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Revealed! 6 Easy Ways to Treat an Oily Nose

If you have a nose that shines all the time as though you rubbed oil on it even when the rest of your face looks normal,  don’t get too worried. It’s a common problem and this article will show you how to treat an oily nose.

Oiliness usually happens when the sebaceous glands on your nose secrete too much sebum —the natural oil that lubricates and protects your skin. If your skin is oily, your nose produces more oil because the pores on your nose are larger than other pores on your face. And since the size of your pores is determined by genetics, it only means that it can’t be controlled. To then treat an oily nose, you have to take some measures to reduce the amount of sebum your nose produces.

What Causes an Oily Nose?

causes of oily nose include wrong use of skin care products
Wrong use of skin care products can cause oily nose

Before moving straight to the tips on how to treat an oily nose, let’s check out some of its causes to know the root of the problem.


Hormonal imbalance can increase the sebum your nose produces and this is why many people experience acne right from their teenage days.

Wrong Use of Skincare Products

Using skin care products that contain Benzoyl Peroxide to control your oily nose can worsen the problem. The skin on your nose is very sensitive to inflammation and chemical agents as that could lead to dermatitis.

Combination Skin Type

If you have a normal skin type on your forehead and cheeks but only experience oiliness on your nose and chin, for instance, you have a combination skin type and this is a cause of oily nose.

Enlarged Nose Pores

As stated earlier, if the pores on your nose are larger than other pores on your face, you’ll definitely produce excess oil.

How to Treat an Oily Nose

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You can treat oily nose by washing your face regularly

1. Wash Your Face At Least  Twice a Day

Use warm water and a mild soap to wash your face in the morning and before you retire to bed to remove dirt, makeup and excess oil from your nose. Make this a habit.

Make sure that you are using natural soaps for cleansing your face. Unlike drugstore soaps, organic soaps contain only natural ingredients which don’t cause skin irritations. For those who already have skin rashes, it is an important step to check the ingredients of your soap.

For instance, if you have dry or sensitive skin using natural goat milk soaps might be a brilliant idea as goat milk contains lactic acid which is a natural exfoliator and will gently remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin.

However, for those who have oily skin, it would be better to use soaps that contain aloe vera which will smoothly remove excessive oils without damaging the skin’s microbiome.

2. Moisturise Your Face

After washing your face, apply an oil-free moisturiser to hydrate your nose and balance the oiliness. Ensure the moisturiser you use is completely oil-free.

3. Exfoliate Your Face

To exfoliate means to remove dead skin cells and allow your skin absorb your skincare products. If the dead skin cells on your nose get too much it will lead to dryness and to make up for this, the sebaceous glands secrete more sebum to hydrate the nose thereby causing oily nose. Therefore, you should exfoliate to take off these dead skin cells.

4. Wear Makeup For Your Skin Type

Since your face is oily, you should always wear makeup that suits your skin type. Wearing makeup for a dry skin, for instance, could mar the situation and even increase oil secretion. Hence, you should always wear oil-free makeup products such as foundation, primer, etc.

5. Drink Enough Water

Always stay hydrated as this helps in controlling excess oil production especially when your skin is dry. You can stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and moisturising regularly.

6. Watch What You Eat

Spicy foods can cause your blood vessels to trigger sweat thereby increasing the oiliness of your nose. Watch your diet and if you have to eat spicy food, let it be once a week.

7. Add a Toner to Your Skincare Routine

Cleansers and moisturisers are important but having an alcohol-free toner can also help you treat an oily nose by making your nose pores smaller.

8. Dab Your Nose with Oil-blotting Sheets

Use oil-blotting sheets to dab your nose regularly throughout the day as the sheets contain powder to help absorb excess sebum and keep oil production at a minimal level.

Adhering consistently to these tips on how to treat an oily nose will give you your desired result in no time.


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Nelly Henshaw

Nelly Henshaw is an Applied Criminology and Sociology Graduate working in Youth Justice Service who equally shares a passion for personal wellbeing and everything to do with Lifestyle such as, Food, Travel, Art, Fashion, Hair and Beauty. She lives in London, UK.

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