Use of harsh facial products, cold weather, and some skin problems like running nose or eczema, can make the skin under nose dry. Usually, dry skin is not a big issue. It can be treated easily with few of the home remedies. If left ignored, dry skin may lead to more severe complications like bleeding or bacterial infection. So, it is important to cure and prevent dry skin under your nose.
Treating Dry Skin
Use Gentle Skin Cleanser and Warm Water to Clean Your Face
First of all, you need to remove all the loose dead skin cells and any dirt to care for dry skin. Scaly skin can cause secondary bacterial infection and open wounds. So, keep the area under your nose. Don’t use harsh bathing soaps that can make it even worse. Use mild soaps or cleansers with added essential oils. Don’t use alcohol-based cleansers and antibacterial detergents as they may cause dryness.
Let Your Skin to Dry Gently
Don’t use a harsh towel to rub your face as it may dry your skin and irritate more. Instead, pat dry your skin or use a soft towel under your nose.
Use Ice Cube on the Area to Lessen Inflammation
If dry skin is swollen, red or inflamed under your nose, wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and apply it over the area for a couple of minutes to reduce pain and inflammation. Don’t apply it directly on the skin as it may cause damage. Wrap it in a clean cloth or paper towel. If a skin is just dry without redness, pain or swelling, skip this step.
Moisturize Your Skin under Nose
Ointments and creams keep water from escaping from your skin and seal in the natural moisture of the skin. So, it is important to apply a rich moisturizer to your nose. Use thicker or hypoallergenic moisturizer. A lot of lotions are watery but moisturizing enough for dry skin. Don’t use moisturizers that have alcohol, fragrances, retinoid or AHA. Don’t use over-the-counter lotions or anti-inflammatory creams unless doctors recommend. They may have chemicals that can cause skin irritation. If cream causes itching or burning, stop using it.
Go for Natural Moisturizers
You can use some of the natural products to prevent dry skin. You can try hemp seed oil or sunflower seed oil as they are mild and full of vitamin E and fatty acids to repair your skin. Coconut oil can also be applied to your skin directly. Raw honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties to moisten your skin.
Use Moisturizer All Day until Dry Skin is Cleaned Up
Certain conditions or factors are likely to draw moisture away from the skin like eczema or cold weather. Hence, it is important to keep your skin moisturized all day and night. You may use Vaseline petroleum jelly during the day and before sleep.
Look for Signs of Infection
Dry skin may sometimes cause infections and can be common around and under your nose. See the doctor, if any of these signs is noticed – red bumps, redness, pus, swelling and boils. If affected area gets worse suddenly or gets swollen or painful, it may be an allergic reaction. See the doctor ASAP.
Keep Shower or Bath Time Shorter
Bathing in excess may remove some of the natural oils of your skin and it may lose moisture. Limit your daily showers or baths to at least 5 to 10 minutes and don’t wash your face and skin under nose too often.
Wash or Bath with Warm Water, not Hot Water
Hot water may wash off all the natural oils from the skin. Hence, you should wash your face or shower with lukewarm water.
Use Shower Gels and Cleansers with Added Moisturizers
Don’t use harsh soaps which are likely to dry out your skin too often. Instead, go for soap-free, moisturizing cleansers for your face and moisturizing shower gels like Olay and Dove. You may also add oils to bath water.
Moisturize Your Skin Instantly after Washing Face or Taking Bath
This is helpful to seal the spaces between cells and lock in the natural moisture in your skin. Apply moisturizer within a couple of minutes after washing the face or taking a bath. If the skin is very dry under your nose, you can apply baby oil just after washing the skin. Oil may keep the evaporation of water from skin surface better than oil moisturizers. If skin remains oily all the time, you may use oil at bedtime only.
Use Facial Products with Added Moistures
If you use cosmetics under your nose over the skin, look for products which come with added moisturizers inside. Don’t use products which have retinoid, alcohol or AHA. Look for products which don’t have fragrance and which are made for sensitive skin. If you are unable to find the best product or don’t know what to choose, ask your doctor whether you should use prescription products. Apply sunscreen of around SPF 30 or choose a product which contains sunscreen to apply when you go outside
Take Care while Shaving
Shaving can cause skin irritation. If you shave after taking a warm shower, apply a damp, warm cloth on your face for a couple of minutes to open your skin pores and soften the hair. Avoid ‘dry shave’ as it can severely cause irritation. Use a lubricating shave gel or cream. Opt for shaving cream that is hypoallergenic for sensitive skin. It is better to use a sharp razor because you have to move dull razor several times that can increase the chances of skin irritation. Shave in the direction where your hair grows, i.e. downwards
Don’t Scratch the Skin
It can cause bleeding or irritate dry skin if cracks get deep enough. If itching occurs in your skin, apply an ice cube on it for a couple of minutes to reduce itching and swelling. Press a clean towel over it if a skin is bleeding. You may also apply antibiotic cream to reduce the risk of infection. Ask the doctor if bleeding doesn’t stop.