Sweating is totally normal. It’s your body’s way of cooling down! You mostly sweat under your arms, but it can happen anywhere, including the face.1
But what if your face sweats too much? This can be really annoying. Wearing makeup is impossible. It’s also embarrassing and increases the risk for breakouts.
However, it doesn’t mean you need to hide out. With these seven home remedies, you can naturally control excessive facial sweating.
1. Arrowroot Starch
In cooking, arrowroot starch is used to bulk up foods. On the body, it can control sweat. This powder is also very lightweight.
Use it like any other face powder. It’s a great way to ditch the chemicals, dyes, and fragrances in commercial powders. You’ll also avoid talc – an ingredient that may be linked to cancer.2
2. Corn Starch
For another talc-free solution, try corn starch. This remedy also goes by cornflour or maize starch. It’s even cheaper than arrowroot, and is easier to find. You might even have some in your pantry.
With a clean makeup brush, dust it around on your face. The powder will dry up the extra sweat.
3. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is known for its cooling effect. As an essential oil, it’s the same deal. You can apply it on your skin for instant freshness.
To safely use peppermint oil, dilute it in a carrier. Excellent options include grapeseed, olive, and almond oils. For every one tablespoon, add five drops of essential oil.
You can also make a cooling face spray. In a spray bottle of witch hazel or water, dilute 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil. This remedy is useful to control sweat while hiking, on vacation, and on beach trips.
4. Cucumber Water
There’s a reason why the phrase “cool as a cucumber” exists. Cucumbers cool you right down! Even when it’s hot out, the inside flesh is 20 degrees lower.3
Cucumber water will stop your sweat from the inside out. To make it, infuse cucumber slices in water for at least two hours. Leave it overnight, if possible.
Do you own a juicer? Make a cucumber juice. Simply run two cucumbers through and top off with mint.
When you sweat, your body is trying to cool down. Help it out by staying hydrated. After all, your body is losing water, so it’s important to replace.4
Symptoms are unpleasant. You might feel faint, dizzy, and nauseous. Also, dehydration will cause even more sweating, so drink up.5
6. Cold Compress
A cold compress is a cheap and easy way to stop sweating. It’ll feel amazing on the skin, too.
To make a compress, soak a washcloth in water and wring it out. Place it in the freezer for five minutes. Apply it to your forehead or neck to stop excessive facial sweating.
For a quicker solution, grab some ice cubes. Place them in a plastic bag and apply it on your face. You can also use a frozen gel pack.
7. Wide-Brimmed Hats
Floppy hats protect your face from the sun. It’s like a dose of shade that follows you around! By keeping you cool, your body won’t have to sweat much to cool you down.
Don’t have a hat? Use an umbrella, instead.
Sweating is your body’s reaction to heat. But if you’re sweating when it’s cold out, let your doctor know. You might have a condition called hyperhidrosis.6
|↑2||Talcum Powder and Cancer. American Cancer Society.|
|↑3||Cucumber. The University of Illinois Extension.|
|↑4||Sawka, M. N., W. A. Latzka, R. P. Matott, and S. J. Montain. “Hydration effects on temperature regulation.” International journal of sports medicine 19, no. S 2 (1998): S108-S110.|
|↑5||Hydration for Athletes. Family Doctor, American Academy of Family Physicians.|
|↑6||Hyperhidrosis. American Academy of Dermatology.|