How to get rid of the red on my nose and cheeks

Written by sally murphy | 13/05/2017
How to get rid of the red on my nose and cheeks
Redness often hides beautiful clear skin beneath. (Image by Alyssa L Miller; Flickr.)

If you have severe, noticeable or long-lasting redness on your nose and cheeks, there are natural options that can help subdue the redness to a healthy glow or get rid of the redness entirely. Rosacea, eczema and psoriasis are all common causes of a red nose and cheeks. Only a medical professional can diagnose the reason for red nose and cheeks, but basic tips can help treat and prevent unwanted redness.

Identify common symptoms. This often requires a visit to the doctor. Rosacea commonly affects fair-skinned people over 30. Signs of rosacea include persistent redness on the face (similar to a sunburn), visible blood vessels and tiny bumps or pimples. Eczema can affect people of all genders, ages and races. Eczema begins as moderate to severe itching, and turns into dry red patches of skin. Psoriasis is red, scaly skin that can cover different areas of the body, including the face.

Eliminate alcohol, cigarettes and other stimulants. Indulgences such as sugar, coffee and caffeinated tea can disrupt your skin's chemical balance, contributing to outbreaks of psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. Alcohol robs the skin of moisture, leaving it dehydrated and more prone to clogged pores. Cigarettes dehydrate skin, as well as expose your body to harmful toxins. In some cases, psoriasis may initially be caused by cigarettes, according to Patient UK. Avoiding processed foods, cigarettes or alcohol can help reduce facial redness caused by skin conditions.

Wash with gentle soaps and lukewarm water. Rosacea and eczema can be inflamed by cleansers with strong astringents, such as witch-hazel or alum. Look for gentle, fragrance-free soaps with a minimum of harsh additives. The same principle applies to laundry detergents, lotions, moisturisers or any other cleanser that might come in contact with your face. With rosacea and eczema, use lukewarm or slightly warm water when washing your face. Very cold water shrinks pores and hot water can dry the skin further, so medium is best.

Control your sun exposure. If you're suffering from rosacea, wear sunscreen and avoid excessive tanning. Too much sunlight can damage skin, and provoke the redness caused by rosacea. Most people receive sufficient sunlight through daily life alone, so you can gain the benefits without harming your skin. If you have psoriasis, however, some specialists recommend sun exposure as a way to relieve the condition. In this case, you should still protect your skin with light sunscreen, but may want to spend more time outdoors.

Limit stress and adopt healthy coping techniques. Psoriasis, eczema and rosacea are all worsened by stress. You may find that the redness on your face only occurs during times of high stress at home, school or work. Clear your schedule from unnecessary obligations and take time to indulge in relaxing activities. Aim for a sufficient amount of sleep each night and seek support from trusted friends, family or mental health professionals. This may not immediately reduce facial redness, but can reduce triggers and prevent breakouts.

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  • Gentle soap
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