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
Reasons for Dry skin on nose
- 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.
- Weather- Cold dry weather mostly leads to dry skin problems
- Hot water- Long hot water showers contribute to extreme dry & harsh skin
- Dehydration – not to mention, we all know drinking less water has countless drawbacks for our bodies, including skin dryness
- Skin care products- Over exfoliation, wrong products for the skin type & alcohol-based products create dry problematic skin.
- 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
- Nutritional Deficiency- Severe dry skin can be caused by some nutritional deficiencies of Biotin, Zinc, protein, fatty acids, B3, B6.
- Age- Older age leads to thinner skin & no moisture. 8/10 aged people complain about having itchy flaky skin esp.in winters.
- 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.
- Washing your face too much can contribute a lot towards dry dehydrated skin.
Tips for preventing dry skin around your nose
- 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.
- Moisturize- Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid & ceramides. Apply moisturizer/cream when the skin is a bit damp for better absorption.
- Sun Block- UV Rays can make that dry patchy nose worse, always use a sunscreen when stepping in daylight.
- 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.
- Non comedogenic makeup- Buy cosmetics that don’t block your pores or look for hypoallergenic products that are best suited for sensitive skin types.
- Hydration level – Have 2-3 liters of water every day. This seriously has enormous benefits.
- Warm showers- Not hot! Warm showers, around 5 minutes add moisture to the skin & exfoliates dead cells.
- 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.
- 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.
- Natural Remedies- Coconut oil, vitamin E, mineral oil, glycerin, cica, jojoba oil shea butter, petroleum jelly, Oatmeal face mask, rosewater, honey, avocado face mask
- Oily skin type- wash your face twice a day, Dry skin type- wash your face once a day
- 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.
- Don’t rub your face after washing, rather gently pat it dry with facial tissues
- 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.
- Nasal Sprays- Saline nasal sprays can help a lot with any nasal congestion & can moisturize inside while cleaning dust, dirt & pollen.
- 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 Dermatitis. There are several types of Dermatitis:
- 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
- Atopic Dermatitis- Known as Eczema, it’s a chronic skin condition causing dry scaly patches on the skin.
- Contact Dermatitis– It happens when your skin reacts to something it touches, resulting in inflammation. There are 2 types
- Irritant Contact Dermatitis- When skin gets irritated from chemical agents like Bleach.
- 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