Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes patches of red, dry, and itchy skin. There are several different types of eczema that affect various areas of the body, as well as several factors as to what causes it. Unfortunately, much to the discomfort and embarrassment of some people, eczema can also develop on the face — including on or around the nose.
Read on to discover everything you need to know about eczema on the nose and how you can start treating it naturally.
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
What is Nose Eczema?
Eczema on or around the nose is most likely a result of seborrheic dermatitis, a type of eczema that affects areas where there are a lot of oil-producing (sebaceous) glands, such as the scalp, upper back, and nose. Or it could also be from perioral dermatitis, if the eczema is found around the nose in the folds.
However, atopic dermatitis can also form on the face including the nose. Normally these forms of eczema tend to appear as red, itchy or flaky.
It’s always best to speak with a doctor to diagnose perioral dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis or eczema before starting any treatments.
Symptoms of Eczema on the Nose
Eczema on the nose is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Itchy inside nose or on the outside
- Dry, sensitive skin with rough or scaly patches
- Redness around nose and inflamed skin
- Oozing or crusting
- Greasy or swollen skin
- White or yellowish crusty flakes
Relentless scratching can cause the affected skin to become darker and develop a thicker or leathery texture. If your nose is itchy inside or outside, then scratching can cause the skin to crack or bleed, the damaged skin barrier is more vulnerable to viruses or bacteria. Infection such as staph infection can occur as well if left untreated.
How to Treat Eczema Around Nose
While nose eczema can be a cause of embarrassment, it’s impossible and unrealistic to hide you or your little one’s face from the public at all times. Thankfully, however, there are some products and protective clothing you can use to treat or reduce symptoms so that the eczema is more manageable.
As you can imagine, when dealing with facial eczema, using gentle and natural products is more important than ever. Be wary of harmful ingredients that will irritate your skin furter and avoid them. Research topical steroids before committing to using them on delicate facial skin. Chemicals or toxins found in some skincare products can cause burning, stinging or other negative reactions. We always recommend natural ingredients for treating eczema, especially on the face. See our recommendations below on our top natural treatments for eczema on the nose.
Natural Skincare for Nose Eczema
Thankfully you can treat perioral dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis and eczema on the nose usually in the same manner. Here are our top tips.
Organic Calendula Face Wash – Calendula, seaweed and a blend of soothing herbs, soothe inflamed skin in this organic face wash. The gel-like consistency will not strip your skin of moisture as so many cleansers do. The best part? One pump of this stuff can clean an entire face, allowing you to use less product and save money overtime.
Organic Aloe Vera for Eczema Skin Soothing Spray – Enjoy the cooling and refreshing effects of this soothing spray. Great for anywhere on the body — including the face! Also, if you are suffering from seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp, the non-greasy formula of this spray can help relieve an itchy or damp scalp.
Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream – Soft and creamy, this oil-based balm does not burn or sting. Made with just six ingredients – including anti-inflammatory Manuka honey – it’s sure to moisturize even the driest of skin. Simply apply a thin layer over the nose either during the day or overnight to help moisturize and repair skin.
How do you deal with eczema on or around your nose? Let us know in the comments below!