I’ve been wondering of late why tears burn my face when I cry. The question has occurred to me before.
Grieving Charlie means tears are frequent and intense.
Why Do Tears Burn My Face When I Tear Up or Cry?
Tears burn your eyes and face due to the saltiness, which is much like other bodily fluids.
Tears nourish the eyes and help us relieve stress. The body releases toxic and stressful chemicals through tears. This is why we often feel more relaxed after a good cry.
Did you know that, according to the American Academy Of Ophthalmology, the average person produces between 15 and 30 gallons of tears every year?
There Is More Than One Type Of Tear:
Tears are essential to help you see clearly and to maintain the health of your eyes.
The body makes three types of tears.
- Basal tears are in your eyes all the time to lubricate, nourish and protect your cornea. Basal tears act as a constant shield between the eye and the rest of the world, keeping dirt and debris away.
- Reflex tears are formed when your eyes need to wash away harmful irritants, such as smoke, foreign bodies or onion fumes. Your eyes release them in larger amounts than basal tears, and they may contain more antibodies to help fight bacteria.
- Emotional tears are produced in response to joy, sadness and fear, as well as other emotional states. Some scientists have proposed that emotional tears contain additional hormones and proteins as well as natural pain killers.
Crying for emotional reasons makes you feel better, releases tension, and gives you a psychic reboot.
What Are Tears Made Up Of:
Your tears are mostly composed of water. Tears have a similar structure to saliva.
Women Cry More Than Men:
While crying frequency varies significantly across individuals, research shows that it’s well established that women cry about three to four times more frequently than men.
And when they do cry it tends to be more intense.
Do you have other questions about tears?