Tingling Or Burning Feeling On The Face

What Causes Facial Burning Sensation?

Facial burning sensation can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose facial burning sensation, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "facial burning sensation" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Electrical Hypersensitivity
  • Low Estrogens
  • Rosacea
  • Anxiety
  • Neuritis/Neuropathy
  • Food Allergies

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
chronic diarrhea
being serious about life
ovarian cysts
regular postprandial somnolence
occasionally feeling unusually cold
poor ability to relax
rapid pulse rate
paralysis not due to physical injury
occasional odd skin sensations
major fatigue for 3-12 months
... and more than 90 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of facial burning sensation:
Cause Probability Status
Low Estrogens 99% Confirm
Food Allergies 61% Possible
Neuritis/Neuropathy 25% Unlikely
Electrical Hypersensitivity 3% Ruled out
Anxiety 0% Ruled out
Rosacea 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual skin sensations, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you sometimes have a burning or tingling sensation on your face?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Never
→ Occasional mild tingling or burning
→ Frequent mild / occasional strong tingling/burning
→ (Almost) constant strong tingling or burning
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no facial burning/tingling, mild facial burning/tingling, facial burning/tingling or severe facial burning/tingling, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

Tingling in the face has been known to be caused by food allergies.  For example, several recent cases include this and other symptoms as an allergy to barley after consuming only a small amount of beer.


Anxiety conditions can cause adrenaline surges which result in tingling of the face, as well as other parts of the body.

Electrical Hypersensitivity

A tingling, stinging or pricking sensation of the face or other areas of the body is considered one of the symptoms of electrical sensitivity.

Estrogens Low

Lowered estrogen levels can cause all sorts of unusual symptoms.  The body's thermostat fluctuates, causing flushing and circulation changes which sometimes result in tingling of the face.

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