Pimple Inside The Nose: Home Remedies, Causes, And Prevention Tips

by Shaheen Naser

Pimples or acne can occur anywhere on the body – and the nose is no exception. A pimple inside the nose is not only annoying and irritating but also painful. There are some natural remedies one can follow to get rid of and prevent them. Read on to know more.

What Causes A Pimple Inside The Nose?

There are various reasons a pimple develops inside the nose. In some cases, it may be a result of an underlying infection. One of the most common causes of pimples may be a clogged or blocked skin pore. These clogging may be the result of an accumulation of dead skin cells or oil.

Apart from dead skin cells and oil, open pores may also invite bacteria. This may cause the pores to become inflamed and infected, resulting in acne or pimples. This infection may result in the following:

  • Nasal Furuncles And Cellulitis: Nasal furuncles are deeper infections in the nose that occur in the form of boils. This condition is considered to be dangerous as there are chances that it may lead to cellulitis. Cellulitis is an infection that spreads rapidly and can even enter your bloodstream.
  • Nasal Vestibulitis: This condition is also referred to as folliculitis. It may result in a single red, inflamed bump or a cluster of red or white bumps at the opening of your nostrils. Staph (Staphylococcus) bacteria are the most common cause of this infection.
  • Ingrown Hair: Some people try and get rid of their nasal hair. This may cause them to develop ingrown hair – another common cause for pimples to develop inside the nose.

Listed below are the signs and symptoms of a pimple inside your nose.

Signs And Symptoms

  • Papules – Small red bumps that are tender to touch
  • Whiteheads or clogged (closed) pores
  • Pustule – A bump with a little pus at its tip
  • Nodules – Large and painful bumps under your skin
  • Cystic lesions or pus-filled bumps beneath your skin
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation and pain

Listed below are the home remedies that may help you get rid of pimples inside the nose.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of A Pimple Inside The Nose

1. Warm Compress

A warm compress may increase circulation and reduce inflammation in the affected area. Hence, it may help in treating painful pimples inside the nose.

You Will Need

A warm compress

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply a warm compress on the nose.
  2. Place it there for about 5 minutes and remove it.
  3. Alternatively, you can also wash the pimple with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2-3 times a day.

2. Essential Oils

a. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil possesses analgesic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, fungicidal, and astringent properties (1). These properties may help heal pimples faster and prevent further breakouts.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 drops of rosemary oil
  • 5 drops of coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix one to two drops of rosemary oil with any carrier oil like coconut oil.
  2. Apply the mixture to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
  4. You can also try this remedy as an overnight treatment.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

b. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and bactericidal properties (2). The components of the oil penetrate deep into skin and support the regeneration of skin damaged by acne-causing bacteria.

You Will Need

  • 4 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Combine four drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil.
  2. Apply this mixture to the pimple and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.
  4. You can also use this as an overnight treatment.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply tea tree oil 2-3 times daily.

3. Neem Oil

Neem exhibits strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (3). These properties of neem may help in combating pimples.

You Will Need

2-3 drops of neem oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply neem oil directly to the pimple with your finger.
  2. Leave it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
  3. You can also leave it on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent (4). This may help in reducing the redness and swelling associated with pimples.

You Will Need

A few drops of cold-pressed coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply coconut oil to the pimple inside your nose.
  2. Allow it to dry on its own.
  3. Reapply as necessary.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

5. Lemon

Lemon possesses astringent and antimicrobial properties. It may help in preventing skin infections like acne (5). Lemon also has anti-inflammatory properties (6). This may help in reducing the inflammation inside the nose.

You Will Need

  • A few drops of lemon juice
  • Water (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to the pimple.
  2. If you have sensitive skin, mix the lemon extract with an equal volume of water before application.
  3. Rinse it off after 30 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times a day.

6. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen exhibits powerful anti-inflammatory properties (7). Hence, it may speed up the healing of pimples.

You Will Need

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide (as required)
  • Cotton buds

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak a cotton bud in 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Those who have highly sensitive skin may mix hydrogen peroxide with a little water.
  2. Place the cotton bud on the pimple for a minute.
  3. Discard the used bud.
  4. Wash your nose after 20 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar exhibits anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (8). These properties may help in fighting acne-causing bacteria.

You Will Need

  • Raw apple cider vinegar (as required)
  • A cotton bud

What You Have To Do

  1. Dip a cotton bud in raw apple cider vinegar.
  2. Place the bud on the pimple.
  3. Allow it to work on the pimple for about 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

Although natural remedies may help in getting rid of pimples inside the nose, you should also take measures to prevent their recurrence. The following are some prevention tips that may help.

Prevention Tips

  • Avoid picking your nose too much.
  • Do not blow your nose too hard or too often.
  • Increase the intake of vitamin-D rich foods.
  • Keep stress under control.
  • Wash your face twice daily using a mild cleanser.
  • Use less makeup.
  • Do not touch your face or nose too often.
  • Keep away from the sun.
  • Exercise regularly.

These remedies and tips can help reduce the swelling around the pimple and prevent its recurrence as well. Despite following the remedies and tips, if the pimple doesn’t heal or gets worse, consult a dermatologist as it might indicate a serious infection.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

When to see a doctor?

If the pimple inside your nose doesn’t heal or gets worse with time, it is best to consult a doctor. This is because, in rare cases, it may lead to infections, which may further lead to a blood clot in the brain as some nerves in the nose are connected to the brain.

Is it safe to pop a pimple inside your nose?

It is not safe to pop a pimple inside the nose as it increases the risk of scarring. However, you can visit a medical salon or dermatologist to get the pimple popped professionally.

How long does it take for a pimple inside the nose to go away?

A pimple without a pus-filled head may heal in two days to a week. The pus-filled pimples may take longer to heal – about a week and a half. If the cyst is deeper and has discharged its content within the skin, it may take up to a month to heal.

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Shaheen Naser

Shaheen holds a postgraduate degree in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a Geneticist with proficiency in Biotechnology, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Genetic Counseling. Her passion for writing and her educational background have assisted her substantially in writing quality content on topics related to health and wellness. In her free time, Shaheen loves to explore the world and the different flavors/cuisines it has to offer. Photography is another hobby she has developed of late.