Your facial skin normally needs lots of oil to keep skin cells hydrated and minimize wear and tear throughout the day.
Our noses are also often much oilier than other spots on the face, so it’s puzzling to many when they notice dry, flaky skin around their noses. What gives?
In truth, you might have dry or flaky skin around your nose for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, there are also plenty of ways to treat this dry skin in no time.
Let’s break down how you can get rid of dry, flaky skin around your nose with several treatment strategies.
What Causes Dry, Flaky Skin?
Dry or flaky skin is largely caused by the same root issues regardless of where it shows up.
This means that the causes of dry and flaky skin anywhere on your face are probably the same causes of dry skin on your nose.
Dry skin is usually caused by:
- Dryness in the environment. For example, many people experience more dry and flaky skin around their noses in the winter months because the humidity goes down.
- Pollution in the environment. Some pollutants can compromise your skin cells’ ability to keep themselves hydrated or repair themselves properly.
- Age. As people get older, their skin cells become less capable of retaining moisture and of producing collagen, both of which can lead to dry or flaky skin over time.
- Your skin type. Some people are simply born with either oily or dry skin, both of which can lead to flaky skin around the nose. In the case of oily skin, you might flake off some skin or accidentally cause dryness when you use products intended to combat excessive oil production. On the other hand, naturally dry skin around your nose can also lead to skin flakes.
So, if you have dry or flaky skin around your nose, don’t worry. It’s a very common issue, and you may be able to tackle it using a few different methods.
For starters, using moisturizing products regularly may be an effective means of soothing your dry skin. Moisturizers often include ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which can help seal in moisture and aid your skin in retaining hydration throughout the day.
By using moisturizer products, you may be able to offset the dryness of your climate or environment.
Plus, moisturizers are important parts of any holistic skincare routine by working to protect and soothe your skin. If you use a cleanser or exfoliation product and regularly clean the skin around your nose, you should also use a moisturizer to cap things off.
Just be sure to choose a moisturizer made with organic, healthy ingredients.
Drink More Water
You can increase bodily hydration just by drinking more water, and this can benefit your skin’s hydration, too.
Drinking water is especially important if you live in a hot or dry climate anyway, so aim to drink a few more cups per day, and you may see big differences in terms of your skin hydration or skin barrier health.
Use a Humidifier
If you live in a dry climate or the winter is especially dry where you live, consider adding a humidifier to your bedroom or living room.
Humidifiers work to increase the local humidity of your indoor environment, which means they can help prevent your skin from drying out while you work or when you come home.
You may be able to reduce the likelihood of dry or flaky skin or on your nose by avoiding products with astringents.
Astringents include alcohol and other compounds that dry out the skin, tighten skin pores, and often lead to irritation or itchiness.
That’s why it’s important to read the ingredient list on the back of any new skincare product.
If you have naturally sensitive skin, you can try to dab a little bit of the product on a small area of your skin first before spreading it around everywhere. This quick test can let you know if the product in question is irritating or reactive to your skin type.
Take Warm Showers
Many people inadvertently give themselves dry or flaky skin on their faces and around their noses by taking overly hot showers. If you expose your skin to scalding hot water for too long, your skin cells can dry up and die or fall off.
Instead, you may want to consider taking showers and baths with warm water rather than hot water. This is also important when washing your face; if you tend to wash your face with extremely hot water, this, too, could be contributing to any dry or flaky skin on your face and nose.
When you spend plenty of time in the sun or have pale skin, you must wear sunscreen, especially on the sensitive skin of your face and around your nose.
Sunlight can lead to cellular damage, compromise the skin barrier, and cause skin cells to dry out or flake off. In some cases, it may even lead to health issues down the line.
Use a high SPF sunscreen made with organic, quality ingredients like minerals rather than harmful chemical ingredients. Apply sunscreen regularly around your nose if you are going to be out in the sun for more than ten minutes.
Be sure to reapply your sunscreen at the time intervals listed in the instructions on the back of the product.
Try a Healing Serum
You can also bolster your skincare routine by adding a healing face serum. Facial serums should be applied after cleansing your face but before moisturization. They often include ingredients like vitamin C, a key antioxidant and moisturizing agent.
The right facial serum can help your skin cells repair themselves from damage, improve your skin barrier, and help your skin retain moisture throughout the day. Plus, serums are great for your skin health in general.
Reconsider Your Acne Treatments
Lastly, if you have acne-prone skin, reconsider any acne treatments you may be using to reduce pimples and minimize excess sebum production. Acne treatments can dry out the skin around your nose and cause it to become flaky or itchy, especially if your breakouts are usually concentrated in these areas.
Anti-acne treatments may be counteracted with moisturizers to avoid exacerbating the dryness effect. Consider speaking to a dermatologist if you have long-term or chronic acne around your nose and it's causing other issues for your facial skin.
The right anti-acne treatment is everything, of course. Try to find the right cleanser for your skin type. For example, gel cleansers may be great for people with dry skin, while other types of cleansers, like foaming cleansers, could be best if you have oily skin or if your skin is very sensitive.
Speak to your dermatologist if you aren’t sure what type of cleanser or acne product is right for your skin type.
Anyone can get dry, flaky skin around their nose. But anyone can solve that issue, too!
Trying the tips above, plus ensuring you stick to a healthy, well-rounded diet, can go a long way toward maximizing your skin and bodily health across the board.
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