Excessive sweating is a medical condition that’s clinically referred to as Hyperhidrosis.
Let’s break that down. The name simply means over-stimulated (hyper) sweating (hidrosis).
It’s a reasonably common condition, affecting an estimated 3 in 100 people.
It occurs when someone sweats when they don’t need or to, or it doesn’t make biological sense to. The purpose of sweat is to cool down the body. However, in hyperhidrosis, sweating occurs without any reason.
Craniofacial hyperhidrosis refers specifically to excessive facial sweating. This is a condition that causes excessive perspiration of the head, face and scalp.
In hyperhidrosis, the amount of sweat produced is more than the body needs for temperature regulation, causing noticeable sweatiness that can negatively impact your confidence.
Producing excess sweat in any area of the body is uncomfortable but the face is a particularly challenging area in which to experience this condition – it’s near impossible to hide. This can be frustrating or make you uncomfortable in social situations.
It can affect a person’s self-esteem, social life, professional life and how they present themself to the world. This can cause harm to their mental health, with many sufferers experiencing social anxiety due to self-consciousness, and this can lower a person’s quality of life.
There is every reason to treat this condition; if it’s holding you back from living your life to the full, then it’s worth finding a solution. Everyone deserves to enjoy social interactions without anxiety or embarrassment.
How does excessive facial sweating happen? Who does it affect, and why?
There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
- Primary focal hyperhidrosis is the most common type of hyperhidrosis. It occurs when excessive or extreme sweating is not related to another medical condition, or medication.
- Secondary hyperhidrosis is when the hyperhidrosis is caused by a medical condition or use of a medication.
Craniofacial hyperhidrosis, or excessive facial sweating, is caused by overstimulation of the eccrine glands. The eccrine glands are responsible for producing sweat.
In most cases this doesn’t have any specific cause, although it can be hereditary. It can also be caused due to anxiety, substance abuse, menopause, hyperthyroidism or medications such as insulin.