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Dry skin around nose?: 6 reasons it could be happening

Written by: Franco Colomba

Do you have dry skin on and around your nose, but the rest of your face is fine?

It happens to the best of us, and there are a few reasons why the nose seems to be the worst dry skin spot for many people.

First off, the nose, well, puts itself out there. The nose sticks out into the elements and is often the part of your face that catches the brunt of a cold wind or an excessively sunny day.

Also, the nose tends to have thinner skin and fewer oil glands than the rest of your face, exacerbating the dryness issue.

In this article, we will break down some of the top things that can cause dryness around your nose so that you can sniff out the root of the issue.

  1. The weather

Cold weather tends to dry out even the most moisturized skin, especially if you find yourself out in the blustery elements pretty often.

Look into a thicker “wintertime” moisturizer to give your skin an extra barrier during colder months, or pick up a chic scarf for extra face protection if you are heading out into the weather.

  1. Your allergies

Not really the allergies so much as the constant nose blowing that often happens when you have a cold or allergies.

All of that tissue usage tends to really dry out your nose, leading to red, dry, flaky skin.

Start your day with an over-the-counter non-drowsy antihistamine to limit the sneezes and pack some extra soft tissues to help keep the skin on your nose as happy as possible.

  1. Over-washing/exfoliating

While washing your face is a good thing, don’t go overboard otherwise you’ll risk a too-dry complexion.

Opt for a gentle face washing no more than twice a day to help maintain optimal moisture.

And although it is tempting to exfoliate like a mad man (or woman) to scrub away those dry bits of skin on your nose, overdoing it can dry out your skin and make things worse.

Choose a gentle exfoliate and keep it to about 1-2 times a week for optimal scrubbing – sans dryness.

  1. Dehydration

Not getting enough hydration can lead to dry skin on your nose, and we are talking about inside and out.

Make sure that you are drinking at least your 8 X 8-ounce cups of water daily, and pair that with a soothing moisturizer that you use at least twice daily.

  1. Certain skin conditions

Certain skin conditions, including rosacea, can increase the amount of dry skin on your nose.

While rosacea is normally known for its characteristic flushed red skin and tiny pimples, the condition can really dry out your skin as well.

Treat the root of the problem to help address the resulting dry skin in your face.

Strut Rosacea Formula is a doctor and pharmacist formulated anti-rosacea medication that combines two prescription-strength rosacea medications for a rosacea one-two punch.

Have an online visit with doctors today to see if Strut Rosacea Formula can help you get your rosacea (and resulting dry skin) under control.

  1. Sun exposure

Your nose tends to be the first place to get a little too much sun on those sunny days, and all of that UV exposure can ultimately lead to a very dried out nose.

Even on those chilly or overcast days, the UV exposure to your face can be enough to damage your skin if you have a pale complexion, so a daily sunscreen is a must for happy and hydrated skin.


    • Many factors can lead to dry skin on your nose, even if the rest of your face seems to be properly hydrated.
    • Cold and dry weather, chronic allergies, over-washing or exfoliating, not drinking enough water, having certain skin conditions like rosacea, or getting too much sun on your face can all be the causes behind why your nose is so dry.
    • Take extra steps like investing in a thick winter moisturizer, washing and exfoliating less frequently, taking over the counter products to curb your allergies, drinking enough water, getting your rosacea under control, or wearing sunscreen may help you maintain healthier skin in general, and get that dry skin on your nose under control.
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