They may be called “Spring” allergies, but they start far earlier than when the first tree blossoms. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, in many areas of the U.S., Spring allergies can start as early as February and last until the early Summer. What’s more, two-thirds of people who have Spring allergies suffer symptoms all year round, making the season irrelevant for many. And while the symptoms of allergies like coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny or stuffy nose are all unpleasant, they can also leave behind a separate situation – dry, flaky skin, particularly around the nose thanks to constant irritation from tissues.
Here are some simple strategies to fix dry skin around the nose so you can feel confident and comfortable — no matter what time of year it is.
Ways to Fix Dry Skin Around Your Nose
Moisturize Every Day
Applying moisturizer can have benefits for your skin, as a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Science illustrates. Not only can the right moisturizer help alleviate dry and irritated skin, it can prevent dry skin from reoccurring. To keep skin around the nose from getting too dry, try applying moisturizer first thing in the morning, then again at night to help soothe skin while you sleep.
Get Help With a Humidifier
February and March tend to be low in humidity (which is the amount of water vapor in the air), and this low humidity can dry out your sinuses, which may cause you to blow your nose more and increase dryness around the area. Keep the air in your house moist by using a humidifier, which can help ease symptoms of a respiratory issue like allergies and keep skin from becoming too chapped and dry from the air outside.
Use a Nasal Spray
Many allergy pills can still leave you feeling congested, leading to excessive nose blowing and the drying of your skin. A nasal spray like Flonase Sensimist Allergy Relief relieves nasal congestion, leaving you breathing easier and less likely to chafe the skin around your nose by constantly using tissues.
Stick to 15-Minute Showers (or Less)
Any longer and you’re at risk of removing the natural oils in your skin, which can leave you more prone to dryness, says the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Unless necessary, bathe or shower only once a day, and keep water lukewarm, as water that’s too hot is another skin sabotager when it comes to dryness.