If redness around the nose is something you've been struggling with, keep in mind that it's there for a reason. The most important thing is to determine why it's there and treat the underlying cause—rather than cover up the problem with concealers or powders that could aggravate the situation. If you're concerned about persistent redness around the nose, we’ve compiled the causes and at-home remedies to help relieve the irritation.
It’s important to note that some of the most common causes of redness around the nose are rosacea, perioral dermatitis, and allergies. Both perioral dermatitis and rosacea can have tiny little pustules on a red patch. Rosacea may also have cysts and those threadlike red lines (aka spider veins). Dermatitis may have a small number of white scales.
What are Pustulates and Spider Veins?
Pustulates are small blisters or pimples. Telangiectasia is the technical term for a collection of spider veins. While neither sounds particularly appealing, they're naturally forming—plus, being able to identify them is the first step in correcting them.
Even when not a true rosacea, the root of redness can still be a series of small capillaries that are broken in that area around the nose. We have a large number of these small network systems around the side of the nose, and they can be temperamental in that capillaries are possibly affected by a whole host of factors, including temperature changes, hormones or pregnancy, sun exposure, alcohol consumption, or injury to the area. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of sun protection around the nose, especially with minerals like zinc and titanium.
To simplify matters, we compiled 10 ways you can tone down redness around your nose:
- Invest in a Humidifier
Use a humidifier at night while sleeping to ensure that skin does not get dried out. For additional relief, adding essential oils or calming agents like lavender, chamomile, or cucumber into your humidifier for extra hydration and calming effects.
- Avoid These Foods
If the cause is rosacea, you want to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods, which aggravate and make the redness more prominent. If the cause is perioral dermatitis, this can be flared up by hormonal changes, so make sure to visit your gynecologist to treat those changes.
- Apply a Cold Compress
Cold compresses are a good way to keep redness and inflammation around the nose (and all over the face) at bay. Avoid using hot water when washing the face or showering—use more tepid temperate water for the face. And better yet, add a cold compress to your face routine!
- Try Manuka Honey
Manuka honey has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can’t be beat from any other natural ingredient. Skin care with manuka honey is a hot trend right now, but also can be very affordable and work magic on a multitude of skin concerns, like redness!
- Add a Topical Solution
Using hydrocortisone, which can reduce the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur with various conditions. Dab around the nose at night and before your morning skin care routine.
You can also look for calming topicals, such as niacinamide. It’s clinically tested to strengthen the skin barrier and target damage and premature aging, and it’s ideal for reducing redness both from conditions, such as rosacea and capillaries or inflammation and irritation.
- Redness Due to Allergies or a Cold? Use Moisturizing Tissues
Redness around the nose can also be related to dry skin, allergies, or a cold that has you incessantly wiping and irritating the area. Use tissues with a moisturizer built-in, like aloe vera and/or vitamin E, which can be soothing and help to eliminate the redness.
- Incorporate Yoga into Your Daily Routine
Because stress is a major trigger for redness, practicing relaxation techniques to keep stress away. Incorporating yoga, breathing, and meditation into your day-to-day can never hurt and may reduce redness. So, if you're feeling stressed and looking a little red, going zen just might be the answer!
- Mask Redness with This Ancient Healing Remedy
Gotu kola, also known as tiger grass, is an ancient healing remedy that is masterful at masking redness. It’s known to calm irritation and stimulate the skin’s wound-healing response. A super multitasker, it is an herb that repairs and soothes, helping to eliminate any inflammation and flushing or residual redness.
- Take a Probiotic Supplement
Probiotics that are both ingested and applied topically can help with redness. They have great anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and prevent inflammation triggers by acting as a calming agent. Topically, probiotics sit on the skin surface preventing skin cells from touching any bacteria that would cause an immune system response of inflammation, which can cause redness and a flushing effect.
- Use Hypoallergenic Cleansers and Moisturizers
For lifestyle changes that can help reduce your chance of redness around the nose, use gentle hypoallergenic cleansers and moisturizers. If you're looking for added relief, cucumbers soaked in a small amount of water mixed into a bland moisturizer can be helpful. Alternatively, having a facial mask made with yogurt, honey and oatmeal can also be soothing.
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