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Why Your Nose is Oily and How to Reduce it

Experiencing an oily nose is a common concern. The T-zone refers to the central part of the face, including the forehead, nose, and chin, where sebaceous glands are typically more concentrated. This area is prone to increased oil production compared to the rest of the face, producing a natural oil known as sebum. Various factors, from hormones and genetics to environmental conditions and skincare products, can influence sebum production.

In this article, we'll delve into the causes of an oily nose and discuss effective ways to reduce and control it.

What causes an oily nose?

Individuals with oily or combination skin are particularly prone to experiencing an oily nose due to increased sebum production in the T-zone area. Sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands, plays a crucial role in maintaining skin hydration and protecting against external irritants. However, when sebum production becomes excessive, it can lead to oily skin and clogged pores.

Hormonal fluctuations, which are a common factor in many individuals' lives, can significantly influence sebum production. During puberty, for example, surges in hormone levels stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, often resulting in oily skin and acne breakouts, particularly in the T-zone, including the nose. Additionally, hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can also impact oil gland activity, leading to fluctuations in oiliness.

Enlarged pores, which can be genetic, contribute to excess oiliness on the face by providing more surface area for sebum production. Genetics play a role in determining pore size, with some individuals naturally having larger pores than others. Larger pores are more prone to becoming clogged with excess oil, dirt, and debris, leading to a shiny appearance and increased oiliness, especially in the T-zone.

Overuse of skincare products can also exacerbate oily skin. Contrary to popular belief, drying out the skin with harsh cleansers or overusing acne treatments can strip away the skin's natural oils, causing it to produce even more sebum to compensate for the loss. This can result in a vicious cycle of oiliness and potentially worsen acne and congestion in the T-zone, including the nose.

Which products should you apply to reduce an oily nose?

Here, we have listed the best products at SKINICIAN for those dealing with oily skin, particularly in the T-zone and nose area. For individuals with combination skin of dry combined with an oily T-zone, we advocate for a combined skincare approach.


Purifying Cleansing Gel

Start your morning and evening skincare routine with Purifying Cleansing Gel, which is enriched with pore-refining ingredients. This gel effectively dissolves excess sebum, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and calm. 

For best results to clear up an oily nose, double cleanse both morning and night, focusing particularly on the T-zone and nose area to effectively eliminate debris, makeup, and dirt. The second cleanse allows the ingredients to deeply penetrate, tightening pores and effectively dissolving excess sebum.



Purifying Toner

Next, apply Purifying Toner to further regulate oil production and help minimise shine. Just a few quick spritzes provide your skin with everything it needs to maintain a healthy and happy complexion while preventing breakouts.



Purifying Moisturiser

Finally, Purifying Moisturiser not only provides broad-spectrum SPF30 sun protection but also effectively controls excess oil and reduces breakouts. With its mattifying properties, it leaves your skin with a smooth and shine-free finish throughout the day.




Purifying Green Clay Mask

Recommended as a treatment 2-3 times a week, Green Clay helps gently draw out excess oil, purify the skin, and refine pores for a smoother, clearer complexion that feels cleansed and refreshed.



Combination Skin

For those with combination skin, managing both oily and dry areas can be challenging. To combat this, we suggest combining a bundle of products from both the Revitalising and Purifying ranges. This blend helps regulate sebum production and keeps the skin balanced, addressing oily T-zones and dryness effectively:


The Revitalising Cleanser is gentle on the skin and effectively removes dirt, makeup, SPF, and impurities without drying the skin. Formulated with Grapeseed Oil and calming ingredients, it leaves skin feeling nourished and hydrated.




The Purifying Toner is ideal for combination skin. It hydrates and refreshes while reducing sebum production.




The Revitalising Day Moisturiser helps to hydrate the skin without leaving a greasy residue. With SPF30, it protects against UV rays and environmental aggressors throughout the day.




For treatments, we recommend a multi-masking approach. The Purifying Mask helps to draw out excess oil and refine pores, while the Repair Mask reduces inflammation and restores radiance. Use individually 2-3 times per week or as needed based on your skin's needs.




Ingredients that reduce an oily nose

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At SKINICIAN, we meticulously select ingredients that offer multifunctional benefits to address various skin concerns, ensuring that our products deliver exceptional results while minimising the need for multiple products.

For oily skin, our carefully selected ingredients include powerhouses that effectively control excess oil production and promote a balanced complexion. Zinc PCA stands out for its oil-controlling properties, effortlessly mattifying the skin and absorbing excess oil. Witch Hazel serves as another key ingredient, adept at removing excess oils and nurturing the skin's delicate barrier for optimal healing.

Additionally, Grape Seed Oil plays a pivotal role in regulating oil levels while eliminating pore-clogging impurities and dead skin cells, which can contribute to breakouts. Furthermore, the inclusion of Vitamin E provides essential protection against free radicals while aiding in the healing process of skin breakouts.

For soothing and calming benefits, we harness the natural properties of Green Tea to alleviate inflammation and calm breakouts, while Chamomile has the ability to soothe and heal the skin.

Lifestyle changes to combat an oily nose

Combatting an oily nose starts with prioritising skin health through simple lifestyle changes. Ensure hydration by drinking plenty of water and maintain a balanced diet packed with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats while limiting sugary and greasy foods to regulate oil production. Integrate stress-relief techniques into your daily routine and stay active to regulate hormones and improve circulation.

Final skincare tip for managing your oily nose

Stay consistent with your skincare routine. Consistency is key to effectively managing excess oil production and maintaining a balanced complexion. Stick to your cleansing, toning, moisturising, and treatment routine diligently, both morning and night, to see the best results in controlling oiliness and promoting healthy skin.

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