Why Do I Have Dry Skin Around My Nose?

Why Do I Have Dry Skin Around My Nose?


Do you find the area around your nose becoming dry and peeling especially when you are suffering from a cold? Or you generally experience oily skin but somehow specific areas like your nose tend to be drier than normal? While those who already have dry skin experience this often, there could be additional issues for why this happens; from the amount of water intake to whether you apply sufficient sunscreen, the nose area can be problematic and there are many steps to taking care of it.

Why Around The Nose?

The official medical term for dry skin especially on the face is called xerosis. There are a variety of reasons why you could experience drier skin, especially around the nose. 

1. Extremely Long Showers With Hot Water

If you live in a colder climate where temperatures are always freezing, taking long hot showers are common to help you feel warm again. But taking frequent showers like that can cause your skin to dry up in an expedited manner, which may then lead to excessive flaking. Moreover, if you then choose to wash your face yet again after a hot long shower, your skin can dry out even more. 

2. Dehydration

It is ideal for everyone to drink at least 8-12 cups of water daily to be adequately hydrated. And so, when you fail to drink enough water, your body is not getting sufficient moisture both externally and internally. Ultimately, your skin dries out, leading to flaky and dry skin around your nose and mouth. 

3. The Weather 

Dry and cold air like the harsh winter season can cause extremely dry skin around your nose and mouth, and this dryness can be exacerbated if you do not use sufficient skin protection with the help of products like moisturizers and serums. So when temperatures drop and your skin feels taut and uncomfortable, layer on the moisture with skincare products.

4. Skin Type

Regardless of whether you have an oily skin type or not, dry skin can occur even on those with combination skin. Although those with dry skin are more susceptible to experiencing a lack of moisture in their skin naturally. So take note of your skin, pay attention to it, and be aware of the steps you need to take to keep your skin looking healthy and nourished. 

5. Your Skin Condition

Besides taking note of your skin type, be careful to spot any signs of underlying skin conditions like rosacea or atopic dermatitis. Individuals with rosacea tend to experience dryness more as their condition produces such symptoms of nose and cheeks dryness. 

Another condition, seborrheic dermatitis is also a common condition where oily skin occurs but extremely dry flaky skin can also appear on certain parts of the face like the eyebrows, scalp, and ears. Therefore, it is extremely detrimental to take note of the underlying skin conditions that you may have and if you are unaware, consider making a visit to the dermatologist to assess your skin. 

6. Age 

Aging can cause your skin to become loose and wrinkly as compared to the supple youthful skin you enjoy when you are younger. So being careful with the skincare products you use, and taking care of your skin whilst you are being young to encourage anti-aging, can also help encourage minimal hydration levels in your skin without it drying out too fast as you age.

7. UV Rays 

By failing to apply sunscreen when you are head out, you can cause your skin to be exposed to harmful sun rays and start to peel. Wearing a hat and just a pair of sunglasses is not enough as the nose is still exposed to the sun, so be sure to always put on sunscreen before you step out of the house, and stay within shaded areas to avoid extreme dry flaky skin from happening.

Treating Dry Skin

1. Using the Right Products for Your Skin

Take note of your skin type, figure out what irritates the skin personally for you, and opt for products that boost the health of your skin instead of doing the opposite. In general, regardless of the skin you have, safe ingredients to have on your skin include glycerine or hyaluronic acid as these ingredients can boost your skin moisture levels. If you tend to have drier skin than normal, use a moisturizer daily and apply it after you have washed your face when your skin is still damp for easier absorption. Doing this step also helps you to lock in your skin’s natural moisture. 

Opting for a cream instead of a lotion can also be more effective in repairing the dryness you experience around your nose, and similarly to how you apply your moisturizer, you should also apply it after you have taken a shower when your skin is still damp. 

Lastly, chemical-rich products and strong cleansers can cause extreme skin dryness, especially within the nose area. Moreover, the ingredients in certain products may cause excessive dryness instead of doing the opposite; adding moisture back into your skin layers. Therefore, avoid over-cleansing and go for hypoallergenic and gentle cleansers. 

2. Get A Humidifier 

If you happen to reside in an area where humidity is low and the air is extremely dry, opt to invest in a humidifier to reintroduce moisture back into the air, your skin will thank you for this. Moreover, moist air can help prevent any possible symptoms of allergies and dry sinuses. With sinuses, repetitive sneezing and an irritated nose can definitely dry out the skin around the nose, making it peel and flaky.

3. Drink Plenty Of Water 

Being in dry and cold weather environments can cause your body to lose water at a quicker rate than normal. So drink up, and don’t forget to always keep hydrated. Research has shown that an ample amount of water can prevent the drying out of the skin layer especially in sensitive areas like your nose where peeling and flaking commonly occurs.

Do I Need To See A Doctor?

Let’s say the problem persists, and all the methods listed above doesn’t help, when would be a good time for you to make a trip down to the doctors? Though many see this as a last resort, you should definitely visit the dermatologist when you notice that the skin is starting to become extremely sensitive or inflamed. Pay close attention to the progress of your skin as you take certain remedies to solve the dryness, and should there be a change in color or texture of the skin, then this is a good sign for you to visit the dermatologist.


Regardless, it is extremely important to keep your body hydrated both internally and externally. Always ensure that you drink enough water and keep your skin hydrated at all times and these simple steps will protect your skin from further damage. However, if the problem still remains and no improvements occur, then it is in your best interest to consult a dermatologist to seek a professional medical opinion.

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