How to Get Rid of Red on the Side of the Nose


Skin turns red when it’s irritated or burned. Sunburn, dry skin and acne all cause skin irritation. The skin around the nose is difficult to clean and thinner than the skin in other areas of the body. It is also more likely to get sunburned. Most skin problems can be treated at home with over-the-counter products. Use foundation or cover-up to hide redness caused by dry skin or acne. If the redness is caused by a rash or sunburn, putting make-up on it may make it worse.

How to Get Rid of Red on the Side of the Nose
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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Facial soap
  • Facial lotion
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Hydrocortisone cream
Step 1

Identify what is causing the redness on the side of your nose. Treatment should only occur after the problem is known. Look for peeling skin or rashes.

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Step 2

Drink six to eight glasses of water each day to keep skin hydrated. Eat healthier food, like fruits and vegetables, to build up minerals in the skin.

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Step 3

Wash your face with lukewarm water and a mild facial soap. Hot water dries out skin, which increases redness on the side of your nose. According to the Mayo Clinic, strong soaps remove the oil from skin. Use upward strokes when washing your face.

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Step 4

Apply face lotion or cream with your fingertips in an upward, circular motion. Use a cream with collagen and elastin to repair damaged skin on the side of your nose. The Mayo Clinic recommends using sunblock, too. The sun causes damage to the skin and speeds up aging. If the problem is a rash, apply hydrocortisone cream to relieve the itch.

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Step 5

For a sunburn, apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel to the skin instead of lotion. Apply two or three times a day. The aloe vera soothes the sunburn. Sunburns have to fade on their own.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the aloe vera gel in the refrigerator to keep it cold. The cold gel soothes the skin.
  • If the sunburn has blisters, seen a doctor.


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