Why We Get Pimples On Our Noses & How to Treat it.

Ok, so I will just say it – this blog post is a tad weird. I mean who blogs about nose zits?

Well, I have been battling this WHOLE month with acne on my nose, INSIDE and OUTSIDE. It is so stinkin’ painful. I am sure that is something we can all agree on. If you have never had a pimple on your nose then you are one of the rare – lucky – few. I don’t even know what is going on with my nose this month, it is like one side of my nose takes on a life of it’s own with a horrible nasty zit and once it heals, the other side decides to take on the challenge of being a home of a disgusting parasite. For whatever reason my nose has been at war with itself all month.


Not to mention unattractive.

I’m effing Rudolph and it ain’t pretty friends. (BTW – this probably the most honest photo of myself that I have ever posted)

So why do we get these monstrosities and how do we get ride of them?

The What & The Why

Too much sebum can trap debris, such as dead skin or bacteria, in the pores. The nose is particularly vulnerable because the pores in this location tend to be larger than elsewhere. The larger size makes it easier for debris to become trapped, leading to acne breakouts. Which is why having a pore-minimizing mask, as part of your skincare regeme is a great idea.

A pimple inside the nose can be a sign of an infection inside the nose. With that said knowing how to treat nose acne is a wise move – that way you don’t spread the infection or make it worse.

Alright for those of you who have low immunity or who have diabetes listen up because you are at higher risk of skin infections. Which may make you more prone to pimples, including those that occur in the nose.

The thing with pores is that they attract more than extra oil. Bacteria can also infiltrate the pore, which is what causes the redness, irritation, and inflammation that make a pimple painful and tender. It is the bacteria that can lead to infections, such as nasal vestibulitis and nasal furuncles.

Nasal vestibulitis is a skin condition that can cause a red, inflamed bump or a collection of red or white bumps, usually at the nostril openings. 

Staphylococcus (AKA staph infection) bacteria are a common cause of folliculitis. Certain habits, such as picking your nose or blowing your nose too often, can contribute to folliculitis.

BAM! When I read this it hit me like a ton of bricks because I get this horrid nose pimples at least once in the winter and a lot during the summer. Odd how that correlates with the winter cold and summer allergies right? I can’t be the only one who finds this interesting!

Next up? Nasal furuncles are boils, or deeper infections in the nose. I have only had a boil once and it was the worst, so painful. My brother, however, would get them all the time.

For obvious reasons, this condition is considered more serious because it can lead to cellulitis, a rapidly spreading skin condition that can get into your bloodstream. The condition causes skin dimpling, swelling, and red areas of inflammation. In some instances, cellulitis can be deadly. This no joke my friends, my step-daddio was actually hospitalized with cellulitis two years back and it all started with a staph infection.

Anyways –

The good news (or not so good news -depending on how you look at it,) is that acne is one of the most common skin conditions people have. Yay – yeah not so much.

Upon doing my nose acne research I have discovered a not so shocking fact; while acne can appear almost anywhere on the body, the nose is particularly prone.

So that’s great news – ugh.

As you know, there are lots of types of acne out there but, here are the two types most commonly associated with nose zits.

Acne vulgaris is characterized by blackheads or whiteheads. It is a chronic skin condition that happens when the hair follicles and their associated glands become swollen or blocked with oil.


Acne rosacea is a type of rosacea, (a common skin condition that affects the face.) People with rosacea experience redness of the skin that can be lasting or pass quickly.

Rosacea is often accompanied small pimples with yellow or white centers (pustules), or small, solid pimples or swellings without any pus (papules.) Which is why – squeezing a pimple to death isn’t ideal – you can be pitching a bruising your face – which only draws attention to the problem.

Due to similar symptoms, it is often difficult to tell the difference between the two types of nose acne.

Acne vulgaris is closer to stereotypical acne.

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Cysts

It is also likely that a person with acne vulgaris on the nose will notice it on other parts of the face and body. So if you someone who struggles with acne on your back, chest, or even under your breasts – this is likely you.

Acne rosacea, on the other hand, is a subtype of rosacea and not related to acne types. It is also possible to have both acne vulgaris and acne rosacea.

One of the best ways to tell the two conditions apart is the presence of clogged pores. A person can check their nose for:

  • whiteheads
  • blackheads
  • pus-filled bumps
  • cysts
  • pustules

Acne rosacea is characterized by red, swollen, or inflamed skin. It will often start on the nose. And it can spread to nearby areas, such as the cheeks. It will not spread over the entire face or body. Often, the nose may appear enlarged.

Medical News Today & Healthline ~ are my sources for these fun-time facts, by the way.


***May it be noted that I am not a doctor and if you experiencing anything out of the “normal” then you should call up your doctor and have yourself a sit down with them***

If you’re experiencing acne vulgaris:

  • Noninflammatory acne refers to minor pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Most cases are easily treated with over-the-counter (OTC) remedies. Medicated toners, creams, and spot-treatments can help break down bacteria, remove excess oil, and get rid of dry skin cells. Although products containing benzoyl peroxide can offer some benefits, salicylic acid is more effective for this type of acne. Salicylic acid works by removing excess dead skin cells around hair follicles, thereby breaking down and preventing acne.
  • Inflammatory acne is the most severe form of acne. It typically presents as cysts or nodules. One way to tell if you have this type of acne is to assess whether there’s a lot of swelling surrounding the acne on your nose. Home remedies and OTC products can be beneficial if your like me and inflammatory acne is only every once in awhile. For example, applied ice can reduce inflammation, and a warm washcloth can help draw out oil and pus from deep beneath the skin. Which is what I have been doing on my pore nose! If it is severe and often enough I would suggest hitting up the local dermatologist for treatments,

Now rosacea is a delicate skin condition that requires medical treatment. Home remedies and OTC products haven’t been shown to treat rosacea and I have seen a few of my skincare lines work on clients BUT it is best to seek out treatments from you health care guru.

Here are some of my suggested tips:

  • Wash your face twice a day with a gentle or gel based cleanser
  • Use a toner to remove excess dirt and oil
  • Follow up with a moisturizer designed for your skin type. This will insure that your skin is hydrated correctly which means your sebaceous (fat & oil) glands don’t go on overdrive and produce more acne-causing oil
  • Use a clay mask once or twice a week. This will help get rid of clogged pores on your nose and overtime will reduce the size of your pores.
  • Wear sunscreen! EVERYDAY. Sun exposure not only increases your risk for skin cancer and wrinkles but ALSO dries out your skin – which in turn increases oil production in your pores – thus acne!!

Also please read my blog post, How To Get Rid Of Acne – if you haven’t already!

As always I am here for you if you any questions! Find me on Instagram or YouTube by searching for @barebonerevival

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