Pimple on Earlobe Pictures- Causes, Symptoms and How to Get Rid of itchy Painful Bumps on Earlobe

Pimples on earlobe can be painless, itchy, painful and annoying. They occur in different sizes, shape and color. Pimples can affect the earlobe just like the arms, face, chest and thighs. Pimples on earlobe can affect the outer or the inner earlobe. Earlobe lump is as a result of poor hygiene, bacterial attacks, earlobe trauma, infection. Bumps on earlobe may be due to mild or be due to more serious underlying causes.

Pimple on earlobe.
Pimple on earlobe.

Usually the earlobe lumps are accompanied by swelling, ingrown, tenderness and inflammation. Usually these lump will get rid of by themselves, while other need medical attention for removal and get rid of earlobe pimples picture.

What are the Causes of Pimples on Earlobe?

Have you faced the problem of painless or painful pimples on your earlobe? Below are some of the possible causes of pimples on earlobe.

1. Scratching  

Most of us are used to scratching our ears with pens, pins, pencils, toothpicks or even our nails. Scratching using such can irritate your earlobe leading to appearance of multiple pimples on your earlobe either inside or on the outside.

2. Poor hygiene

 Your earlobe usually comes to contact with many thing; phone, earphones, hands etc. Poor personal hygiene is the main cause of earlobe pimples. Touching your ears with your dirty hands, using dirty earphones or earplugs or even dirty phone may be the cause of pimples on your earlobe,picture.

pimples due to poor hygiene

You may also have scratched your earlobe with nails of your unwashed hands. Unwashed hair products combined with poor personal hygiene may cause pores blockage on your ears. This makes the earlobe vulnerable to bacterial infections, causing pimples breakout both on inner and outer surface.

3. Weather

Weather changes may cause pimples on your skin. Majorly, hot weather causes sweating that when accompanied by dust blocks the skin pores causing skin inflammation. Cold weather accompanied by indoor heating may make your skin dry. This may cause pimples formation on your skin including the earlobe.

Wearing clothes or helmets that trap moisture around your ears make a breeding site for bacteria. Trapped bacteria within the pores of your skin leads to acne pimples formation on your earlobe.

4.  Trauma 

Pimples due to trauma

Skin injury can occur in any part of the body, if such happens, then pimples may occur on the earlobe as part of the healing process. Alternatively, ear-piercing may cause pimple on earlobe. Fresh pierced ear is prone to infections and a pimple lump may appear around or on the piercing.

Care need to be taken as well as cleaning it often as possible. Jewelry may also cause inflammation as well as earlobe bumps on your earlobe.

5. Allergic reaction

Allergic reaction to clothes, cosmetics, medicines and vitamin complexes may cause earlobe pimples. Nutritional problem are known to cause skin inflammation which include earlobe. Nutritional problem causes the internal organs to act abnormally and such may cause skin inflammation.

6. Cyst

Sebaceous cysts, which are growth may appear in any part of the body. They form painless lumps especially behind the earlobe. The cyst bumps may be itchy, which makes it noticeable quickly. Earlobe cyst are sac like bumps as a result of dead skin cells. Cyst may also occur on your scalp, usually no bigger than pea size and vary in color from your skin pigment to red.

Earlobe cyst should cause no worry since they are mostly benign. They majorly develop due to cosmetic issue or minor distraction. They occur when epidermis cells (thus the name epidermoid cyst) shed gets deeper in your skin and multiply forming a wall of cyst and secrete keratin. They genetically run in a family or sometimes due to other reasons.  Popped or damaged cyst ooze fluid (keratin), similar to toothpaste like texture.

7. Insect bite

Insects bites and stings are common occurrences from insects. Stings and bites result to reddish swelling or inflammation on the injures area. Usually the sting or bite injects venom (composed of protein and other substances) to human may at times trigger allergic reaction.

Sometimes the bites and stings may cause transmission of pathogens like viruses, parasites or bacteria that may cause life threatening problem. The trauma or allergic reaction may lead to formation of reddish itchy swollen lumps on your earlobe.

 8. Infections  

Ear infections can cause a swollen earlobe. Infection can be as a result of;

pimples due to infection
  • Cellulitis– it is an infection of the deeper layer of the earlobe skin. If this condition is not treated early it can cause complex health problem and can spread to other body parts.
  • Abscess– generally known as epidermoid cyst. They are often painless small round bumps under the skin and tend to cause no problem. If it is painful, they are surgically removed.
  • Auto immune disorder– this is a chronic condition that has no known cure. The symptoms include peeling of skin, swelling of the body tissue and swollen lymph glands. This may cause lumps on your earlobe.
  • Ear-piercing – after new piercing procedure care should be taken to avoid infections. Avoiding sharing of piercing objects is recommended during the procedure to avoid transmitted infections. Old pierced ear may also be affected as a result of shared earrings, bad earrings, poor hygiene or even allergic reactions to earring materials.
  • Otitis externa– this is a medical condition that causes inflammation of the otter ear canal. Generally known as “swimmer ear” since exposure to water make your ear canal vulnerable to this infection. Otitis extern affects the canal between the outer and eardrum.

9. Cosmetics products  

Many of us use a lot of financial resources, time and effort to look beautiful or handsome. Cosmetics like creams, concealers and scrubs make your skin look youthful clear and clean. However, the same cosmetics may do a disservice to your skin. Use of some cream and make up may irritate your skin causing formation of pimples on your earlobe skin. According to WebMD, Greasy cosmetics products containing cold cream, cocoa butter and mineral oil may cause or accelerate acne pimple formation.

Some shampoo used for hair cleansing may also cause inflammation of your skin especially earlobe, causing pimples on your earlobe. Use of cologne or alcohol based aftershave may also irritate or make your recently popped lumps itchy. Ensure you read the ingredients of your cosmetics to avoid acne genic, allergenic, greasy, irritating and oily products for pimple acne skin.

10 Stress and other internal issues

According to Lisa Garner, clinical professor of dermatology, you can get acne due to stressful situation. Day to day emotional stressful situation generally do not trigger new acne, but they worsen the existing ones. Scientists are still working to determine how stress worsen acne.

According to Garner, cells that produce sebum have receptors from stress hormones. The sebum produced mixes with dirt, dead skin and bacteria to clog the hair follicle leading to boil, acne pimples on earlobe, skin.

11. Earlobe deformation

Cauliflower (deformation of the outer ear) is common through ear punching. Punching leads to hematomas, a small blood clot that hinder flow of nutrients and blood on the ear. This should not cause worry since there is home remedy like; using anti-inflammatory spray or warm compress.

12. Cancer

Do your family a history of cancer? If yes, lumps on your earlobe may be a cause to worry. In some cases, cancer cells may begin to develop within the earwax cells. The cancer may be Basel cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma.

  • Basel carcinoma according to American Academy of Dermatology appears like flesh colored, pink patch or as pearl like lumps on your skin. This kind of cancer take long to malign (grow and spread) to other body parts.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma on your earlobe appears as reddish, scaly and hard pimples. Sometimes the cancer may look like an ulcer that heals and appear again or like flat lesions on crusted surface. This type of cancer has tendency of growing deep in the skin. It damages and disfigures the earlobe skin tissues.
  • Melanoma, a deadliest type of skin cancer. According to Skin Cancer Foundation, ABCDE (asymmetry, border, color, dimeter and evolving) method should be used to spotting melanoma. Moles that evolve, and change in size, shape, color, crusting or even start bleeding indicates melanoma.

Others include

  • Folliculitis
  • Acne
  • Auricular choroiditis

Other risk factors include,

  • Syndrome of genetic disorder.
  • Puberty and hormonal disorders.
  • Severe skin injuries.
  • Serious chronic problems that manifest as pimples on earlobe.
  • Past acne problems currently on in the past.

What are the Symptoms of Pimples on the earlobe?

The symptoms of the acne pimples on the earlobe depends on the cause and size of lump on earlobe. The main symptoms of lump on earlobe include;

  • Itching and pain.
  • Ear infection.
  • Ear discharge.
  • Inflammation
  • Irritation
  • Recurring pimples and blackheads.

Type of pimples on earlobe

1. Pimple on inner earlobe

Bumps may also occur inside your ear or in your ear canal. Causes of these pimples are the similar to the above mentioned. Big bumps on your ear canal may affect your hearing. It is worth noting that raptured eardrum releases yellow discharge from the ear and sometimes bloody discharge.

2. Pimples on outer earlobe

pimples behind earlobe

Pimples can appear behind, outer or on the cartilage of your ear.

  • Pimples behind ears can be painless or painful/ hurts, small or large and sometimes swollen. What are the main causes of the lumps behind ears? any of the above discussed causes can lead to formation of pimples behind earlobe. For treatment of pimples behind ears that won’t go away surgical or non-surgical methods can be taken by medical practitioner.
  • Pimples on ear cartilage- like any other part of the body, pimples can appear on the folds like tragus, antitragus, antihelical, scapha, concha, helix and fossa. However, concha and fossa are more prone areas to pimples that the other folds. Ear piercing and trauma are the main sources of pimples although the other discussed causes can lead to lumps formation.

3. Blind pimples on earlobe

Blind pimples in the ear. Blind pimple is often swollen, tender, inflamed and hurting without head (closed bump). It appears as purple, pink, brown or red in color. If you realize you have such closed bumps on your ear you should avoid popping since they are very painful, could increase chance of infection or even leave a scar.

The main cause of blind acne pimple on earlobe include; Stress and excess sebum production, Hormonal changes, Cosmetic and face care products, Diets among others

4. Earlobe Rash

Rash can appear anywhere through-out the body. However, earlobe rash can cause panic and a lot of distress since they are unusual. The main causes include atopic and contact dermatitis. In case you notice pimples, acne and rash on your earlobe consult your dermatologist for review and good diagnosis

5. Big, huge, painful, ingrown hard pimples on the earlobe  

A big, huge sac like lumps may appear in your earlobe outer part known as sebaceous cyst. These pimples are painful, mild or severe bumps, filled with pus and grow under the earlobe skin. The main cause is an infected hair follicle and hence infection. They may also appear due to skin trauma or swollen hair follicle.

6. Pimples on earlobe that won’t go away

Earlobe pimples that won’t go away may be painful or painless depending on the underlying causes. Earlobe contains glands that are more prone to viral, fungal and bacterial infections. Pimples on the earlobe that won’t go away may need medical check up to be able to determine its cause. Mainly these could be;

  • Inflamed lymph node
  • Epidermoid Cyst– they are sac like lumps made of dead skin cells
    cyst on earlobe
  • lipoma– they are soft, fatty lumps that grow under the skin. They are non-cancerous, small, harmless and painless caused by overgrowth of fat cells deeper inside the body.
  • Neurofibroma– this is a nerve fibers tumor that is a genetic disorder (neurofibromatosis). It is characterized by skin abnormalities and nervous system tumors. This can cause bumps on the earlobe that won’t go away.

Treatment of earlobe pimples that won’t go away

Pimples that won’t go away on their own can cause pain and panic. They are two methods which can be used to address acne pimples on the earlobe; surgical and non-surgical methods.

1. Surgical method

The doctor use anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the earlobe and make an incision using a scalpel at the center on the cyst. The doctor squeezes out the fluid, and incase cannot be removed he uses forceps to remove it. Once eliminated, the area is cleaned, disinfected and stitched and in some cases antibiotics prescribed to prevent infections.

2. Non-surgical method

They are many methods that a doctor can use to remove pimples on the earlobe the include majorly below discussed methods (how to get rid of pimples on earlobe).

How to Get Rid of Pimples on Earlobe.

The method discussed here are generally non-surgical method or home-made remedies. They include;

1. Aloe-Vera

Take a fresh Aloe-Vera gel and apply on your arms. Leave it as long as possible. Repeat the procedure 3 to 4 times a day to reduce redness and aid healing

Vitamin A and E Creams and Cod Liver Oil

Aloe Vera for a health skin

Cod-liver oil contains healthy omega 3 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin


  1. Squeeze 2-3 cod liver oil capsules
  2. Add to vitamin A and E creams and mix well
  3. Apply the mixture on affected areas and massage it in
  4. Repeat the procedure regularly for best results

Vitamin A keeps the skin healthy. It encourages cell turnover and prevents the hair follicles.


  1. Squeeze oil from 1-2 vitamin capsules
  2. Apply in the affected area and massage gently for 3-5 minutes
  3. Leave it for about 15- 20 minutes
  4. Repeat the process regularly

Vitamin E has an antioxidant effects on the skin and also inflammatory.

  1. Squeeze oil from 1 vitamin E capsule
  2. Apply and massage the affected area. Alternatively add a few table spoon to your bath water and soak in it for 30 minutes
  3. Repeat the procedure regularly

2.Tea tree oil

According to medical research, tea tree oil gel contains 5% benzoyl peroxide.


  1. Mix 4-8 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or jojoba oil.
  2. Apply on the affected area and massage it, leave it for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.
  4. Repeat the procedure regularly.

3. Honey

Mixture of yoghurt and honey is a very good wound dresser. For effectiveness following the following procedure. Honey contains nucleic acid, deoxyribonucleic acid and ribonucleic acid as well as a very important antibiotic.


  1. Blend wheatgrass using a blender.
  2. Add some honey into your paste and mix it well.
  3. Apply the mixture on the pimple.
  4. Leave overnight and wash it off in the morning.

4. Hot compress

Hot compress works well in addressing pimple on the earlobe. The method is helpful in draining any pus or fluids that in the pimples. However, use medium heat since the hot compress may provide a breeding ground for bacteria.

The heat from water bring the pus beneath the earlobe skin closer to the skin surface for easier removal. It is recommendable to apply 2-3 daily for about 1-2 weeks. The pus which is waxy will be transformed to fluid oil that can be absorbed by the body and disposed of on its own ways.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is helpful in removing pimple on the earlobe. Turmeric contains anti- inflammatory properties that help in treating diseases.


  1. Mix water and turmeric and make it thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the cyst at least daily.
  3. Leave for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with water.
    Apple cider vinegar
  5. Repeat the methods regularly.

6. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar

It has inflammatory properties that cleanses the skin, healing and prevent infections


  1. Measure one table spoon apple cider vinegar and pour on the wash cloth
  2. Dilute the vinegar on the wash cloth with little water
  3. Gently wash the affected area
  4. Mix ½ cup sugar and coconut oil/ grapeseed oil
  5. Apply gently as you massage for 3-5 minutes
  6. Rinse with warm water
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