Face Tingling
Treating tingling on the face may vary from person to person.

Facial tingling is often a temporary sensation due to a short-term health issue, or it may occur due to an underlying condition. It may make you feel numb, pricky, or as though something is moving under your skin.

Tingling on the face can be either on one side or both sides.

How to diagnose tingling on the face

First, the doctor will perform a complete physical examination that includes reflex, sensation, and balance tests. They may prescribe tests that diagnose the underlying condition.

Tests include:

  • CT or MRI scans
  • An electromyography test that shows the electrical activity of muscles
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasounds
  • Electroencephalogram (shows the activity of the brain)

What is the treatment of tingling on the face?

Treating tingling on the face may vary from person to person, depending on the cause of the condition.

  • Stress aggravates pain in certain conditions, so reducing stress and focusing on relaxation help eliminate the symptoms.
  • In people with Bell’s palsy, taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen helps relieve pain.
  • Wearing an eye patch and eye drops helps protect the affected eye.
  • Healthy lifestyle habits with a balanced diet and regular exercise help reduce the nerve damage caused by diabetes and other health conditions.
  • Autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis may be managed with appropriate treatment with medications such as steroids and other immunosuppressants.

Some of the treatments for facial tingling include:

Tingling on the face may be painful in a few people. Any problem in the nerves that carry sensation from the face may also cause tingling in the face. The tingling sensation may be felt as numbness, pricking, itching, or burning.


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What are the causes of facial tingling?

Causes of facial tingling include:

Nerve damage

Nerves run all over the body, and any damage to the nerves supplying the face may cause pain, numbness, and tingling.

Common causes of nerve damage include:

Trigeminal neuralgia can also cause tingling on the face. It is a condition in which the trigeminal nerve functions abnormally and can trigger a tingling sensation on the face.

Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy is due to the inflammation of the facial nerve.

Symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:

For people with Bell’s palsy, the symptoms often disappear on their own.


Few medicines interfere with nerve functioning. Symptoms may resolve after the drug is stopped, but nerve damage will sometimes be permanent.

Due to their medications, people undergoing AIDS treatment and cancer are at a high risk of tingling in the face.

Other medications that interfere with nerve functioning include:

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

MS is a condition that affects the central nervous system. It can cause tingling and numbness in the face and other body parts. This occurs because the body's immune system attacks the outer layer or sheath of nerve fibers.

Symptoms of MS may differ from person to person; common symptoms include:


Shingles develop in people who had chicken pox in the past. It usually affects small areas or one side of the face.

Common symptoms of shingles include:


A stroke is a medical emergency due to an interrupted blood supply to the brain. Warning signs of a stroke are the face going numb or drooping. Other warning signs include speech difficulty, confusion, weakness in limbs, and unconsciousness. 

You should seek medical care if any of the following occurs along with tingling:


A rare form of migraine called hemiplegic migraine causes weakness in one side of the face. This can cause tingling and numbness.

Other symptoms of migraine include:


Sometimes, a few allergic reactions cause tingling on the face. Tingling around the mouth is often due to a food allergy.

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Medically Reviewed on 10/19/2022
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