Alison: There's something called rosacea, which it may or not be, but your doctor could diagnose this for you. So it may be worth making an appointment just to make sure, and if it is rosacea then they'll be able to give you further advice on this.
However, it's also quite common to get a red-coloured rash on the nose area around the age of the menopause. It's very important to:
- Avoid the sun (especially sunbathing), as any form of heat will make it worse
- Avoid using scrubs and exfoliators, as any form of irritation will make it worse
- Use a strong all-day sun block for protection and to help prevent the area from becoming inflamed
If your skin is generally irritated and sensitive at this time, then it might be worth making your routine incredibly simple. Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser springs to my mind immediately, and has in fact been raved about by a famous journalist recently for this very problem. It contains very pure, naturally active ingredients and is ideal for sensitive skin.
So, make sure you use an SPF all day and keep this area out of the sun too. Cover it over with a product that you're less likely to have an allergy to, such as bareMinerals SPF15 Foundation. It's made without any colours, preservatives or parabens. This product should also give you skin confidence without it looking too made up.