Just about everyone’s skin requires a little more TLC during the winter months, but one common beauty problem that is universally frustrating and perplexing is that unsightly layer of dry skin that seems to form around the nose the second temperatures drop. No matter what you seem to do–or how many creams you rub into the area–it’s difficult to keep this sensitive spot from turning red and peeling… which doesn’t exactly make for the loveliest holiday photo session.
First of all, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. “During the winter season dry skin around the nose is very common as the delicate skin around the nose tends to be the first area to lose moisture,” says Dr. Jill Waibel at Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute. “The cold, windy weather and low humidity can cause the skin around your nose to become white and flaky and one may experience dryness and discomfort on the inside.”
The first thing you should do to combat dry skin around your nose is invest in a quality box of tissues, like Puffs, and stop using harsh tissues like the ones you find in restaurants, Waibel says.
If it’s too late and your nose has lost the good fight, Waibel recommends moisturizing the skin around the nose with a gentle product like Aquaphor. “Utilizing a humidifier will also alleviate the feeling of dryness on the inside,” Waibel says. “Another tip I suggest would be applying saline (to the inside of the nose)–as long as it is not Afrin or any other steroid, which may break down the blood vessels and cause the nose to bleed.”
If your dry nose problem persists and there isn’t a cream on the market that can hydrate and soften the area, Waibel says the problem may require medical intervention. “When people get a runny nose or illness they tend to touch their nose and spread staph aureus and other germs,” she says. “These germs actually live in the nose and migrate onto the skin causing it to become red and itchy. If after trying several remedies, the dryness persists, I suggest one visit a Board Certified dermatologist for a culture and evaluation.”
As with many skin issues, prevention is the best solution. Use better tissues, keep a humidifier plugged in by your bedside, moisturize each day and night, and–most importantly–keep your hands far away from your nose.
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