Redness around Nose Causes and How to Get Rid of Red, Dry Skin on Nose

Reddening or redness around nose, red nose or red skin around nose fall under facial redness. The nose skin is comprised of sebaceous layer with busy glands leaving skin under nose area liable to acne. Do you have red skin on nose crease or round it? You are not solo. People often complain about the same problem. In addition, to make it ten of ten here is a string query from one of you who had similar case.

Hi, well like 2-3 years ago I developed a rash around both sides of my nose, not on the nose itself, but around it. After a few months, it just…disappeared. Well about 2 months ago, it came back, but this time it won’t go away, it gets dry and starts to get flaky/crusty. Sometimes it’s really bad, sometimes it’s barely noticeable. [medhelp.org]

What causes redness around nose?

As you scroll down find out why you have a red rash around your nose. We have described and highlighted

various signs of the conditions (pictures included) responsible for redness such as perioral dermatitis. So what are these causes?

 

Rosacea around nose (veins, papules and swelling)

What is rosacea? “Rosacea is a long term skin condition characterized by facial redness, small and superficial dilated blood vessels on facial skin, papules, pustules, and swelling.” [wikipedia.org]

Redness due to rosacea

Redness due to rosacea

Symptoms typical to this disorder include

  • Facial flushing or blushing i.e. one feels or experiences warmth and reddening in skin which occurs rapidly or frequently,
  • Redness on nose and sides of nose including the front cheeks which can worsen or become severe
  • Formation of red bumps and swollen nose or nostrils
  • Sometimes rosacea is characteristic of small cystic bumps
  • Thick skin on forehead
  • Sometimes individuals get red, dry itchy eyes

These symptoms may cause a flare up or improve during the various periods of occurrence.

The bumps, which develop, are usually small and this could be due to flushing. Flushing itself can worsen or aggravate rosacea or make possibly make reddening permanent. Other triggering issues to look into include:

  • Spicy foods
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages
  • Infestation of facial mites
  • Intestinal infections among other health factors

This condition is generally bothersome and does affect individuals psychologically.

Perioral dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis around nose crease

Perioral dermatitis around nose crease

Perioral dermatitis is categorized under inflammatory eczema whose tendency of occurrence is around the mouth or lips. Even though, it may spread to areas under eyes and sides of nose. It is typical of redness or red bumps, which appears scaly especially in severity.

What causes perioral dermatitis? Its cause remains unknown but according to research by dermatological organizations, this condition is triggered by the following reasons:

  • Long-term use of topical steroid creams, nasal sprays and corticosteroids
  • Certain facial cosmetics with petrolatum or paraffin as ingredients
  • Rosacea
  • Some toothpastes
  • Some infections caused by fungi and bacteria could also trigger perioral dermatitis

NOTE: although it can affect anyone at any age and race or ethnicity, its occurrence is reportedly high in young women including teens.

Symptoms of perioral dermatitis

The more common signs of perioral dermatitis is red rash around mouth.

  • Red bump rash on sides of nose, crease, under nose, eyes, on chin and forehead
  • In severity the rash appears scaly
  • Burning sensation and itching

According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, recurrence of perioral dermatitis may turn into rosacea. In this case, a differential diagnosis is required for a more successful treatment. Read on to find out how treatments help deal with perioral dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis – redness and flaking around nose

Apart from perioral dermatitis, seborrheic eczema can also occur around the nose.

Characterized by scaling and redness, seborrheic dermatitis can occur on face, around nose crease, forehead, around eyes and on scalp. According to rosacea.org,  “it can look like powdery or greasy scales on the face and other parts of the body and have a burning sensation,” just like perioral dermatitis. However, unlike perioral dermatitis, this disorder is chronic but is not contagious.

If you have a red dry flaky skin around nose see your dermatologist ASAP. In most cases, severe dry red skin requires diagnosis before any treatment in order to determine the possible cause – prognosis.

Redness on nose from acne

Redness due to inflamed acne

Redness due to inflamed acne

Acne can be aggravated by P. acnes bacteria. After it feeds on excess sebum in pores, these bacteria species leaves inflammatory waste products. These wastes, which comprise dead skin cells and sebum, are responsible for formation of pustules

Redness from nose piercing

If you just had your nose pierced, what you should expect is pain and slight swelling that may be accompanied with redness. Sometimes bleeding does occur. Red nose or redness around the nose after piercing is temporary and should get better every other day with proper aftercare. Notably, reddening tend to be more noticeable in people who have a fair skin or sensitive skin. Moreover, if the piercing was not done correctly, these symptoms would more likely get worse.

On the other hand, if you practice a poor nose piercing aftercare or simply ignore your piercer’s instructions infection could occur. Now, reddening, swelling and persisting pain are considered infection symptoms in most cases. See your piercer if bleeding and irritation seems not to go away.

CPAP mask

cpap mask wear

cpap mask wear

Patients who have sleep apnea or acne and use this equipment are likely to suffer redness especially around the areas where the mask edges meet face.

Now, an ill-fitting mask due to over tightening of the mask straps is one major problem that will lead to redness. The problem can be solved by either getting an alternative treatment or talking to your healthcare professional who can provide solutions to problems arising from use of CPAP. You can also try to adjust the pads and straps so that you ease much pressure on face.

However, if facial skin starts to develop sores or shows signs or paths of discoloration see a healthcare provider urgently.

Other causes

spider veins can cause redness around nose

spider veins can cause redness around nose

  • Vascular effects of drug abuse
  • Facial spider veins and broken capillaries

IMPORTANT: Some viral infections such as red cheek syndrome are very dangerous so if you develop or you get red nose and cheeks at a go, you should see your doctor to get a differential diagnosis.

Treatment for red nose or redness around nose

Treating cases of facial redness sometimes require professional expertise since some skin conditions need to be diagnosed. We have a brief discussion below highlighting methods to cure common problems affecting nose skin. Keep in mind that some may not be surely treatable.

Treatment options for dermatitis – seborrheic & perioral

Without attempts to cure dermatitis, the symptoms can go on for months or years. Let us now focus on methods of treating dermatitis. These options can improve the condition while avoiding the triggers where possible.

Topical antibacterial medications

Prescription antibacterial creams help relive of symptoms. Dermatologists may prefer oral drugs. Antibacterial creams used for seborrheic dermatitis include: Prescription Zinc Pyrithione cream, Sudocream and Nystain creams.

Prior to treatment for perioral dermatitis, it is recommended to stop application of topical steroid creams, hydrocortisone, facial creams and nasal sprays. This applies if you have red skin around nose or rash symptomatic of perioral dermatitis.

Rosacea treatment

Redness around nose due to rosacea is not treatable but depending on the severity or subtypes the symptoms of this condition can be dealt with easily. Even though, the signs and symptoms vary from one person to another. This means that before treatments rosacea may necessitate a differential diagnosis.

Antibiotic therapy and treatments

They include prescription antibiotics to tackle the red bumps and pustules due to rosacea. They include oral antibiotics (prescription) such as Isotretinoin.

Antibacterial creams applied on to skin include Brimonidine Tartrate.

Natural treatment remedies

Essential oils and vitamins including A, E and C have shown improvement of symptoms in some patients. Below are some natural remedies which can considerably be alternatives to medical treatments.

Colloidal oatmeal mask

It is a beneficial remedy to individuals who have facial redness such as eczema. In addition to reducing redness, colloidal oatmeal has moisturizing ability and anti-inflammatory property.

To prepare yours, you need a glass of pure colloidal oatmeal. Simply mix a few teaspoonful oatmeal with little water to make a mask. Apply and let dry. Repeat up to 4 times every other week and do not give it up.

Chamomile, green tea and peppermint

Chamomile and green tea comprise a healing diet. According to health research, “polyphenols in green tea have skin cell rejuvenating properties,” [mindbodygreen.com]. This is beneficiary for those drinking green tea and peppermint tea.

However, drinking tea may not be for anyone. It therefore implies that you will not benefit if you have allergy issues to green tea.

Green tea can provide relief especially for rosacea patients.

Other common remedies to try out include applying apple cider vinegar, grapefruit seed extracts and raw honey.

Health measures for redness around nose

Due to the fact that some conditions are incurable, an attempt to create awareness and adopt safety measures through behavior change is a step-up to avoiding suffering too much. Here are some good measures:

  • Avoid medications that can worsen the conditions or whatever causes reddening of skin. They include progesterone (only pills that worsen acne in women), steroid creams and corticosteroids.
  • Avoid pricking and rubbing especially facial areas affected by red rash or pustules.
  • Products which cause irritation in skin should be avoided by patients who have rosacea. Examples are alcohol, methanol, exfoliating creams, facial scrubs and other harsh products.
  • Stop taking spicy and foods with too much salt
  • Applying concealers. The effects are temporary as far as getting rid of facial redness concerned but they will hide the redness. One drawback in using concealers is that if it happens that you select the wrong ones some may actually worsen symptoms.

In summary, redness around and under nose is quite common as we have seen and it can be due to various conditions as discussed. With little or no measures to prevent skin from drying, the redness whether symptomatic of rash or acne ‘pimples’ can get worse. Dealing with facial redness holistically cannot rely on a single approach or treatment.

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  2. Perioral Dermatitis, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, http://www.aocd.org/?page=PerioralDermatitis
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