Chapped nose after cold

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Several factors can contribute to redness around your nose. These include cold or windy weather, rosacea, blemishes, broken blood vessels, irritation or simply having a fair-toned complexion. Rather than walking around with a bright red nose, use calming lotions and makeup techniques to soothe your irritated skin and help camouflage the discoloration. If the redness around your nose is extreme, does not lessen after a week of applying home remedies or consists of a persistent rash, go to your doctor. You may require a prescription treatment.

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Use a mild face wash that is safe for sensitive skin both in the morning and at night. Gently massage the face wash onto your wet skin, rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a soft towel.

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Apply an oil-free moisturizer, lotion or cream that contains chamomile or another type of botanical that promises to soothe your skin. Smooth the product over your entire face and apply a little extra on the red area around your nose.

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Allow the lotion to dry, and then dab your nose with a serum that contains caffeine. These products can be found at your local drugstore. Apply a small amount of the serum to your nose and rub it in gently. Let it absorb for a few minutes before moving on to Step 4.

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Pat a green-tinted powder on your nose with a makeup brush or powder puff. “Cosmopolitan” magazine says that this can help counteract redness and give you a more even-looking complexion. Blend the product in thoroughly to avoid a greenish-looking hue.

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Dot a concealer that matches your skin tone over the powder and blend it in with your fingertips or a makeup sponge. Do not rub it too harshly, as this will wipe away the powder. Reapply the concealer until you achieve your desired coverage.


Wrap a scarf around your face when you are outside in harsh weather to help protect your skin.


Avoid facial products that contain harsh or drying ingredients, as these can irritate your skin, dry it out and make the redness around your nose worse.

How to Cure My Red Nose | The 3-Step Guide

Had enough of that red nose?

Had enough of waking up and feeling your confidence drop as you look in the mirror?

Want something that actually works?

We at Finca understand what you’re going through. Which is why our rosacea experts have put together this 3-part guide to address that red nose once and for all.

What makes you red nose experts?

Our founder Finola Fegan has suffered with rosacea, resulting in flushed cheeks and a red nose, for decades. This is a condition that affects up to 1 in 10 Europeans, with fair-skinned people from Northern Europe being the most affected. That’s why it is so common among people of Irish descent.

However, after much research and experimentation, Finola found a way to manage her symptoms and live a redness-free life.

Finola’s battle with rosacea paid off

We want to bring the knowledge that her struggle brought to our customers.

So, read on, and discover the three things you need to achieve the redness reduction you want.

Transform the appearance of red nose and regain your confidence.

1. Understand Why Your Nose Is Red

How do we solve problems?

If you have a leak coming from your ceiling, what’s the first thing that you would do? Well, aside from ring the plumber, you would look to find what was causing the leak. What are the reasons for it? Is it a faulty tap? A broken seal?

Without understanding the problem, it’s near impossible to solve it.

This is no different with rosacea, that’s why the first part of our guide is about understanding why your nose is red in the first place.

Understand your condition before trying to address it

When you’ve determined exactly what condition you have, then you can start to treat it properly.

You can finally start to find treatment to treat your condition and do away with these “one-size-fits-all” miracle cures. They simply don’t exist.

Great! So… why is my nose red?

There are many reasons why your nose could be red, but if you’ve found your way to this page, it probably means this is a persistent issue.

It’s more than likely you have rosacea, a reoccurring skin condition where sufferers tend to have frequent relapses of varying intensities.

However, the question is, what rosacea type do you have?

How do I find out which rosacea type I have?

There are 3 separate types of rosacea which can cause a red nose:

Look familiar? By understanding your rosacea subtype you can move forward.

Type 1 is most common among women and type 3 among men. Type 2 tends to affect both men and women.

Here is a table displaying the most common symptoms:

Type 1 – ETR Rosacea

Type 2 – Acne Rosacea

Type 3 – Rhinophyma

Visible blood vessels

Lumps on the surface of the skin

Enlarged bulbous nose

Red and irritated skin

Yellow pustules

Visible blood vessels

Dry skin

Acne-like breakouts over nose and cheeks

Difficulty breathing through the nose

Flushed face

Swollen cheeks and nose

Craggy feeling of the skin

Sensitive skin

Oily skin

Redness of the nose

Find Your Personal Treatment Plan

For a more detailed breakdown of the symptoms of each rosacea type, head to our what is rosacea page.

Otherwise, continue to step 2 for the next part of our guide.

2. Find The Best Treatment Plan For Your Red Nose

Once you have identified your condition, the next step is to find a treatment which works for you.

Too many rosacea potions and lotions promise the world and deliver nothing. Rosacea is a complex condition that can occur in several different forms, as you can see above, and so it makes sense that each should need a different treatment approach.

You need a personal treatment plan dependent on your sub-type.

Discover Your Treatment Plan

Each of the different subtypes affect your skin in different ways, for example, Type 1 (ETR) rosacea tends to make the skin dry and scaly, whereas Types 2 & 3 (acne and rhinophyma) rosacea cause the skin to become oily and clogged.

It is also worth mentioning that some people may be unfortunate enough to have more than one kind at once, meaning multiple treatment plans may well be needed.

I know my subtype, what should be my treatment approach?

ETR (Type 1) Rosacea

If you have ETR rosacea, there should be two main focuses to your treatment.

  • Hydration: type 1 sufferers tend to have drier chapped skin which is in desperate need of some moisture.
  • Anti-redness: the red flushing of the face is probably the most noticeable symptom of type 1 rosacea. The skin needs help to calm the inflammation and dilation of blood vessels on the nose and face.

We recommend a chemical-free moisturiser that can help with your dry skin, along with an anti-inflammatory topical serum to counteract redness.

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Keep your skin hydrated!

Wait a minute, most cosmetic moisturisers and serums make my rosacea worse, not better…

That’s why it is very important that you find a cream which helps to lock in moisture but doesn’t aggravate your sensitive skin.

Finola first developed the Rosacea Serum Sub-Type 1 because of this exact issue. She wanted an all-natural antidote that didn’t set off a bout of rosacea as soon as she applied it.

Okay, what about reducing my redness?

We have also developed the winter and summer balms to bring some much-needed anti-inflammatory qualities to the table. They also work excellently in combination with the sub-type 1 serum to help lock in the moisture the serum provides.

For more information about ETR rosacea and our ETR treatments, head over to our ETR Rosacea page.

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Acne (Type 2 ) Rosacea

Although it may not feel like it, if you have Acne (Type 2) Rosacea, you’re in luck.

Why’s that? Well, type 2 rosacea is the easiest of the rosacea subtypes to treat.

Imagine, in a few months you could be free from those lumps, bumps and persistent redness. If you follow this plan, you’re almost guaranteed to see results.

Great, so what’s the solution?

Much like ETR (Type 1) rosacea, there are two main areas to focus your treatment on.

  1. Cleansing: due to higher levels of sebum (oil) production and an over-abundance of demodex mites, cleansing your face is key to allowing your skin a chance to recover.
  2. Anti-inflammation: the lumps and bumps you can feel on your nose and across your face are down to swelling – counteracting inflammation will allow the swelling and redness to subside.

With this in mind, we recommend a cleansing facial serum and a multi-faceted anti-inflammatory approach.

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Makes sense, but I’m fed up of chemical-based products with potential side-effects.

Most typical acne rosacea treatments contain laboratory-based chemicals which can cause a number of potential side-effects, Ivermectin being one of them.

This can be anything from nausea to dizziness to headaches.

This is a perverse approach to treating acne rosacea, especially because many people find it can be treated as effectively with natural ingredients.

We at Finca have developed the Rosacea Serum Sub-Type 2. Our best-selling product has helped the lives of many rosacea sufferers and has both cleansing and anti-inflammatory attributes which can be applied directly to the affected area.

What about antibiotics? And I’ve heard a lot about Apple Cider Vinegar…

If you go to your doctor with type 2 rosacea, it’s likely that they will prescribe you on antibiotics such as doxycycline or minocycline. While these can be effective anti-microbials and anti-inflammatories, no-one wants to end up on antibiotics for the rest of their lives, especially as you may become resistant to their effects.

The longer you are on antibiotics the more chance bacteria will become resistant.
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Luckily, Oil of Oregano is a miraculously effective natural alternative, with many people on antibiotics turning to oil of oregano so that they can break up their continuous antibiotic medication.

Apple Cider Vinegar receives a lot of attention within the rosacea community, but this is not without good reason. The health of the gut and the skin are intrinsically linked, so given its properties as an internal-cleanser, not to mention its anti-inflammatory properties, it can really help calm the swelling of acne rosacea.

Where can I get my hands on this treatment plan?

You’re in luck!

Here at Finca, we offer a one-of-a-kind all-natural bundle to get you started on the road to clear skin.

Our acne rosacea bundle is complete with our very own Type 2 Rosacea Serum, Oil of Oregano and Apple Cider Vinegar – a three-pronged approach to getting rid of that red nose once and for all.

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Rhinophyma (Type 3) Rosacea

The effectiveness of natural products for treating rhinophyma really depend on the stage your condition has developed.

For early stage rhinophyma, natural products may be all you need to cleanse your face and help smooth out the lumps and bumps.

Our rhinophyma treatments all contain natural products to help ease redness, reduce swelling, and smooth out bumps and lumps. Our rhinophyma bundle contains our most effective products in treating this sub-type.

3. Avoid Your Red Nose Triggers

Have you noticed your rosacea flaring up in stressful situations?

Do you get flushed for long periods after eating spicy foods?

What about when you apply a certain brand of make-up?

Although the true cause of why people have rosacea remains somewhat of a mystery, there is plenty of evidence that certain things can trigger bouts of rosacea.

Avoiding these things may not always be practical, and sometime can even be impossible, being aware of them can help you prevent your rosacea flaring up unnecessarily.

Do You Know Your Triggers?
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Finola started Finca with the intention to help others just like her to feel in control of their rosacea.

By following these three steps – awareness, treatment and prevention – we believe anyone suffering from rosacea can reduce the severity of their condition.

If you’re ready to take that first step at getting rid of that red nose, make sure you pick a natural rosacea treatment plan that suits you.

Why not make that positive change today?

Finola Fegan

CEO of Finca Skin Organics

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Beauty S.O.S. for Cold Symptoms

Sure, your cold symptoms are making you feel miserable, but you don’t have to look miserable. Luckily, there are tricks to avoid the tell-tale signals of sickness, like an irritated red nose and chapped lips. From the type of facial tissue you use on your runny nose to your skin care regimen, the little things can help you show the world your best face during cold and flu season.

Cold Symptoms: Chapped Lip Relief

The biggest threat to your overall glow is dehydration, because being sick dries you out, says Gregory G. Papadeas, DO, past president of the Colorado Dermatological Society and board-certified dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology in Aurora, Colo. Cold and flu season hits during winter, which is already a dry time for your skin. Add cold symptoms on top of that, and your lips and face are guaranteed to chap and flake.

“Generally speaking, we get dehydrated when we are sick, so the skin is less vibrant,” Dr. Papadeas says. This drying effect may be particularly noticeable on your lips, which can chap because cold symptoms like a runny nose and congestion force you to breathe through your mouth.

Your strategy for lovely lips is twofold: Get moisture in your body and then keep it there. Here’s what to do to prevent or fix chapped lips:

  • Drink lots of fluids. Water should be your staple, but any fluid will do, says Papadeas.
  • Do not lick your lips. “When you lick them, that dries them out more, so the skin gets even drier,” says board-certified dermatologist Ella Toombs, MD, of Aesthetic Dermatology-Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.
  • Use a lip balm. Apply lip balm generously and often. The brand is up to you — Papadeas recommends Vaseline Intensive Care while Dr. Toombs favors Carmex in the tube.
  • Use a moisturizing lipstick. Once you have lip balm in place, double the soothing with a lipstick that offers moisturizing properties.

Cold Symptoms: Red-Nose Relief

A glowing red nose might look cute on Rudolph the reindeer. For everyone else, it’s just another annoying, and sometimes painful, effect of cold symptoms. Constantly wiping a runny nose or covering a sneeze can irritate the already vulnerable dry skin on and around your nose.

Here’s how to minimize the redness:

  • Unscented facial tissue. “Fragrance can be irritating,” warns Papadeas. Choosing a brand with added moisturizer or aloe may help, but avoid those that have a scent. Papadeas suggests good old-fashioned handkerchiefs as a best bet for fighting red, chapped noses, as long as you don’t mind washing them frequently.
  • Moisturize. Make sure you use a mild, hydrating facial cleanser followed by a moisturizer or cream, depending on how dry your skin is, during cold and flu season. Pay special attention to the areas that get the most irritated from cold symptoms and a runny nose, especially the delicate skin between your nose and upper lip.
  • Ease nostril irritation. You can use a clean cotton swab to gently and lightly apply a petroleum-based product, such as Vaseline, to the inside rim of your nostrils if they are very irritated.
  • Use a liquid foundation. Powder is drying, so if you wear foundation over your moisturizer, choose a liquid or cream base, preferably one with a little green in it to counter the redness, says Toombs. Green-toned concealer can be dabbed on red areas before your regular foundation to neutralize redness.

One final note on skin care during cold season: Cut back on any exfoliating products when you are sick. “You should be a little more gentle and not really exfoliate your skin because it leads to more dryness and chafing,” Papadeas says.

A little pampering is all any of us wants when we are sniffling through a runny nose and drying cold symptoms — so remember to give your skin a little pampering, too. You’ll look and feel better.

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As stated, decongestants, dehydration, and mouth-breathing are the culprits. (Not to mention winter’s dry wind and summer’s sunburn.)
Hydration and moisturizers (that simply moisturize — no need for ‘medicated’ or tingly s***) are the solutions.
On a related note: The sore nose is from the rubbing and scraping action of tissues. The decongestants and dehydration that create chapped lips add to the damage. The solutions:
1. Tissues that are coated with a softener (usually an oil-based moisturizer) can help reduce abrasion.
2. Moisturize the skin around the nostrils like you would your lips. (Petroleum jelly works well both on both areas.)
3. Don’t rub the tissue against your nose! When you blow, press and release without rubbing. At the end, pat dry. If you must rub, then save the rub at the end of the blowing session — don’t rub after each short blow.
Wash your hands often, especially if they touched anything moist — this is to prevent you spreading your cold. Don’t touch or rub your eyes unless you thoroughly wash your hands first, otherwise you’ll spread your cold to your eyes and get a viral conjuctivitis (aka ‘pink eye’). Of course, this will probably mean you’ll have to also start moisturizing your hands.
{And now, for my really big pet peeve, since no one asked — )
And for Pete’s sake (and the world’s) if you don’t have any serious complications or an immune deficiency disorder — don’t ask your doctor for an antibiotic for the common cold. It does nothing, absolutely nothing to ‘cure’ the cold or alleviate any symptoms. It’s just a placebo for you and a placating tool for the doctor and the reason for the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
If you want a placebo, take a vitamin C pill. Cold sufferers rapidly deplete their vitamin C stores so much so, that they sometimes are suffering from a mild scurvy. (Oh, and megadoses don’t cure you.)
Ummm… I guess that finishes my rant on colds.

Chapped lips and cold sores, worsened by flu and the common cold

You’d think that congestion, cough and fever would be enough to make your life miserable when having a cold. And yet, symptoms keep piling up. Dry, chapped lips among them. Why does that happen and what can you do about it? Let’s find out together!

Chapped lips and the common cold

Dry, chapped lips are a common symptom of colds and flu. When stuffy nose and congestion prevent us from breathing as we normally would, through the nose, mouth breathing is our second best and sometimes only option. But the skin on our lips is very thin and sensitive, with areas that were never meant to be exposed continually to cold / hot / dry air. Also, the skin on your lips has far fewer sebaceous glands and no sweat glands, and that makes it prone to dehydration and fissures. Both sweat glands and sebaceous glands help to hydrate and soothe the skin, and in their absence the skin is more prone to drying and cracking.

A second factor that plays a role in this equation is fever. In normal conditions, the transfer of water (or dehydration) in the lips happens three times faster. But when you’re burning hot, the risk of dehydration is even higher. This can cause excesive drying of the skin and the lips become chapped.

And last but not least, the fissures in your lips break the natural protection barrier against bacteria and viruses such as herpes simplex virus, which can cause the appearance of cold sores. And, with a weakened immune system, chances are that your body will not be strong enough to fight it and the outbreaks can be worse than usual.

What can you do about it?

To begin with…

Stop licking your lips!

When our lips are very dry, we tend to lick them more often to hydrate them. But although on short term this may seem to be working, in reality we’re only making things worse. The saliva strips away the protective natural oils and it contains digestive enzymes (in small, but significant quantities) that attack the fine skin of the lips.

Hydrate your skin from within

Fever can cause severe dehydration throughout your whole body, including the skin. Drink at least 2 litres of room temperature water to hydrate your skin from within.

Use a room humidifier

Avoid spending too much time outside and, when inside, use a room humidifier. The wind, low temperatures and dry air can very easily dehydrate the sensitive skin on your lips.

Be sensitive to the first signs of a breakout

There are several creams and ointments that work really well if applied right before a cold sore eruption. Your doctor of pharmacist can make the best recommendations. The moment you feel a slight tingling and/or burning sensation, apply the ointment on the affected area.

Also, from the first symptoms of a cold or flu, begin using at all times a lip balm rich in natural oils and vitamin E, which can keep your skin nourished and hydrated and prevent fissures.

Essential oils for chapped lips and cold sores

Essential oils have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic, healing and moisturizing qualities. They support cell regeneration and they help restore the normal skin structure, they prevent fissures and they help heal the existing ones. Dilute them in coconut, olive or almond oil and use to nourish your lips. The best essential oils for chapped lips and cold sores are:

Geranium essential oil

In her book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood recommends that, if you have a cold sore around your mouth or feel that you’ll have a breakout soon, you put one drop of geranium oil on a cotton swab and apply it directly onto the affected area. Repeat several times a day.

  • Valerie also mentions the benefits of Melissa oil, saying that “although pure Melissa essential oil is very expensive, it’s extremely effective against herpes simplex and is prescribed widely in Europe for this purpose. It can be applied directly to the affected site and may assist in reducing the severity of the outbreak.”

Tea Tree essential oil

One study has shown that the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia, or tea tree oil has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, including activity against herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Peppermint essential oil

In one study the effects of Peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil against herpes simples virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) was tested in vitro. The results showed that both herpes viruses were significantly inhibited when the virus was pretreated with the essential oil, meaning that Peppermint essential oil has a direct virucidal effect on HSV and might be suitable for topical therapeutic used in recurrent herpes infection.

Other essential oils that can calm the symptoms of cold sores, due to their antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties:

  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus (diluted in a carrier oil, to avoid irritations)
  • Bergamot

Read more about What causes cold sores and how to relieve the symptoms naturally and try these DIY recipes for chapped lips!

Also, Try this DIY lip mask with Rose Otto essential oil for beautifully pigmented lips!

If you aren’t able to avoid catching a cold this season you’ll need to be prepared for the inevitable (and annoying!) side-effect that comes with it: the chapped nose. Red, irritated nostrils make getting over the pesky illness even worse, but with the tips below you should be able to prevent, and even get rid, of the problem.

  • Choose your tissues wisely: Chapping is caused from excessive friction as your nose rubs up against that tissue. Blot the tissue to your nose instead, and look for products containing lotion or with ultrasoft textures. There are also specially-designed tissues to help take the harshness out of nose-wiping, like Saline soothers nose wipes ($3), which are formulated with aloe, chamomile, and vitamin E.
  • Avoid harsh soaps and exfoliating: Both can irritate the nose even further. Instead, consider moisturizing with a rich facial lotion in between nose-blowing to halt the chapping before it even begins.
  • Hydrate: Bust out the vaporizer and drink plenty of liquids to help keep dry skin in check, and avoid super hot showers, which can dry out the skin even further.
  • Turbocharge your moisturizer: Obviously, you’re going to want to moisturize dry, cracked skin. But take it a step above, and instead of using a plain balm or cream. A hydrating product with good-for-your skin ingredients, like Cosmos Everywhere Salve ($22), contains olive oil and beeswax. Also try Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick.
  • Oil up: Mix an oil into an unscented moisturizer and apply to treat. Vitamin E oil can help strengthen the skin’s barrier function, while eucalyptus oil can help relieve congestion.
  • If you need to cover it up: While it’s difficult to cover up dry, flaky skin, there are ways you can take the redness down. A bit of green concealer to counteract the red tones, followed by a creamy concealer or foundation, can provide a temporary fix.

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My nose is raw from blowing too much.

Author: Dr. Bobby Buka

We’ve all experienced the painful, raw, red nose that accompanies the stuffiness cold weather usually brings on. While it’s common, it’s also annoying and painful—not to mention the fact that although it might be in season for Rudolph, not all of us can pull it off quite as well.

How does your nose get raw in the first place?

Almost everyone has experienced a cold and therefore, the seemingly endless running of your nose. While that’s inevitable, developing a raw nose isn’t. So how do some people get them?

Well, chronic rubbing certainly can result in chapping of the nose. When you’re consistently (sometimes a hundred time a day!) blowing your nose and rubbing off the excess, it can over exfoliate the area, resulting in raw skin cells.

Also, wetness from a runny nose can result in a chapped, red, scaly appearance.

So, first things first: We’ve got to figure out a way to fix the root of the problem and decrease the amount of chapping by decreasing the rubbing or decreasing the runniness of your nose.

How to Prevent and Heal a Raw Nose

The key is to use something mild, but effective.

Something like a mild hydrocortisone can help prevent this, which you can get over the counter. A 1% hydrocortisone used for a week or two can really help with some of the inflammation secondary to chronic running and wetness of the nose.

If the hydrocortisone 1% that you use for a week or two does not work, then go see your dermatologist for something a bit stronger.

Another method is to be aware of what type of tissues you’re using to blow your nose. Toilet paper and paper towel are often convenient to use, but can make the issue much worse due to the rougher texture.

Opting for tissues that are soft and contain moisturizing ingredients can help prevent extreme cases of a red and raw nose.

Best Lotion for Raw Noses

If you’re struggling with a painful red nose, using a moisturizer with emollients and ceramides will be your best bet.

Previously, the use of petroleum-based moisturizers were a go-to for such a skin irritation but since we’ve learned these are often goopy and pore-clogging, alternatives with ceramides are a better option to help restore the skin.


Whether your nose becomes dry and chapped from your relentless nose wiping from a bad cold or due to the dry weather, you are sure to find yourself in an irritating situation. However, before you rush to your doctor or empty your pockets on some moisture-restoring creams, just try these simple solutions from your kitchen!

Coconut oil: Coconut oil has countless benefits for skin, including its hydrating and moisture-attracting nature. Just add a few drops of the oil to a clean bowl. Dip clean cotton swabs in this mixture and then, apply it gently inside your dry nose. You can apply it atop the nose on the chapped region. Repeat the process 4 to 5 times a day till your nose heals. If your coconut oil is in the solid form, just heat it so that it liquidizes. You can also use coconut butter in the place of coconut oil as it renders the same benefits.

Petroleum Jelly: Petroleum jelly is a wonderful moisturizer. You can use it generously inside and on your nose to prevent and heal the damaged nose.

Almond Oil With Aloe Vera Gel: Give your chapped nose a double dose of hydration with a single concoction prepared by mixing almond oil with aloe gel. While aloe enhances the pace of healing, almond oil softens the roughened area. You can also apply a little of this emollient inside your nose to soften the dry, flaky mucous and ease the irritated nasal lining. Mix almond oil with aloe gel in 2:1 ratio. Using clean fingers, massage your nose with this mixture. For internal application, you can dip a clean cotton swab in the mixture and apply carefully.

Honey: Raw honey is a great natural cure for damaged, chapped nose. Along with quickly eliminating the redness and soreness of the nose, topical application of honey can help in quicker regeneration of skin cells. Just apply honey directly on the affected area using clean fingertips. Wait for 30 minutes before dabbing it dry with a soft, damp cloth.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is one of the most effective skin hydrating agent. It is a non-sticky formula that you can use any time. Just a couple of drops of vitamin E oil will do the wonders in easing the dried nose as well as healing the affected zone.

Turmeric with Sesame Oil: Turmeric is a natural antiseptic while sesame oil has innate moisturizing and healing properties. Mix about ½ a teaspoon of turmeric powder in 1 tsp sesame oil. Apply the mixture on the chapped nose before bedtime and allow to heal. Wash off with lukewarm water next morning. Follow up with a few drop of sesame oil. Repeat this process till your nose recovers.

How do you take care of you dry/chapped nose? Share your views with us!

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Suffering from chapped lips can be a real pain, especially when nothing seems to heal the flaking and drying. But did you know not all chapped lips are the same? Depending on what caused them, there could be a different way to cure your lackluster lips. Here’s how to cure the dryness, no matter what the cause.

The cause: That nasty cold you contracted has left you with dry, cracked lips.

__The treatment:__Dehydration is a common problem when you’re sick, and lack of fluids can lead to cracked lips. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of tea and water, and smooth on a little lip balm if things feel extra dry.

The cause: Frigid winter temperatures leave your lips dried out.

The treatment: Like your hands, your lips can become severely chapped in the winter. Exfoliating sounds counterintuitive, but sloughing away those flakes can help your lip balm penetrate and heal your lips. Try using a new, clean toothbrush to exfoliate, and finish off with a swipe of nourishing lip balm.

The cause: The rest of your lips are fairly smooth, but the inner corners are red and irritated.

The treatment: Cracks in the corners of your mouth can be linked to some nutritional deficiencies, including anemia. Green, leafy veggies like kale and spinach are rich in iron, and supplements can fill in the gaps. Check with your doctor if you think you’re missing some nutrients.

The cause: You have dried-out, flaky lips after spending too much time in the sun.

The treatment: Like your skin, lips need protection from the sun’s rays. Always make sure you use a lip balm with SPF, like Supergoop MintFusion SPF30 Lip Balm.


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What Causes Split Lips?

Since a split lip can develop gradually, it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Understanding possible reasons can help you determine the best way to treat and prevent future splitting. Common causes include:

1. Chapped lips

Chapped lips is a form of lip inflammation trigged by skin irritation. Lips can become extremely dry and cracked any time of the year due to environmental factors such as cold weather, dry air, and wind exposure. Angular cheilitis specifically affects the corners of the mouth and can be due to environmental factors and a host of other causes.

Lips are particularly prone to flaking, peeling, splitting, and dryness since they don’t have the same protection from the elements as other skin. They’re also unable to produce their own moisture.

2. Sun damage

We use sunscreen to protect our bodies from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s important to protect your lips as well. Exposing unprotected lips to the sun can lead to inflammation.

Long-term exposure causes the lips to become stiff and dry, resulting in cracking or splitting.

3. Lip injury

A split lip can also occur after an injury. This includes a blow to the mouth, falling and hitting your mouth, biting your lip, or getting a paper cut.

In addition to a split lip, you may also experience bleeding and swelling.

4. Dehydration

Sometimes, a split lip is due to an underlying medical problem like dehydration. This is when your body doesn’t have a sufficient amount of fluid. You can become dehydrated from vomiting, diarrhea, intense sweating, and illness. There’s also the risk of dehydration if you don’t take in enough fluids. Dehydration makes it harder for your body to function properly. Severe dehydration can be life-threatening.

5. Vitamin and mineral deficiency

Vitamin B includes thiamine, niacin, biotin, folic acid, and riboflavin. These are water-soluble vitamins that play a role in metabolism, provide energy, and help your body fight diseases.

Since vitamin B also contributes to healthy skin, a deficiency can cause a variety of skin problems such as acne, split lips, dryness, and rashes. Low levels of zinc and iron can also lead to split lips, especially at the corners of the mouth.

6. Allergy

An allergic reaction to lipstick, toothpaste, moisturizers, and any item applied to or around your lips could cause a split lip. Other symptoms could include severe dryness, irritation and itching, or an acute eczema-like rash on the lips.

If you develop lip problems after using a new lip product, discontinue use and see if your condition improves. This condition can become ongoing if the problem causing the allergy is not identified and corrected.

How should I treat chapped lips during cold weather?

Cold air, reduced humidity and windy weather quickly leave the thin lip mucosa with deep cracks, so treatment needs to happen from below the surface rather than merely sitting on top like a blanket. Once lips are dry and chapped, heavy emollients are necessary to heal and repair the damage.
Simple emollients in squeeze tubes or pots can work wonders to not only prevent problems but fix them, too. Once lips are chapped, the more often the moisturizer is applied, the faster the healing process can take place.
Look for ointment-based products containing ingredients such as shea butter, lanolin and vitamin E. Agents such as beeswax and dimethicone, a skin protectant, are often also found in ointment bases. They work to create a barrier against dehydration while the moisturizing ingredients work to fix the chapping. Additives commonly found in lip care products may make chapped lips worse. So while you may enjoy the tingly sensation imparted by menthol, camphor, eucalyptus or cinnamon, avoidance is key for rapid healing.

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