How to Clear a Dark Spot on the Nose From Peeling Skin

by Nikki Fiedler ; Updated September 28, 2017

The way in which peeling skin heals is dependent upon how it was damaged by the sun. The nose, with its sensitive skin and prominence on the face, is particularly vulnerable to the damaging UV rays of the sun. Wear sunscreen to prevent future dark spots caused by peeling, and follow these suggestions for correcting any existing dark spots.

Clear Dark Spots

Gently exfoliate and wash your face with warm water and a mild, exfoliating facial scrub until all excess peeling of your nose is complete. Allow the peeling nose skin to come off naturally and do not scrub too vigorously when washing, to encourage self-regeneration of new skin. You want a clean slate to work with, not a raw surface.

Apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel to the dark spot 2 to 3 times a day.

Apply topical vitamin E to your dark spot at night before going to bed, and try to sleep on your back to avoid rubbing the ointment off during your sleep.

Follow steps 1 through 3 for at least a month to see if a natural remedy will work for your dark nose spot.

If your dark spot refuses to fade, buy a topical, over-the-counter remedy containing the lightening agent hydroquinone. A cream with 2 percent of this active ingredient will slowly work to fade your spot without over-irritating the sensitive skin on your nose like higher-dosage prescription creams.

Continue to apply the recommended dose of cream to your darkened nose spot for the prescribed period of time.

Apply sunscreen liberally and daily to prevent dark spots on your nose from coming back or multiplying.


  • Sunscreen and broad-brimmed hats will prevent skin-peeling sunburns and consequently, nose dark spots from appearing and returning. Hydroquinone can cause irritation for some people. Begin with a mild dosage of the product before upping the percentage in a lightening cream.

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About the Author

Nikki Fiedler started writing professionally in 2004. She has been published in "The Vegetarian Journal," "Collegebound," "The Sandspur," "Orlando Style Magazine" and "Rollins Alumni Record." Fiedler graduated from Rollins College in 2008 with a double honors Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and studio art.