How to get rid of a greasy nose

Updated April 17, 2017

It is common for greasy spots to sneakily present themselves on a freshly washed face. The most common area for greasy skin is in the centre of the face on the nose. Part of the oily T-zone, the nose has larger, more active oil glands and bigger pores compared to other areas of the face. There are countless products created specifically for getting rid of oily spots. If used correctly, these products aid in the battle against greasy faces in general and greasy noses in particular.

Gently wash your face with lukewarm water. Use a mild facial cleanser specifically formulated for oily skin. Check the cleanser label for oil absorbing, skin-balancing ingredients such as tea tree oil or benzoyl peroxide. Rinse the cleanser from your face with cool water to close the pores. Gently pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Apply an alcohol-free toner to your nose using a cotton ball or cotton swab. Toners absorb oil and kill pore-clogging bacteria. Use a toner created for oily skin. Allow the toner to dry.

Apply an oil-free facial moisturiser to your face that includes an SPF of at least 25. Check the label for oil-absorbing ingredients such as oatmeal. These types of moisturisers keep moisture levels balanced and help prevent excess oil from forming on your nose.

Apply an oil-free matt foundation to your face, if you wear make-up. Foundations created for oily skin are readily available in almost every make-up brand. Lightly cover the foundation with matt loose face powder. The powder absorbs oil and offers extra protection to your face's oily T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin. Apply matt pressed face powder to your nose if it gets oily throughout the day.

Soak up excess sebum from your nose with oil blotting papers. These are small, portable sheets of oil-absorbing paper, sometimes coated with powder. Press one sheet of paper to your nose and hold it there for a few seconds. Repeat with additional papers until all of the oil is absorbed.

Wash your face in the evening before bed, following the procedure used in Step 1. Remove all traces of make-up. Apply a nighttime facial moisturiser created for oily skin.


Periodically use a clay facial mask. The clay absorbs excess sebum without stripping the skin of essential oils. Don't wash your face more than twice per day as this can dry your skin. While washing, don't scrub or pull at your skin. Instead, glide your hands lightly over your face. Avoid cleansers and toners that include harsh ingredients such as alcohol, which strips skin of essential oils. This, in turn, causes the oil glands to produce excess sebum, resulting in oily skin. Keep your skin moisturised. Using a moisturiser specially formulated for oily skin keeps the skin balanced between being too dry and too oily. Use coffee filters instead of commercial oil blotting papers. Coffee filters produce the same results at a more economical price.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild facial cleanser
  • Clean, soft towel
  • Alcohol-free toner
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Facial moisturiser for oily skin
  • Foundation for oily skin
  • Matt loose face powder
  • Matt pressed face powder
  • Oil blotting papers
  • Nighttime facial moisturiser for oily skin
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About the Author

Polly Glodowski has been writing for educational publications since 2005. Glodowski received an award for excellence in writing from the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.