Pimple in Nose: Causes, Types, Natural and Medicinal Treatment

Pimple in Nose

Pimples in your nose can be annoying, they can also be dangerous. You need to understand the difference between the types of pimple in nose that may develop as it gives you the idea of how to get rid of a pimple in your nose, as well as how to prevent an infection and treat one if it develops.

Causes of pimples inside your nose

Pimples are caused when the oil producing glands under your skin is blocked. This gland is known as the sebaceous gland and it produces an oil called ‘sebum’ which keeps your skin soft. These blockages can be caused by an excess of dead cells or oil gathering in your pores. The accumulation of both may result in the formation of pimples, which are just as likely to form on the surface of your face as they are in your nose.

Your pores can also attract bacteria, which can make your pimples infected, irritated and painful. An infected pimple in nose can be dangerous, as it may affect the veins leading to your brain.

A rare form of the infection known as ‘ cavernous sinus thrombosis’ can lead to a blood clot forming in one of the large veins at the base of your skull

While having a pimple on nose can be hard, a pimple inside nose can be very painful. Due to its position, the pimple will be moist at all times and attract a variety of bacteria, making an infection far more likely and even harder to deal with. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible though! You just need to understand the type of pimple and find out how to treat it.

Pimples under the skin of your nose

These are known as ‘blind pimples’ as they don’t have a pimple ‘head’. They can be incredibly painful as the ‘bump’ may develop close to a nerve in your nose.

This kind of pimple under nose can be caused by:

  • Nasal polyps

This condition is a major cause behind the formation of a pimple inside nose. It is caused when the mucus membrane in your nose becomes chronically inflamed and is accompanied by a variety of symptoms including a runny nose, itchy eyes and headache.

  • Folliculitis

The ‘staphylococcus’ is just one example of the kind of bacteria that can cause an infection at the root of your hair. This infection can lead to the formation of an infected pimple.

  • An imbalance in your body

If your body is unable to absorb all the nutrients that it craves, it will let you know by causing a variety of problems in your digestive system. In turn, this will cause a pimple to develop.

  • A blockage in your nose pore

This will stop the ‘sebum’ from reaching the surface of your skin, allowing bacteria to penetrate your skin and causing an infection to develop in your nose pimple.

  • Removing the Nasal hair

Removing or trimming hair from your nose can irritate your skin, and even leave a series of tiny cuts on the inside of your nose, causing an infection.

  • Nose piercing

Piercing your nose can also lead to the formation of a bump or ‘blind pimple’, especially if your piercing becomes infected.

  • Nose picking

Picking your nose with dirty fingers, or inserting foreign objects into your nose, can introduce new bacteria or rupture the blood capillaries running through your nose. Either situation will lead to a painful ‘blind pimple under nose’ to form.

  • Long term use of antibiotics

Antibiotics can kill the ‘good’ bacteria in your body, especially when taken for extended periods of time. This creates a situation where ‘bad’ bacteria can flourish, possibly causing pimples in your nose.

Pimples in your Nostril

A variety of pimples can appear in your nostril. One example of this would be a cystic pimple, which, in severe conditions, can be quite painful and very hard to keep under control.


The pimples in your nose can come with a variety of symptoms. If you begin to suffer from any one of the following illnesses, you should consult a doctor:

  • difficulty seeing
  • double vision
  • dizziness
  • a red, painful rash
  • a fever
  • sudden confusion
  • uneven pupils

In such cases, your doctor will ask you a variety of questions to understand the type of pimple you have. These questions will include:

1) When your pimple first formed, what did it look like?

2) How has the appearance of your pimple changed since then?

3) Is the area around the pimple painful?

4) Has any kind of liquid oozed out of your pimple, such as blood and pus?

Keeping an eye on such things will help you answer your doctors questions, and ensure that they advise you effectively on how to get rid of a pimple in your nose.

Treating the pimple in your nose

There are a variety of treatments for a pimple in nose, though the one that you use will depend on the cause of the pimple on nose.

Traditional home remedies for acne
Pimples can cause high levels of discomfort and pain. You may choose to use some of the following natural remedies in order to alleviate the symptoms and boost the pimples healing process.

1) Warm Compress

 Warm Compress for pimple in nose

This method will help you get rid of a blind pimple by accelerating the time it takes to ‘point’, so that you can open it up and drain out the liquid.  This may take a few days, if the technique is used 2 to 3 times a day.

You will need to add a cotton ball to a bowl of boiled water. Once the water has cooled down, though you have to make sure it’s still warm to touch, you will need to squeeze the cotton ball to release any excess water.

Now apply the warm cotton directly on your pimple, leaving it there until the cotton cools down. You will need to repeat this, until the water turns cold.

2) Cold Compress

Cold Compress for pimples on nose

To alleviate the pain caused by a swollen pimple, you will need to apply some ice to the infected area for approximately 5 minutes, 3 times a day until the swelling reduces.

You can wrap a few blocks of ice in a clean cloth to help you hold it in place. 

If you ask your physician how to pop a pimple in your nose, they may advise this method to reduce the pain.

3) Aloe Vera Gel

 Aloe Vera Gel fpr pimple in nose

The antibacterial properties found in Aloe Vera help reduce inflammation, making it a perfect remedy for infected pimples. The gel also helps restore damaged skin, aiding the body’s healing process.

You will need to apply the Aloe Vera’s gel for 20 minutes, at least 2 times a day. After each application, wash the gel away with warm water. Continue using this remedy until the swelling reduces.

You should check that you are not allegoric to the gel before applying it to your pimple or it may worsen the infection!

4) Tea Tree Oil

 Tea Tree Oil for pimple im nose

Tea tree oil is another natural remedy with antibacterial properties. It can be used to treat pimples and prevent a new one from developing, by killing off the ‘bad’ bacteria present in the nose and cleansing your hair follicles.

Make sure you dilute the tea tree oil before applying it to your skin. Otherwise, it may irritate the area upon which it is applied.

You will then need to soak a ball of cotton in the tea tree oil, leaving it on your pimple for approximately 5 minutes at a time. After each application, you can rinse your nose with warm water.

Repeat this treatment 2 to 3 times daily, until the pimple heals.

5) Apple mixed with honey

Apple mixed with honey for pimples in nose

The antibacterial properties in both the apple and the honey kills any bacteria present in your nose, helping you get rid of your infected pimples.  They also aid the healing properties by restoring damaged skin.

To use this method you will need to mash a slice of apple, mixing it with a spoon of honey. Place a ball of cotton, dipped in the apple and honey paste, onto the pimple, and leave it in place for 20 minutes. Once you remove the cotton wash, use warm water to wash off any excess.

Keep using this mixture twice a day until your pimple heals.

6)  Epsom Salt Water Solution

Epsom Salt Water Solution

This natural remedy is highly effective for ‘blind nose pimples’. It will fight off any ‘bad bacteria’ while reducing the inflammation and swelling in the pimple.

To use this remedy, half fill a cup with hot water and mix a spoon of the Epsom salt into it, stirring well to dissolve the particles.

Let the water cool, dipping a cotton ball into it once it reaches room temperature. You will need to apply the solution to your pimple, letting the Epsom salt water dry on your nose before washing it off.

Use this remedy twice a day until your pimple ‘points’ and the liquid drains out of it. 

7) Toothpaste

Toothpaste for pimples in nose

To use this remedy you will need to choose a white toothpaste that contains both mint leaves and clove, as they will reduce the swelling and reduce the discomfort you feel from the pimple.

Apply a pea-sized dot of the toothpaste onto the pimple before you sleep, washing it away in the morning with warm water.  Keep using this remedy until the pimple ‘points’.

Do not use this remedy if you have sensitive skin, as it may irritate your skin. If you are unsure, apply a small amount of the toothpaste to the inside of your wrist and see if the symptoms of a reaction manifest.

8) Lemon juice

Lemon juice for pimple in nose

The critic acid in lemon juice will dry off the pimple, clean out the hair follicles, kill the bacteria and boost the pimples healing process.

To use this remedy, squeeze the juice out of a fresh lemon and use a cotton ball in order to apply it to your pimple. Leave it in place for approximately 20 minutes before washing your nose with lukewarm water.

This remedy should be used until your pimple heals.

9) Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol works as a disinfectant, soothing and cooling the irritated area. When alcohol soaked cotton ball is dabbed onto the surface of your pimple, it will remove the blockage that caused the pimple and kill any bacteria in the process. This in turn reduces the swelling and discomfort caused by pimples. 

For effective results, use this technique two times a day until it heals.

10) Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar for pimples in nos

The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar will help heal your pimples, and prevent them from developing in the future.

You will need to leave a cotton ball, soaked in the vinegar, in place for about 10 minutes. Once it has been removed, wash your nose with warm water.

To get rid of the pimple repeat the treatment two times a day, until the affected area heals.

Popping the pimple!

We would recommend that you ask a doctor how to pop a pimple in your nose, as one wrong move could damage the blood capillaries in your nose or cause an infection in the affected area. The first and most important step is to make sure that your hands are sterile and clean. You can do this by washing them with warm water.

You will also need to make sure that the pimple in your nose has a ‘point’. If it doesn’t, then you need to wait before popping the pimple, using one of the natural remedies above to help speed up the process.

If the pimple has a ‘point’, then you can follow the steps listed below to safely pop it:

Step 1

Make a warm compress, and place it over the pimple to ensure that it is properly pointed and prepared for drainage. You may also like to take a painkiller 30 minutes before you begin the procedure, as it can be painful.

Step 2

Make sure that you are in a room that is well lit. You also need to keep a magnifying mirror on hand as well as a sterile needle and a cotton swab.

You can use rubbing alcohol to sterilize your needle. Make sure that you also use the alcohol to disinfect both your hands and the pimple before you move on. This is to ensure that you do not cause a bacterial infection.

Step 3

Take the needle and use it to open the pimples ‘head’, allowing all the liquid to drain out. To aid the process take a cotton swab and gently apply minimal pressure to the other side of the pimple. Make sure you don’t press down too hard or you can damage the area!

Step 4

You will need to use a cotton swab to wipe away any of the liquid that seeps out of the pimple.

Once that is done, apply an antibacterial ointment to the area in order to prevent an infection from developing by killing off the bacteria.

Bacterial infected pimples and medication

To treat an infected pimple you may need to take medication prescribed by a physician. This includes topical pharmaceuticals, antibiotic ointments and, in severe cases, intravenous antibiotics. Be careful when taking these forms of medication as they have precise instructions and side effects.

Antibiotics will help reduce the swelling of the pimple and minimize the likelihood of sepsis. The most common antibiotics include Clindamycin, Tetracycline, and Erythromycin.

When taking this medication you must

  • Seek the approval of your physician.
  • Never take them for an extended period of time, once the antibiotics course is up stop taking them!
  • Never take two antibiotics together.
  • Contact a doctor if your skin begins to burn, turns red, peels off, becomes irritated or discolored.

Rare instances and surgical drainage

In certain rare instances your doctor may treat the infected pimple with a surgical drainage procedure, as it will help reduce the swelling in the affected area. 

If your pimple turns into an abscess, you need to contact a doctor. If the purulent boil opens, they will usually put you on a local or general anesthesia when performing the surgical procedure.

The procedure may include the following steps:

  • The surgeon will being by making an incision along the inflamed area, extending the edges of the abscess with a hemostatic clamp.
  • As the pus begins to leak out, they will place a drainage strip over your nasal cavity and keep it in place with an aseptic covering.


To prevent further infection patients must;

  • Never poke their nose or try to peel off the pimple using their fingers or any other objects. This can cause the pimple to bleed and make the infection worse.
  • Never squeeze the pimple inside your nose. It will only increase the pain you feel, possibly even worsening the infection.
  • Blow their nose gently.
  • Do not stop the flow of oxygen into your nose. This will happen if you push tissue or a cotton ball into your nose.
  • Reduce the pain by applying a cold compress. You can apply an icepack for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
  • If you wish to take a painkiller like ibuprofen, make sure you eat something first. Not doing so may result in stomach problems.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol while your pimple is infected, as it can worsen your condition.
  • Try to keep your nasal passages clean and free of dust or pollen. They can trigger an allergic reaction and worsen your condition. To do this you may use a mask.
  • To sleep comfortably, keep your head elevated using two or more pillows as it will help reduce the accumulation of mucus in your nasal
  • If you have sinusitis or similar allergies, it may cause a pimple to develop. If the pimple has not healed after approximately 3 days, contact your doctor. You will also need to be checked before using nasal sprays, antihistamines or nasal decongestants.

It may be easier, and a lot safer, to prevent an infected pimple from developing altogether.  You can do this by;

  • Maintaining your personal hygiene
  • Having a balanced diet
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Dealing with any wounds, which form in your nose straight away, this will reduce the accumulation of bacteria in your nose.
  • Avoid trimming your nose hair and picking your nose. As they can both damage the interior of your nose.
  • If your allergies are linked to your nose, reduce the amounts of irritants that you breathe in by wearing a mask.


Pimples can cause a patient a lot of pain, especially if it develops an infection. There is a variety of precautions that can help reduce the chances of pimples forming or worsening. Natural remedies can be used in most cases. Though a doctor may prescribe antibiotics or recommend surgical drainage, if the condition worsens.