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Pimples Behind The Ears – Causes, Home Remedies, And Prevention Tips

Medically reviewed by Dr. Jyoti Gupta, Dermatologist
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Pimples Behind The Ears – Causes, Home Remedies, And Prevention Tips Hyderabd040-395603080 December 19, 2019

Have you ever felt an itchy sensation behind your ear, only to feel a painful lump? An inflamed lump behind your ear can be a form of acne caused due to infection in your skin pores. But worry not – we have listed down the home remedies that can end your painful affair with the pimples behind ears. Keep reading!

What Causes Pimples Behind Ears?

Pimples are a result of skin pores that are clogged by dead cells and infected by microbes.

Some other factors that may contribute to pimples behind your ear include:

  • Poor hygiene habits
  • Excessively dry or humid weather conditions
  • Friction due to spectacles
  • Ingrown hair
  • Ear piercing
  • Comedogenic cosmetics
  • Diet (sugary foods can cause your acne to flare up as well)

Inflammation behind your ear can be quite painful, and you would want to get rid of it quickly. In an attempt to address your concern, we have come up with the following remedies.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Pimples Behind Ears

1. Cold Compress

You Will Need

A cold compress

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply the cold compress to your acne lesion and hold it there for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Remove and repeat thrice after intervals.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 times daily.

Why This Works

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, applying a cold pack can help in reducing the inflammation around the pimple (1).

2. Tea Tree Oil

You Will Need
  • 5% tea tree oil
  • Cotton swabs
What You Have To Do
  1. Dip a cotton swab in 5% tea tree oil.
  2. Apply it to your pimple and leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil possesses antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (2). These properties help in disinfecting your skin pores and unblocking your sebaceous glands. This accelerates the healing of the pimple.

3. Egg White

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of egg white
  • ½ teaspoon of honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a teaspoon of egg white and blend well.
  2. You may add half a teaspoon of honey for increased efficiency.
  3. Apply this to the affected area and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times daily.

Why This Works

Egg white reduces the size of your skin pores and tightens the skin. Honey has antibacterial properties (3). This can help fight the pimple-causing bacteria.

4. Yogurt And Oatmeal

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of oatmeal
  • ½ teaspoon of honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a teaspoon each of yogurt and oatmeal.
  2. You can add a little honey to the mixture.
  3. Apply the paste directly the pimple.
  4. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (4). It not only exfoliates your skin but also absorbs the excess oil and impurities from your skin. Yogurt contains probiotics that can help in reducing acne (5). Together, these two ingredients treat the existing pimple and prevent future ones from developing.

5. Garlic

You Will Need

Minced garlic clove

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some minced garlic and apply it directly to your pimple.
  2. In the beginning, leave it on for 20 minutes and after two days, you can leave it on overnight .
  3. Those with sensitive skin may dilute the minced garlic with some water before application.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily until the pimple disappears.

Why This Works

Garlic releases allicin when crushed. This compound has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (6). These properties can help fight the pimple-causing bacteria and soothe the infected skin.

6. Citrus Juice

You Will Need
  • A few drops of any citrus fruit juice (orange, lemon, or lime)
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak a cotton swab in any citrus fruit juice.
  2. Gently press it on your pimple.
  3. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

All citrus fruits are rich sources of vitamin C. Applying citrus juice to your pimple can help reduce inflammation and protect against the pimple-causing bacteria (7).

That’s about the remedies. But as we know, prevention is always better than cure.

Prevention Tips

  • Do not pop the pimple as it may get aggravated.
  • Follow good hygiene.
  • Scrub your skin once a week to prevent ingrown hair.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Do your skin once a week to prevent ingrown hair.
  • Steer clear of unhealthy practices like smoking.
  • Follow a well-balanced diet.
  • Reduce your intake of sugar and processed foods.

Following these prevention tips is very important if you want to get rid of any skin problem. These remedies and tips can give excellent results and help you steer clear of this problem permanently.

Hope you were successful in treating that stubborn acne behind your ear with the help of this post. You can share your experience with us via the comment box below.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Does shampoo cause acne?

If the shampoo that you have been using is made of comedogenic products that can clog your pores, it will undoubtedly lead to acne lesions.

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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.