Physical Health, Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

Here’s how you can prevent Pimples inside your Nose

It happens, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Feb 27, 2022

I’ve been pretty blessed in the skin department in that I rarely ever have breakouts. I credit this to my large water intake (a gallon a day), and my very minimal skincare routine (literally just a cleanser and face moisturizer.)


However, the pandemic and constant mask-wearing has changed things a bit—proving that acne can happen any time, on any part of the body, and more importantly, to anyone. Most people experience acne on their forehead, back, or chin.


But more commonly, due to mask mandates, of course, I have been noticing people struggling with pimples on their nose and inside their nose. Which, annoying? Yes. But definitely not shocking.


You see, pimples and zits can surface anywhere there is a hair follicle or a pore. And sadly, the inside of your nostrils absolutely fall into this category. But why do we breakout inside the nose? And more importantly, how can we prevent or treat it?


What causes zits inside the nose?

The fact of the matter is, the nostril is home to a high amount of oil glands. Inside the nostril could also be clogged pores, dead skin cells, and ingrown hairs.


Clogged pores: Pores can become clogged by oil or dead skin cells. One of the two will form bacteria and create acne. You can experience clogged pores on the face or body. To combat inner nose acne, avoid plucking or tweezing nasal hairs, picking, and piercing your nose. Other things you can do: Not aggressively rub your nose (hello, readers with allergies), or blowing your nose too hard. These could lead to excess irritation and increased inflammation.

Ingrown hairs: To prevent ingrown hairs, avoid tweezing or plucking nose hairs.

Dead skin cells: Yes, over-exfoliation can cause irritation, but no exfoliation can cause dead skin cells to pile up. When you exfoliate your skin, you remove the outermost layer of dead skin and keep your pores from clogging. To do this, wash your face with a salicylic-based cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or dead skin cells.


What are the types of zits inside the nose?

Breakouts around and inside the nose can include whiteheads, inflamed zits, cysts, pustules, or large legions. Whiteheads are typically small and flesh-colored, whereas papules and pustules are the most common acne. They are small-to-medium in size, and appear as red bumps with or without a white head at the center. Lastly, cysts are large, red bumps that are directly underneath the surface of the skin. Occasionally, in addition to the zit, you might also experience redness or pain.


Ok, so how do you treat pimples inside the nose?

If you see a pimple coming (congratulations), there is a way to stop it from becoming bad. Spot treat with a benzoyl peroxide skincare product to lower the bacteria and calm inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the top ingredient that deletes acne-causing bacteria.


However, make sure you apply it at the very front of your nostril, as applying a chemical or product too far deep in your nose can cause serious irritation. Whatever you do, just make sure you cleanse your face and nose regularly. Like, daily. Especially for those who have acne-prone skin.


For more information, read about how to treat blackheads and how to stop breaking out between your eyebrows.