Dry skin under the nose can be caused by several factors, such as, among others, using harsh facial products, the cold weather, and certain skin problems like eczema or running nose. If not treated properly and promptly, dry skin can cause severe complications like bacterial infection or bleeding. As such, it’s important to treat and prevent such condition, and here are a few simple home remedies to do so.
- Clean your face with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.
The first thing to do when treating dry skin under the nose is to get rid of both dirt and dead skin cells on and around the affected area. Scaly skin may cause wounds and bacterial infection. When cleaning your face, use mild cleansers or soaps with essential oils. Avoid using harsh bathing soaps as these can worsen the condition, or alcohol-based cleansers as these can further dry the skin. Always rinse with warm water.
- Pat dry your skin and let it dry completely on its own.
When drying your skin, use a clean, soft towel or cloth, never a rough or harsh towel. Rubbing your face with the latter may irritate and dry out your skin even more. After patting your skin dry, let it air-dry completely.
- Use natural moisturizers for your skin.
Instead of using chemical- or alcohol-based products, use natural products to cure and prevent dry skin. Raw honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties for skin moisturization. You can also try hemp seed, sunflower seed oil, almond oil, and coconut oil. Mild oils are rich in vitamin E and fatty acids which are essential for repairing dry skin. Additionally, avoid using products that have AHA, retinoid, and/or fragrances.
- Use ice cube to reduce the swelling.
Apply an ice cube covered in clean paper towel or cloth over it for about 2 minutes to lessen inflammation and pain. Remember not to put ice directly on your skin as it can cause damage (besides, doing so for long periods will surely be painful).
- Moisturize throughout the day until the dryness is gone.
Certain factors, such as the cold weather or eczema, can strip your skin of its natural moisture. That is why it’s important to keep skin moisturized at all times. You may use petroleum jelly in the daytime and before bedtime.
- Watch out for possible infections.
Dry skin under and around the nose can sometimes lead to infection if left untreated. Get in touch with your doctor should you notice any of these symptoms: boils, swelling, pus, redness, and red bumps. If the affected areas suddenly worsen or become inflamed, an allergic reaction may have occurred, thus seeing a doctor immediately is a must.
- Avoid bathing excessively.
Excessive bathing or washing of the skin removes the natural oils and moisture of the skin. Limit these daily activities to approximately five to ten minutes and do not wash your skin and face too often.
- Bath or wash with warm water.
Use warm water when rinsing or bathing, not hot water as it can wash off the natural oils of the skin and leave the skin dry and dull.
- Use cleansers, shower gels, and facial products with moisturizers.
Harsh soaps have the tendency to dry out the skin as they may contain too much alcohol or chemicals. Therefore, opt for soap-free cleansers and shower gels with added moisturizers. You may also stir in oils to your bathwater.
If you’re using cosmetics, buy products that come with moisturizers as well. Never go for products with AHA, retinoid, or alcohol, and choose those that have no fragrance and are designed for sensitive skin. When going out, apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or use a product that contains sunscreen.
- Moisturize skin immediately after bathing or washing your face.
Moisturizing the skin instantly after bathing or rinsing is useful to seal the gaps between cells and to lock in the skin’s natural moisture. Apply natural moisturizer within 2 minutes after taking a bath or washing your face. If the skin under your nose is extremely dry, you can use baby oil right after rinsing. Oil helps prevent water evaporation from the skin better than oil-based moisturizers. Is your skin becomes too oily, you may apply oil during bedtime only.
- Be extra cautious while shaving.
Shaving, especially when done carelessly, can be a cause of skin irritation. Before shaving, use a damp, warm towel or cloth on your face for about two minutes. This is to soften hair and open your pores, allowing for a smoother shaving. Doing a “dry shave” is likely to cause skin irritation, so always use a lubricating shave cream or gel that is hypoallergenic. Also, make sure to use a new or sharp razor and shave downwards (i.e. towards the direction where the hair grows). Using a dull razor may call for shaving several times which increases the chances of having skin irritation.
- Do not scratch your skin.
Scratching can irritate dry skin and even cause bleeding if the cracks deepen. In case of skin itching, apply an ice cube on the affected area/s for about 2 minutes to alleviate swelling and itching. Gently press a soft towel over the skin if it’s bleeding. Applying an antibiotic cream will help reduce the chances of infection. If bleeding does not stop, consult your doctor right away.