How do I Treat Rosacea on the Nose?

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  • Written By: Mary McMahon
  • Edited By: Kristen Osborne
  • Last Modified Date: 01 May 2020
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Rosacea on the nose can be attacked from a number of angles with medications, lifestyle changes, and a rigorous skin care regimen. It is important to see a doctor to confirm a diagnosis of rosacea, and to obtain access to prescription medications that may help manage the condition. Each patient's case is slightly different, and there is no universally applicable management plan.

This skin condition is characterized by thickening, swelling, redness, and the occasional development of blisters. Rosacea can be frustrating for patients since it localizes on the face, making it highly visible, and the nose in particular can be quite badly affected. People with rosacea on the nose may experience social awkwardness as a result of the reddening, and treating it can make them feel more comfortable.

Medically, oral and topical medications can be applied to reduce inflammation and reddening. Antibiotics like tetracycline are sometimes used. In addition, patients can keep the area clean and dry, using gentle skincare products and avoiding rough washcloths and scrubs. People with rosacea on the nose should not use harsh or abrasive soaps and skincare products, as this can make the redness worse. Products specifically designed for use by rosacea patients are available and can be a good choice; patients may also find it helpful to ask members of rosacea support groups for recommendations and reviews.

People with rosacea may find that outbreaks are less severe if they can identify and avoid triggers, like alcohol. Lifestyle modifications like this can prevent outbreaks and make them less serious when they do occur. In addition, protecting the nose from sun exposure with sunscreen and appropriate coverage with a hat will also be helpful, as the sun can make rosacea on the nose much worse. Coverage with cosmetics is also possible; a base with a green tint will help neutralize redness, and can be covered with another product in a natural skin tone.

If rosacea on the nose resists these treatment measures, more aggressive options are available. Patients can consider laser surgery to reduce redness in the nose. Another option is vascular surgery to manage the veins in the nose and address thickened, scaly skin. These options should be discussed with a dermatologist who can provide more information about available surgical treatments along with their risks and benefits. It is important to be aware that surgery will not completely resolve the redness, only improve the appearance of the nose by minimizing the discoloration.


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