Pimples on Nose: White, Red, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Pimples on nose can be a source of discomfort, pain and embarrassment. These pimples can affect the inner and outer surface of the nose. Bumps on nose can be very painful. The common acne lumps breakout includes; itchy, purulent, pink, red and white pimples on your nose. 

Pimple on Nose

Bumps on nose appear as a result of hormonal imbalances, infectious diseases, and as a symptoms of an illness like immune system disorder or endocrine etc. Squeezing, Tweezing, scratching should be avoided, it makes acne on nose nastier and bigger. Below are causes, symptoms and natural methods to get rid of bumps on nose.

What causes pimples on nose?

Bumps on your nose may occur due to various reasons, and can break out at different stages in life. The major reasons for formation of lumps on your nose are discussed below.

1. Piercing.

Nose piercing causes trauma on your nose. The pierced part may be infected by bacteria that may combine with sebum forming an irritation. Use of unsterilized item for nose piercing may also lead to pimple on nose. According to American Academy of Family Physicians, staphylococcus have a tendency of affecting nasal cavity. The infections may include pus, persistent pain, aching, bleeding, tenderness or even swelling.

pimple on pierced nose

Before considering nasal piercing one should weigh the pro and cons of each two common methods (the septum or the nostril one).  An infection on the septum is minimal compared to the nostril and can lead to necrosis (death of the tissue). Perichondritis is another infection that may occur due to septum piercing, making the connective tissue found on the cartilage be irritated, inflamed and infected and ultimately cause death of the tissue, treatable through surgical removal method.

2. Nose rings

Pimples on nose ring

Your body may choose to reject the metal ring put on it.  The body can push the metal out of the skin or sometimes absorb it causing inflammation and infection. The nose rings exert trauma on the nasal pierced area which may lead to allergic reaction on the insertion area.

It is worth knowing, if you are allergic to any metal material before using them. Piercing with such metal materials will also cause inflammation and ultimately bumps on nose. Surgical steel, titanium, platinum and solid gold are recommendable since they are non-toxic.

3. Hormones fluctuations.

Are you a youth within puberty stage? During puberty, the youth both male and female are prone to bumps acne break out. According to HealthLine hormonal acne appears in T-zone (forehead nose and chin) during puberty. However, females are more prone to hormonal imbalance than male. Hormones can be a biggest problem to many women at ovulation, during and after menses, during and after pregnancy and menopause.

Generally, the main reason that triggers acne is hormones that accelerates oil production. The primary causes of excess oil production are male sex hormones (androgens).

  • Testosterone is the most prominent androgen that causes excess oil production. High testosterone may occur to diabetic patients or those who are insulin resistance. When body produce insulin the ovaries produce testosterone in a simple way yet with a damaging effect.
  • Progesterone in high doses may act as an inflammatory agent and can cause pimples break out on your body. In women progesterone is highly produced few days to menses thus the pimples break out during this time of the month.
  • DHEA-S a stress hormone unlike sex hormones. Women produce this stress hormones in the adrenal gland anytime they are under a degree of stress.
  • Estrogen is a skin friendly hormone that helps fight acne and clear out your skin. It helps to offset the high testosterone level in your blood stream. Estrogen helps in balancing and soothing function in the areas of acne pimples outbreak.

4. Diseases

What are symptoms of  some diseases? Pimples can occur as symptoms of diseases like immune system disorder, or endocrine, blood circulation diseases, septal hematoma and Perichondritis.

Hypothyroidism; inadequate levels of thyroid hormone in the blood hinders skin healing ability. Women who suffer hypothyroidism may also be prone to chronic bumps on nose.

5. Rosacea

Rosacea is a medical condition of skin inflammation that begins in blood vessels but not pores like acne. The people affected tend to have weak capillaries especially on nose, over cheeks and around the eyes. According to facing acne, when these tiny vessels expand to cool the blood they begin to leak. This makes the skin red in tiny dots, bumpy and lumpy kind of disfigurement called rhinophyma.

6. Medication and some nutritional food

Oral contraceptives contain progesterone that may cause acne. Androgen drugs lead to excess male hormones on the body may also contribute to acne pimples formation. Too much androgen interferes with hair follicle that regulate the skin cells and thus leads to over production of sebum.

pimples on nose
  • Some foods are inflammatory like grains, nuts, omega 6 vegetable oils and dairy products. Pregnant cows do produce several hormones meant for growth that finds way into cow’s products. These growth hormones lead to increased androgen levels that promotes production of excess sebum leading to skin inflammation.
  • Food that come from plants (nuts and legumes) that contain phytoestrogen may have the power to act as estrogen in your body. It is good to know that different estrogen receptors in your body respond differently to phytoestrogen that may lower the estrogen in your skin tissue causing pimples outbreak on your body. Low carbohydrate diets may cause low glucose in your body which is essential for healthy skin and healing.
  • According to a study published in the journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, high glycemic diet can trigger spread and formation of pimples. These glycemic foods include; White bread, Processed foods, Sugary foods, White potatoes, Rice, Pizza and other junk food.

7. After drinking excess alcohol

Does alcohol drinking cause skin acne? Yes, excessive drinking may affect your facial beauty. Alcohol consumption suppresses the immune system which may affect just about every part of your body organs, joints, blood vessels and skin. Skin inflammation is one of the symptoms of infected immune system.

Alcohol is a hepatotoxic; a toxin chemical that causes liver diseases. It destroys cells that help to detoxify your body making the skin pallid and enlarged pores. The more you drink the more you urinate and the more dehydrated you get. Dehydration makes your skin very dry, causing it peel and increasing the numbers of dead skin cells that may clog the pores if in contact with sebum. Alcohol drinking thus causes acne though it does not cause rosacea.

8. Stress and poor sleeping habits

Stressful situations in life may act as an inflammatory agent and an aggravators of hormonal nose bumps. DHEA-S is a stress hormone that is primarily produced in adrenal glands. If cortisol remain very high for a long time may cause inflammation in your body.

Stress may also cause decrease of production of health skin supporting hormones. Stress does not necessary cause acne, nevertheless it does aggravate acne bumps as well as preventing proper healing.

Poor sleep as a result of stress may also lead to pimples on your nose. Sleep enables both healing and promoting production of healthy hormones essential for healthy body and skin.

9. Acne vulgaris and rosacea

Inflamed Pimples on Nose

Acne vulgaris and acne rosacea may both cause pimples on nose. Acne vulgaris is related to cysts, blackheads, pimples, pustules and other forms of acne. The condition tends to involve clogged pores characterized by whiteheads, blackheads or even pus filled bumps. Acne rosacea is characterized by widespread inflammation and redness. The condition makes the nose look enlarged due to inflammation. Acne vulgaris and rosacea may affect you at the same time.

Skin pores are majorly blocked by extra sebum, dead skin and bacteria. This combination causes redness, inflammation and irritation making painful bumps on nose.

10. After septoplasty/ Rhinoplasty/ Turbinoplasty

Nose septoplasty, Rhinoplasty or Turbinoplasty can cause nose pimples break out. Any who perform Rhinoplasty is prone to acne pimples break out. The skin on nose becomes oily thus making it prone to clogged pores that may cause pimples. These pimples vary in size on your nose from huge or large to small bumps on nose.

11. Infected hair follicle and or folliculitis

Your skin according to HealthLine have pores where bacteria’s can infiltrate into the pores causing redness, inflammation and irritation causing painful and tender pimples on nose.

  • Nasal vestibulitis (folliculitis) is commonly caused by staphylococcus (staph) bacteria. Personal hygiene and habits like picking your nose may also lead to nose bumps.
  • Nasal furuncles (boils) may also cause deeper infection on nose. Sometimes this condition may lead to cellulitis. According to health line this condition may cause swelling, skin dimpling and red areas of inflammation. This condition is hard to treat, resistant to antibiotics and may even be deadly or lethal in some cases.
  • Infected pimples on nose may be dangerous since it has veins that lead to the brain. Infected furuncle may cause blood clot in large vein causing cavernous sinus.
  • Carbuncle is a multiple inflamed follicles combining together to form a large inflamed area. The people with malaria, diabetes, chronic diarrhea.

12. Vitamin A deficiency

Vitamin A, according to progressive health, is essential not only for the overall health but also for keeping your skin clear and acne pimples at bay. Vitamin deficiencies can cause mild health problems or may lead to other serious diseases. Vitamin deficiency may cause night blindness and reduce ability to fight infections.

The deficiency of vitamin A may cause dry skin, dry hair, weak nails and patches on the skin. Vitamin A is useful in acne pimple treatment for reducing the inflammatory response of immune cells and also helps in promoting hormonal balance.

13. Use of harsh cosmetics

Use of harsh or poor Facial cosmetics products may lead to formation of pimples on chin, nose, face and cheeks. Women are more prone to pimples on nose than men.

What are the Common types of pimples found on nose?

  1. Red pimples– they appear as a result of inflamed cyst. Generally painful and merge together forming bumps on nose.
    common type of pimples on nose
  2. White pimples– they look like white dense knots and easily removed through electrocoagulation method.
  3. Pink pimples- they appear as a result of Demodex mite, due to gastrointestinal disorders. They make the skin thicker, coarse and get covered with tubercles.
  4. Itchy pimples- itchy pimples on nose are attributed to acute symptoms of herpes.
  5. Purulent lumps– associated with staphylococcal infections of red pimples. These acnes are usually very painful and require to be addressed as soon as they appear.

Treatment of pimples on nose

Treating acne pimples may be not an easy job. Some of the method to treat nose bumps include:

Use of Antibiotics; It is a common method of getting rid of nose bumps. The antibiotics fight and reduce the bacteria that cause acne pimples to become large and painful.

Exfoliating solutions and creams; cleansing your face daily minimize the chances of pimples breakout on the nose. Use of azelaic acid and benzoyl peroxide may also be prescribed by dermatologists. Remember to apply moisturizers to prevent your nose drying out.

Pore strips; you can apply the strips to your nose after washing your face. Allow the strip to dry and harden as it attracts dirt from the pores to the adhesive strip. Make sure you apply the strip to wet clean skin and let it dry for it to work.

How to get rid of pimple on nose naturally?

Getting rid of pimples on nose that hurts and ingrown naturally would relief the pain and boost one’s confidence when in midst of others. To naturally and inexpensively relief the bumps on nose outbreak you may consider the following methods.

1. Use of tea tree oil

It contains antibacterial, antifungal and antibacterial compounds that reduce inflammation of chest bumps.

  1. Add 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil into 30 ml of carrier oil to dilute. (Carrier oil like coconut oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil or jojoba oil).
  2. Use cotton ball to apply on the chest bumps.
  3. Repeat or use daily to cleanse your affected chest. You can use three times a day for best results.

2. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is known to contain ingredients of menthol, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, baking soda, essential oils and triclosan that cause the pimples on nose to dry out. However, avoid the colored ones. According to Dr. Baxt and Dr. Schultz, they irritate the skin and cause peeling out and redness. They similarly warn over drying and burning of skin when applied on pimples. Over the counter salicylic and benzoyl peroxide are advisable.

Toothpaste for pimples on nose

However not all tooth paste can be used for acne, go for white colored ones with low fluoride, possibly organic tooth paste. Avoid the colored and teeth whitening. Gel and wash your face and apply only on the affected parts. Allow or leave it for at least 2 hours or overnight and washy gently and pat dry. Repeat at least 4 times per week for effectiveness.

3. Ice

If you have pimples around the nose that look swollen, apply ice cubes wrapped in a clean piece of cloth. This promotes the blood circulation and it has a soothing effects.

4.      Lemon juice

Lemon has astringent properties and help fight acne pimples on your body. It reduces oil by constricting the body tissues and push out oil from the skin.


  • Cleanse your skin with water and soap using wash cloth.
  • Gently scrub to remove any oil and dirt build up and pat it dry.
  • Cut a fresh lemon and squeeze the juice into a bowl.
  • Apply the lemon on the affected part using cotton balls.
  • Allow it to dry and rinse with water and pat it dry.
  • Repeat the process twice per day for effectiveness.

5. Apple cider vinegar

ACV is a good natural antibacterial treatment to get rid of bacterial causing pimples.

6. Green tea

Green tea has anti-inflammatory effects in your body.

  • Drinking a few cups per day beside practicing your topical skin care may be beneficial for your skin health. Alternatively, lotions and gels containing 2% green tea may be beneficial.
    Green tea for pimples on nose

7. Aloe Vera for nose bumps

Aloe Vera is effective home remedy method since it contains anthraquinones and lectins which are useful to treat for pimples, acne, cysts and other skin problems.

  • Take aloe Vera leaf and cut out the gel from the leaf.
  • Apply the gel on the pimples. Rub it for sometimes and leave it for about 30 minutes.
  • Apply once to two times a day.

You will notice good results after continued use of 14 days.

8. Apply garlic


  • Take the raw garlic cloves and crush it into pieces (to trigger allicin production).
  • Mix the garlic cloves in a little water.
  • Apply the garlic mixture on acne pimples area.
  • Allow it to stay for around 10 – 15 minutes.
  • wash it off using water and then pat dry the skin,
  • Rub freshly cut pieces of garlic several times a day.
  • repeat the process till you clear this acne completely on your skin.
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