How to Prevent Nose Sweating

A sweaty, shiny nose can dampen your day. Dealing with excessive face sweat is never fun, but a variety of at-home and medical remedies have been successful at combating this embarrassing problem. The technical term for your overactive sweat glands is hyperhidrosis, and a visit to your dermatologist may be all you need to stop your nose sweats and put your best face forward.

A young woman is talking to her dermatologist. (Image: Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Wash your face in the morning with an oil-free cleanser and rinse well with warm water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Roll a thin layer of clear antiperspirant featuring 10 percent to 20 percent aluminum chloride over your nose. Repeat at night. This works the same on your nose as it does under your arms -- it simply plugs the sweat ducts.

Step 2

Visit a board-certified dermatologist if over-the-counter-strength antiperspirant doesn't work. She can prescribe a stronger one containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate. Apply as directed, but stop using it if itching, burning and redness occur.

Step 3

Consider oral medications called anticholinergics. This is a good short-term remedy when you need a quick, temporary solution to treat your nose sweats because of an upcoming special event. These work to prevent the stimulation of sweat glands, but the side effects can include blurred vision, dry mouth, problems with urination and constipation, and dizziness. If your nose only sweats profusely in stressful situations, find out if beta-blockers or benzodiazepines could help you.

Step 4

Talk to your dermatologist about Botox injections, which work well on the nose area because there isn't the risk of affecting facial expressions. Botox blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine glands, which in turn prevents the glands from sweating. While this remedy is successful in stopping nose sweating, it needs to be repeated every three to six months or it stops working. If Botox doesn't work, see if you're a candidate for endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • Oil-free face wash

  • Towel

  • Antiperspirant

Tip

Carry blotting tissues in your purse or keep some at your work station.

Visit the International Hyperhidrosis Society for online support.

Warning

Deodorant alone will not help your sweat.

Make sure you don't have secondary hyperhidrosis, which is caused by an underlying illness.

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