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You could be following your CTM (cleanse, tone, and moisturize) skincare routine religiously. However, stretched, dry skin around your nose could still sabotage the rest of your hydrated complexion. So why exactly does dryness around the nose happen, and how can you get rid of it?

Scroll down to know everything about dry skin around the nose and how to prevent it with natural remedies and ayurvedic therapies.

What Is Dry Skin Around The Nose?

Your nose is the primary gateway for the surrounding air to enter your body. The mucous membranes or inside skin of your nose may turn dry when the outside environment is cold, dry, and less humid. Apart from the surrounding environment, there are other factors which may be the reason for the dry, flaky skin around your nose.

You must be aware that your skin has the ability to produce and secrete natural oils, which is also known as sebum [1]. This acts as a protective barrier which shields your skin from damage as well as retains the moisture in your skin.

A few external and internal factors such as over cleansing of your face, aging, dry climatic condition, and pollutants may adversely affect the natural barrier created by sebum. This may affect your skin’s natural ability to retain moisture and water content, finally leading to dry and stretched skin and nose dryness.

Some of the signs and symptoms of dry skin around the nose include:

  • Dehydrated skin due to loss of moisture
  • Dryness
  • Fine lines
  • Itchy skin
  • Rough texture
  • Flakes
  • Pain, burning or stinging sensation
  • Wrinkled skin
  • Peeling
  • Raw and irritated skin

Specific medical conditions may cause dry skin on your nose. A few skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis may make your skin more vulnerable to sudden dryness.

What Causes Dry Skin Around The Nose?

Many of you may have experienced flaky, dry skin around the nose. Although it may be difficult to tackle, the reasons behind dry skin on the nose are not too complicated. These include:

1. Environmental Conditions

Harsh, adverse environmental conditions may cause peeling and dryness of the skin around your nose even when the rest of your face is supple, soft, and hydrated. It is imperative to protect your face with a soft cotton or silk scarf when stepping outside your home.

2. UV Damage

UV A and B rays can easily burn and damage any exposed skin surface, including your nose. One of the most adverse effects of UV exposure is the risk of skin cancer [2]. This may cause actinic damage which occurs when UV A and B rays damage the cellular DNA over time. This damage is presented as peeling, flaking, or dryness of the nose.

When your skin is not capable of healing itself, it may be precancerous. Hence, it is imperative to consult a dermatologist immediately to rule out any potential risk of cancer.

3. Illness Or Allergies

If you have a cold or any form of allergy, continuous nose blowing may further aggravate the skin around your nose, leading to peeling. This is why frequent use of tissues causes irritation and dryness on your nose. Similar to your lips, your nose also experiences chapping.

4. Underlying Skin Conditions

When your nose is flaky and extremely dry, it is possible that you have an underlying skin condition such as seborrheic dermatitis or rosacea.

Rosacea is a persistent genetic disorder which affects the skin around your nose as it is linked with dryness, sensitivity, redness, or flushing of the cheeks and nose. Seborrheic dermatitis is a commonly occurring skin condition which affects individuals with oily complexion. It primarily affects the scalp, eyebrows, areas around the nose, and behind the ears with the appearance of dry flaking. The skin condition occurs due to the presence of Malassezia yeast.

5. Harsh Beauty & Skincare Products

One of the ways commercial beauty and skincare products may cause flaky, dry skin is when they fail to effectively penetrate the surface of your skin. This may lead to product build-up, which then makes your skin flaky and dry. Commercial skincare products may be hampering your beauty goals if they contain skin-drying agents like alcohols, thereby worsening your existing condition.

Vedix Tip: Always look for mild, herbal, and natural ingredients while buying skincare and beauty products as they deeply nourish, hydrate, and smoothen your skin without causing any adverse side effects.

Herbal and ayurvedic ingredients are safe, mild, and skin-friendly agents which make your skin naturally glowing, flawless, and beautiful.

How To Get Rid Of Dry, Flaky Skin Around The Nose?

dry and healthy skin layer illustration

A. Natural Ways To Treat Dry Skin

Here are simple yet effective skincare tips to treat and prevent dry skin around your nose. These can easily be followed at home. The steps include:

1. Moisturize Your Skin

The first line of defence against dry skin condition, including your nose, is application of a mild, herbal moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

Apart from restoring the moisture barrier in your skin, it also helps calm and soothe the discomfort and itchiness due to dry skin [3]. Hence, it is imperative to regularly apply a good moisturizer which provides intense hydration and smoothness to your skin.

2. Remember To Hydrate

One of the most effective and easy ways to ensure that you’re well hydrated is by drinking adequate amounts of water every day. Not only does it refresh and quench your thirst, it also nourishes and hydrates your skin from inside out.

3. Avoid Excessive Exfoliation

Many dermatologists suggest that you should completely avoid scrubbing or exfoliating dry, flaky skin, as it may only worsen your skin condition. Exfoliation should be avoided at all costs if you already have actinic damage or rosacea, as the dryness and flaking keep reoccurring. Hence, try to be gentle with your skin.

4. Opt For A Broad-Based Sunscreen With SPF 30 Or Above

Broad-based sunscreen denotes a sunscreens’ ability to protect your skin from both UV A and B rays as they may cause sun damage. Choose a gentle sunscreen which offers a plethora of skin benefits. It should contain moisturizing emollients such as incense-free fruit butters and plant oils which protect and nourish your skin.

Additionally, your sunscreen should have skin rejuvenating agents like peptides and ceramides which help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and add smoothness and suppleness to your skin.

5. Use A Humidifier

The spring season is usually dry and less humid (which signifies less amount of water vapour in the environment). This dry weather condition can affect your sinuses which provokes you to blow your nose frequently. This in turn may cause dryness around your nose.

Use a humidifier in your house to keep the indoor air moist, as it helps alleviate any allergy-based symptoms and protects your skin from becoming dry and chapped.

Your genetic disposition may also decide your likelihood for flaky, dry skin. Dermatologists believe that dry skin may be hereditary in nature.

B. Ayurveda For Dry Skin

The holistic science of Ayurveda identifies your prakriti by three fundamental energies of life - vata, pitta, and kapha. Vata is known as ‘wind’ in Sanskrit. The sensory characteristics of vata resemble the properties of wind such as roughness, unsteadiness, lightness, mobility, coolness, and dryness. You may experience a vata imbalance during the early winter season.

In an aggravated vata state, your nerves, capillaries, and arteries tend to become dry and don’t function properly. This affects the circulation in your body. Your skin becomes dry, flaky, and rough. Your heels may get dry and crack. Your lips may get chapped and peel. Hence, it is imperative to calm your vata dosha.

In Ayurveda, it is recommended to restrict your exposure to any vata characteristics and stimulate experiences which calm the aggravated vata dosha. Hence, it is important to nourish your mind, soul, and body with a diet and experiences which are grounding, smooth, heavy, stable, and warm, especially during the early winter season.

1. Abhyanga

aromatic oil in glass bowl next to woman at ayurveda massage.

Warm, herb-infused oils have calming and soothing effects which are contrary to vata. Abhyanga is a therapeutic practice which is an important part of Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom.

It is traditionally performed by ayurvedic practitioners who gently massage warm sesame or coconut oil on your body, with sweeping strokes which help realign your vata dosha [4].

Abhyanga is considered as one of the most effective ayurvedic therapies for soothing and calming an aggravated vata dosha. The oiling technique works like magic for dry, parched skin. However, the benefits are not limited to just preventing dry skin. The Sanskrit word for oiling is Snehana, which also means warmth and affection. Dryness of skin due to vata imbalance is associated with mind issues like insecurity and worry.

Abhyanga helps calm an agitated mind, leaving you with balanced emotions. It helps you feel alert and focused yet grounded. Additionally, it helps revitalize and rejuvenate your mind and body by providing stamina during the day and encouraging deep, restorative sleep in the night time.

2. Almond Meal Lepa

A wonderful and potent ayurvedic remedy for dry skin is a lepa (paste) of almond meal and warm water. Almond meal has natural fatty acids which help keep your skin hydrated, nourished, and smooth. Avoid using hot water as it deprives your skin of its natural oils.

How To Prepare:

  • Preparing the almond meal is simple. Use a blender or food processor to grind organic, raw almonds into a coarse powder.
  • Ensure that you pause the blender for a few seconds to avoid ending up with the buttered version.
  • Pour the coarse powder into a glass jar and refrigerate for future use.
  • The mixture can be stored for nearly three weeks.

How To Use:

  • When you are ready to apply the facial mask, take a teaspoon of almond meal in a bowl and add some warm water.
  • Mix it well to form a paste.
  • Apply the paste onto your face and neck and gently massage it using circular motions. This will help exfoliate accumulated dead skin cells as well as improve circulation.
  • Leave it for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.
  • Apply a mild, herbal moisturizer to end the routine.

3. Ayurvedic Herbs

There are several ayurvedic herbs which have potent antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which keep your skin blemish-free, glowing, and hydrated. Additionally, they help to open clogged pores, nourish your skin from deep within, and stimulate the secretion of natural oils.

A. Jasmine Leaves

Jasmine is popularly known for its soothing and calming fragrance. But it is also widely used in traditional and ayurvedic remedies for its medicinal properties. The leaves of a jasmine plant have antiseptic properties, which aid in inhibiting microbial activity on your skin. Additionally, it helps regulate the sebum production in the skin, making it an effective remedy for individuals with oily complexion.

How To Use:

  • Mix a few drops of rose water with grounded jasmine leaves.
  • Apply the paste onto your face and neck.
  • Leave it to dry for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with normal water.

B. Sandalwood

Sandalwood, also known as chandan, is widely popular for its cooling, soothing, and skin-brightening properties [5]. The potent herb acts as an anti-inflammatory agent which further helps in prevention of rashes, pimples, and acne on your skin. It also helps calm and nourish sunburned skin.

How To Use:

  • Make a thick paste with rose water and sandalwood powder.
  • Apply it onto your face and neck.
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with normal water.

C. Neem Or Nimba

Neem is a renowned medicinal herb extensively used in traditional and ayurvedic medicine. It has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. Neem is known to effectively enter deep into your skin and exfoliate accumulated dead skin cells. It also helps in nourishing and hydrating your skin by opening blocked pores, aiding secretion of natural oils.

How To Use:

  • Take a few fresh neem leaves and blend or grind it with rose water to make a thick paste.
  • Apply it onto your face and neck.
  • Leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

D. Moringa Or Shigru

Moringa leaves have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help treat acne, blemishes, or rashes on the skin. It is known to prevent inflammation and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How To Use:

  • Mix moringa powder, honey, and a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Apply the mask onto your face and neck.
  • Leave it to dry for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

E. Saffron Or Kesar

Saffron is extensively used for its skin-brightening effects as well as for smooth, blemish-free complexion [6]. The antifungal property of saffron is a potent cure for blackheads, blemishes, and acne. It also hydrates and nourishes your skin.

How To Use:

  • Take a few strands of saffron and mix them in some warm milk. Keep it overnight.
  • Apply the milk on your face and neck with a soft cotton ball.
  • Leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with normal water.

F. Aloe Vera or Ghritkumari

Aloe vera is a popular herb which is widely used in modern, traditional, and ayurvedic remedies as it offers a multitude of skin, hair, and health benefits. Aloe vera offers cooling, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties which treat and prevent various skin issues. The freshly extracted gel from the aloe vera leaves soothes and deeply hydrates your skin, making it blemish and rash free.

4. Essential Oils

Essential oils are prepared from distilling and refining hydrophobic solutions, which are derived from the different parts of herbal and medicinal plants such as the leaves, fruits, barks, roots, and flowers. These essential oils have volatile aromatic substances which exude relaxing and rejuvenating essence, which is suitable for aromatherapy and massages.

A. Geranium

The essential oil is popularly known for restoring your complexion and removing accumulated dead skin cells. The anti-aging and astringent properties of geranium help in preventing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as providing firmness to your skin. It helps your facial muscles to contract, giving you a firm and toned appearance. The essence helps alleviate stress and insomnia.

How To Use:

  • Add 3-4 drops of geranium essential oil to your face mask.
  • Alternatively, use it when you opt for a facial massage to reduce stress.
  • Add a few drops of the essential oil into a spraying bottle with 50ml of water. Spray it gently on your skin for a revitalizing, refreshing effect.

B. Lavender

Lavender has cooling and soothing effects [7]. Therefore, it is widely used for minimizing redness and irritation on the skin. The essence helps in regulating cortisol levels in your body, making it an excellent stress reliever.

How To Use:

  • Add one drop of the essential oil in your daily moisturizer and apply it all over your face and neck.
  • Prepare a natural body scrub by mixing lavender essential oil, sugar, and coconut oil. Add 3-5 drops of the essential oil for best results.

C. Chamomile

The essential oil contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which deeply cleanses and moisturizes your skin. It helps fight the signs of premature aging and boosts the overall health of your skin.

How To Use:

  • Add 1-2 drops of the essential oil in your cream or moisturizer and apply it all over your face and neck.

D. Ylang Ylang

The hydrating properties of ylang ylang help nourish and hydrate your skin. A natural antiseptic, it helps fight various skin infections and prevent premature aging.

How To Use:

  • Add 1-2 drops of the essential oil in your moisturizer and apply it on your face and neck.

5. Nourish Your Skin From Deep Within

Various other ayurvedic remedies for preventing dry skin acts from inside out. It is important to change your dietary and lifestyle choices to prevent dry skin.

  • Cut down on your caffeine. Many people tend to drink more coffee and tea in winter. This expels water from the body, as caffeine is a natural diuretic.
  • Excessive consumption of caffeinated beverages adversely impacts the nervous system, which in turn imbalances the circulation in your body. It also forces the tiny capillaries of your skin to abnormally constrict and dilate.
  • Instead of drinking caffeinated drinks, you may drink warm spice milk or warm water during the day.
  • What you eat makes a real difference. If you have dry skin, then you should eat moist, warm foods like lightly spiced stews and soups. It also helps if you consume healthy fats.
  • You may add pure ghee in your regular meals. It contains saturated fats which benefit your overall health.
  • Increasing your consumption of essential fats with oils such as hemp or borage is beneficial.
  • Nuts like walnuts are also a rich source of good fats. Soak them in water and leave it overnight as it makes them easily digestible.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix recommends, “Nasya with ghee is an excellent remedy to treat facial skin dryness.

    Vedix Tip: When you include vata-balancing steps in your daily routine, it helps prevent your dry skin condition, making it soft and supple.

    By regularly practicing abhyanga and consuming regular, healthy meals containing moist, warm foods along with drinking warm water, you will observe a remarkable difference in your skin condition.

    C. Home Remedies For Dry Skin

    It is a well-known fact that home remedies are the most easy, safe, affordable, and effective ways to prevent dry skin concerns. A few such home remedies are:

    1. Coconut oil

    Coconut oil has nourishing emollient properties. Present in the spaces between the skin cells, these emollients help create a supple, smooth, and even skin surface. Hence, the saturated fats which are found in coconut oil helps smooth and hydrate your skin.

    You can apply pure coconut oil regularly in all parts of your body, including the sensitive areas such as around your mouth and underneath your eyes. The best part of using coconut oil is that you don’t need any other ingredient. You can directly use it as it is mild and gentle for everyday use.

    2. Petroleum Jelly

    Petroleum jelly-based products heal and rejuvenate skin in elderly people. Also known as mineral oil, petroleum jelly creates a protective layer on the skin. This helps in trapping moisture and water content, thereby healing and restoring dry, flaky skin patches.

    3. Oatmeal Bath

    Oatmeal is a common home remedy for dry, irritated skin. Colloidal oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which soothe and calm skin irritation. This home remedy is highly effective when you’re experiencing itching, dry skin condition. After an oatmeal bath, it is recommended to moisturize your skin to restore its moisture level.

    You can easily prepare an oatmeal bath at home. Blend or grind oatmeal into a powdery form, and mix it into warm water. Alternatively, you may use a mild commercial product which is gentle on your skin.

    4. Omega-3 & Antioxidants

    If you have dry skin, it signifies that you’re vulnerable to the surrounding elements which are adversely affecting your skin and your body is unable to repair and restore the skin cells.

    A few specific foods can help your skin look healthier. These include foods enriched with natural antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage to your skin. These are abundantly found in:

    • Lentils
    • Peas
    • Beans
    • Carrots
    • Tomatoes
    • Blueberries
    • Salmon

    5. Rejuvenate Your Skin With Natural Facial Masks

    woman smelling a mint leave while doing face mask at home

    When you choose the correct natural ingredients based on your skin type, your facial mask helps provide nourishment and hydration to your skin. For dry skin type, a wide range of facial masks are available which popularly use milk, oatmeal, honey, avocadoes, and various other natural ingredients.

    You can try the below-mentioned facial masks to alleviate dry skin conditions.

    A. Avocado Facial Mask

    • Take half an avocado, puree it, and add one tsp of pure olive oil to make a thick paste.
    • If you have extremely dry skin, then you can add one tbsp of pure honey to deeply nourish your skin.
    • Apply the facial mask onto your face and neck.
    • Leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

    B. Honey & Oatmeal Facial Mask

    • Honey is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, restorative, and moisturizing effects, making it an excellent remedy for dry skin.
    • Mix two tbsp of powdered oats with one tbsp of pure honey.
    • Apply this facial mask onto your face and neck.
    • Leave it to dry for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

    C. Milk Facial Mask

    • Milk is a powerful home remedy for dry skin as it restores the natural oils in your skin, making it soft and supple.
    • Take a clean cotton ball and dip it in a bowl of milk.
    • Gently dab the milk-soaked cotton ball onto your face and neck.
    • Let it dry for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water.
    • Alternatively, mix milk and honey in a bowl and apply the mask onto your face and neck for deep nourishment.

    D. Medical Treatments For Dry Skin

    As mentioned, dry, flaky skin can be a symptom of an underlying skin condition. Therefore, if you think you may be experiencing dry skin due to some other condition, it is suggested to seek expert advice from a knowledgeable dermatologist.

    • If you have rosacea, it is suggested to opt for skincare products which are formulated specifically for calming irritable, sensitive skin. Search for products which are non-comedogenic as they don’t block your pores as your nose is susceptible to the appearance of blackheads.
    • If you have seborrheic dermatitis, then your dermatologist will list out specific ingredients and foods which are aggravating your skin condition. They may also suggest using a topical ointment to manage the skin dryness.
    • Most of the time dry skin can be managed by simply applying a good moisturizer based on your skin type. When the other reasons for dry skin are addressed, the main aim of the treatment is to prevent moisture loss, reduce itching, and replenish hydration in your skin.

    A few popular and effective ingredients which you should check before investing in a good moisturizer include:

    • Salicylic acid
    • Plant-based oils and butters
    • Aquaporins
    • Antioxidants
    • Urea
    • Glycerine
    • Ceramides
    • Hyaluronic acid

    A few topical steroids for dry skin include:

    • Fluocinonide
    • Triamcinolone
    • Pramosone
    • Hydrocortisone

    Tips To Prevent Dry Skin Around The Nose

    before and after spot treatment on nose

    If you want to treat and manage dry skin around your nose, then you can follow a few preventive measures to keep your skin soft, supple, and healthy.

    • Clean your face with gentle facial cleansers: Stop using harsh, chemical-laden products and soaps containing fragrance or alcohol. If you have dry skin condition, then cleanse your skin only once a day.
    • Moisturize: It is imperative to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated even if you don’t have a dry skin type. It is equally important to use a good quality moisturizer.
    • Apply sunscreen: Shielding your skin from sun damage is essential for minimizing dryness. Prolonged exposure to harsh UV A and B rays cause dryness and thin skin. Hence, it is important to apply sunscreen every time you step out of your home.
    • Use a humidifier: Even your surrounding environment may cause dry skin. Keep a humidifier in your home to maintain the moisture level. It helps prevent your skin from dryness.
    • Take warm showers and baths: Skin experts recommend taking warm showers and baths. Avoid taking hot showers and baths. Limit your shower or bathing time to 5-10 minutes. Shorter durations help retain the moisture in your skin. On the contrary, a long shower may dehydrate your skin more than when you initially began.
    • Shield your skin in autumn and winter: As sunscreen application is crucial in protecting your skin from sun damage, covering your skin with a scarf or shawl is equally important in winter as it helps prevent dryness due to less humid conditions.
    • Eat a healthy, nutritious diet: Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in your daily diet to improve your skin health.

    How Long Until Dry Skin Goes Away?

    While everyone has a different skin texture, condition, and complexion, you may see a remarkable difference within a week or two in your skin.

    If you fail to see any noticeable difference after switching to a new skincare regime and dietary habits, then consulting a knowledgeable dermatologist or ayurvedic physician will help you ensure that your dry skin condition is not due to any underlying skin condition.

    When Should You See A Doctor About Dry Skin Around The Nose?

    Even though there are various ways, remedies, and options to help manage dry skin, you may need to seek advice from a dermatologist or ayurvedic physician. You should seek immediate guidance if:

    • You experience discomfort and pain in your skin.
    • You observe a sudden, rare change in your skin’s texture or colour.
    • You fail to see any noticeable difference or improvement even after 2-3 weeks.
    • Your dry skin condition begins to worsen even after treatment.

    The Last Word

    If you’re experiencing dry skin around your nose, then keep your skin deeply nourished and hydrated while following a few home, natural, or ayurvedic remedies for dry skin. By following the above remedies, consuming a healthy, nutritious diet along with keeping preventive measures in mind, you will effectively manage and prevent your dry skin condition in no time.

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