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Oily Nose: Why It Happens and How to Rid of Excess Grease

Oily Nose

Nervous facing your date with an oily nose? Don’t worry. This is a NORMAL experience people go through.

…Actually, people get oily even if they’re NOT doing anything. It’s because there’s a lot of occurrences that your skin puts up with daily. (Imagine how vexed they are…) 

Curious how they suffer throughout the day?

You’ll find out about that here. We’ve written about all the factors that cause an oily nose. We have prevention tips for you too!

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Why is My Nose So Oily?

Why is My Nose So Oily

Sebaceous glands are actually the ONE responsible for sebum production. People with oily skin types are often the victims of oily noses as they have LARGER nose pores.

Most people confuse oil with hydration due to UNNECESSARY excess sebum production. They think they DON’T need to control shine on their nose because it’s hydrated — but it’s not.

Ultimately, excess oil leads to acne breakouts. That’s why an oily nose also leads to pimples on the nose!

But sebum is NOT all that bad, though. With the RIGHT AMOUNT of lubrication, they protect your skin against:

  • Water loss
  • Bacteria and fungi
  • Friction

They hydrate and maintain moisture levels with just ENOUGH oil. So you DON’T have to put all the blame on them. They do provide great benefits to the skin.

But sometimes, you can’t just control how much your nose produces oil. So what EXACTLY are the reasons behind excess oils on your nose?


Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do. It can be DIFFICULT to avoid having an oily nose due to genetics. The least you can do is control oil production with a proper skincare routine.


Youngsters tend to have an OILIER skin type compared to oldies. As you get old, your glands will more likely slow down functioning — they REDUCE oil production eventually.

So don’t go questioning yourself why you often experience dry skin in your 30s. This is more likely the RESULT of the skin aging process.

But if you STILL have oily skin even in your adulthood, this could be due to the enlargement of pores. And as we just mentioned earlier, LARGER pores tend to produce more oil.


During teenage years, people have a tendency to become randomly EMOTIONAL. This is a result of hormonal fluctuations. Women are often the victims due to menstruation.

Hormonal fluctuation usually results in stress. Stress INCREASES cortisol levels. And this gives rise to excess oil production in return.


Men have more ACTIVE sebaceous glands compared to women. Therefore, they’re MORE prone to oily noses overall. They produce excess oil on the skin TWICE as much as women.

Sun Exposure

Nose produces EXTRA oil with prolonged sun exposure. Sun likes keeping oil production at a maximum rate when your skin feels hot.

Spicy Foods and Alcohol

Sweating is not just a result of getting fried out by the sun or when you’re aiming for a full set of abs. You also get hot by CONSUMING any spicy food. It’s because spicy foods dilate blood vessels.

In the end, sweat triggers oil glands to become MORE active thus, resulting in oilier skin (and eventually acne blemishes if left untreated).

Alcohol also STIMULATES the skin to produce more oil, even with combination skin types.

It DRAINS up essential substances that make your skin healthy. It eventually becomes TOUGHER to control oil production.

Additionally, alcohol accelerates the accumulation of dead skin cells which would become another problem to worry about if it’s ignored. Sounds like a bother, right?

Poor Skincare Habits

Of course, it’s HARDER to control oily skin when you’re using the wrong ingredients. Using harsh ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is found in most body or bar soap formulations, and any alcohol-based skin care products contributes to oily skin.

Over-cleansing is also a RED FLAG for skincare habits for someone with an oily nose. Overall, they encourage excess oil production because they peel off vital moisture from your skin.

This causes your skin to COMPENSATE for moisture loss.

Even some skincare products are bad news. A more specific product is oil blotting sheets. They STRIP the skin of natural oils.

They may seem like they’re doing their job, but actually, they’re NOT.

How to Get Rid of Oily Skin

How to Get Rid of Oily Skin

1. Treat Acne and Oily Nose with Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is one of the best hydrating ingredients for an oily nose. They FIGHT excess sebum production and remove dead skin cells.

Even MORE good news is that salicylic acid can also PENETRATE your skin on a deeper level to unclog pores. It’s a 2-in-1 ingredient— you’re able to control acne and get rid of excess oil from your skin at the same time!

Wash your face with a salicylic acid cleanser as your first step in your skincare routine to keep your skin HYDRATED throughout the day.

Alternatively, you can also use a lactic acid formula or benzoyl peroxide product to GET RID of your oily nose much quicker.

These are different from salicylic acid which can be applied directly. So with this, you’ll need to:

  • Apply a few drops to a cotton ball/pad 
  • Gently rub your t-zone area (or generally any area with more oil on it)
  • Wait for your t-zone to dry
  • Follow with your favorite moisturizer

2. Apply Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

Broad-spectrum sunscreen REDUCES sun damage experienced by your skin. Apply sunscreen with SPF 50 before you get your skin exposed to the sun.

3. Use Mild Soap

A strong soap is UNSAFE for an oily nose (even for anyone with a combination skin type). Always assume that your skin is sensitive —treat them with utmost care. You’re BETTER off with a mild soap.

Switch to warm water as well. Boiling water may offer an oil-free face, but it’ll make your skin as DRY as the Sahara desert!

So wash your face with warm water using a mild soap or face wash DAILY. You can also try out any of the usual Korean face washes available online. They’re generally mild on the skin.

4. Mix Sandalwood Powder and Lemon Juice

This is one of the easiest home remedies you can do to REMOVE excess sebum from your oily nose:

  • Paste them all over your skin once the mixture is done
  • Wash your face after with warm water

This method results in tighter pores, improving acne blemishes on your skin. This will keep your nose HYDRATED enough!

Plus, it’s a great way to cover up a pimple without using any makeup or concealer.

5. Eat Zinc-Rich Foods

It’s better to switch to the consumption of zinc-rich foods since they are BENEFICIAL to oily skins. They’re even found in many skincare products.

The top zinc-rich foods you SHOULD consume are:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Greek yogurt
  • Oats
  • Crab
  • Oysters
  • Chickpeas
  • Mushrooms



We know it’s a lot to take in.

Why do you even have to go to great lengths just to treat your oily nose, right? Can’t just one product be enough?

Well… you can use one, but treatment will be as slow as snail. Don’t expect to see your nose a MILLION times better than yesterday.

Skincare is difficult to maintain — even a small portion of your body needs BIG attention as skin is a delicate part of a human being.

So each and every tip here is ESSENTIAL; whether you’re only treating your oily nose or your oily skin overall, you MUST take all these factors into account.

So be careful with what you do, where you go, and how you take care of your body.

Paola Diaz
Paola Diaz

Hi, I'm Paola! A skin care enthusiast and nature lover. Creating content that promotes proper skin treatment and keeping a healthy glow is my way of sharing with the world how healthy skin can go a long way. I’m a firm believer of natural beauty that radiates inside all of us. All we need is the right kind of nourishment that inspires our wellness from inside out. So it’s really not about physical beauty alone – it’s the beautiful life we can create for ourselves when we connect with our own nature and see there is beauty that shines from every one of us.