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How Nasal Skin Gets Thicker Over Time and Reduction Strategies Using Retinols and Lasers

Updated: Jun 26

woman with long hair and a diagram of her nose, showing increased thickness of the nose over time


The nasal skin can become thicker over time due to increased dermal thickness and heightened sebum production, which often affects the aesthetic and structural aspects of the nose. Enhancing these conditions involves understanding their dermatological basis and employing targeted treatments like retinoids and laser therapies.

Thickening of the Nasal Skin: Causes and Consequences

 Increased dermal thickness and sebum production in nasal skin can be influenced by genetics, hormonal changes, and environmental exposure. Overactive sebaceous glands contribute to thicker, oilier skin which can affect nasal contour and texture [(Guyuron & Lee, 2017)](

Retinoids: Mechanisms and Effects on Skin Thickness

 Retinoids, such as tretinoin (all-trans-retinoic acid), are potent derivatives of vitamin A known to regulate skin cell growth and turnover. They significantly impact the skin by promoting dermal collagen production and reducing oil production, leading to a decrease in skin thickness and sebum levels. Clinical studies have demonstrated that topical retinoids can induce epidermal hyperplasia, effectively increasing epidermal thickness initially but also enhancing dermal collagen synthesis over time, contributing to a firmer, smoother skin appearance [(Schiltz et al., 1986)](

Laser Treatments: Efficacy in Skin Resurfacing

Laser therapies, particularly those using fractional lasers, have been shown to effectively treat and remodel thick skin. Lasers like the 1540-nm Er:Glass laser are non-ablative and can penetrate deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen remodeling without damaging the skin surface. This treatment is clinically proven to increase dermal thickness and improve the skin's mechanical properties, offering a significant reduction in skin thickness and improved texture [(Dahan et al., 2004)](

Combining Treatments for Optimal Results

 Combining retinoids and laser treatments may provide synergistic effects, enhancing the structural and aesthetic properties of nasal skin. Retinoids prepare the skin by normalizing cellular turnover and reducing sebum, making it more receptive to laser treatments that promote deeper collagen remodeling.


Managing the thickening of nasal skin effectively involves a combination of topical retinoids and advanced laser treatments. These methods not only reduce dermal thickness and sebum production but also improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the nose by providing a more refined and youthful look. For further detailed exploration and understanding of the treatment methods and their outcomes, refer to the scientific literature and consult with experts.

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