas right before I went to be one night and the next day. It did kind of tingle a bit, but it was worth it. I didn’t sweat on my face at all! I didn’t need to use it again for about a week or so, it kept my sweat glands under control for that long. It was awesome.
Sweating was an especially huge problem when I went to parties and concerts. There were always cute guys everywhere and I felt so self conscious around them because of my sweaty face! People would sometimes ask me if I needed water because I guess to them I looked like I was overheating or something, it was so ridiculous and humiliating! I could never wear bangs because my forehead got so sweaty from them and made them look all gross and wet, my makeup used to never last that long because once i started sweating, I’d then start wiping my face and wipe it all off and it just sucked. It’s so nice not having to worry about that anymore. Now I can go to parties and wear my cute bangs on my forehead, feel confident that my makeup looks great and not have to worry that I look like a sweaty mess and be wanting to check the mirror every 10 minutes. Certain Dri is the bomb! lol
I am almost to tears, reading these stories so familiar to my own. Its good and refreshing to know that I am not alone.
I am a 32 year old 6’3″ tall black man and my face sweats PROFUSELY. i wont say that my hyperhydrosis has ruined my life however it has surely altered it because I have to factor it in with whatever I decide to do. I don’t like social situations anymore. A few months ago my cousin asked me to be in her wedding and I was horrified. I couldn’t say no(well I could but I didn’t). Luckily for me as one of the an ushers I was able go out into the hall in between walking people down the isle so that I can wipe my whole head off. Being bald doesn’t help my situation at all because the whole thing gets drenched. I don’t recall always having it however in recent years is has caused me to sink into a mild depression. I have turned into somewhat of a hermit. Whats interesting is I am not a shy person. I love people. I don’t sweat because i am nervous, I get nervous because I sweat! I wonder how different my life would be if I didn’t have this issue. Its hard for me to approach women, even when they are giving me the ” come and talk to me” sign. I have been in conversation with gorgeous women and I would turn and run away(not literally) when it starts(SOOO EMBARRASSING). People say ” your sweating”. NO SH** like I don’t know. I have had some success with Odaban however like an earlier person posted it HURTS! I guess there are worst things that can happen like, I could go bald…. Oh wait, Never-mind
Thanks everybody for sharing. I feel better knowing that i am not alone. 🙂
I tried homeopathic medication and its helping me…..I have severe face and back sweating problem…..but after taking homeopathic treatment everything is changing. I seen big changes in my sweating problem. Homeopathic works slowly, so it took me 6 weeks to see any change in my health. I know how big this problem is, and I want everyone should be cured and live sweat free.
People who don’t know about homeopathic read below:
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i attribute my sweating to the fact that my people are from Sweden. So when it is 10 below I am fine. In summer it is the humidity. I am real sensitive to humidity and just wipe my face a lot and always have a hand fan to cool myeself off.
ROSA FL says
Listen up everybody : oxybutynin. i started taking it one week ago and after 11 years of misery from sweating from my neck face and scalp, i dont sweat like that anymore. the best thing is that i can cool off faster after being outside, i can sit outside of a restaurant, go to the pool, its amazing. side efects are dry mouth, some visual disturbances, nothing major. so talk to your drs and ask for it. good luck. oxybutynin costs $4.00 at walmart
Its nice to read I’m not alone. If I can provide any input its to use Drysol for the underarms, it really does work well. I wish I had a answer for the face; all it takes is a simple “hi” from someone and I feel that warm rush come over and know my face has turned red and the sweat beads have started. Makes you feel like people are staring and within seconds I’ve lost complete control, like a faucet was turned on.
After reading everyone’s stories here, I realize what my problem has been! Since I was 13 I’ve always sweated under the armpits profusely. It was so embarrassing, never being able to wear certain fabrics, always making sure I had a sweater or something to hid the wetness – and how humiliating it was to have to wear a pink taffeta bridesmaid’s dress one year – the huge wet stains under my arms are in all the photos. I’m 53 now, but when I started going through peri-menopause, the underarm sweating sort of just tapered off. At the same time, I began getting pretty bad hot flashes, but I got on hormone replacements and that went away for a few years. Now over the past couple of years I’ve developed severe facial hyperhidrosis that affects my scalp, forehead, face, neck, and upper back. It starts when I first get out of bed, so showering, dressing and putting makeup on are tortuous activities. I have to stand in front of fans the whole time, and even that doesn’t stop the sweating. When I do any more than run in and out of a store, the sweating builds quickly to the point where I’m absolutely dripping from my ears, chin, and nose, and I look like I’ve dunked my head in a bucket of water. One day I actually had to buy a cheap t-shirt before I even left the store – something I could change into before I left! Walking the dog outside for 5 minutes will also bring it on. I’ve read that a 0.5% topical solution of glycopyrrolate (Robinul) is very effective, so I will be visiting my doctor asap to discuss this.
Looks like were all in the same boat….
I’m 27 have 2 daughters and only suffered from this for the past 3-4 months, It seems to be getting worse…Its a strange feeling when it suddenly comes over you and I feel it seeping from my scalp running down my neck 🙁 Its just horrid! I’m a model and its been effecting my work etc, I turn down work because I’m just to embarrassed 🙁 Its ruining my life 🙁
Good luck to you all….hopefully one day a miracle cure may come….here is hoping!
I just started taking oral med’s for my facial hyperhidrosis and am gettiing some very nice relief. It’s only been about 2 weeks so we’ll see. I’m 52 years old and have suffered all my life.
Thanx for the help Jim and Gudde. Its all about controlling our minds. If all of us try to avoid these negative thoughts let it be any thoughts about sweating, failure, disease, just try and replace those thoughts and say it inside your mind “I am well All is well” It will take a lot of practice but if u believe u will surely get rid of these problems.
NASA trains their astronauts to control body functions like sweating and increased heart rate to reduce motion sickness. It works for them and I’m hoping it can work for us. It’s all about using your mind and biofeedback training.
Dr. Patricia S. Cowings, a research psychologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center and colleague Dr. William B. Toscano have a developed a six hour program. She stated on msnbc that:
I’m just posting this so those of you interested have a starting point for research!
I believe I have found a way to stop sweating which doesn’t include drugs or surgeries. But it requires some work and is not for people that easily gives up.
First of all It is really sad to read all the stories about people that have got their life ruined because of excessive sweating. I am now 31 years and have also had similar problems especially with sweaty armpits. The last couple of years it got worse and I started to also have facial sweating. Since I work as a sales man I have to meet a lot of new people and new situation every day which makes the problem even worse. 6 months ago I was ready to give up, quit my job and just stay out of as many social situations as possible. But when thinking about my 4 and 2 year old kids I could not do it…..I wanted to be part of their lives and not be the one that sits home.
I started to read a lot about anxiety, sweating, phobias etc and found that there was a relationship between all of that. It is all in your mind! You have a “train” of thoughts stored in you brain that gets triggered and then you start behave in a certain way. If a friend one day told you that you were a big idiot – how would you react? If I told you the same thing here in this post, would that be a difference? Of course it would. You get a different reaction because you have a thoughts, experience, feelings etc that are stored in your brain associated to places, people and situations.
I believe the same thing is valid for sweating. In example I have a problem that I sweat every time I meet a particular neighbor. Meeting the other neighbor living next by him is not a problem at all. The key stop sweating is to break the “sweat thoughts”.
I could have written a lot more about this I just wanted to tell you that there is a way out of this. My comments above is probably not enough for you to fully understand the concept but as a start I would recommend that you read more about your mind’s ability to control the body.
Good luck and remember don’t try to treat the symptom, treat the cause.
I’m a 24 yr old man. I’ve had hyperhidrosis since i was 11 or 12, back then it was just an armpit issue, since i was 17 until now it has developed into a HEAD TO TOE issue, getting worse each year. I’ve tryed prescription drugs, psychologist sessions, special deodorants etc… nothing helps. I hate to leave the house, sitting on a bus or train is an unbareable experience, being trapped in there while my clothes become saturated and i vainly wipe my forehead for the 20th time. I cant socialise or work, which is unfair because i have the ability to do both but hyperhidrosis stops me. I’ve given up now and am gona claim incapacity benefit. Hyperhidrosis has ruined my life. I’m aware this post offers no help to anybody, it is simply my story, i just cant believe a persons body can destroy someones mind like this, I give up
I am listening, but I am not a doctor and there is no medical person running this site – if there was, you would likely be told how wonderful ETS is and why you should have it – which is NOT the case.
I can only offer a place where others that have the same problem can share their experiences and what may have worked for them. To date, there is no magic cure, but explaining how this problem (nightmare for many) has impacted your life can do wonders emotionally.
For many, they are just discovering that they are not alone; if you read the comments, you’ll see how important this is.
Believe me, if I find a cure that works, this is the first place I’ll post it!
I’ve read nearly all the comments posted here.
Surely some medical person is in charge of this web site.
Where is that person. I’ve seen only one message from the “admin.”
We all seem to have the same problem and continually ask for a solution/cure/help.
Admin, are you listening????
Help us please!!
im 24 year old guy ,, i’ve been sweating since as long as i can remember … my face has the biggest problem .. im always embarrased while socialising … its so much sometimes it feels like im drowning in my own sweat ..
Tiffany Cady says
Wow! I am amazed to see how many other people have this problem. I have recently had this problem more and more. Lately, it seems like the sweating from my face and scalp are neverending.
I wake up with my hair completely saturated with sweat…and I have fairly long hair. When other people are ‘a little warm’, I have sweat just dripping from my scalp and face. It is extremely embarrassing. I have people handing me napkins or paper towels because it’s so obvious. My 4 yr. old asks me what’s wrong with me. That’s sad!
I don’t know what to do, but after a very wet 4th of July, I need to find a solution.
Good luck – and you are a truly understanding person. If only all people were as willing to understand a situation as you are.
Thank God I know I’m not alone!!!
Does anyone out there find themselves getting upset at someone who has a perfectly dry face and hair while you are sitting in a puddle?
I am anxious to try some suggestions on here. All those who have this problem but have Central A/C, thank your lucky stars!! ( and pray for me, LOL!!)
Best wishes and dry foreheads,
The Sweater's Girlfriend says
I’m newly in love with a guy who happens to have severe facial sweating. To learn more about this condition, I’ve had the opportunity to read websites and everyone’s posts here to begin to understand what it’s like for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. I can’t imagine the heart ache and embarassment.
When my new love and I first met, he was perspiring profusely and explained that sometimes he breaks out in these sweats. Truthfully and shamefully, I have to admit I was unsettled by all the dampness until I really got to know him well as a person.
I will tell ‘him’ that I’ve been reading about hyperthidrosis and people’s postings about their experiences with hyperthidrosis. I hope this will be the opportunity for us to talk about it, get the elephant out of the room, and continue our romance.
Wish me luck!
I´m 31, i live in a tropical country and i suffer from heat all the time, i thought it was hormonal, but i start sweating if i sneeze, walk, crouch to pick up something from the floor, lift anything, laugh too hard, or if i get anxious.
I feel this tremendous heat inside as if i was just stopped running, all day long, my face gets greasy, my hair damp, my shirts get wet on the neck, chest, back and armpits, i had to move to a mountain where is relatively cold for me, and i feel more comfortable now, people around me wears sweaters and scarves, i wear spaghetti straps shirts, shorts or skirts and when i go to the city, the mess starts again as if i was in a sauna.
I´m a singer and this is a huge problem for me because with the spotlights, certain anxiety we all get on strange from time to time, it all makes it worst, people is sure i´m dying on strange, they offer me water, a seat, they fan at me with their hands, people look at me with pity, i simply end up miserable, and i start sweating hours before i get to sing anything, it is very embarrassing and i even got to the point to excusing with people by explaining i suffer from this condition.
I have worked so hard to be a singer, but it all gets ruined the moment i step up on stage and start sweating miserably all over my head, face, neck, it drips!! and if i wipe my face with a small hand towel in public, people look awkwardly at me, i still do wipe my face several times if i have to but in seconds i´m sweating profusely all over again. I cannot do this, is ruining my life! I’ve been thinking about cutting my hair really short again, i even wear a cotton scarf, natural fibers so it will help absorb some of the sweat from my neck and leave me alone but i get more hot in minutes…no use. i splash ice cold water on my face, it works for a few minutes and then it comes back.
The worst is to try and sing arias all dressed up in a nice evening gown, perfect hair and make up and suddenly all this sweat drips down from my face and my make up even water proof, runs down, my face gets red, the sweat soaks down and starts wetting my gown….this is too much….i cannot take it any more. i will have to stop singing in public because this is just way too ridiculous. Combined with vittiligo which is just enough to stand and try to act as if my skin is not all patched with tan and white-like caramel ice cream skin, i have to suffer from horrible pain from congenital displasia and hyperhidrosis. no way. This is just too much.
Certain Dri worked for me.
My body barely sweats at all but my forehead gushes like I have a garden hose on top of my head. Or it did.
I read about using antiperspirants on your forehead here and a few other places and thought I’d give it a try. Regular antiperspirants did nothing at all. But Certain Dri has completely eliminated all of my forehead sweating. I keep reaching up out of habit to wipe away all the sweat and there’s never anything there anymore. I don’t even sweat when I’m working out at the gym.
The first few days I used it twice a day and then once a day after that before going to bed. I noticed a difference the 1st day and by the 4th or 5th day my sweating was gone.
Certain Dri only costs 5 bucks at Walmart so give it a try and see what happens. It may sting a little bit the first few times you use it but it’s not too bad.
And if Certain Dri doesn’t work for you there’s something called Maxim that you can order on the net that’s supposedly even stronger. But I haven’t tried it.
I’ve suffered with facial sweating all my life, since I was a small child. It’s horrible. I can not enjoy social gatherings of any sort. Any increase in the temperature causes severe sweating. Humidity is a guarantee I’ll be drenched in sweat.
People look at me on the train as if I have the plague, because my face is covered in water. I’ve read numerous reports indicating that anxiety causes the sweating. I beg to differ, the sweating causes severe anxiety.
It’s great to see to many of us with this problem willing to share the misery. However, I’d love to see just as much sharing of treatments and cures to this horrible condition.
OMG….so I’m not the only one! I sweat mainly on my nose I always have beads of sweat, and it so embarassing. I’ve heard many suggestions that I’m going to try. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year, and thought maybe that was the problem (hormones), but now that I’m on thyroid medicine since I had my thyroid taken out it just seems to be worse. So my oncologist told me to talk to my doctor. other doctors in the past have told me its my central nervous system and genetic. I never knew it had a name. I called my doctor today, and hopefully she will give me some mediciation that will help. I’m so tired of this, I can’t wear make-up, I’m always hot, my face gets bright read easily, and I’m only 30 years old. I feel like I’m having hot flashes. This happens to me on a daily basis for years, my mom said when I was a baby I was always sweating from my nose. Now it starts there, and my head sweats my neck, its gross! At least I know its not just me that alone makes me feel better!
Laura Creser says
I suffer with Facial and scalp sweating, which drips onto my neck etc. I have discovered from reading up on it that it is a side effect of the medication I am on. I have found the product “Odourban” to work which I brought on the internet and was cheap but the problem is that when I put it on my face it makes my face sting and itch so it is a bit unbearable. And also, It is obviously hard to apply this to my scalp. I went to the doctor and he just said there was nothing he could do for me. Would love to hear if anyone had any advise or cures as I really can not bare much more of this!!!
Also during the hot months the sweating is obviously worse but during the cooler months it is not as bad. I sweat even while shopping in air conditioned stores alot of times. When I feel anxious it is much worse!
I sweat alot in my face and my head. I wear my hair short because of this and when I sweat my hairdo gets ruined. This is very embarrassing. I sweat when I grocery shop and feel like I am being stared at. I avoid outdoor activities and prefer to stay in air conditioning. I don’t know what to do but this is affecting my life!
Wow, its really amazing to see that so many other people have this problem. It is a nuisance and an extreme annoyance when people make presumptions about what you must be thinking or feeling because your face is sweating! I can relate to so many of these problems and its good to put a name to this issue that I’ve been dealing with all my life. When my hair is long I have to carry a clip with me everywhere “ready to pull it up”, and I have never been able to where make-up aside from mascara! Talking about “slight” increases in temperature or a little bit of physical activity… I work in a kitchen!
I’ve adapted to the situation and have figured out how to cool myself down quick enough-most of the time, but if I could find a remedy which including not first looking like my face just got attacked by a spray bottle that would be fantastic!
Sharing helps more than you know Ron – Thanks!
I too have this problem. I sweat when it is 60 degrees outside and I don’t have to be doing anything. Mine started recently, if I was to estimate, within the past 2 years.
I have told several doctors about this and they don’t have a clue as to what it is.
What I don’t like about it is the fact my sweating doesn’t feel natural, it is very uncomfortable and when I go outside, I am always cold due to being wet.
Just sharing, that’s all.
Facial HH- I could relate to all of these stories. I at one point had the most embarrassing facial sweating problem you’ll ever know. I became depressed and avoided any contact with people to the best of my ability. Today, though, I’m glad to say that at the age of 22, after suffering from facial HH for more than 8 years, I have found a solution that has saved my life.
I feel like I am reborn now at the age of 22 and can finally do things like normal people. After trying so many things and going through a deep personal depression, I came across a product called Odaban. Reluctant to try it, I ordered it anyway. I applied it on my face and scalp, neck, etc. The next day my problem was solved.
Since that day (4 months ago) I have shockingly not had one embarrassing moment of facial sweating in front of others. My mind was in a state of shock when I first began not sweating. I want every person who has suffered the depression, embarrassment and despair of having facial hyperhyrosis to try this product. I tear with joy when i think of how lucky i am to have found this.
I wish i can share my story with every person who has had this problem. I am slowly but surely recovering from the psychological effect this had on my self esteem and social life. I am 22 and i can finally go out with friends, go to a job interview, go out to dinner and sit right in front of someone without wanting to run off and cry from how embarrassed i was from sweat dripping down my face. Get Odaban! It is a antiperspirant that is safe to use on your face, scalp, etc. BELIEVE ME, i didn’t think it would work either.
I understand where all of you are coming from. I used to sweat profusely from my scalp, entire face, eyebrows, neck, it was a nightmare. I really hope I’ve helped you, and given you hope, where i know its hard to find. Good Luck to all!
Diane Smith says
Has any one else here started sweating after taking a prescription medication? My hyperhidrosis began when I was given Duragesic Patches to wear for chronic pain in 2001. I absolutely must be on this due to severe fibromyalgia which has disabled me since 1992, but the severe head & facial sweating is terrible. I also sweat badly on my chest & back. & arms & legs, even hands & feet, What is weird is that my armpits stay bone dry all the time!! LOL.. Ironic isnt it?
I would have surgery if it was more promising but it sounds risky. I would settle for just my head & face to be dry. Im going to see a Dr for this. It has destroyed my ability to eat out with any one besides my family. I have no friends but are happy I have my family and pets. I’m sick of people staring, asking me if Im ok
I have posted here before and I thought I would provide an update. I’ ve tried a few products such a max wipes but with little success. I have recently tried witch hazel with good success. After my morning shower I wipe witch hazel on my forehead and it appears to do the trick. My facial sweating has reduced quite significantly to almost no existence.
I bought a bottle in my local pharmacey (drug store).. it may not work for every one but its worth ago.
Hopefully some of you will have found some other methods which may help our dilemia.
All the best and lets keep trying to find a solution.
I mostly sweat at nighttime and it’s only on my back and head. I smells like vinegar. My Dr. has diagnosed my w/ Hyperhidrosis, but i’m starting to think it’s something different. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Hey, I have read in a few posts that certain dry on your face will stop facial sweating. The container says to apply only to underarms, so im a little cautious. Anyone know if its dangerous to apply it to your face?
I’ve read so many things that I can relate to. The main one is this. I am 36, and up until a few years ago I was always sensitive to cold. I would have to wear very big jackets in the winter or else I would shiver and be blue with cold. Then suddenly, this sweating and hot thing starts, It was almost overnight! Suddenly, as soon as I get up and start getting dressed in the morning, even in the dead of winter, I start to sweat on my face, head, neck. I used to sweat on my hands and my feet, strangely this seems to have suddenly migrated to the most obvious parts of my body, and nothing will stop it! I have tried everything, and I really mean everything, except surgery. Sometimes I will sweat so bad that it runs into my eyes and makes them sting! People look at me like I am insane, or on drugs, but I am just sweating! It is so strange to go from one extreme, where I can’t bear the cold, to the other, where I need a fan on my face in even the coldest weather! Surely in this day and age there must be an explanation for this reversal in temperature tolerances, so many people suffer from the same thing! I have noticed that the sweating starts when my brain starts to wake up. If I am very sleepy or tired, no sweats, as soon as I start to think, there I go, like a waterfall!! Now I have to go for interviews to get another job, and I am more afraid of sweating than I am of being asked questions that I can’t answer! This is a terrible thing to suffer from. Right now, it is cold, but there is sweat running down my nose, my forehead, my neck. If I drink alcohol, at first I sweat even more, but if I drink more, I stop. I think it is related to adrenalin or something. There must be someone who knows what this is??!
I am 14 boy and ever since I can remember have been sweating horrible from scalp and face. Now it is getting to the point where I don’t even want to be out in public any more.
I have tried everything prescription pills (only made me sweet more) prescription antiperspirants (no help what so ever) and now have a scheduled appointment with a surging for surgery.
I was diagnosed with facial hydrosis when I was 9 and every day is a nightmare I always have to make up excuses for physical education because I would have to go throughout the rest of the day drenched in my own sweet. And in the worst cases, have to fake sick to get out of school on the 90 degree days. It is so bad that with the most minimal effort of anything within 10 minutes I can fill up a 2 liter bottle no joke I tested it.
Trying to live my life like everyone else, without the horrifying embarrassment. And I am sure there are some other teens out there with this same problem and can agree that other people aren’t always so nice when it comes to other people’s faults and appearances.
Thanks any other suggestions would be awesome and very much appreciated.
I am from India. I drink a lot of water and my thirst is on the higher side even in the dead of winter months. I am slim and practically a healthy woman.I sweat only on my face (it runs at times) and neck during summers and on the side of my nose in winters.My forehead is always very cold and clammy and sometimes my feet are also very cold even in dead heat of summers. I don’t sweat in any other part of my body. There is no sweat in my hair, especially on the top of my head, that is, in the center of my head. This pattern of sweating started in 2003 when I was 39 year old. Before this happened all of a sudden I used to sweat excessively. I feel even a slight cold in the temperature more intensely than the others around me, which becomes helpful,in fact, while dealing with very hot climate here, but, nonetheless, worries me. Lately, I feel very hot which generally lasts for some moments, but sometimes it may stretch for an hour or so. The body heat becomes uncomfortable. Kindly advise me.
Hello, not to sound repetitive of other posters here BUT it is so good to know that I am not the only one in the world that sweats through there face as much as I do.
I am 40 now and overweight, but I have been sweating through my face since I was 21 or at least that is when I noticed it. I used to work in a bar that was Very busy and we did not have much time to take a break and cool off. It did not help that the owner of the bar did not want to crank up the AC in the summer. This way the customers would buy more beer.
The waitresses and bartenders suffered for it, we all had large pitchers of ice water that we drank from during our shift. I would drink at least two during any given shift. Winter time was a blessing. The bar was heated by a wood stove so it was much cooler.
I would get so embarrassed because here I am trying to work and I can’t stop sweating. Believe me it affected my tips. But I still made great money. I am not a nervous person and I like talking to people but when I feel my face getting all sweaty, I get embarrassed and this does not help, in fact it makes it worse.
This is the first time I have ever looked up my condition. I am on a diet under Doctors care and on diet pills that make the condition even worse. I have not talked to my doctor about it but I plan to when I go to see him in a week.
Here are a few things that I have come up with to help keep me from sweating when I go out in public or to a social function.
1.) If I need a shower and to wash my hair, I do it the night before. If I shower before going out. I will sweat and sweat and sweat through my face and it is almost impossible to put makeup on.
2.) While applying make up I wear light clothing and have a fan on me the whole time. Just applying make up can get me sweating. I go slow, take my time and if I start sweating, I stop and cool off by the fan and drink some ice water.
3.) No Coffee or hot liquids that day.
4.) Stay calm, I try to just focus on getting ready, not thinking about where i’m going.
5.) Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
6.) Wear light woven cotton clothing. Polyester is a big NO NO for me. Also I prefer sandals or high heals because wearing socks and shoes makes me to hot unless there are two feet of snow on the ground. But with sandals I can kick them off and it helps me to cool down.
7.) After I get my make up on, I get dressed.. Slowly.. Then I sit down in front of the fan and drink a lot of ice water and just let my body get used to the clothing.
8.) Always carry Ice water.
9.) Always carry a nice hanky to dab my face with.
10.) I like to carry a small fan with me. You know the ones like the Southern Bells used to carry. It is fun to collect them or make them yourself. Plus its fun and better than sitting there sweating.
11.) My strategy is to get as cold as possible before a social engagement or shopping.. So the Ac in my car is on full blast on the way there. But when I’m at the gym, let the sweat begin. It looks like I’m really working my butt off hee hee.
Well , I hope this helped someone. This is how I deal with my sweaty face. I live in the South and its hot and humid here. I think I would like to move to the North Pole sometimes. Maybe I am just genetically built for the cooler climates.??
God bless you all and your sweaty heads.
I am not the only one! Thank you, LORD! I hate the sweating! I work in sales and it is so uncomfortable to be giving a presentation and start sweating uncontrollably on my face! It is embarrasing! I hate it! I am “glad” to hear that I am not the only one! I am going to try Certain-Dri on my face (even though not recommended). I have tried Xanax plus Propranolol and it doesn’t work and I get tired and a severe dry mouth! I just need this to stop!!!!
Robert Dilbertson says
I have cranial / facial hyperhidrosis as well. My face and head sweat like a pig. I found two products that work pretty well – I would say about 90% of my sweating is gone, and for me that is a miracle! Klima Deodorant’s Hyper-Dri aluminum-free antiperspirant and Klima regular antiperspirant. The Hyper-Dri seems to be less strong than their regular product, but it doesn’t dry out my skin, and still keeps teh sweat from coming out.
Botox works pretty well for me – but only for a few months. I use Hyper-Dri mainly now, with an occasional spray of Klima Antiperspirant when it’s really hot outside. This seems to do a marvelous job for me.
I dont so much get excessive sweating, its quite controllable, but I do get severe facial blushing. Ever since I have been in my early teens. It has really effected by life, avoiding social gatherings and losing alot of friends. I have also avoided school and job interviews. No one understands and some even comment if im ok or sun burnt! Which of course makes it worse.
I really want to marry my partner but feel I cant due to this condition. The Wedding photos will be terrible.
Im seriously considering surgery. There is no way it can get any worse!
My mother has since past away, but I think she may have had the same condition, although not as severe
Sorry for posting 2 comments, but I want to give additional info, in case.
I’m underweight, 93 pounds for a height of 5’3. I do not go on diets. In short, I have no eating problem. I don’t eat much chips, salty and spicy food. Thanks in advance. 🙂
Gosh, I thought I was the only one who had this hideous problem! I even thought I was abnormal. Anyway, I’m 14. I think this hideous problem started last year. I’m practically the only one in the whole school who has this problem, I’m serious. Every time a play rehearsal would come up, I’d start sweating and in a few moment’s time, my hair is soaked with sweat. Ugh. And yeah, people do give me strange stares, and some of them even taunt me! 🙁 HELP please! I don’t want this to ruin my life…
Hey everyone, like many of you I’ve been sweating excessively for years. It’s basically ruined my life. My social life, no parties, no gigs, it also means practically no sex life, I can’t go to fitness centres because you can imagine what actual activity causes to my face/body, no in-line skating or bicycles, it ruined everything. Public transportation is a horrifying experience.
I lost 30 pounds (now I wouldn’t call myself fat) because I thought it would help – it did not at all. Still, all I have to do is walk for 5minutes and I’m wet. I have a shower and within 5 minutes I’m wet again. My hair is greasy, I can’t wear make up, my face is red and dripping with sweat. I work in retail and it is so embarrassing to talk to people when you look like that. You know it, people look at you…And now summer is getting closer – a thought itself makes me almost physically ill. I hate it and the worst thing is there doesn’t seem to be anything that could help me.
But (I know it sounds a bit wrong) I’m happy that I’m not alone in this and there are people like me – it helps a bit. Thanks everyone for sharing your problems x
This is such a relief to read!!! As it’s getting closer to summer (I live in NYC), I am dreading the coming weather…as most people around me are thrilled for sun and heat. I’m 25 and have had excessive sweating since I was 15. 2 years ago I finally tried botox for my armpits…I have to get it every 6 months, and it has helped my underarm sweating hugely! The problem is, I STILL sweat everywhere else…my face, feet, palms, even the backs of my legs. Dermatologist never know how to help (aside from the botox.)
I think a big problem, and I’ve noticed this from other people’s comments, is feeling like you’re the only one sweating wherever you’re going. This also causes me anxiety…which makes me sweat even more! It’s so incredibly frustrating and can feel crippling in social settings…especially as hot summer rolls around! I try to remind myself, I’m not the only one. And if I’m with other people and I start sweating noticeably, I’ve started actually saying something about it to people to avoid questions or embarrassment. It actually makes me feel a little calmer to get it out in the open via words (as odd as that may sound.)
I think I’ll ask about Robinol to my dermatologist…thanks for that advice!
I had quadruple bypass in January of 2006 and had a baby a year 1/2 later. It started shortly after the birth of my daughter. Under the slightest conditions my face sweats and my hair gets soaking wet. I finally went to a dermotologist last week and he prescribed me Robinal 2mg and I have not had one drop of sweat since I started it a week ago. It does cause extreme cotton mouth but I can live with that if I can face the public again without being embarrassed because my head is sweating bullets. It is awesome.
I have had severe head/facial sweating for the past 6 years. I found a wonderful dermatologist on the hyperhidrosis website Sweathelp.org. They have a physician referral. I had to wait 4 months for the appointment, and I wasn’t optimistic. She blew me away. I described my symptoms and she prescribed Robinul. It has changed my life. Hope some of you can have the same results.
I’m 31 year old. I suffer from hyperhidrosis sins my 12 birthday. I have sweat all over my body,but more scary is when that happens on my face. I don’t have words to explain how I feel when I’m speak with somebody and suddenly a loot of sweat comes out of my body. Many times I feel that I want do did in that situations. I’m from Europe from country were now body don’t know nothing about this condition, only a several doctors know what is it.
I like very much to meet other people which have the same problem, deep in my feelings I know If I have chance to speak with them that my problem will be more bearable.
I’m seventeen and I am a girl, I’ve recently started having terrible problems with sweating on top of my upper lol and under my eyebrows. It makes me feel so self concious about myself. I start sweating excessively while I’m just sitting in class. It even happens when I’m talking to my close friends. I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried cutting the caffine out of my diet. But that hasn’t worked. Would smoking have anything to do with sweating alot? I’ve tried quitting, I’ve been smoking since I was 13. Please help me.
I’m a seventeen year old girl and I’ve recently had problems with sweating too much on top of the upper lip
and on my eyebrows. It really makes me feel self
concious while I’m at school and I start sweating up a storm. Even when I am around my close friends it happens, when I’m just sitting in class it happens. I just don’t know what to do. It’s ruining my life, please help me. I’ve tried cutting the caffine out of my diet, but that hasn’t worked for me, does smoking have anything to do with excessive sweating? Hopefully not. Please get back to me.
I’m 24, i have the Sweating Problems after 15, I sweat on my face for no reason, its really embarrassing. l start sweating every times after 5min of walking in everywhere, even air conditioned malls and stores. which make me Feel Embarrassed and no confidence while walking together with friends. I hope someone can help me out with this problems. i really hate it
I have seen good results by using Maxim Facial Wipes. I use 1 wipe every night before going to bed and have seen a 95% improvement. I can relate to every story on this site. Good luck to everyone and let me know how it goes.
Have been sweating severely all over for 40 years. I am getting old enough that I am developing yeast infections in body creases because I sweat so much and get so hot. All my doctors say its an overactive sympathetic nervous system but over no idea how to control it. Walked into an air conditioned store yesterday and within 5 minutes I was beet red and my hair was dripping. Its the dripping hair I have a problem with because I can’t wear it long or wear nice sweaters. Doesn’t seem related to stress of any kind, just standing for prolonged periods or bending over a lot. Its not been helpful for cures on this site but very encouraging knowing that I am not alone.
I have this condition I think.I work physically everyday and expect to sweat.However even when I am relaxing in the weekend it happens.Large beads of sweat(taste like fresh water)form all over my face.Also my body.I avoid sitting on non absorbent seats like the ones found in waiting rooms.I have to pull my clothes away from me when I stand up.Most humiliating and so uncool.Ok it looks like we all have it?I am healthy ,fit and 50years old also post menopausal for the last 3 years.I generally do not wear makeup because of this condition.
What can I do???
I have never got such an embarrassing situation like sweating uncontrollably only in the face at my interview, i know to them it was like this guy must be nervous but i was not though later on the sweating its self made me. the most annoying thing is trying to make what you know is abnormal because i knew this was coming since I’ve had the condition for the past 15 years. PLESE HELP ME!!!
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Rachel- United Kingdom says
I really have found this website and all comments useful, I am however looking for a cure quite quickly. I am getting married in 5 weeks and I just know my face/head will be dripping, I mainly sweat when I’m in large groups of people or if I’m overwhelmed. Please please please can somebody give me some advice, I would be so grateful.
I sweat a lot after taking a shower-I need a box fan set on high to cool down.
One time, when I was work, I needed to go outside briefly,when the temperature was in the 20’s,a worker said to me-“are you nuts!you are going to get the flu!”, because i just had a t-shirt on.
One thing I noticed is, I never ever get the flu or even a cold-I think my high body temperature protects me from the bugs, I burn them little critters right up. I noticed though, most of my sweating is facial.
A lot of strangers that see how I sweat think there is something wrong with me. Everybody that knows me are used to seeing me sweat, and never say anything. When I was in my teens & 20’s, I used to get sick & get the flu over the
winter like everyone else. When I started overheating & sweating-around the later 30′, I never get sick.
I recently went for a job interview, I was glad it was brief, because if I would of have been in that office just a few minutes longer, I would have started sweating. When I was waiting in the hallway before the interview with other people waiting to get interviewed, I started to sweat, so I took off my coat-but I still sweated after taking off my coat-once I get heated up, it takes a while to cool down.
Another thing, when my glasses get wet from sweating-I keep a roll of paper towels in my car so I can wipe my face & glasses,so I can see to drive.
I gotta say, this is a great site, as I can relate to every post!
I have suffered from bad sweating on my face and scalp, sometimes if it gets really bad my hands will sweat. I have been to the doctors and they have done 4 different test, testing for under active thyroid which they have all come back negative.
I have lost a few stone trying to loose weight thinking it may be down to my weight. My doctor wrote off to the nhs after they told me i have hyperdrosis and they told my doctor that my case ”isn’t good enough” for treatment (such as removing nerves etc…) as ‘everybody sweats’. It gets to a stage where i can go from outside to inside and it will be dripping down my face, i can be walking in the snow, in the middle of winter and i will be sweating and really hot!
It does feel like I’m alone as everyone just seems to pass the buck because no one gives me reasons for why this is happening or how it can be solved. Its so embarrassing and would do anything to remove the sweating from my face. I don’t get sweating from no where else apart from my chest (no underarms). I have tried drinking green tea for 7 weeks to try and detox but still no answers……
ive suffered from this condition since as long as i can remember im 40 and ive dealt with this for atleast 32 years. until now nobody seemed to be able to tell me whats wrong with me i would always sweat at the slightest of movements its so embarrassing to be standing their talking to someone who’s probably cold and im sitting there rubbing sweat off my forehead, and every time i rub i watch their eyes follow my hand up to my face. my girlfriend is always complaining about me sleeping with the fan on even in the winter, but its the only way i wont sweat at night. also over the years ive found myself avoiding certain social events because i no i will get to hot and start sweating ,then you become embarrassed so you start sweating even more.
Until now I was thinking I was the only one the earth going through the nightmare of facial / body sweating. I am a male, in my late 40’s and think I have had this problem for the last 25 years.
I sweat heavily during conversations with higher-ups, strangers (men and women), during presentations, tight situations like when questioned on anything, and strangely sweat starts even while thinking about the above. I sweat a lot during workouts as well and in ac rooms.
I think the problem is due to my low self esteem which could be genetic but I do not think any of my siblings or parents have this issue. Facial sweating is hurting my career growth and caused a lot hair loss.
I wanted to see a psychologist but am afraid, do people think I am crazy? I used to be okay during school days but I think my self confidence is severely impaired due to unsuccessful higher education. Anyway, I have lived long enough with this problem and am sure I would take this to my grave.
It is sickening and sad to be in this situation!
I would advise you to NOT take prescription medications without first seeing a doctor. If you self prescribe and buy medications like Robinul online, you risk bad meds and / or serious side effects that your doctor could have warned about.
For me, facial sweating is the worst and most embarrassing, right next to the hands; sometimes you feel like you would do anything just to not sweat, including taking risks, but please, do it the right way.
I too sweat a lot when I’m nervous or when i get put on the spot! Can someone tell me where can i buy some Robinul tablets for cheap and without a prescription? Please, I have an interview in a few days!
Ever since my early teens i have suffered excess sweating all over my body. Now that I’m 19, the sweating is normal in the armpits, but my head/face/neck area and back are the worst to deal with. The face especially, when in any sudden moment my face is flourished red and my face area perspires around my lip and chin and sideburn area and moves its way up my forehead.
The sweat starts just because the temperature is a little warm or the tiniest stress is involved by talking to a girl or giving a presentation. In sports and at the gym, i am just drenched in sweat. And then i sweat more in a social situation when you know people are just looking at your face just dripping with sweat.
Being a guy in my late teens early 20’s it makes it extremely to talk to ladies when your face is blushed in red. Now don’t get me wrong i have game to talk to ladies, but in any warm situation my game is completely busted and i have to divert away so they wont see my flourished face.
Getting a job and talking to any superiors such as a boss or the cops makes the sweating come right back. I cant go to dances or basketball games because just the heat of the room makes the sweat start, let alone dancing. Any slightly stressful situation causes my face to flourish! Even in the cold i can start sweating at anytime.
I cannot live with this condition and i have been to several doctors who cannot find out what is wrong. I am just jumping from doctor to doctor with referrals, but still having no luck. This is the worst social situation to overcome!
Please Help me I don’t know how to deal with this horrible condition.
i have it too. mostly on my face and armpits (though not as bad on the armpits)
my nose starts sweating a lot whenever i’m in class and the area above below my nose to my mouth sweats a lot too. i never have any confidence anymore. i feel like a freak of nature. it’s keeping me from being who i want to be & taking over my life. nice to know i’m not alone. but i would like to know any effective treatment options for it such as over the counter drugs etc etc
I am not sure if this post is still active but I suffer from moderate facial sweating like most on this post. I am going to ask my doctor next week about Robinul. I hope he is opened minded and informed about the medication.
One thing that has helped me greatly in meetings and on the metro is a hand held air conditioner. It cools the air around your face, or wherever you are pointing it, up to 30 degrees F. The thing is amazing! It is not large at all. You basically wet this sponge and insert it into the fan and let it rip. It doesn’t produce any mist, just cold air! It is not very loud at all. I would highly recommend you to look into it. I think I paid $40.
Nice to know I am not alone!
Oh i have more to add…..I can’t wear long sleeves but i only wear jeans because i have really bad water retention in my ankles so it adds to it…..In this economy being so young wit no job experience its hard to try to look for a job because i have to be picky….I’m trying to find a job where i don’t have to walk because as soon as i take a few footsteps i start sweating…my body has gotten to the point where i got so hot i almost passed out….yeah its that bad…..People tell me that’s good that u sweat like that then you know you wouldn’t be fat!!! yeah but they don’t have to deal with this….Guys think that I’m sweating because I’m nervous around them but that’s not even the case….I think if i get this problem fixed then i would be more confident with my daily life
I’m 19yrs old and I’ve had a BIG problem with facial and neck sweating. I’ve been struggling with this problem since i was 11yrs old….I need some serious HELP….i have medicaid but I doubt it would cover the cost of the treatments but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to come up with the money for treatment.
It’s very embarrassing for me whenever I’m in a social setting. I’m not nervous but I start sweating and it makes me nervous. I tried going out to the nightclub with my friends twice and it was no fun because I had to spend my whole night next to all the napkins by the bar. I need help!!!!
I have a 4 month old son and its hard to be around him because I’m always hot and sweating so i always need to have the fan or a/c on. I recently cut off all my hair because it was thick and just adding to the problem. I need answers!!! A remedy…..ANYTHING THAT WOULD STOP THIS!!!!
I don’t know where to begin.. I guess I remember a few cases growing up when giving presentations I sweat a bit.. BUT it all started when I has my child. Right after, I started sweating at work (one on one sales).. It made me have to quit! its become more and more as the years go on.. I’m entering the 3rd year since its been a problem.
I avoid social scenes at all cost. Ive been in one wedding and three interviews since. Surprisingly it didn’t effect me during those times. For the interviews I just sat in my car with the AC blowing for about an hour straight so I was cold going into the interview…
I have another wedding coming up in 2 months though, and I’m the bestman… I’m soo nervous to stand up there and give the speech. I know I’m gonna be soaking. I need to find help before then!
Ive found that if I want to go anywhere public it helps me to wear a hat. I sweat on my forehead the most, and this kinda of hides it from others. My problem is in dressy events like interviews and weddings, even family events (Christmas.. thanksgiving) were you have to dress up and cant wear a hat.
I NEED help now. I’m turning 23 in January, and I cant let this ruin the rest of my life. I’m going to see a doctor within the next week. Cross your fingers for me.
I wish I could see someone experience it instead of just reading stories because I swear its only me sometimes. its taken over my life a good bit. I’ve known about the condition for a few years but its getting worse lately.
When I worked at the gym two years ago I was in the best shape of my life and had plenty of confidence. when I left, my confidence left as well and the sweats came on more and more as my confidence went down and stress level rose.
We all need to just try and someway beat this and build our lives back the way they were before being hit with this. my reason for writing tonight is that I’ve allowed this condition to control my life too long. just tonight; my brother was standing over me and I started to sweat. it upset me because its my brother, not some interviewer, associate, etc.
From now on I will try and breathe easier and stop getting tense every time I think of getting tense. that’s all it is for me, really is mental. my mind says to sweat and panic and that’s what I do regardless of what’s really going on. I’ve dropped enough sweat over this condition and I’m done.
We can do this and we can help one another!
To tblake: i have exactly the same problem as you do. Excessive sweating of the face and scalp and neck is triggered when i feel i am being evaluated or scrutinized. I thought it was because I’m nervous but not really. it’s good to know there are people out there who have the same problem like me. i thought I’m the only one in the world who has it. Can i get your email address?
I have sooo much empathy with all of you – I am a video camera woman and suffer daily with sweat pouring from my forehead into the eyepiece of my camera – saltwater stinging my eyes.
Recently I had to document a visit of the Minister of Health at a local hospital – within 5 minutes I was flushed like a ripe tomato and sweating like a racehorse whilst in the company of cool suited dignitaries and doctors – I was mortified – wearing a soaking wet bandanna / scarf wrapped around my forehead was the only temporary solution…
I still dread every filming experience…my passion…but I try to keep cool head about it. Hyperhidrosis is psychologically and socially debilitating…
my goodness, and i always thought i was the only one suffering from this! I’m glad to know a lot of ppl share my pain.
I am 16 now and I have had the same problem since i was 12 . My family doctor said i had no problems whatsoever with my body and a i even got a blood test.
Right now, I’m seeing the Chinese doctor, where they give you herbal medicine, If i get any results, i will share with all of you! Apparently in some cases it has to do with hormones or something.
For girls who like bangs/ fringe like me, i suggest sometimes hair spray helps hold the bangs together so even if you sweat, it usually stays in place and doesn’t get as wet.
I know what you mean by embarrassing, ppl always look at me in a strange way.The worst thing is that I’m Asian, and usually Asians are like cold or something. My relatives think I’m soo strange.
I usually sweat in my morning classes, which i hate because my hair is always dripping wet.
If it gets too bad, i just go to the wash room and freshen up.
Also, avoid spicy foods because it makes it worse, haha
Good luck to all of you!
Tracy Miller says
What kind of doctor do I go see for profuse facial sweating? I am at a loss. It has gotten so bad that I feel like I can’t wear real clothes, i want to live in shorts and it’s almost November.
It is so embarrassing, I am the only person, everywhere I go with sweat literally running right off my forehead and down my face. I don’t know what to do. My family doctor has no answers. Where do I turn to find out what is causing this?
I’ve been sweating a lot when i work outside or do regular housework, sometimes coffee seems to trigger it in the AM , but in the last 9 months or so, the sweat on my head and neck in the hair smells like popcorn when there is the least bit of moisture , I’m 63 years old and trying to find a solution to why the popcorn smell?
Even in the shower after i shampoo my hair , it still have the smell and only when the moisture is there. if my doctor finds out why, I will reply.
Rosa M says
I am 50 years old , I have suffered from craniofacial sweating for 9 years now, and the doctors can not find anything medical wrong with me ,the crazy thing is ,that any foods containing salt or sodium will make me sweat profusely for 24 to 48 hours ,sweat just runs down my head ,face and neck, my joints and ribcage hurt very badly, my doctor says I have tendinitis ,since RA and OA have been ruled out.
I just don’t know what to do or think ,I live in pain every day, I am not going through menopause, I do not have hot flushes, thyroid function is normal ,I have a son who is 16 years old and he is close to perfect, so my stress level is minimal ,I would like to know why I( am suffering like this. Every medical test I have had done ,has come back normal.Please help and I don’t want to hear that I should stop eating salty foods ,because I don’t use a lot salt ,as a rule of thumb. Heart disease runs in family ,so I cook with no salt now.
PLEASE READ THIS!!
My name is David and I am 40. I live in the UK and I have suffered from facial hyperhydrosis since the age of about 13.
Things I avoid in my life because of this:
Dancing (which I love)
Holidays in hot countries (or in the UK in the summer)
Going ANYWHERE on a hot summers day.
Standing at the bar.
Promotion at work. (Involving interviews or public speaking)
Meeting new people. (wherever possible)
Walking any longer than about 10 minutes in daylight.
Parties. (Which I love).
I could never learn to drive because of this either.
Things I DREAD!
Rushing around to get ready going anywhere.
Sitting on the bus if the back seat isn’t free.
Meetings at work.
Walking into a warm shop if its cold outside.
Basically it has made me feel high levels of anxiety ALL the time in social situations.
I recently inquired about this with my doctor. I had been asking for 15 years with other Doctors and had no joy.
I was sent for a private consultation to see a Professor / Surgeon and it was the BEST thing I ever did. I was hoping to have ETS Surgery but he refused to perform it on me.
At first I was felt devastated, until he went into GREAT detail about the high risk of ‘Compensatory Sweating’ and urged me to look at these websites. I feel spared from a life of misery. OK it controls my life to quite a high degree, but if I ended up with the Compensatory Sweating it would RUIN my life. I know I would never leave the house.
My Hyperhydrosis is thankfully not constant. When it happens it is usually for 5-10 minutes at a time.
I have been prescribed ‘PROPANTHELINE’ – a low dosage to start with. I have to take 3 a day for a week and then increase my dosage over the period of 4 weeks until I see him again. If this does not help – he is going to try me with a ‘face gel’ to wear at night.
He has put me foward for a course of ‘ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’. An intense therapy course that trains your mind into coping and dealing with the problem and can actually reduce and lessen the effects.
I have also been advised to avoid CAFFEINE as this affects the Sympathetic System adversely. He told me I would never be free of this problem – but it could be controlled to a certain degree and improved.
I can live with that! I CANNOT risk the possibility of Compensatory Sweating.
I URGE ‘ANYONE’ CONSIDERING THIS SURGERY – look up SYMPATHECTOMY DISASTERS & PROBLEMS WITH ETS SURGERY. Read ALL the comments from those who have had this operation. Look up ETC SURGERY on YOUTUBE – and see videos of people with Compensatory Sweating.
Try EVERYTHING else first. Hypnosis/Acupuncture/Therapy/Medication/Gels/Deodorants/Herbal/Diet/ EVERYTHING before you even entertain the idea of putting yourself at the terrible risk of surgery.
Each one of us are different – although we all have the same crippling problem. What may not work for one – could be the saving grace for another person.
MY recommendations may not work – I really hope and pray they do – but if they don’t, I will just have to settle my mind that things COULD be so much worse.
My love and support goes out to each and every one of you. I truly hope we all find a solution, or at least something to improve our condition.
I would not wish this on my worst enemy – but I still find it a comfort to know I am not alone, after spending years feeling like a freak of nature.
You are all in my thoughts,
Love David. x
I am 59, I have had this problem most of my life but didn’t know there was a name for it. My problem is facial and head sweating. Can’t wear makeup, it drips into my ears giving me ear infections, forget hair care, pony tail is the only answer.
My boyfriend says he would love to kiss me without sweating! Does anyone know what will cure or help this? MY Dr wants to give me botox, how will that help my head and face???
I haven’t checked that site for months and have the feeling that people are just sharing their problems and all the embarrassing situations we ALL know about. Why don’t we start sharing SOLUTIONS !
I bought on internet wet pads of Topical Glycopyrrolate, (authorized only in Canada :S ) that didn’t work well and cost me a lot..
I recently went to see an Homeopath MD and after taking my Chinese pulse and asking hundreds of questions (habits, food, parents, diseases,..) it appeared that my Hyperhidrosis problem may come from a Shock during childhood.
There are many solutions in homeopathy for Hyperhidrosis to solve BOTH the problems (excessive sweating) and the causes (here, the shock).
I’ll let you know the results.
Good luck to y’all
I have face sweating it just comes on anywhere my hair will get wet sometimes if i can set down drink something cool it goes away and after i shower if i do not set for a little while.
I sweat terrible sometimes, for example, on Sunday morning i will be running late and do not set down after showering to go church i will set in car with A C on in my face while husband drives so i can at least put face cream on.
I am trying vitamins to see if some of them work, if so will let put them on here. Also, one time my heart doctor put me on heart pill and I stopped sweating for a long time; I was so happy but SWEATING came back
I have the same problem like most of you guy, my recent embarrassing moment was when i almost failed to introduce my self before visiting colleagues, where i was seated i was almost striping naked because i needed more exposure to fresh air to dry my face as the frequent use of the hankie seemed less productive, unfortunately looking at other people enjoying the whole occasion dressed in jackets and ties.
I am this other guy who always needs the A.C to be on otherwise i will be dripping with sweat even when its raining out and cold, LORD HAVE MERCY. I really do need help to find my way out because I am losing a lot of my social life where i prefer being confined alone and fail to take up training and better positions because i feel it will be just another embarrassment.
Please, anyone with helping ideas leave a comment.
LORD HAVE MERCY
i am a 16 yr old female, and CANNOT stop sweating. it is ruining my life! i used to be a very outgoing person and i never had nervousness or anxiety, but recently when i go out with my friends, walking short distances, or just sitting in the car, my face and scalp start sweating!
It’s very embarrassing when it looks like I’ve just got out of the pouring rain, when actually it’s just sweat!! i feel very ashamed when i am hanging around a lot of people. This problem is keeping me from doing things i love to do, and i am embarrassed to get a job where i would have to associate with a lot of people. I need this to STOP!!!
Hyperhydrosis is ruining my life. When I get up in the morning and take a shower, I only take a cold shower so I can cool off. Doesn’t help. I don’t even blow dry my hair because the bottom is soaked in SWEAT.
I only wear dark blue or black shirts or white shirts with patterns so no one can see how soaked my back is. If I’m unlucky enough to get up late I am already off to a bad start, as I begin sweating shortly after I get up and/or shower. Then I have to walk to class. The SECOND I sit in my seat after walking to class (Which takes 5 minutes) I am DRIPPING IN SWEAT. My back is SOAKED. My forehead and neck are soaked and I cant wear my long blond hair down.
My face gets red like a tomato. I don’t even OWN foundation because its worthless. Don’t get me started on my armpit sweat. I haven’t worn a cute shirt kind of tight on the arms in YEARS. I HATE IT, I HATE IT! 🙁 I’m going to have to learn to live with it I guess.
Certain Dri doesn’t help unfortunately. yea everyone is always like ARE YOU OKAY ARE YOU SICK…. SO EMBARRASSING….. fml good luck all YOU AREN’T ALONE EVEN THOUGH IT FEELS LIKE IT, TRUST ME I KNOW
Hi, I am 24 years old and it seems my excessive sweating has gone worse within the last few years. It was bad in college, because when I drink, it causes me to be red and I start to sweat uncontrollably. I sweat even more when I am talking to someone because I get so uncomfortable and self-conscious.
I have tried a couple products that reduce shine, but they were pretty much ineffective. I swear I can go into a Yoga room and I sweat just standing there. The worst problem is that I am 24 and I should totally be over getting acne, but my excessive sweating exacerbates the acne. I want to try acupuncture and I was wondering if anyone else has tried it and obtained good results. If not, is there any product out there that you swear by????
I’ve been suffering from facial sweating for a few years now. I didn’t even have to do anything physical or be nervous for it to start running down my face and neck. It got so bad to the point where I didn’t have a social life because I knew that people would notice the sweat.
A week ago I bought Certain Dri and applied it to my face. I don’t have any bad side effects and it works GREAT!!! I know the directions say to ONLY apply it to your underarms, but I think it works just as well for facial sweating too. I just apply it before I go to bed, and I can be sweat free for at least a few days.
WARNING: You should not deviate from the instructions and consult your doctor BEFORE taking any action like that mentioned above. This is one visitor’s experience and not recommended.
The solution I use is simple but very uncomfortable, I never use it for the latter reason.
I tried this product called Odaban, an English product and it work PERFECTLY until… I say it is uncomfortable because you have to apply it before you go to bed and your face needs to be dry, you can’t rub it off with your pillow. Odaban antiperspirant stings a lot! So going to sleep will be somewhat, painful!
I used it a lot at first and it worked perfectly. I haven’t used it much lately to avoid that pain so now I just deal with it, or better said, I don’t deal with it. I avoid social interaction and Ive become an outcast after doing so too often, its horrible.
Best of luck to everyone.
I have the exact same problem as Jake.
My doctor has given me the same roll on deodorant but hasn’t given me anything for my face.
I’ve had this problem since I was 8 (i am now 17) and I never thought that anything could be done about it until I started reading internet topics about it.
I read somewhere that there is something which can help prevent facial hyperhidrosis but I can’t remember the name of it 🙁
I’m almost 18, I suffer really bad from facial hyperhidrosis. I live in the UK and I’m always pouring with sweat in the summer when I walk around and recently even when I’m sitting when it’s hot. I asked my doctor and all he did was prescribe a roll on deodorant (20% aluminum chloride hexahydrate in cutaneous solution) That works great for my arm pits, but he had nothing for my face. 🙁 I’m considering asking at my local acupuncture clinic about what they could do.
I have the facial and armpit sweating as well. The sweat from my face doesn’t seem to smell but my armpits do horribly. I have no idea what to do. My husband gets mad because i never want to bend over to pick anything up because my hair will stick to my face
Have tried many supposed cures like sage tea, and some crazy herbal tea promoted by a guy on the net (which tasted like the contents of a vacuum cleaner bag and probably was). I’ve tried all kinds of sprays which are designed for armpits and feet purely because none of the remedies deal exclusively with the face.
I hate going to clubs because i get so hot, on occasions when I meet girls I feel really self conscious and when I’ve had girls touch my face/hair its embarrassing as i know it is soaking wet.
I avoid going on holiday with friends as i never know what situations I’ll be in or how hot it will be.
Even dinners in restaurants can be awful because spicy food or candle light can cause sweat to drip down my face.
Public transport is a nightmare (especially the underground) and I also feel this might affect my career as i never take opportunities that will force me be in front of large groups or Directors.
Will try using certain-dry as I plan to go to South East Asia this November and know I will spend most of my time in a personal puddle.
OMG…I was amazed to find this site. I thought It was only me. I sweat bullets constantly whenever I am doing anything. It is so uncomfortable to always be sweating on my face. I wear glasses and it irritates the sides of my nose where my glasses sit and the skin breaks open there. Besides it getting in my eyes all the time. I am gonna have to try the certain dri and see if that helps. I tried the headband thing while I was working but it irritates me and didn’t help that much.
I have major facial sweating! I’m a 17 year old girl. Come on, that’s got to be the worst age to have it. It is the most embarrassing thing ever, especially since I’m in musical theater.
This summer I took classes at a music camp. There was NO air conditioning in the building, so that just made me sweat even more. I was sooo embarrassed just sitting in choir class…JUST SITTING there i was sweating. I feel like such a freak. Musical theater class was even worse because we had to dance. I also had a solo, so when the spot light was on me on stage it made me really sweaty.
I’m not nervous to get up and sing in front of everyone, it’s the sweating that makes me nervous. My forehead sweats the most. Even my upper lip is really bad. My whole head also sweats so I can’t wear my hair down, even though it’s short. I would have to go to the bathroom in between every class and not blot..WIPE the sweat off my face.
The inside of my elbows and knees also sweat a lot. I am just fed up with this. My mom doesn’t believe me and thinks it’s just from being overweight or being nervous.
Chris M. says
Wow, I am SO glad I finally found people who have the same issue that I have. I know this is going to come out wrong, but it’s actually comforting, in a way, to know that some of you have it worse than I do. Again, I’m not trying to revel in your misery (like the bully in the Simpsons cartoon “ha-ha”), as I certainly can identify with your issues, but I finally realize that I’m not some nervous nelly, fat, sweaty slob that I’ve pictured myself to be.
I’m a 37 yr old male. I’m about 30 to 40 lbs overweight, but carry it well (230 lbs at 6’1″). My sweating seems to be either totally on or totally off. I don’t sweat 24/7, but when I do sweat, it’s like Hoover Dam just opened up above my head (like that guy Ted Striker from the movie Airplane). I sweat more in my scalp and face than other parts of my body, but I do sweat everywhere. Thank God I don’t have body odor when I sweat, at least until I dry off and it starts to “ferment.” Aren’t the salt stains from the sweat on dark colored clothing just so attractive? Like some kind of sweat tie-dye t-shirt.
I work as a sound man and guitar tech for my buddy’s cover band, and from the second I lift the first piece of gear into the club until I load the last piece of gear back into the van at night, I profusely, uncontrollably sweat, even in 15 degree winter weather (everyone else is numb and I’m outside, with no jacket ,saying “this feels soooo good”). I go through three head bands (could go through more if I brought more) and up to 3 t-shirts in one 5 hour gig; laundry day on Sunday at my house is quite oderiferous. My nickname is “Snow Cone” among the band after a movie where someone said something like “you’re melting like a snow cone in Phoenix.” I don’t find it funny or amusing, but they do. They can’t, and never will, understand what we go through. I can’t meet any females at the gigs because the minute they see me, they all get this look of total disgust on their face and won’t come near me (and I don’t blame them). I have to be the only one going home from a gig in 60 degree weather with the air conditioner blasting on full. Winter is even more fun, because when I step outside in 20 degree weather, I start shivering from being soaking wet.
It’s not just at gigs either. When I clean my house, I’ll vacuum and sweat, do dishes and sweat, do a load of laundry and sweat, clean the bathroom and pour in sweat, put away groceries and sweat, dust and sweat, make lunches for the next day and sweat; how the heck can someone profusely sweat from putting two pieces of bread together into a sandwich?? If it’s anything above 75 degrees, I will sweat just sitting in a chair, much less while working. Showering in the summer sucks, because I have to shower, then go in my room, turn the AC on full blast and sit there for 15 minutes and wait to stop sweating. Who the hell has to set their alarm clock 15 minutes earlier to allow for sweat time??
I’m definitely reading every single word and page on this site. I need some kind of solution that doesn’t involve surgery.
I am glad I not the only one!! I work retail its still so gross one min i am ok the next my head face are wet even my eyebrows and above my top lip.
I have been suffering from this problem for the last 25 Yrs. Never took it seriously though afflicted by it more than significantly. Wiping a with a Turkish napkin, towel is what I have started doing lately as kerchiefs did not help much. Thinking of using a ‘sweat band’ that sports men use. I don’t sweat in AC rooms and while in cool weather like some did as per the posts here. Any slight strenuous physical work makes me sweat esp on the forehead and every where later. I think overweight ( am at least 15 KGs OW!) can be one reason and attempt to reduce weight. Want to know more about Certain Dri and try it too. So glad to see so many persons who share my problem. Feeling strong! Will research further and post solutions what ever I come across. Cheers……….
I hate having this condition so much. 🙁 I love being on stage and performing but the hot lights make it impossible for me sometimes and it makes me so self-conscious. In high school, just walking from one class to another would have me sweating tons by the time I got there. Let’s not even talk about P.E. That was the worst time… even on the really cold mornings I’d be sweating within seconds of being in the class.
Sometimes I’ll be cutting someones hair in beauty school and sweat SO much. That’s the most terrible moment, too. Nobody wants to have their hair cut by a sweaty person! And it’s not because I’m nervous, it’s just having to be standing and doing something. It’s not even something hard and it shouldn’t be making me sweat the way it does. The worst part is when my scalp and face won’t stop sweating! I constantly keep having to wipe my upper lip, under my eyes, and my forehead or the sides of my head. My scalp gets SO hot sometimes that I have to use the blow dryer to cool off and everyone just stares at me. I wish I could stop this.
What kind of doctor do you go to to treat this?
Hi..,i have a problem of facial sweating….i know from where i got it…i used to use one cream to avoid a problem which I’ve on my skin and i put it on my face too….since then when ever i feel surprised or know am a center of attention or have to give speech i can’t do it with out sweating and it’s my embarrassing moment. my life is not moving because of it….since i prefer just to stay quite every where i am otherwise if I’ve to take a part i can’t …am suffering from it….I wish there is a way which will make my face not sweat forever even if it’s hot.
I am 28yr old and I have been suffering with this problem for probably the last ten years. In a way it’s good to know I am not alone. I suffer from facial sweating which seems to be getting worse as I get older. I have had all the necessary tests from doctor and everything comes back clear.
I exercise 3 or 4 days a week and eat reasonable healthy. I have tried a lot of things even acupuncture, which initially seemed to work well. It can happen to me at any time but in particular when I am on public transport.
I recently moved to London and I have noticed that the problem has been getting worse since I started to use the underground to get to and from work. I am constantly wiping my forehead. I also seem to get it when in social situations such as restaurants and pubs, this can cause me to call it a night early due to feeling uncomfortable in front of others. I would appreciate any tips or advice on limiting or controlling this experience.
Kayla :) says
I’m Only Flipping 15 Years Old & My Head, My Face….My Whole Body Sweats Ugh I Hate It Especially when you want long bangs.. When I do have bangs, My Hair Will Always Look Wet. Omg What Do I Do?
Feels good to see I am not the only one out there pouring all day..
I’ve been suffering from Hyperhidrosis since I’m 8, got worst after puberty.
I’m now 23 and still haven’t find anything to end this.
It seems that eating healthier and quit smoking have improved my condition but nothing spectacular.
I tried something recently that could work for some of you ;
I bought a bandanna at wall mart (sports area, $5) filled with reactive products inside that, once put into iced water for 10 min, keeps the bandanna cold and wet. I sewed the 2 edges to an elastic of an old boxer short.
The cold zone stretches from neck /shoulder to armpits , while the elastic is in the upper back.
Feels really good and may be useful but, doesnt last more than 2h, can be uncomfortable (specially for men) , and can be seen (small bump on the neck under the shirt ) .
Didn’t work perfectly for me, but it’s worth trying it.
Courage to everybody, you’re not alone 🙂
I am a 46 year old choir director. Our uniform is robes & overlays made of peachskin material. By the time I’ve directed the first of two songs, I have sweat pouring from my head! My hair is drenched, face totally wet and I end up “winking” at the choir from stinging eyes! Needless to say, it’s very embarassing & very unladylike to stand in the pulpit sweating profusely in front of the ministerial staff! I need help! It generally takes me 30 minutes afterward to dry off & stop dripping from my hair. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Hyperhidrosis has been a constant pain in my life. I’m glad I know that it is a condition but it so embarrassing. I also have acne prone skin and this condition contributes to it. I’m just starting on Robinul today. They ‘say’ that it really helps for those of us who have severe facial sweating.
I live in the UK, and it’s been such an inspiration to me to read the comments on this site. I’m 60, and for past 15 years, the problem of excessive sweating on my face and head has just got worse and worse. Like so many of you who have left comments, the sweat just pours down my face, SOoooooo humiliating and uncomfortable. I can really relate to the people who say that wiping your face doesn’t help because it’s started again before you can even finish wiping.
The best thing about this website – I’ve realized that I’m not the only one with this problem – though have the rest of you found this, you’re often the only one in the room with the condition at any given time?
I’m going to see what remedies I can find here in the UK, and will post re any I have success with.
Hang in there, all of you!
So I also obviously have the same problem, my hands, armpits, feet and mainly my face. I recently went to a dermatologist who said she was going to try botox to fix this problem as a free trial to me. Only i was crushed when she said they would only do axillary botox as the treatment is not approved for the face.
It has worked for my armpits and is covered by insurance. They say it lasts up to 6-8 months. Although it may not be covered by insurance and could be expensive I think it is worth getting it on my face because of the embarrassment I suffer and all the things I miss out on due to the problem.
the dermatologist did not have a single treatment recommendation for my facial hyperhidrosis, disappointing since I feel there has to be something. I am currently going to try the certaindri and see if that helps before taking more drastic measures
I have the same symptoms i sweat like a freak, i had to give a presentation at work to a visiting executive and was sweating like crazy. I felt like an idiot, i wasn’t nervous or scared, just started pouring sweat! What can i do to stop this.. like many of you said, it keeps me from social situations and doing things that i enjoy… what can i do to stop it???????????????
I love the sunshine as much as the next person but its a nightmare for me. My face sweats terribly, I have no problem with underarm or anywhere else just my face. I recently spent 2 weeks in Florida at the parks & it totally ruined my time there 🙁 everyone else was dancing round with the parades etc whilst I was hiding in the shade constantly wiping my head & face and feeling totally boiling hot. It seems to seep from the tops of my cheek bones under my eyes and also above my top lip. I was prescribed propanthaline, but this did nothing except give me a dry mouth!! There must be something that works out there. It has nothing to do with embarrassment it’s just when I get hot in hot weather.
I share your pain, frustrations, embarrassment, etc. My facial sweating started in my late 20s. I tend to have these bouts when I feel I am being EVALUATED, CRITIQUED, and/or SCRUTINIZED. Job interviews, public speaking, and face-to-face conversations can lead to profuse sweating of my forehead, cheeks, and back of the neck. I’ve had more than my share of embarrassing experiences – most recently when I had my hair cut by a new stylist.
I’ve also lost friendships because of my frequent disappearances/absences during social situations when a sweating attacked occurred. Not knowing what I was experiencing, my acquaintances came to interpret my disappearing acts as me being a “flake.” One solution is to have wind from a fan directed at the back of my neck. While blown air on my face is also helpful, for some reason the back of the neck seems to be the key region for me. Obviously, it is impossible to arrange for a fan to be available in most situations. I’ve wondered if a thin-layered ice-pack placed beneath the shirt and against the base of the neck might do the trick. In the meantime, I continue to opt out of social and professional opportunities that do not allow me to control the environment with the pre-placement of a fan.
For me its my upper lip, like below my nose , that’s it, if anyone knows how too end this sweating, i would be forever grateful, i feel like an outcast with this issue.. things would be perfect if i did not carry this burden..
Thank you , someone please help.
Vincent Shields says
I’ve had excessive facial sweating since my late teens. I’ve tried anything you can think of and nothing has helped. I still have it and it’s starting to affect my relationships. Does anybody have quality suggestions before I consider surgery?
Since I was a kid I watched my dad sweat profusely and avoid the public. I felt bad for him and was good til I turned 33. Now I sweat just as bad as my dad does. My whole body sweats and I soak through my shirt and my face just pours. I am sick of watching everybody else not sweating while I am drenched. It can be 20 degrees outside and I can be doing nothing and start sweating.
I have had all kinds of lab work and several doctors have told me that it is just me and that nothing is wrong with me. I was told that it is adrenaline was the cause by one doctor who said stress triggers it.
So who is going to contact me and tell me what I can do beside hypnosis?
Has anyone tried acupuncture for the facial sweating? I also read about botox for it but when I checked into it the cost was $3000 a treatment and was deemed only temporary. Acupuncture might be cheaper and less extreme. Lately even when I’m not really exerting myself, just walking normally in the mall shopping I can feel the sweat glands in my face turn on like a tap! It really limits ones lifestyle. I’ve been forcing myself to go to yoga even though I’m the only one with a totally soaked face and puddles on my mattress.
SWEATING BY MYSELF says
I need to know if why I sweat so bad in my face/hair. I was over at my mother’s house and the nurse and I were turning my mom and I was sweating like a shower and the nurse was not sweating at all.
Why is this? is it because of my age? If anyone knows the answer please email me and advise me on what I can take to cure this annoying problem.
I’m 17 years old and i think i have hyperhidrosis. In the morning i wake up and I’m fine. I have always been in football so i know what it takes to make me sweat. But since sophomore year i start sweating excessively. Going to a store and and walking around for 5 minutes and my face will be covered in sweat and so will my armpits. Freshman year I weighed 276 pounds sophomore year i weighed 234.
If anyone knows what I can do to find out or what i can use to stop sweating, it would will really help.
OMG i thought i was the only one with this problem, I sweat basically every where . What bothers me the most is my face, its really annoying. People stare at me when i sweat, they are are u ok? and i say I’m fine. People without this problem wont understand, they just stare at you.
I sweat on my face for no reason, its really embarrassing. last week i went to the spa and i was sweating already when i sat in the waiting room, i sweat in winter and summer, so weird. is there any natural way to stop the sweating on face? i don’t know why we are all born with different types of problem, life sucks!
I have excessive sweating of my face and the back of my head. When I wake up in the morning and use the bathroom to put makeup on, I can barely get through without my face dripping in sweat.
At work, at home, I feel hot when everyone else is actually cold and I never, ever have to wear a sweater in the winter. I need a fan at my face all day at work, and when I’m home I need one on me all day and night. I have the air conditioner on when no one else (I live in a condo), does.
I don’t sweat under the armpits at all and don’t really feel hot on any other part of my body, only my face and back of my neck. After blow drying my hair in the morning, the back of my head is almost soaked from sweat. Being hot all the time, makes me so irritated and at times causes me to feel angry.
Funny thing is, years ago I was cold all the time and all of a sudden in 1991 ( I remember the year), I started to notice I felt hot all the time. My doctor told me I have hyperhydrosis, but doesn’t have too much to say about solving the problem.
I hate having this problem and want to know if there’s anything to use on the face, instead of surgery being my only operation. That scares me because 50% if those who elect surgery end up having new sweating problems in other areas, or an increase in their current problem. If anyone shares this problem and has received help or has any suggestions, I would be glad to hear from them.
The threads are active and recent – I’ll get dates up on these.
As for using Certain Dri – I’m glad it worked for you, but I’ll take this opportunity to reiterate that deviating from the instructions is not suggested. I’m not sure if the product does something to the skin on your forehead or if they are worried about it getting in your eyes, etc. but I highly recommend that anyone considering repeating Scooter’s application consult a doctor first.
Thanks for sharing!
Hmmm… I don’t know how old of a thread this is, but there are some really sad stories here. I suffer from hyperhidrosis also (mainly sweating from the forehead… huuuge problem in social situations). I decided to try using certain dri on my forehead (going against what the label says) after about a week I stopped sweating from my forehead and after using the product for about a year my pores seemed to close off on my forehead for good.
I don’t use certain dri on my forehead anymore and I don’t sweat from my forehead hardly at all (amazing). I worried for safety reasons about putting certain dri on my forehead so I asked my doctor and he said it was harmless though some people feel a stinging feeling from the product (it was only minor for me).
I hope this helps… it has been quite life changing for me.
Jazzyat 54 says
I am doing research finding out if I am the only one with this ugly problem. I am a 54 year old a woman full of life and from my 20’s I have had a problem sweating. I can just be sitting at my computer, watching TV, just listening to mellow music, talking with someone, it’s WINTER and I can feel the heat coming from my head, to the touch I can feel the water in my head soon be all over my face and running down my neck, front and back.
This is such handicap for me being that I am such an outgoing person, I cut all of my hair off because it won’t stay fixed, but more time than not I find myself saying no, I not feeling well or I’m tired, because I hate that my friends always have something mean to say, do they think I like looking like I’m walking around with a personal shower or people look at me and saying are you alright, can I get you something, or just turning up their lips and walking away like I have something really bad…….and it hurts so bad….. but I just keep pressing my way and wiping the sweat away as if nothing going onor nothing has been said.
I have tried all kinds of medications from doctors and over the counter you name it and nothing has helped……If anyone has a cure for this problem, I am listening…..slowly dieing inside.
I’m 17 and I’ve been sweating buckets since I was about 13. its not pleasant, I find it hard to fully be myself as when I go out and dance I’m the only one dripping with sweat. I’ve tried prescribed antiperspirants but they haven’t helped and now my doctor is as clueless as I am. Ive got a college award evening in September and I really don’t want to sweat as all eyes will be on me. PLEASE HELP!
For me I am not sure if this is the right diagnosis, but I hope it is. For me when my face sweats it burns and is painful. You know how your face gets when you have some hot sauce and you sweat and your pours burn? that is what happens to me. And it always happens out of the blue.
I also get dry sweats were my face has the feeling it sweating like after having the hot sauce, but I don’t sweat just feel like I am sweating and my facial pours open up. It really sucks. Anyone else deal with the same thing i am dealing with?
Hello, I’m 52 years old and I sweat buckets for no reason. The slightest movement sends a river of sweat pouring down from my head and face. Yesterday I was on an air conditioned subway car. It was like a refrigerator and I was sweating like a melting stick of butter.
People look at me like I’m crazy. The sweat runs down my back and wets my underwear and everything else. If I sit down, I leave a puddle on the seat and the people are then really grossed out. When I go anywhere, I have to take a whole roll of paper towels with me.
No one can tell me why this happens. Not even my doctor.
Please, please help me.
Hi, I’ve suffered with excessive sweating of the face and scalp since my twenties, I’m now 43. Ok it has a name which in a small way does help as i no I’m not a total freak. The trouble is no one else dose. People stare , they make their own presumptions ie: your nervous, guilty for something or a drug addict etc…. But I’m so at the end of coping with this problem.
It controls everything that i do in my life, id love to be out there as I’ve so much to give, but I’ve had so many embarrassing situations id rather just stay in my house. Its affected me being involved in my kids lives . I stopped going to the baby center to have my kids weighed as you all sat on chairs facing each other new baby on your knee chatting away.
I would be that panicked as i sat there soaking wet with all the mothers sat looking thinking what the heck is up with her and at the time i didn’t no it was hyperhidrosis. I don’t feel like i have a quality of life and need some help !!!
I am a 28 year old female, and i have a major facial (forehead) sweating problem within seconds i get instantly heated in my face, and sweat is dripping, my hair is wet and then everything is a problem. I’m not sure if the birth control has anything to with it.
I need solutions!!!!!! i can’t wear bangs at all. Please Help!
As with many others who left messages here, i suffer from profuse sweating from my scalp and face. I usually wake up in the morning, head drenched, pillow soaked, and very uncomfortable. It can be freezing cold and my head will be dripping sweat, and when i get out of the shower….forget it !!….i need to carry a handful of paper towels when i leave the house, because my head will be dripping wet for hours….it’s extremely embarrassing , people notice and ask if I’ve been running or in a hurry….PLEASE HELP !!!
I am 32 years old. Now that I am reading up on hyperhidrosis, it makes sense to me. I have never known why my face breaks out in sweats at the WORST possible moments. I can run into someone I know and talk to them and within minutes, my forehead is beading up and the sweat is running down my face. Or I can be in a meeting at work (all eyes focused on me) and I have to get up and excuse myself so I can go the bathroom and wipe my face (which does nothing to help anyway).
It is VERY noticeable and embarrassing and I can’t take much more of this!! I don’t think that I have always had this problem, I think it started in my late teenage years.
i, too, have hyperhidrosis. i am 18 and i think it started around the time i was 11 or 12. i sweat everywhere, from my head, to my face, to my armpits, hands, back, and legs. it’s really bad.
I’ve tried tons of antiperspirants and even the “clinical strength” ones. they all failed. i recently read about certain dri, which is a prescription strength antiperspirant without the necessity of a doctors prescription. for the past 2 nights, i have applied it to all the areas i have been sweating, including some to my face, and so far, it has helped GREATLY.
I am still trialing it because maybe the weather just hasn’t been hot or humid enough these past 2 days. i really hope it continues to work for me, because today, i did not sweat on my back or in my armpits at all. it felt great! my biggest problem is the facial sweating. so far, it’s under control, but i just hope that it stays that way.
I hope this helps.
ruben carmona says
Tengo mucho tiempo de estar sudando de manera excesiva y esto es muy molesto para mi ya que en los trabajos en los que me desarrollo implican mucho ezfuerzo fisico, esto me molesta demaciado por que las personas que estan ami alrededorno sudan tanto como yo, y es muy molesto, por que aun sin mucha actividad el sudor no para por eso he dejado de aser muchas cosas que ami me gustan como sali a vailar, conocer mas gente, relacionarme con mis amistades en climas calurosos, ir ala playa, el no poder aser cosas para los demas normales es demaciado frustante
i have really bad problem with my face and its the most EMBARRASSING condition that you could ever suffer! my face always sweats like some1 who was just exercising all day. in the class, i can’t be sitting with my friends. i have to go to the toilet every 10-15 minutes and rinse my face even if the weather is really COLD therefore i have to miss some of the lessons. if i go out with my mates may be for lunch or something, then i have to carry out a lots tissue with me to wipe it. and not just that my face also become soooooo RED, OILY and soo GREASY.I really hate it!
I went to see my doctor and she just said its not a big problem its just a part of my growing but that’s not TRUE… everybody is growing up and no1 have this oily face….but why only ME!?!
i really don’t know what to do. my doctor saying its normal when its abnormal so basically i have no choice but i just wish if somebody could help me. if you have any ideas, anything PLEASE HELP.
You don’t understand how embarrassed i am… so PLEASE and PLEASE HELP ME! thank YOU.
Okay, I’m 14 and I’m in high school. I live in Arizona and I have P.E., it starting to get hot and I sweat like crazy! It is so embarrassing, but I can’t do anything about it besides use my hair to hide it. But you can tell because my face is flushed and it runs down the sides. I only sweat when it gets hot or kind of hot! I hate it!
I don’t know what to do, I don’t have the money to buy any product or try anything. I’m the only person in my class that sweats like I just ran a marathon in the heat! I can’t even wear any make-up besides lip gloss, it also causes my face to be oily and it causes acne. I NEED HELP! I can’t ask my doctor about it till I try some things first.
Anyone know any cheap ways to help or prevent this, please??!!
Sherry Maxwell says
I have excessive sweating of the face and hair. While I’m getting ready to go somewhere or even just to walk the dog my hair is soaking wet when I arrive back at the apartment. It also happens in the dead of winter. What can I get to releave this problem. My face also becomes red.
I have been dealing with hyperhidrosis since about high school. It was was not so bad then, however it has become increasingly worse.
When I went to see my doctor, they just thought it was anxiety and gave me prescriptions for depression/anxiety. This worked at first and then the facial sweating just came back. The one drug that I have tried that works great is Xanax, however my doctor did not want to prescribe it for long-term use, and here I am back to the same old sweating every day! I only recently found out that it is hyperhidrosis that I have and not anxiety.
When I went in for a job interview last month, I actually had to excuse myself to go to the bathroom and rinse my face because I was sweating so much. HOW EMBARRASSING!!!
I’m going to try sage tea along with zinc supplements, as I have heard these may help.
I’m glad to know this facial sweating has a name. I am unable to wear make-up or have my hair permed. Right after I take a shower, I become so hot it’s impossible to dress since my clothes stick to me. My hair looks like I’ve had water poured on my head, and sweat absolutely runs down my face.
My husband’s aunt ask why I didn’t try wiping my face when I sweat so profusely. What’s the point, if I’m going to be covered in sweat before I can get my face wiped completely.
Several people have commented on the amount I sweat. Each year seems to be getting worse. I have become so sensitive to any heat, I absolutely freeze my husband and cat during the winters by keeping the central heat turned so low.
Since I now know what to call this condition, I can now discuss with my doctor how to treat it. Hurray!!!
I have never got such an embarrassing situation like sweating uncontrollably only in the face at my interview, i know to them it was like this guy must be nervous but i was not though later on the sweating its self made me. the most annoying thing is trying to make what you know is abnormal to look normal because i knew this was coming since I’ve had the condition for the past 8 yrs. I don’t know how you can help me but am so tied of this!
I have always had a problem with hyperhidrosis. Mainly armpits and face. I have worked out everyday for 20 yrs. I check out physically fine at my medical exams. What bothers me about this condition is whenever I am in social situations and it is either warm in temperatures (in or outdoor) or if I start dancing. My head starts to sweat profusely.
The facial sweating gets in my eyes, wets my hair down and causes my makeup to run. I love to dance and I have opportunities to perform dance at a local talent agency. I just do not want to sweat when I increase my activity because it is a nuisance and embarrassing.
Could you please send some remedies or something helpful for this problem.
I’m 30 years from 8 years ago I’m sweating a lot in my face this happens just one month after i have my son, I’m feel very worried i can’t go anywhere because everybody is looking at me i’m only one person that i sweat and i prefer to stay at home i need help my life is very sad I live in New York but I don’t have insurance that’s why I’m afraid to go to the doctor I don’t know if is expensive