The glands of the nose constantly secrete oils resulting in an oily discharge which you perceive as a shiny film on your nose. This oil coating helps to protect the soft tissues in the lining of the nose from injury. This thin coating is normally washed away by the natural secretions and any excess is wiped off by your hands, tissues or other objects etc.
An oily nose is one of the most difficult conditions to deal with. An oily nose can be treated in a number of ways and the first is by using a nose pack that will stimulate the skin inside your nose.
There are many treatments available but you should consult a doctor to know what exactly is causing your oily nose condition. Some of the causes might include:
Heredity – In some cases, it could be a result of heredity and is not under your control. However, you can limit the oil production by following some remedies or using OTC creams or gels.
Hormones – Sometimes hormonal imbalance can also cause an oily nose. Skin produces oil glands to keep the skin moisturized and supple but when the production of these oils are in excess due to hormonal changes, our skin becomes oily and this leads to various other skin issues.
Enlarged Sebaceous Glands – Another reason behind an oily nose is the enlarged sebaceous glands that surround your nose and the blackheads appearing on it. In some cases, your nose might have excess fat cells that block the pores totally and prevent vitamin A from reaching your skin.
- Allergic rhinitis – Allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, mold and pollen trigger an immune reaction in our body which causes inflammation in the nasal passages. This leads to swelling in the nose and the surrounding tissues become watery, resulting in an oily nose.
- Sebaceous Hyperplasia – People who have oily skin and very oily noses could be suffering from Sebaceous Hyperplasia (also known as Sebaceous Adenoma). This condition affects the oil glands of the skin and causes excess oil to be produced. The enlarged oil glands are called Adenomas.
Home Remedies to Treat An Oily Nose
The home remedies to get rid of an oily nose are:
- Drinking fresh water with salt: This is one of the simplest home remedies. Drink 8-10 glasses of fresh water with a pinch of salt every day.
- Using vinegar: Mix 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 3 tablespoons of water. Mix well and use a cotton swab to apply it to your nose. Keep it for about 5 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
- Eating tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C which helps in reducing the oil on your skin. Eat 2-3 tomatoes every day or take tomato juice as it also works to reduce oil secretion.
- Drinking lemon juice: Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon to 1/4 cup of water and drink it to cure oily skin.
- Make a paste of cucumber: Grate two small pieces of cucumbers and add 2 tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon lemon juice to it. Apply the paste on your nose for 5 minutes and then rinse it off using cold water.
How to Prevent An Oily Nose?
Sweating excessively is one of the most common problems in summer. It can be extremely inconvenient and embarrassing. Excessive sweating is nothing to be ashamed about. It is a perfectly natural process that acts as a way of keeping body temperature constant.
This process, however, can be extremely uncomfortable, especially if the sweat stains your clothes or the area around your body. Another problem associated with sweating is excessive oiliness of the skin around the face.
A nose that sweats profusely or oily facial skin often disturbs people. Your face sweats when the temperature of your body rises and circulates a lot of blood, especially when you practice intense exercise. When you breathe quickly, the sebaceous glands in your nose are stimulated and secrete more oil, which makes the walls of the sebaceous gland thicker.
If you tend to have an oily nose, you'll know that it can be pretty embarrassing. Whether you're in the midst of a hot date or out with your friends, there's nothing worse than getting globs of sweat dripping down your nose and onto your face.
There are only a few preventive measures you can follow to prevent an oily nose:
The first thing that you need to do is cleanse your body gently. Remember that the nose pores are the most sensitive and the best thing for you is to cleanse them with a mild cleanser. This will help you get rid of the excess oil from your nose and make it look clearer and healthier.
Other than cleaning your nose, you can also try out some facial exercises to improve the condition of your nose and get rid of the excess oils.
Another important hygiene tip is to change your pillowcase very often and wash your face at least thrice a day to prevent dirt and grime from sticking to your face for too long.
Try face packs like a honey mask or clay masks that can pull out the excess oil from your nose.
Stay hydrated and watch your diet because packed and sugary foods can affect some hormones that can trigger oil production on your face.
Use salicylic acid and oil-free primer and moisturizer to de-stress your skin. Salicylic acid is an active ingredient in Mars by GHC’s Anti-Acne Gel, that can fight against skin conditions like acne, dark spots, excess oil, clogged pores.
To get rid of an oily nose, you can use a tissue or a cotton bud to wipe away excess secretions from your nostrils. The normal production of oil is part of the normal function of the body and if you take the aforesaid measures, you'll be able to decrease the amount of oil on your nose.
The last option would be to visit your primary care physician.