How to Soothe a Raw and Overly Blown Nose
As with almost anything in life, there are pros and cons to blowing your nose (stick with me here). On one hand, it can really help with relieving stuffiness and congestion—plus it prevents mucus from building up in your nostrils. Lovely mental image, right? Then again, you have to consider what repeatedly blowing your nose can do to your skin. Because it's not great.
Take it from Marisa Garshick, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City: "Overly blowing your nose can result in irritant contact dermatitis due to vigorous rubbing, contact with mucus, and friction from tissue use, which disrupts the skin barrier." This erosion of the skin barrier can leave the entire nose area red, flaky, and sensitive to the touch.
Of course, with it being flu season and significantly colder outside in most places, runny noses are incredibly common, so it can be hard for people to avoid using tissues for sanitary reasons. The good news is there are ways to help prevent your nose from getting overly raw—as well as easy treatments that can help soothe redness and soreness in a matter of days (sometimes less than that). Keep reading for professional insight on how to combat and calm an irritated nose.