Little red noses might make for a cute winter selfie, but they can be annoying to deal with in reality. There are a number of reasons why the skin around your nose could turn red — seasonal dryness, an existing condition like rosacea, active breakouts, skin allergies, a shift in temperature or plain old irritation. Yes, the redness around your nose can be caused by one or more of these underlying factors and should not be left untreated.

The redness can lead to flakiness and have you touching your face a couple of times in under a minute. And isn’t that just so annoying (not to forget unhygienic in times of the pandemic)? And while issues like rosacea and acne should be left to the professionals to treat, we have a few solutions to help deal with the milder versions…

 

01. Use a non-comedogenic moisturiser to deal with the dryness

01. Use a non-comedogenic moisturiser to deal with the dryness

Often, seasonal dryness can affect specific parts of your face more than others. If issues like winter dryness, windburn or sunburn are causing irritation around your nose, use a non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic thick moisturiser to help deal with it. A soothing formula like the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser will help manage the redness better without clogging the pores and causing blackheads.

 

02. Check your skincare staples for irritants

02. Check your skincare staples for irritants

If the skin around your nose is prone to irritation, you might need to cut out certain ingredients and products from your skincare routine to curb the redness. Additives like alcohol, artificial fragrance and dyes and rough fabric wipes can be making matters worse.

 

03. Keep a mist handy to quick fix inflammation

03. Keep a mist handy to quick fix inflammation

If a topical moisturiser is not enough to keep irritation and dryness in check, keep a soothing face mist handy. Pick a super hydrating formula like the Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist Toner; it can be used to keep flare-ups during the day in check with a quick spritz!

 

04. Use a humidifier on super dry days

04. Use a humidifier on super dry days

Some days, even the most potent moisturiser or mists cannot deal with the dryness in the air. If the skin around your nose starts to feel red and irritated, use a humidifier in the space that you are sitting in. Add a couple of drops of soothing essential oils like lavender or chamomile in the humidifier to lend a helping hand.

 

05. When in doubt, reach for the petroleum jelly

05. When in doubt, reach for the petroleum jelly

A little dab of the Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly on the red and affected area around the nose can not only help hydrate it but also protect it from the cold or dry condition outside. A practice that has earned the colloquial term of ‘slugging’ can really help alleviate the underlying moisture-lacking issue to minimise the redness.