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It’s essential to visit a dermatologist if you start to develop firm, spherical pimples or notice that the skin on your face is thickening. The nose is where these changes are most frequent. They might also be seen on your forehead, eyelids, chin, or one or both of your ears.
These changes are referred to as phyma in medicine. Rhinophyma is the medical term for the thickening of the skin on the nose. (1)
The appearance of your nose can be affected by many factors including age, sun exposure, and genetics. (2) The nose is a prominent facial feature, so if it’s not in the best condition, this can cause people to feel self-conscious.
If allowed to advance, phyma can potentially result in health issues. When it affects the nose, breathing may be difficult. Your vision may also suffer from swollen, thick eyelids. (1)
It is best to diagnose and treat phyma as soon as possible. If discovered early enough, your dermatologist might be able to cure it with medicine. Treatment gets increasingly challenging when the skin thickens.
This article will present treatment options for phyma and ways to reduce the thickness of your nose naturally.
Ways to Reduce Thick Skin on Nose Naturally
If you have thick skin on your nose, there are a few things you can do to reduce it naturally.
First, try exfoliating your nose regularly with a gentle scrub. This will help to slough dead skin cells and make your nose appear less thick.
Second, you may apply a thin layer of raw honey to your nose daily. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it helps to keep skin hydrated.
Finally, make sure to use a noncomedogenic moisturizer on your nose daily to keep it from becoming dry and irritated.
Having thick skin on your nose may make you self-conscious about your appearance. Thick skin can make your nose appear larger than it is, which can be difficult to cover with makeup.
Fortunately, there are several home remedies that you can try to reduce the thickness of your skin and improve its appearance.
- Exfoliate your skin frequently. This will help to remove dead skin cells and give your skin a smoother appearance. You can use a store-bought exfoliating product or make your own by mixing sugar or salt with olive oil or lemon juice. (3)(4)
- Apply a hydrating mask to your nose at least once a week. This will help to moisturize your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Look for masks containing hyaluronic acid or glycerine. (5)
- Talk to your doctor about laser therapy options. This should only be considered if other home remedies have not worked for your skin.
- Use sunscreen regularly. This will help protect your skin from damage caused by the UV rays of the sun.
- Quit smoking. Smoking cigarettes is one of the worst things you can do for your skin health. If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your skin and your overall health.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water and moisturizing helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy looking. Choose a moisturizer that’s suitable for your skin type and contains hyaluronic acid. (5)
Treatment for Skin Thickening
Apply a topical retinoid cream to your nose nightly. This type of cream stimulates collagen production and exfoliates excess growth, thereby reducing the thickness of your skin over time.
Be sure to use a pea-sized amount and avoid getting the cream in your eyes. Always use it under a dermatologist’s recommendation. (6)
Rhinophyma can be permanently removed through surgery or laser therapy. Laser therapy can help to improve the texture and tone of your skin by stimulating collagen deposition. (7) However, it is important to note that laser therapy is not suitable for everyone.
Gentle skin care that focuses on sun protection is also essential to avoid triggers and reduce thickening.
Prevention of Thick Skin on the Nose
Here are a few things you can do to prevent thick skin on your nose:
- First, avoid picking at your nose. This will only make the problem worse.
- Second, use a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist. This will help to prevent the skin from drying out and consequently becoming irritated.
- Third, use a gentle, nonabrasive cleanser on your face twice a day to remove dirt and oil without stripping away the natural oils that protect your skin.
- Finally, apply a light, nongreasy moisturizer to your nose and face every day to keep the skin hydrated.
If you’re looking to reduce the thickness of your skin, there are a few things you can do naturally.
By following a gentle skin care routine which includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, you should hopefully see a reduction in the thickness of your skin over time.