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So Flaky: Here is How to Get Rid of Dry Flaky Skin around Nose!


Dry skin is no fun. Take it from a woman with a long history of sensitive skin prone to eczema and contact rashes. I have lived a lifetime battling dry skin. One time, my eczema got so bad it covered my whole body. Seriously, head to toe. That was my very first trip to the dermatologist and the beginning of my journey through proper skincare. My sister struggles as well, and her primary complaint is the dry skin around the nose. It can be such a pain, and it can cause additional problems. Dry skin often leads to cracked and bleeding skin, which, if not cared for properly, can get worse over time. Sometimes it feels like weeks go by before it finally heals up. So, how do you heal dry skin around the nose for good? Well, you will need a solid routine and some persistence.  

Table of Contents:  

  • What Causes Dry Skin Around the Nose?  
  • Top 5 Ways to Get Rid of Dry, Flaky Skin Around the Nose 
  • Healing Your Skin Inside and Out 
  • Essential Oils for Skin 

    What Causes Dry Skin Around the Nose?  

    Data shows that 30% of us suffer from dry skin. The same factors that cause dry skin cause dry skin around your nose. They can be environmental – you live in a dry climate. They can be genetic – like me, you might be prone to dry skin or a condition like eczema. They can also be diet and nutrition-related – seriously, poor nutrition can dry your skin and even turn it gray. You also might be using a product on your face that dries out the area around your nose. Unlike with the rest of our bodies, our faces have different “zones.” So your forehead is moisturized while your nose area is dry. Any product with chemicals that throw off the ph balance on your face can cause even more drying. Always check the ingredients in anything you put on your face (and, I would argue, your whole body), and instantly stop using something you notice drying you out.  

    Top 5 Ways to Get Rid of Dry, Flaky Skin Around the Nose 

    Now you know what is causing dry skin around your nose; how do you get rid of it? You have several options, and the best approach will probably be a combination of two or more of them.  

    1. Moisturize! 

    Moisturizer for your skin is key. I love coconut oil for my face, but many oils exist that will bring out the natural glow of your skin. The trick to moisturizing is to apply your product right after your shower or after you wash your face. In general, you should wash your face once a day, twice if you need to remove your makeup at the end of the day.  

    2. Do Not Over Wash! 

    It can be tempting to wash your face a ton if you have dry skin, figuring you can hydrate by applying water. The truth is that the opposite is true. The more you wash, even with a gentle wash, the more prone your skin will be to drying out. You want to lock the moisture in, not sap it out.  

    3. Hydrate 

    Low hydration can cause severe dryness in your skin, and you can even appear dull and gray. Remember, your body is made up of mostly water, and your skin is your largest organ. You need to stay hydrated to have moist skin.  

    4. Diet Is Everything  

    Thank goodness the 1980s are gone with all their preaching about “fat-free” this and that. We need fats in our bodies to get healthy, glowing skin. Healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, and sunflower seeds make your skin plump and fresh-looking well into advanced age.  

    5. Find a Dermatologist 

    If you are prone to dry skin, especially if you have a condition like eczema or are prone to rashes, you must have a dermatologist on hand. They can give you the best advice on soaps and salves to use when things get systemic and you’re either in pain or having an outbreak.  

    Healing Your Skin Inside and Out 

    We talked about diet and hydration, but I want to reiterate the importance of proper nutrition when it comes to dry skin, especially around your nose, where it is likely to return over and over if not treated with the long term in mind. Eating your healthy fats, cutting back on sugar and processed carbs, minimizing alcohol, and drinking lots of water and herbal teas are just the beginning to long-term supple, moisturized skin. You should also be ensuring you get 8 hours of sleep at night, and the products you apply to your face are not damaging your skin. You cannot cover up poorly cared for skin. The joy of changing up your lifestyle for your skin is that your whole body and mind will benefit as well. You will find yourself less fatigued, happier, and clearer-minded, all of which also translate to healthier skin. You can do this. You deserve it.  

    Essential Oils for Skin 

      If you have not ventured into the world of essential oils yet, now is your chance. Essential oils, for those not in the know, are plants in their most concentrated form. You can use them for fragrance, aromatherapy, and, yes, for direct application to your skin, as long as you dilute them properly in a carrier oil.  

      Tea Tree Oil 

      Tea Tree Oil

      Tea tree oil has tremendous healing properties, one of which is related to skincare. You can apply the oil (again, properly diluted) directly to the skin around your nose right after you wash your face and lock in that moisture.  

      Lavender Oil 

      Lavender Oil

      Lavender is another amazing ingredient for soothing and calming skin, which is great for moisturizing. Plus, it smells heavenly! 

      The above links are just two available on the Wow Skin Science site, but there are a ton of essential oils to choose from. Click and browse at your leisure to see what works for you.  

      Shanna Mendez

      Shanna Mathews Mendez is a freelance writer and blogger on topics related to self-care, naturopathy, female empowerment, and motherhood. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children, where she enjoys traveling, being active outdoors, and studying herbalism and plant-based remedies in her free time. Drawing on her graduate degree in comparative literature and her own life experiences, she is currently writing her first book. She can be found online at her website

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