Acne on your nose tells the whole world you have acne. Treating acne on your nose the wrong way, however, can make it even worse.
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- Acne on your nose may be due to common acne or rosacea.
- Common acne most often causes whiteheads and blackheads that appear slowly. Rosacea most often causes small, red pimples that appear suddenly.
- Common acne also tends to appear on the forehead and chin. Rosacea also tends to appear on the cheeks.
- Common acne is worse during the summer. Rosacea is worse during the winter.
- Cleansing is important for treating common acne on the nose.
- Soothing is important for treating rosacea on the nose.
- If you have brown or gold skin tones, you may need to change your skin cleansing routine with the seasons to prevent acne on your nose.
- If you have both common acne and rosacea on your nose, you need to follow a precise skin care regimen and to minimize sun exposure.
Two Types of Acne on the Nose
The nose is part of the “T zone” in the middle of your face, along with your brow, that generates the most oil. It is also equipped with the greatest number of capillaries just under the skin. Sometimes these capillaries can break and leak blood, covering the nose with tiny red spots, or bruise, creating purple streaks. In severe cases, capillaries can accumulate scar tissue causing a condition of bumps on the nose known as rhinophyma.
When excess oil collects in pores on your nose, the problem is usually acne vulgaris, or common acne. This kind of acne has its own telltale signs.
- Common acne is more likely to cause whiteheads and blackheads than pimples.
- Common acne is more likely when shininess of the nose is a frequent cosmetic problem.
- Common acne also causes similar blemishes on the forehead and chin.
- If you have common acne on the nose, blemishes are likely to be worse in the summer.
- If you have common acne, cleansing your skin reduces blemishes. You need to cleanse your skin in different ways according to the season.
- Common acne is more likely to occur on Asian or brown skin.
When tiny red pimples pop out on the nose and across the cheeks in just minutes, the problem is more likely to rosacea. This kind of acne has symptoms that distinguish it from common acne.
- Rosacea causes tiny red pimples rather than whiteheads, blackheads, or large, infected pimples.
- Rosacea is more likely when dryness of the skin on the nose is a frequent cosmetic problem.
- Rosacea does not also cause similar blemishes on the forehead and chin.
- If you have rosacea on the nose, blemishes are likely to be worse in the winter.
- If you have rosacea, cleansing your skin sometimes triggers outbreaks of blemishes. You need to cleanse your skin the same way all year round.
- Rosacea is more likely to occur on fair skin.
Cleansing Your Skin to Prevent Common Acne on Your Nose
If you have a problem with blackheads and whiteheads on your nose, you probably need to cleanse your skin twice a day. You want to get dirt and grime off your skin, but you don’t have to, and in fact you can’t, scrub your acne away. Cleansing your skin prevents future blackheads and whiteheads, but it does not remove existing blackheads and whiteheads right away, if at all.
Most people who have common acne on the nose, especially people who have brown skin tones and have acne on the nose, need to adjust their cleansing routine with the seasons. During the winter, the skin on the nose and forehead may be oily, but the skin on the cheeks and chin may be dry. Cleanser should be left on the nose and forehead for about a minute, but on the rest of the face for just 30 seconds or so. During the summer, all the skin on the face may get oily. It’s a good time to use a light cleanser like Neutrogena glycerin bar on all the face during the summer, and to take extra care to keep hair care products off the nose and forehead.
Cleansing Skin on the Nose Affected By Rosacea
Rosacea is caused by broken blood vessels. There is absolutely no way you can rub, scrub, or wash it away. In fact, the more pressure you put on the skin of your nose, the more likely it is to break out. Any kind of detergent cleanser and anything that makes your skin red—especially cinnamon oil—can make your nose break out in unsightly pimples that can become permanent bumps.
If you have rosacea, you need to use an anti-inflammatory cleanser like Avon Clearskin Professional Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub. Don’t take the reference to a “scrub” literally. You need to let the cleanser do all the work on your skin. Just place it on your skin, leave it there up to 30 seconds, and rinse it away.
It may also help to use facial waters (mineral waters containing magnesium, selenium, and/or sulfur that are spritzed onto your face after you cleanse and pat it dry). If you have a problem with yellow, lumpy, not-quite-pimples on your face, which are due to swollen sebum glands, not clogged pores, then up to 2.5% benzoyl peroxide once a day may also help. Left untreated over a period of years, these swollen sebaceous glands may cause your nose to appear to be enlarged.
The nose is especially sensitive to sunburn. People who have rosacea often have the type of skin that never tans and always burns. Unfortunately, most people who have this skin type are determined to get a tan to make their acne less noticeable, and venture out into midday sun to try to do it. The result is only more rosacea plus sunburn and wrinkles. Because sun exposure weakens the collagen around blood vessels, the more sun someone who has rosacea gets, the more pimples will break out, too.
What If You Have Both Kinds of Acne on Your Nose?
It is possible to have blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples caused by both common acne and rosacea at the same time on the nose. If this happens, it may be helpful to use a very mild cleanser like Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser or Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser in the morning, and the very mildest formulation of benzoyl peroxide you can find (absolutely no more than 2.5%) in the evening. Avoid sun exposure on your face, but take 1000 IU of vitamin D every day to make up for not getting enough sun for your skin to make its own vitamin E.
Intense pulsed light treatment (which is provided by a dermatologist) can get rid of enlarged vessels on your nose. The treatments cost US $400 to $600 each and are not covered by insurance. You may need up to 5 treatments. Once the enlarged vessels in your nose are shrunk, however, they never return.
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