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Dry skin around Nose – What are the reasons? & How to Cure it?

As annoying as it can be, it’s easy to tackle & get rid of, by first figuring out the cause & then how to fix it.

Let’s know all the causes of dry skin around nose

A picture of a girl with Dry flaky skin around nose in winters

Reasons for Dry skin on nose

  1. Skin type- People with dry skin or combination (oily T zone) skin type or conditions like Psoriasis, Eczema & type-2 diabetes are more prone to having dry skin type.
  2. Weather- Cold dry weather mostly leads to dry skin problems
  3. Hot water- Long hot water showers contribute to extreme dry & harsh skin
  4. Dehydration – not to mention, we all know drinking less water has countless drawbacks for our bodies, including skin dryness
  5. Skin care products- Over exfoliation, wrong products for the skin type & alcohol-based products create dry problematic skin.
  6. Allergies & cold- Allergy which can make you sneeze a lot & cold, where you must wipe & rub your nose constantly, both conditions can lead to peeled red nose
  7. Nutritional Deficiency- Severe dry skin can be caused by some nutritional deficiencies of Biotin, Zinc, protein, fatty acids, B3, B6.
  8. Age- Older age leads to thinner skin & no moisture. 8/10 aged people complain about having itchy flaky skin winters.
  9. Medicinal side effects- Dry skin could sometimes be a side effect of a few medicines if you are taking like oral acne retinoid called Isotretinoin, cholesterol lowering drugs called statins or blood pressure drugs known as Diuretics etc.
  10. Washing your face too much can contribute a lot towards dry dehydrated skin.

Tips for preventing dry skin around your nose

A girl in the picture applying moisturizer to heal her dry skin

Healed moisturized skin

  1. Gentle facial cleansers- Avoid cleansers with alcohol, fragrance or sulphate. If you have dry skin, wash your face once a day, preferably at night with a non-comedogenic cleanser.
  2. Moisturize- Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid & ceramides. Apply moisturizer/cream when the skin is a bit damp for better absorption.
  3. Sun Block- UV Rays can make that dry patchy nose worse, always use a sunscreen when stepping in daylight.
  4. Humidifier- If you live in a dry cold place, invest in a humidifier for moist hydrated air around you. Low humidity can make your skin chapped & sinuses dry.
  5. Non comedogenic makeup- Buy cosmetics that don’t block your pores or look for hypoallergenic products that are best suited for sensitive skin types.
  6. Hydration level – Have 2-3 liters of water every day. This seriously has enormous benefits.
  7. Warm showers- Not hot! Warm showers, around 5 minutes add moisture to the skin & exfoliates dead cells.
  8. Diet – add loads of antioxidants, omega 3 & hydrating food to your everyday diet. Like blueberries & all kinds of berries, watermelons, cucumbers, kidney beans, carrots, dark chocolate, pecans, kale, spinach, artichoke etc.
  9. Don’t pick the flaky skin- You’d have this utmost urge of picking your flaky dried skin around nose, don’t do that & spread the fungus.
  10. Natural Remedies- Coconut oil, vitamin E, mineral oil, glycerin, cica, jojoba oil shea butter, petroleum jelly, Oatmeal face mask, rosewater, honey, avocado face mask
  11. Oily skin type- wash your face twice a day, Dry skin type- wash your face once a day
  12. Blood test- Serious nutritional deficiencies I mentioned above can only be known by getting the blood work done. It is an important diagnostic tool & can lead to appropriate treatment.
  13. Don’t rub your face after washing, rather gently pat it dry with facial tissues
  14. Use a small amount of petroleum jelly with the help of a Q-tip & apply it on the outer linings of your nose to prevent that annoying flaky skin.
  15. Nasal Sprays- Saline nasal sprays can help a lot with any nasal congestion & can moisturize inside while cleaning dust, dirt & pollen.
  16. Exfoliation- Don’t over exfoliate the skin by vigorously scrubbing away dry flaky skin at once, will do bad damage! Rather see the following methods to exfoliate safely,2 kinds- Manual & Chemical Exfoliation

Manual Exfoliation – Uses a tool, brush or a scrub to remove dead cells physically.

  • Washcloth- Very safe method esp. for sensitive skin types. Use a muslin or a cotton cloth, dip it in warm water & gently wipe your face in small circles to remove the debris.
  • Charcoal or a natural sponge- Dip it in warm water & light strokes on your face in circular motion. It will loosen up all the dirt & clogged pores. Don’t put too much pressure on the skin.
  • Face scrubs- Not suitable for sensitive skin types. There are scrubs containing micro beads which are too damaging & can cause micro tears on the skin surface which weakens skin barrier & invites more skin troubles. Common culprits are fruit pit scrubs, like the apricot ones we all have used! Ugh, grain & gritty materials like grounded nuts. Personal suggestion- stay away from physical scrubs.

Chemical Exfoliation- Exfoliates by dissolving the bonds between skin cells, revealing fresh, smooth skin cells underneath. Oily skin type can take the maximum benefits from this exfoliant.

  • AHA’s- Best for Dry skin. Glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid. Most popular is Glycolic acid. It comes in peels, face washes & masks. It dissolves the top layer of the skin containing all the debris & reveals young skin cells underneath. It has shown beautiful results.
  • BHA’s- Best for Oily skin. Salicylic acid is the most common form of BHA. It penetrates the pores, breaks all the blockages & unclogs the pores.
  • Retinol- Derivative of Vitamin A, it’s a strong exfoliator which can penetrate deep within the layers of the skin, exfoliates the dead cells & generates new ones. Not for people with Rosacea, eczema or highly sensitive skin type conditions.
  • PHA- For sensitive skin types, Mildest form of chemical exfoliation. Exfoliates the same way as AHA just less irritating & does not increase photosensitivity of the skin unlike AHA & BHA & Retinol.

Natural face masks for dry skin

  • Almond face mask- make a paste of soaked almond, yogurt, honey & oats & apply for 20 mins on the face. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do it 4 times a week.
  • Gram flour face mask- mix gram flour & yogurt. Apply for 15 min. wash it off. It is very mild & brightening. You can even use it every day.
  • Neem face mask- mix neem powder (or best if you have fresh neem paste) & turmeric. It is antibacterial & will leave your skin very fresh and clean.
  • Avocado face Mask- Take ½ avocado, 1 tsp honey & some yogurt, mix them & apply. It’s a pure hydration bomb for your skin.
  • Oatmeal- Oatmeal is very moisturizing. You can make a face mask of it by simply mixing it with rosewater or you can put some oat powder in the bathtub & soak your body in it completely for 20 minutes. Then Pat dry & apply a hypoallergenic moisturizer. If you’re low on time, buy a damn organic oatmeal soap.
  • Tee tree face mask– few drops of tee tree oil, rose water and fuller’s earth. Apply for 20 mins and rinse. Tee tree is anti-bacterial, rose water will hydrate your skin & fuller’s earth will clean the pores beautifully.
  • Banana face mask– Add ½ banana mashed, 2 tablespoons of plain cottage cheese and 1 t-spoon of honey. It’s a very creamy hydrating mask.
  • Wheat grass mask– It’s a cooling hydrating mask, add ¼ cup plain yogurt with 3 tsp of aloe vera gel & 2 tsp of wheat grass juice. Mix them together & leave it on for 20 mins. Rinse off with warm water.

Types of Dry skin

Extremely dry skin is medically termed DermatitisThere are several types of Dermatitis:

Picture of a severe case of Seborrheic Dermatitis (a type of dry skin condition)

Seborrheic Dermatitis

  1. Seborrheic Dermatitis– When the skin produces excess oil. It’s basically having dandruff on the face. White-yellowish scales form on sebaceous glands. Use topical anti-fungal creams or Ketoconazole shampoo as a face wash
  2. Atopic Dermatitis- Known as Eczema, it’s a chronic skin condition causing dry scaly patches on the skin.
  3. Contact Dermatitis– It happens when your skin reacts to something it touches, resulting in inflammation. There are 2 types
    1.  Irritant Contact Dermatitis- When skin gets irritated from chemical agents like Bleach.
    2. Allergic Contact Dermatitis- Itchy rash develops when you are in contact with a substance, you’re allergic to things like nickel, metal, fragrances, junk jewelry, plants.

How much time will it take to treat dry skin around nose?

While everybody has different skin & conditions, Results should be start seeing in less than 2 weeks, though even after following everything if you don’t cure the condition. You’d have to see your Dermatologist to see any underlying cause.

What are the symptoms of Dry skin?

  • Peeled/flaky skin
  • Weird tightness of the skin
  • Cracked skin
  • Skin burns/stings
  • Itchy rough skin

Is dry nose a serious symptom?

Apart from looking physically weird, uncomforting, dry feeling with mild irritation/pain, it’s rarely serious. Excess dryness can sometimes cause the skin to crack & bleed, but that’s not something to worry about. Your skin will be healed in a few weeks, just follow the above-mentioned tips.

A Few Products Suggestions

  • Cereve healing ointment is a great emollient
  • Hyaluronic acid – The ordinary
  • Cereve – Hydrating facial cleanser
  • Cetaphil moisturizing cream
  • Aveeno Eczema relief balm with oatmeal
  • Eucerin advanced repair cream

Have healthy plump skin guys, Love ~ Beauty Stroll

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