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How to Get Rid of a Pimple on Nose Fast: Just 5 Easy Steps!

How to Get Rid of a Pimple on Nose Fast

You wake up one morning and find a nose pimple right smack in the middle! Isn’t it tempting to squeeze it out with your fingers? 

Before doing anything drastic, let’s first make sure that what you have is a REAL PIMPLE! 

Remember, some bumps can look like pimples, but in reality, THEY’RE NOT. 

We’re here to help you identify and remove pimple on nose ASAP.

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How to Remove Pimples on Nose?

Nose pimples are irritating whether it’s inside or outside your nostrils. It’s a woman’s worst nightmare!

However, there’s no reason to fear because these steps will help eliminate those pimples ASAP!

If you have a pimple on your nose, here’s what you should do:

Step 1: Don’t Touch or Squeeze!

Step 1

Bad news for pimple poppers!  For some, nose pimple popping is a forbidden pleasure. 

Whatever you do, PLEASE resist the urge to pick or squeeze it unless you want a scar. 

Also, your hands may have bacteria that can spread to your whole face. Touching your nose can cause more breakouts to happen.

Step 2: Ice It!

Step 2

Applying ice on the area does the following:

  • Takes down the swelling
  • Minimizes pores

However, DON’T put the ice cube directly on it as it can burn your skin. 

Wrap it inside a thin cloth and apply it to the pimple for two minutes. 

Do this EVERY 30 MINUTES using a new piece of cloth each time.

Step 3: Clean Your Face

Step 3

Humidity and sweat can encourage oiliness on your skin.  

You can soak a washcloth in warm water and use it to clean your face and remove oil in the middle of the day.

We highly suggest using a gentle face wash with Salicylic acid to keep your skin clean. Salicylic acid is a gentle exfoliant that can treat your acne.

You can also use an anti-bacterial face wash with tea tree oil because it reduces the size of your pimple.

Step 4: Gentle Scrub

Step 4

Exfoliation twice a week will reduce the buildup of oil and dirt. It will clear out clogged pores and prevent breakouts. 

Since you have an existing pimple inside the nose, be careful not to scrub too hard.  

Use a gentle exfoliating scrub to slough off stubborn dirt.

Step 5: Medicate

Step 5

Here come the big guns! 

The best way to do get rid of pesky pimples is through spot treatment!

Apply over-the-counter acne cream that contains Benzoyl peroxide and Salicylic acid.

  • Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria effectively. Benzoyl peroxide also keeps mild to moderate acne at bay. 
  • Salicylic acid reduces larger pores and increases cell turnover through exfoliation. Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties that penetrate deep into your inflamed skin.

Instead of acne cream, you can also use natural home remedies. These home remedies include Tea tree oil and Apple cider vinegar

  • Tea tree oil reduces pain and the possibility of a skin infection. (NOTE: DON’T use this undiluted for pimples in your nasal cavity. Dilute it with coconut oil first before you apply it.
  • Apple cider vinegar diluted in water is anti-bacterial and reduces breakouts.

These two home remedies are potent when used alone, especially tea tree oil since it’s an essential oil. 

ALWAYS dilute it to avoid burning your skin.

Treatment for Pimples on Nose


Now that you’ve dealt with that pesky pimple inside your nose, it’s time to keep your face pimple-free! 

Having a regular skin care routine is the secret to keeping your face clean and healthy. 

If you follow this, it will help you get rid of nose acne and prevent nose breakouts regardless of your skin type!

Skin Care Plan to Prevent Acne on Your Nose

  1. Keep skin clean to prevent nose pimples. Follow a skincare routine that helps maintain your skin’s pH levels and take away excess oil. Use gentle facial cleansers for your skin.
  2. Wash, but DON’T overwash. You deprive your skin of necessary oils if you wash your face more than twice a day.  You will have dry, irritated skin, which will lead to more oil production. Remember, the more you wash, the oilier you get.
  3. Tone and moisturize REGULARLY. Acne treatments with Salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide dry out the skin. Using a non-comedogenic toner and moisturizer will help your skin always stay hydrated while using Benzoyl peroxide.
  4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  It will do your whole body good. Drink lots of water to prevent you from overproducing sebum. Sebum is what leads to clogged comedones and pores.
  5. Don’t exfoliate your skin every day. Too much exfoliation also stimulates your oil glands. It’s nice to treat skin with gentle scrubs every once in a while in moderation. 
  6. Stay away from oil-based makeup. There are water-based products good for acne-prone skin.
  7. Remove makeup before bedtime. Makeup will clog your pores overnight. Don’t use oil-based makeup removers.
  8. Always wear sunscreen for acne-prone skin. Exposure to sunlight will dehydrate your skin and lead to sebum production. Use a sunscreen that contains salicylic acid to remove excess oil and avoid swelling.
  9. Change your diet. Sugar, dairy, and carbohydrates increase your chances of inflammation and breakouts.  Eat good portions of fibers found in fruits and vegetables to nourish your whole body, not just your skin. 
  10. Again, DON’T POP your pimple. Should you get one in the future. Let the products work their magic, and wait for your pimples to heal.

If you follow this routine, it will take a long time before you get another pimple.  Fingers crossed!

Nose Pimples: Taking a Closer Look

Closer Look

We’ve all experienced getting nose pimples at one point in our life. 

“The fastest way is to pop it and put on a medicated patch, right?” WRONG, SO WRONG!

It can be so tempting to pop one, but your dermatologist will most likely discourage it. 

As tempting as it is, it will increase your risk of scarring and infection.

Let’s become familiar with them before we judge them…or pop them!

Symptoms of Acne Breakouts

Acne inside and around the nose can look like any other pimple. Yet, these nose pimples can be a symptom of other skin conditions. 

Bumps inside the nose can be many different things. It depends on symptoms that may be present in these acne-like bumps.  

Let’s figure out the symptoms first before getting treatment.

  • Is it a painful bump?
  • Are the red bumps itchy?
  • Are they pus-filled bumps?

Types of Pimples on Nose


1. Whiteheads

Oh, you know what these are! These are the baby packs of white stuff on your nose.  These kinds of nose pimples show up on an oilier face. 

The white bumps come from too much sebum production and dead skin cells.  The sebum contributes to CLOGGED PORES around the nose.

2. Blackheads

Blackheads and whiteheads are like ebony and ivory on your face.  Like whiteheads, these are a build-up of sebum and dead skin cells.  

The difference is that these are “flat” plugs or pimples. 

They are black in color because they’ve oxidized.  The dark color is NOT DIRT but MELANIN.  Some are so tiny you can’t see them with the naked eye.

You can remove them by using blackhead masks.

3. Pustules

Now, THIS is a full-on zit.  This is what you’ll most likely think of when you think of acne. It has a white head with a pus-filled bubble on top. 

This is the kind of nose pimple you can actually pop. NOT.  Although it should come out, it will leave you with a scar.

4. Papules

This is the “not-ready-to-pop-yet” phase, if that makes sense. Inflamed acne or Acne vulgaris are small but painful red bumps. 

They don’t have the yellow or white pus yet. Most papules accumulate pus and become pustules in a few days.

5. Cysts

Talk about CLOGGED pores!  This big, scary-looking, red bump on your skin is impossible to pop. 

This acne inside the nose is painful and slow to heal because it lies deep inside the skin

It’s also more difficult to treat than the other acne symptoms. Seriously consider keeping your hands off this one and let your dermatologist fix it.

(NOTE: Papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts are ALL INFLAMMATORY acne. These have different types and causes of inflammation.)

What are the Different Types of Acne Breakouts?

Different Types

Acne breakouts can either be Acne Vulgaris or Acne Rosacea.   

  • Acne vulgaris is acne that becomes inflamed due to bacterial infection.  
  • Acne rosacea triggers are stress, heat, caffeine, spicy food, and alcohol.

It’s important to differentiate the two to determine the type of treatment for your nose acne.

What Causes Nose Pimples?

“Are you sure it’s pimples? “

Did you know that pimples inside the nose may not be acne but a skin infection? 

There are underlying conditions that cause acne vulgaris and acne rosacea to form inside and around your nose.

1. Ingrown Hairs

Did you know that tweezing nose hair is actually bad for you? 

  • Your hair follicle gets infected. You’ll have red, painful acne inside your nose. 
  • Please leave your nose hairs alone! With clean hands, you can actually tuck the runaways back in.  Just saying.

2. Bacteria

Bacteria cause an infection inside the nose covered with hair (nasal vestibule).  This infection is what you call nasal vestibulitis or folliculitis.

  • You’ll notice painful swelling, redness, crusting, and a boil inside the nose
  • It happens from frequent nose-blowing when you have a virus. 
  • Risk factors include nose piercing—severe cases of nose piercing infection of the nasal cavity.

For primary and secondary infections, consult a board-certified dermatologist.  They can give you prescription strength treatments.

3. Blocked Pores

The nose area produces a lot of excess sebum or oil. Cue, oily nose!

The purpose of this oil is to keep your skin lubricated. But when it’s mixed with dead skin cells, bacteria and dirt, it can clog pores. Hello, blocked pores!

Clogged pores can lead to INFLAMMATION and trigger acne. 

The Takeaway

The Takeaway

Building healthy habits is beneficial to your overall health. 

Start a healthy skincare routine. Find a face wash, exfoliator, and non-comedogenic moisturizer that works for you.

Leave your pimples alone!  Popping pimples cause further outbreaks and scarring. Apply the right medication and call it a day!


August 16, 2021 – Updated article formatting and content

July 27, 2021 – Updated article links

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Paola Diaz
Paola Diaz

Hi, I'm Paola! A skin care enthusiast and nature lover. Creating content that promotes proper skin treatment and keeping a healthy glow is my way of sharing with the world how healthy skin can go a long way. I’m a firm believer of natural beauty that radiates inside all of us. All we need is the right kind of nourishment that inspires our wellness from inside out. So it’s really not about physical beauty alone – it’s the beautiful life we can create for ourselves when we connect with our own nature and see there is beauty that shines from every one of us.