Help for Dry Facial Skin & Red Skin Around the Nose in Men

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Specialty facial soaps and moisturizing creams aren't just for women. Men's faces can also go through bouts of dryness, and proper skincare is just as important for men as it is for women. Dry skin and redness around the nose can often be treated with a few products and a little facial TLC, although sometimes you may need a doctor's care if your skin condition is caused by something more serious.

Manly Moisturizer

To treat dry skin, use a facial moisturizer three to four times a day. For very dry skin, choose a thicker moisturizer such as an ointment or cream rather than a thinner lotion. Also, use a gentle hypoallergenic moisturizer to prevent further skin irritation or a possible allergic reaction. MayoCloinic.com suggests using a moisturizer with antioxidants, dimethicone or grape seed oil to help keep skin hydrated. To expose your skin to even more moisture, put on your moisturizing cream after bathing or washing your face to lock in moisture from the water on your skin.

Dry Air Clues

If the air in your home is dry, this can cause your skin to also be dry. This is particularly true in the winter or during dry spells of weather where the air lacks humidity. To counteract this, use a home humidifier. A humidifier will add moisture to the dry air, which will in turn help your skin from drying out.

Bathing and Grooming

Showering too often, bathing in extremely hot water and using strong, irritating soaps that strip your skin of oil can also dry out your face and cause redness. Try to keep your showers short, and don't expose your facial skin to hot water for long periods. Use lukewarm water and a mild, hypoallergenic soap. Oatmeal soap can also help soothe dry facial skin. When shaving, always use a shaving lotion, gel or cream to lubricate and protect your facial skin. Use a clean razor, and don't use an old, worn-out blade. Shave only in the direction of the hair growth to prevent irritation.

Dos and Don'ts

Dry skin and redness in the nose can also be the sign of a potential skin problem, such as extrema, psoriasis or contact dermatitis. If your face or nose feels itchy or you notice flakiness, a rash, bumps or sores, this may be due to a medical condition and you should see a doctor. Allergies may also cause red skin around the nose and dry skin, triggered by things such as dust, dander, chemicals or even certain foods.

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