Getting Rid Of Nose Pimples

Getting Rid Of Nose Pimples


In today’s world like ours, the presentation of the self is so important. Our face is our business. This means that things like pimples and acne breakouts are some of the most annoying things that can happen. This is especially so for pimples on the nose.

Readers, can you feel me? It hurts when you sneeze and the pimples will always be right in the center of your face or when you have a pimple inside your nose. I wish pimples were not allowed to grow there. While no one can grant that wish of mine, there are some steps we can take together in treating acne or preventing it!

Causes of Nose Acne

To be able to get rid of traditional acne or those inside the nose, you have to understand what exactly it is, and how it occurs.

Acne is the common term for acne vulgaris, a skin condition that involves the hair follicles on your skin surfaces like the face, body, chest, and back. Acne mostly affects teenagers experiencing puberty, and can also affect women in their mid to late 20s. Acne is typically characterized by lesions including blackheads, pimples, and inflammatory papule. Appearance-wise, acne appears in symptoms like whiteheads, blackheads, zits (also known as pimples which are tiny red bumps), and pustules (tender red bumps that contain pus). In serious conditions, acne can also manifest as cysts, which are deep, large, and painful pimples that contain pus under the skin’s surface while remaining deeply embedded. A person suffering from acne may experience one or more of the symptoms combined, for a sustained period of time. The face acne meaning may be varied, but each one really takes a toll on your confidence.

Acne is an easily treatable condition that can be targeted with topical creams, specific oral medications, and in some cases, chemical cosmetic procedures like chemical peel and light therapy. There are other ways to treat acne in this article, but you should always consult your dermatologist.

There can be quite a few causes to pimples forming on the nose and they are:

1. Clogged Pores

Just like any other part of your face, if there is excess oil production, too much sebum or bacteria present that causes clogged pores, it will lead to nose acne, whitehead acne or even a skin infection. That’s why it’s important to note the sebum production on your skin and remove excess oil.

2. Ingrown Hairs

Well, having an ingrown hair follicle is not really considered a pimple but it can definitely be as painful as having one. For those who shave or tweeze nose hairs, when they grow back, it is possible that they can grow back under the skin, causing irritation and thus, pimples. They can even result in a pimple inside your nose so be sure to seek hair removal treatments to prevent acne.

3. Nasal Vestibulitis

While it sounds complicated, it is actually a bacterial infection that could happen in the nasal vestibule. Honestly, getting it can be from the very simple stuff like digging your nose, frequent nose blowing, and most commonly, a nose piercing.

4. Nasal Furuncles

These are more like boils and indicate a more severe infection within your nose. It has the potential to cause cellulitis. It is recommended that you make a visit to a board certified dermatologist for acne medications or topical treatments if you experience severe pain or if the pimple is of abnormal size due to enlarged blood vessels.


I am sure that most of us are familiar with the symptoms of pimples and find them undesirable and unpleasant. The symptoms will tell you exactly what the issue is or the exact cause of it. Some common symptoms include pus-filled bumps, blocked pores, irritated skin, itching, pain, acne like bumps, dead skin or tenderness.

Pimple Nose Treatments (like salicylic acid)

Once we have gotten a nose pimple, there is really no other choice but to wait for it to disappear. However, sometimes it can take a really long time and I do not know about you but it really grates my nerves when it takes more than 1 week to heal. So, here are some treatments that you can look into to speed up the process or at least make the process more bearable.

1. Topical Creams

Many pimple face creams that are catered to reduce and control acne can do the trick to reducing the congestion of dirt in the pores and appearance of the unsightly bumps. The ingredients in the cream like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide normally help with that, although you might want to steer clear of those ingredients when you have dry scaly skin. Just like how an eye cream benefits those with under eye issues, there are particular creams and medicated toners suited for nose acne too. So, if you find that your pimple cream may not feel as effective, you might want to check out prescription strength treatments to get rid of or prevent pimples.

2. Pain Relievers

While it is typically unheard of, some pimples can be really painful, especially if it is a painful bump on the nose. In such severe cases, you can opt to consume some painkillers or prescription medications in order to get rid of the pain. Painkillers that are obtainable over the counter like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium generally will do the trick!

3. Antiseptics

These antiseptics can not only reduce pain but also help to lessen the pimple like bumps that have formed on the nose. Some examples of natural antiseptic that is often used in cosmetics are things like tea tree oil.

More acne treatments, especially for teens, can be found here.

Home Remedies

If you have tried all of the above treatments but feel like they do not work for you. Well, honestly I would recommend visiting a dermatologist who can provide medical advice first. However, if you are up for discovering new tricks, you can try out home remedies. Now, I must mention they have no scientific evidence that guarantees that they are useful for treating pimples but they may prevent future breakouts.

1. Lemon Juice (it even rids dead skin cells!)

The acidity in lemons can help to sanitize a pimple and also make it dry. What you can do is simply apply a few drops to a cotton pad and leave it on your nose for 15 minutes. An important thing to note is that it would be better to do this at night as the lemon juice will make your skin hypersensitive to sunlight.

2. Ice

For those of you worried that the acidic properties of the lemon could have damaging effects, there is a simpler home remedy that is mostly worry-free. Ice can help to alleviate swelling and works to reduce inflammation. So, you can rub one over your nose for 20 minutes.

3. Toothpaste

The white variety kind of toothpaste will help to dry out the pimple. This is because such toothpaste contains antimicrobial properties. So, this could help to reduce the appearance and maybe even completely. My advice is to apply it overnight so that you can just wash it off in the morning and be good as new.

4. Listerine Mouthwash

Just like the toothpaste, Listerine mouthwash also has antimicrobial properties that can help reduce the swelling of the pimple by drying it out and rid acne causing bacteria. So, like lemon juice, simply dip a cotton pad in the substance and leave it on your nose for 10 minutes before washing it off.

So, these are some of the more popular remedies that I have come across. However, as there is no scientific backing to these remedies and they may come with certain risk factors. If you experience any discomfort after trying them, please seek medical help. You can also conduct cosmetic and clinical research and browse peer reviewed studies for alternative therapies or a better treatment plan.

Prevention Methods

I bet this is what most of us want to know the most because prevention is better than cure and especially for pimples on the nose. You might think it is complicated but all you have to do is follow these tips to keep your skin clean and breathing:

  1. Wash your face twice a day
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Avoid oil-based cosmetic products
  4. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. This prevents both pimples and even wrinkles.
  5. Avoid over-exfoliating your skin. You can use your diy exfoliator at most 2-3 times a week to rid excess dead skin cells.
  6. Eat healthily and appear healthy
  7. Apply sunscreen before stepping out into the sun. You don’t want to have both acne and pigmentation of skin, right?
  8. Resist the temptation to pop your pimples

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So, the above are the 8 tips you can follow to prevent nose acne and feel more confident and comfortable in your skin! You don’t have to do anything complicated, so wipe away that wrinkle face and let out a sigh of relief. You don’t want to suffer with dark circles under eyes just thinking about this easily-solvable skincare problem. So long as you keep your nose and face clean and have a healthy diet, pimples should not be a problem. 

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