Dryness Around The Nose: What Causes It And How To Fix It

When it comes to skincare, makeup and hair there are a lot of ‘WHYs’. Like why does my skin not care even when I care for it, why does my hair have a mind of its own (and acts up on the days I wish it doesn’t), why on earth everyone seems to be getting their eyeliner equal but me and every winter I ask my self ‘why is the area around my nose dry yet again‘.

Yes! You read that right. I am talking about DRY NOSE. The flaking skin around your nose that makes you grimace when you look into the mirror. Among the many amazing things that winters bring (I am talking about gajjar ka halwa), this unwelcome guest, aka dry nose, is a real problem for many of us.

Dryness on the nose or around it can happen for a few reasons. The first reason is dry skin. If you already have dry skin, then the skin all over your body, including around your nose runs the risk of becoming dry and flaky.

Is your skin really dry or is it actually dehydrated?

What Causes Dryness Around The Nose

If you don’t have dry skin in general and actually have normal skin or an oily T-zone or just oily skin but it winters you find your self itching to peel that dry skin (hold that hand) especially around your nose and your T-zone starts to have small white flaky residue, you might be surprised to learn that below reasons are what could be causing dryness around the nose:


The cold winter air tends to dry out your skin since there is barely any moisture content in the air (compare this to a humid environment, where the moisture in the air is a bit much). Now, when you add indoor artificial heat from a blower or a heater or a radiator, it starts to acts as a blow dryer for your body. We all know only too well how the blow dryer feels for your hair and scalp. That’s precisely what happens to your skin. Given that the skin around the nose tends to be sensitive, and winters bring the runny nose, the skin around the nose tends to get chaffed, irritated, dry and flakey. Also, the constant sneezing and nose blowing causes it to get red, peeled and irritated because of the rubbing of the skin against a cloth or tissue.

Hot Water 

Oh, the joy of a hot shower. Winters nearly mandate hot shower (if you can take a bath in a cold shower, then I salute you). Hot water tends to make skin dry, given that skin on the face is anyway sensitive, it gets affected the most, including the skin on the nose. 

Excessive Dehydration

It is commonly known that we all don’t drink as much water as we do in summer. Unfortunately, the need for the skin to have hydration doesn’t go down in winter; actually, it goes up. Some of you may be seeing dryness around the nose because your water intake is not as much as it was in the warmer months. 

Skincare Products

It seems like a bit of oxymoron, but your skincare products can be causing a bit of dryness around your nose. Specifically, the products containing active ingredients ranging from acids like salicylic acid, lactic acid and vitamins like vitamin A and its derivatives like tretinoin and retinol as well as natural ingredients such as tea tree oil and sandalwood can dry out the skin while delivering the benefits they are being used for. This causes irritation and flakiness. Even the use of physical exfoliators such as scrubs can overdraw the oil from your skin that is actually needed to shield your skin from winter dryness.

How To Fix The Dryness Around the Nose

While it is really tempting to peel off the dry skin around the nose or scrub it off but believe me; you don’t want to do that. It will not only aggravate the sensitivity, but it may also cause infection leading to pimple and scarring. 

So let’s talk cure. Depending on which of the causes discussed earlier affect you, the solution might vary. Although, one solution I would recommend to everyone during winters is to get a humidifier. You can find one on Amazon – Home Spa Luxury Cool Mist Dolphin Humidifier for under Rs. 1500. It will take care of the lack of moisture in the air and help with the overall dryness during winters.

Face Wash

The first step to start remedying the nose dryness is to use the right face wash, one that is not overly drying and if possible, adds moisture to your skin. A great option for you to try out that is already loved by our beauty community is the Nivea Milk Delights Face Wash that doesn’t dry the skin out and maintains its moisture balance through the day.

Calming Creams

The combination of cold weather outside and warm temperature inside, your skin will not only be dry but also be irritated. An excellent option to calm the skin down and provide it moisture is applying a calming cream. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream is a tested and beloved cream that soothes the inflamed and irritated skin. 


If you are using active ingredients mentioned above then this is a no brainer option. A good moisturizer will provide parched skin relief and prevent further dryness. However, it is essential to be careful and not over-moisturize the skin, drowning it in lotions. Instead of a cure, it might agitate the skin resulting in breakouts and scarring. There are a few moisturizers that the community recommends starting with Emolene that can be easily bought at any medical store in your vicinity. The community also recommends trying the Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Mask and the Green Tea Moisturizer.

You can also consider reducing the frequency of using active ingredients until the skin is healed and consider reintroducing it gradually.



Facial Oils 

Don’t be alarmed reading the word ‘oils’. Using good quality facial oils as the last step in your skincare routine can do wonders for those flakes around your nose. Facial oils will help seal all the moisture in preventing your skin from drying out. The community recommends a variety of oils some of them being household staples such Pure unadulterated Virgin Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Clarified Butter (ghee), Squalane Oil and Jojoba Oil. A hack that a community member shared that I ought to share is putting a few drops of Almond Oil in your nostrils every night before bed and in your belly button, to help calm down the inflammation both around and inside the nose.

Vaseline and Boroline

Consider Vaseline and Boroline your winter staples. When you are in a dash and dine kind of a situation and have no time or don’t want to invest in new skincare products to take care of dryness around the nose then there’s nothing more than your nose will love than Vaseline and Boroline.


High Omega 3 and Antioxidant-rich Foods

It is not uncommon for most of us to have food that is low in Omega 3 and antioxidants. Omega 3 affects skin’s oil production and in turn, affects the dryness of the skin. Whereas, the antioxidants prevent and slow the skin’s ageing, and results in decreased dryness. Older skin is known to be thinner and drier.  If your food is lacking in these, you can consider adding these through supplements. 

The fantastic part about these solutions is that you can easily integrate them into your existing routine, mix and match them to arrive at a combination that works best for you. Do tell us which of these options or combinations worked for you the best. 

What products and remedies would you recommend for dryness around the skin? Do Share with the global beauty community in the comments below!

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