If a guy recently touched his face while talking to you and you are wondering why he did it then this post will help you figure that out.

So, what does it mean if a guy touches his face while talking to you? It might mean that he is attracted to you but anxious especially if he only does it around you and he shows other signs of attraction with you. It might also mean he is feeling nervous or submissive, that he is lying about something or that he has an itch.

Since there are a number of very different reasons why a guy might touch his face while talking to you it is important to consider the body language signals that he showed and the context of how he did it.

Reasons why a guy will touch his face while talking to you

Each of the different reasons why a guy will touch his face while talking to you will likely come with a number of different clues in his body language.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy will touch his face while talking to you and the body language signs to expect to see with them.

He’s attracted to you

The reason that he touched his face could be that he is attracted to you.

The reason that touching his face could be a sign of attraction is that it would signal that he might be nervous due to being attracted to you and people will often touch their face when nervous.

If he is attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show other signs of attraction in his body language when he is around you which can include:

  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Adjusting his hair or clothing when he sees you
  • Sitting or standing more upright when he sees you
  • Standing close to you when talking to you
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Finding excuses to touch you
  • Always aiming his feet at you when you’re around
  • Asking you more questions than he does to other people in the group
  • Looking to see if you’re also laughing when he is
  • Getting anxious when you’re with other men
  • Positioning himself to be near you

He’s being submissive

The reason that he touched his face could be that he felt threatened in some way and he was being submissive.

It could have been that you came across as being threatening, you are in a higher position than him in his eyes or that there were other people in the area that he felt threatened by.

If he was being submissive then it would be likely that he would show other submissive behaviors such as:

  • Speaking at a higher pitch
  • Speaking with an upwards inflection at the ends of sentences
  • Avoiding large movements
  • Making the body appear small
  • Distancing himself from you or the people he felt threatened by
  • Self-hugging
  • Avoiding touching you

He’s nervous

The reason that a guy might touch his face is that he is nervous about something.

The reason that he was nervous could be that he is attracted to you in which case he would likely show other signs of attraction in his behavior and body language.

Alternatively, it could be the case that he has some social anxiety that causes him to get nervous around certain people. If that is the case then it would be likely that it’s not just you that he would touch his face around.

If he was nervous then it would be likely that he would show other signs of being nervous which can include:

  • Speaking at a higher pitch
  • Self-hugging
  • Fidgeting
  • Tapping the fingers and feet
  • Laughing a lot
  • Making less eye contact
  • Coughing
  • Having a dry throat

He had an itch

The reason that he touched his face might simply be that he has an itch of some kind.

If that was the case then it would be likely that he would have been showing otherwise normal looking body language.

He might also have touched the same area repeatedly and more vigorously.

He was lying about something

The reason that he might have touched his face was that he was pacifying nerves since he was lying about something or there was some additional information that he wasn’t mentioning.

If that was the case then it would be likely that he would have done it shortly after being asked a certain question.

It would also be likely that he would do it again when being asked a question that was similar to the one that he was asked about the first time that he did it.

He was mirroring you

When a guy is trying to fit in with certain people he will often mirror their body language and behaviors subconsciously.

If you were touching your face when you were with him and you hang out with the same people then it could be the case that he was actually mirroring you.

If he touched his face because he was mirroring you then it could also be a sign that he is attracted to you. If that is why he did it then it would be likely that he would show other signs of attraction in his body language.

If he was mirroring you then it would be likely that he would mirror you in other ways as well which can include:

  • Smiling like you do
  • Making similar facial gestures as you
  • Speaking at a similar pitch and noise level as you
  • Standing or sitting in the same way that you do
  • Making similar gestures with the hands as you

Consider how many times he did it

When trying to figure out why he touched his face it would be helpful to consider how much he was doing it and the way that he did it.

If he did it over a short time period and he did it more vigorously or he just did it once then it would make it more likely that he had an itch.

Whereas, if he did it repeatedly over the course of the whole interaction it would be more likely that he was nervous, attracted to you, being submitting or possibly that he was mirroring you. It would be likely that the other body language signals that he was showing would have given more clues as to the exact reason that he was doing it.

Consider when he did it

The timing of when he touched his face would also likely give you some clues as to why he did it.

If he did it right after being asked a question or making a statement then it could be that he wasn’t being entirely truthful about it. To figure out if he wasn’t being truthful it would be necessary for you to consider if his body language changes whenever that particular topic comes up. If he just did it once then it could have been random chance. He might also do it because he feels bad about that particular topic but not due to lying.

If he did it when he first saw you then it would be more likely that he did it due to being attracted to you. If that was the case then it would also be likely that he would have sat or stood more upright, that he would have adjusted his hair or clothing and that he would have pointed his feet in your direction.

Consider how he interacts with others

When trying to figure out why he touched his face when talking to you it would be helpful to consider the way that he interacts with other people.

If you notice that he tends to touch his face a lot when talking to other people and his body language and behavior isn’t different around you then it would be more likely that it’s either a habit that he has or he has some social anxiety.

Whereas, if he only seems to do it when talking to you then it would be more likely that he does it due to being attracted to you, being nervous around you or feeling threatened by you. It would be necessary to consider how his body language and behavior is different around you to figure out the exact reason.

Think about your relationship with him

It would also be helpful to consider the type of relationship that you have with him.

If he has been your friend for a while and he hasn’t been touching his face when talking to you before then it could be that he was feeling stressed about something when talking to you in which case he would likely have shown other pacifying type behaviors like rubbing the arms or legs.

If it was a guy that you were talking to for the first time then it would be more likely that he either had some social anxiety or that he was attracted to you. It would be necessary to consider what his body language looked like when talking to you to figure out the exact reason.

Related

What does it mean if a guy touches his face while looking at you?

It could be that he is attracted to you. If he did it due to being attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction around you and especially that he would sit or stand upright, adjust his hair or clothing and that he would point his feet at you when he first notices you.

It could also have been that he feels threatened by you, he might not have wanted to see you for some reason or he might have randomly touched his face when he saw you due to an itch.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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