Dry skin on the nose, or even around the nose can be frustrating, sometimes painful, and often bad enough ruin even the best makeup application. Trying to cover or camouflage dryness can draw unwanted attention to the area. You don’t need coverage; you need a solution.
The causes of a dry, flaky nose are usually pretty straightforward, and the solutions are fairly simple. For these more common causes, you can treat the dryness on your own.
You may love the outdoors, but excessive wind, cold air, and the sun can quickly deplete the moisture in your skin. Moisture loss will cause dryness and irritation. You may also notice the dryness on your cheeks as well. A wind burn can be just as painful and drying as a sunburn. Both will eventually lead to peeling and flaking. Indoor heating during the winter can be drying as well, as can sitting by a cozy fire.
- Skincare Products
Skin treatments such as toners, acne medications, or other skincare products containing alcohol can dry your skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids, retinol, and vitamin C can irritate and dry skin also. You may notice more dryness around your nose because products can collect in the crease, making the area noticeably drier.
- Allergies or the common cold
Dry skin around the nose from wiping, dabbing, and blowing is a common cause of irritation. No matter how gentle you are, even the softest tissue can irritate and cause dry patches, flaking, and peeling.
- Avoid washing your face with hot water. Pat, don’t rub your skin to dry.
- Avoid products with a fragrance that can irritate your skin.
- Avoid sunscreens or other products that contain alcohol.
- Set up a humidifier in in your bedroom during the colder months to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
- Be sure to drink at least 64 oz of water daily to prevent the dehydration of your skin.
- Natural oils
Any oil you already have can restore smoothness to an irritated nose. Sesame oil, coconut oil, almond oil, or argan oil can be applied directly to damp skin. You will see the benefits quickly.
Be sure to use a gentle product. You can try mixing sugar with any of the natural oils for a moisturizing facial scrub. Ordinary baking soda is an excellent exfoliator.Try mixing a teaspoon full or so of baking soda with a bit of water to form a paste and use the mixture to gently scrub the flakes from your nose. A baking soda scrub will also remove blackheads from the same area.
- Moisturizing Mask
A natural mask of banana and yogurt will hydrate and exfoliate your dry skin. Simply make a paste, leave it on your nose for half an hour, and rinse with cool water.
If you have tried unsuccessfully to smooth out the dry areas on your own, it may be time to consult a professional. That dry, flaky skin around your nose or in the crease, could be the sign of a more severe skin condition.
(seborrheic dermatitis) This red, itchy, flakey, dry skin can also on show up on your eyelids and behind your ears. You may also notice the dry greasy scales around your eyebrows, lip area, or any folds in your skin. If you’ve had dermatitis for a while, you may find that the skin has become coarse and thick. Dermatitis is usually managed with a mild soap and water. Sunlight can stop the repeated inflammation. Antibiotic ointments can sometimes be prescribed if the area has become infected.
(Atopic dermatitis) Eczema also causes itchy, dry patches around the nose. The skin will be easily irritated. New lesions can make older lesions loose, resulting in a scaly appearance. Eczema is typically treated topically with creams to stop the itching and clear any infection. Moisturizing with a heavy- duty cream can reduce the frequency of the breakouts.
With psoriasis, you will notice a buildup of plaque with silvery scales. Most often patches are found along the crease of the nose, the hands, elbows, and on the knees. This autoimmune disorder is usually treated by a with topical ointments and phototherapy.
This skin condition causes inflammation and dry skin around the nose. You may also have raised red patches that itch or burn. With rosacea, you may see broken or visible capillaries, weeping pustules, thick skin, and flushing. Rosacea is often treated with oral medication and topical solutions.
- Vitamin deficiencies
A deficiency of vitamin B-6, vitamin A, or biotin can cause greasy flaking in the crease of the nose. Other symptoms would include insomnia, irritability, weakness, confusion, and greasy dermatitis also around the eyes and mouth. You may also have a sore tongue, loss of appetite, anemia, and nerve damage. Blood tests would be used to diagnose vitamin deficiencies, and the vitamins would be supplemented accordingly.
Dry, flaky skin on the nose or around the nose crease can be easy to treat at home. Most of the time the causes are simple, and a little at home intervention clears things right up. If home remedies are not helpful, it may be a good idea to consult your doctor or dermatologist.