Does your nose get cherry red every time you’re in cold weather?

Is the cold red nose a source of embarrassment for you? Certainly, the solution is NOT to put on a cosmetic concealer before venturing out into the cold.

“Cold temperatures cause blood vessels to constrict or close off,” says Dr. Tess Mauricio, MD, FAAD, a leading board certified dermatologist from Stanford University Medical School and CEO of

Dr. Mauricio explains, “The tip of the nose has limited blood supply, so when exposed to the cold, the nasal tip gets less blood flow, and your body compensates by trying to recruit more blood flow to the area to allow continued perfusion [blood flow] of the nasal tip. This causes the nose tip to turn red.

“To prevent this, minimize exposure to cold weather. Wear a face mask to warm the face including the nose.”