Redness around the nose. What, why and how to treat it?


Have you noticed your nose getting a little red now and then? To be honest, a red nose tip can be pretty cute sometimes. But it is probably a good idea to explore the different reasons why this can happen.

What are the reasons for redness around the nose?

There are many reasons for there to be redness around the nose. It can range from something small like crying or the blistering cold to actual skin infections.

Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions can manifest in the form of rashes and redness. Especially if it is a reaction to something you have touched, then a surface level reaction is usually what comes first. Contact allergic dermatitis can result from a reaction to a skincare product, perfume, essential oil, or anything that comes in contact with your face or hands.

Dehydrated skin

Dry skin can cause the skin around your nose to get red and peel. Dry patches on the skin can appear scaly, red, bumpy and leave a burning sensation.


Many things can irritate the skin. The skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on your body. Sometimes, even blowing your nose and rubbing too much when you have a cold can make the skin around your nose red and sore.


Now this one is a skin condition. It starts with redness around the nose and then leads to inflammation, and spreads to other parts of the face. So if you have redness around your nose, it is possible that it could be a skin condition too!


Another skin condition that is a little more dire than rosacea is eczema. This can cause red patches, dry skin, peeling skin and even bleeding. Being a chronic condition, it can often cause redness and dry skin around your nose.

Spider veins

Spider veins are tiny veins that get damaged on your legs and your face. You can get them on your nose too? They appear to be red, blue and sometimes even purple. While they are not painful, they can cause you to feel conscious and diminish your self-confidence.


Very often, on a sunny beach day, you could end up with a sunburn. Now, this can particularly happen to your nose. Your nose will turn red and burnt, and the skin could also start peeling if it’s very bad.

What can you do at home to help reduce redness around the nose?

There are some things you can do at home to help with a red nose. While some of them include essential maintenance for your skin, others are home remedies that you can try if you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.

1. Always wear enough sunscreen before going out. If you’re going to have high exposure, carry your sunscreen with you and reapply it every 2-3 hours and after sweating or swimming

2. If you already have sunburn, then you can try applying fresh aloe vera gel on it to soothe the burn.

3. Moisturise your skin to avoid dry skin popping up in the first place.

4. If you already have dry skin resulting in redness, apply a fragrance-free moisturiser suitable for sensitive skin.

5. To avoid allergic reactions to products, always conduct a patch test.

6. If it is too late and you already have an allergic reaction, then try antihistamines. In severe cases, go to the hospital immediately.

7. If your skin reacts to anything you are in contact with, immediately stop any contact with it.

8. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and spicy food if you have redness around your nose.

9. Hydrate and drink lots of water.

10.  Eat green leafy vegetables and hydrating foods.

When should you consult a doctor?

There is a point where home remedies will not work, and you have to get yourself medical attention. Medical intervention can avoid situations where things escalate, and you are stuck with a scar or an emergency situation.

When it comes to allergies, skin conditions, infection, or pain, you should immediately contact a dermatologist or doctor. Do not let these conditions wait to get worse. In the case of dry skin and other irritants, try your home remedies and if they don’t work, visit a doctor. In some cases of anaphylactic shock or dire symptoms, you might have to go to the hospital immediately.

What kind of treatment will you have to undergo for redness around the nose?

Medical remedies for redness around the nose can cover a large variety depending on the cause and severity of the condition. Let us have a look at some of them.

  1. Your doctor could prescribe creams or serums to help soothe the area and reduce the redness.

2. Antibiotics can also be prescribed for conditions that require them.

3. If it is a bad case of allergies, you might need injections and even oxygen in some cases.

4. In very extreme cases, you might have to undergo surgery.

5. Laser surgery can also be an option to help with varicose veins and other conditions.

The silver lining

There can be various reasons for the redness on your nose. The key is to maintain your basic skincare regimes and know when to consult a doctor.


The natural remedies mentioned in the blog are the widely popular ones. It is in no way a substitute for medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Avoid using these if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies. 

Before trying any natural remedy, always test a small quantity on your skin to check for any adverse reactions or allergy to any particular ingredient. In case of emergency or any reaction, immediately connect with a doctor who can offer the proper treatment.


1. How do I get rid of dry redness around my nose?

The best way to treat dry skin is to keep it well hydrated and moisturise the dry area well after having a shower.

2. What does rosacea look like on the nose?

When you have a skin condition like rosacea, the blood vessels around the nose and face become visible and show. Sometimes you can develop pimples as well as red bumps.

3. How do you heal a chapped nose?

If your nose gets chapped, you should start using a good amount of cream to moisturise the area. You can also take the help of a humidifier to keep your skin moist.

4. What can I use inside my nose if it is dry?

Do not use any kind of cream or petroleum jelly inside your nose. The safest thing to use is saline nasal drops. You can buy them at any medical store. They are made of distilled water and saline and is perfectly safe to use. They lubricate the inside of your nose when dry.



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Namya Naresh

An obsessive dreamer, vegetarian foodie and shy singer, Namya spends her time immersed in the world of Literature and Music. She is currently writing her first novel, advocating for mental health, self-love and bringing you your daily dose of skincare with CureSkin!