Dry Skin Around The Nose: Causes, Treatments & Prevention

We all catch a cold every once in a while, or maybe we just suffer from dry skin without the pesky cold. Regardless of how we get dry skin, it is something that no one wants. Lucky for you, I have had my fair share of colds and, in result, dry skin around the nose, and I have cracked the code.

I am going to give my tested and approved dry nose treatments as well as some ways to prevent it in the future which includes understanding why it happens in the first place. There’s a lot to unpack, so let’s get to it!


So why do you get dry nose skin? There are few things that come into play to blame. First things first, as I said from the beginning, allergies or a cold are one of the most common reasons for flakey nose skin. Not far behind are bad skin care routines, dehydration, and even skin conditions. 

One of the most common skin conditions that can cause dry skin is called seborrheic dermatitis. This condition is basically dandruff for the face. While even the most experienced dermatologists don’t understand why this happens more often on the nose than anywhere else, it is harmless just like dandruff and treatable. 


So we know why it happens, now we need to know how to fix it. If you’re currently dealing with this, you might have skipped straight to this section, but it is worth taking a look at the entire article for future purposes! 

I have tried many methods. Some have worked. Some most definitely have not. Lucky for you, I’ll cut straight to the chase. Here are the top treatments that actually work!

  1. Humidifiers: As much as they annoy me, humidifiers do the job. They provide that extra moisture into the air that your skin is needing. Put your humidifier in your bedroom, and let it do its work. There are also mini humidifiers that can go in your car and can be mixed with essential oils. Hydration and great smells? Yes, please. 

  2. Moisturize, but not too much: This tip is a double edged sword. If you aren’t moisturizing your face, this could be the major culprit of your dry skin. Cleansers can dry out our skin, so we need moisturizer to lock in the extra moisture. However, there is such a thing as over moisturizing. This can have the opposite effect and dry your skin out more than it nourishes it. Use the correct amount of moisturizer and only apply in the morning and night as directed on the bottle. 

  3. Aquaphor: Aquaphor is an amazing product for loads of things. Dry skin on the nose is just one of those many things. Be sure you are buying the correct type of aquaphor, one meant for your face, and I promise your dry skin will vanish before your eyes. 

  4. Recovery Cream: There are recovery creams that are specifically catered to heal dry skin on your face, so it is definitely worth looking into. Be sure to consult your dermatologist before to ensure you are helping rather than hurting. 
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Preventative Care

There are things that you can do to prevent dry skin on the nose in the future! Here are some of the top preventative care tips: 

  1. Hydration: Just like in recovering treatment, hydration is crucial to prevent dry skin around the nose. This includes drinking your water and making sure your skin care routine is suited for your specific skin type in both a cleanser and moisturizer.

    Also, a tip that I most recently learned about moisturizers is that they are not meant to be applied to dry skin. Wash your face in the mornings or during your shower, and moisturize right after. The goal of moisturizer is to retain the moisture you already have, so if you use it on dry skin, there is no moisture to retain. This was a gamechanger for my skin care routine and the health of my skin!
  2. Sunscreen: Wearing SPF can protect your skin from damage from the sun, which includes dry skin from overexposure to the UV rays. This can also help prevent wrinkles and premature aging. Whether it is a gloomy, rainy day or a bright, sunny day, always wear sunscreen! You will thank me in 20 years when your skin is still thriving. 

  3. Gentle Cleansers: Skin care with alcohol or other drying properties can dry your skin out even without you realizing it. Look for products that are gentle on your skin and free of harsh chemicals. Not only will this help your dry nose, but it has loads of other health benefits as well. This includes harsh exfoliators. Although one might assume scrubbing the dry skin away will help, this is extremely damaging to your skin and hurts your healing process rather than helping.
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