January 07, 2022 5 min read
The medical name for dry skin on the face is known as xerosis. There are several reasons why you could have dry skin in the area around your nose. We have listed a few causes below.
If you live in a cold place or a place with harsh winters, you might feel like taking a long, hot shower. But, that is one of the reasons why your skin can get drier and the area around the nose can start to flake. Even if you wash your face too often, the skin around your nose can dry out.
If you don’t drink enough water, your skin doesn’t get enough moisture from within and gets dehydrated. This can also lead to dry skin around the nose and mouth.
The weather is a major factor as cold, dry air and harsh winters can cause dry skin all over the face, especially around the nose and mouth. This dryness gets more pronounced if you are not using adequate skin protection such as moisturizers and nourishing serums.
Dry skin around the nose can occur even on combination skin, though people with dry skin are more prone to this condition. If you have a T-zone, with some parts of your skin dry and some oily, the area around the nose can get dry.
Those who have skin problems like atopic dermatitis, rosacea or psoriasis may experience dry skin around the nose. People with rosacea usually experience this problem as the condition causes dryness around the area of the nose and cheeks.
Seborrheic dermatitis is also a common condition where the skin is mostly oily, but there are dry patches of flaky skin on the corners of the nose, behind the ears, around the eyebrows and the scalp. It is caused by the presence of Malassezia yeast on the skin.
If you are experiencing flaky skin around the nose, it could be because of extra sebum oil production on your skin. Our chief dermatologist Dr. Harish Koutam says, “The combination of excess sebum oil production and dead skin cells is the primary reason for dry and flaky skin around your nose. Niacinamide preparations are helpful in treating dryness.”
As you age, the skin tends to lose moisture and also becomes thinner. In fact, 80% of older people complain about winter-itch due to skin dryness. The loss of oil glands is responsible for this condition. It can be a contributing factor to dry and flaky skin around the nose.
The effect of the UV rays on exposed parts of the skin can cause sunburn and skin peeling. The eyes can be covered with sunglasses, but the nose usually stays exposed to the sun. This can cause dry skin on the nose and the surrounding areas.
When you have a cold and constantly blow into a tissue, it can lead to the peeling of skin around your nose. Rubbing or wiping the nose with rough handkerchiefs can irritate the surrounding areas too. When an allergy makes you sneeze or gives you a runny nose, the same problem occurs.
Try and opt for products that are suited to your skin and have ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. Use a moisturizer for dry skin; apply it after you wash your face, while the skin is still damp. It will protect your skin’s natural moisture from drying out. Do this twice a day.
If you are using a medicated ointment, opt for the cream version instead of the lotion as the creams being thicker, can work sooner on repairing the dry skin around the nose. Just like the moisturizer, apply it on slightly damp skin.
Chemical-rich skincare products or harsh cleansers can cause dry skin to form around the nose. Some products like certain soaps may actually deplete your skin of its natural oils and moisture. For dry skin around the nose and elsewhere on the face, it is best to use hypoallergenic products and gentle cleansers. Till the problem is resolved, use cleansers only once a day.
If you have a cold or an allergy that gives you a runny nose, causing dry skin around the nose, While anti-allergy or medication for cold can still give you a blocked nose, a nasal spray or inhaler will help decongest your nose and you won’t feel the urge to blow it often.
If you live in a place where the humidity is low and the air is dry, keep a humidifier at home. It will keep the air inside moist which will help reduce symptoms of cold or allergies and prevent your sinuses from drying out. It will also protect the skin from being extra dry and chapped.
Drink more water than you normally do as this will hydrate your skin from within. Studies have shown that drinking adequate amounts of water can prevent drying of the skin, especially in sensitive areas around the nose.
Consume foods that are rich in omega 3 and antioxidants - fish like mackerel and salmon; antioxidant rich foods including green tea, dark chocolate and turmeric. This will keep dry skin at bay in the long run.
Besides using adequate skin protection products like sunscreen and moisturizer, it is also important to wear a scarf or a large hat to protect your skin in winter. This is to prevent windburn, where the cold air can cause the skin around the nose and mouth to dry out.
To prevent sun damage to the nose and the area around it, always wear sunscreen with a suitable SPF ( SPF 30 and above). This will prevent the skin around the nose from drying out.
If you have a condition like rosacea, you should look for hypoallergenic products that work best on sensitive skin. For make-up, use products that are non-comedogenic or those that will not block your pores, as the nose area is most vulnerable to blackheads.
For additional care during winter, or when the skin is very dry, you can also opt for home remedies such as applying extra virgin coconut oil or olive oil, shea butter and jojoba oil around the nose. The emollients in these oils are natural moisturizers that can repair dry and flaky skin around the nose.
Word of Caution:
If you have seborrheic dermatitis, it is best to consult your dermatologist on the medication and diet you should follow. Certain foods can make the condition worse so your doctor can advise you on your diet and topical creams to use.
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