How To Prevent Pimples On Nose, According To Dermatologists!


It can be pretty frustrating when you wake up with that one criminal pimple on your nose. It is hard to ignore this kind of pimple because it becomes red and stares right at you! 

Don’t worry. We’ve got you!

Here is what you need to know and do to prevent pimples on your nose.

The area around your nose is vulnerable to blackheads, whiteheads and pimples because there are larger pores in this area that lead to excess oil production. This can clog pores quickly, resulting in pimples or red and white bumps on your nose. 

What causes pimples on your nose?

Accumulation of dead skin cells and the overproduction of oil on your nose can combine with acne-causing bacteria to block your pores and turn into pimples.

Dead skin cells occur naturally as your skin keeps generating new ones to replace them. 

Oil (sebum) is made in your pores and is designed to protect your skin from external factors and keep it hydrated. These are not bad things; however, they must be prevented from excessively building up.

Common causes of pimples on your nose, according to dermatologists.

Family history of pimples

There is a tendency for pimples to run in families, and specific genetic mutations may increase your risk of developing pimples on your nose.

Menopause, Menstruation, Puberty

Hormonal imbalances in your body during such events are a common cause of pimple flare-ups on your nose.

Extreme Stress

One of the common aggravating factors leading to pimples on the nose is chronic stress.

Irritation from wearing your glasses

Constantly wearing glasses or spectacles that are too tight or heavy on the bridge of your nose can cause reduced shedding of normal dead skin cells leading to clogged pores. 

What are the preventive measures for pimples on your nose? 

  1. Wash your face at least twice a day with a good face cleanser or a face wash. This helps you remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin’s surface to prevent your pores from getting clogged.
  2. Do not pick or pop the pimples on your nose. This will scar your nose forever and may even push the infection deeper into your skin.
  3. Use a moisturiser that is appropriate for your skin type to keep it hydrated. If you’re using any anti-acne creams to treat your pimples, never forget to use a solid moisturiser to minimise dryness and expected skin peeling that it may create. Anti-acne creams and treatments usually cause dryness in the skin.
  4. Wash your hair frequently. Shampooing your hair prevents oil and dandruff from moving down and reaching the pores on your nose. But make sure not to over-wash as this will lead to your hair and scalp drying out
  5. Avoid over-scrubbing the skin around your nose. Scrubs aren’t acne treatments, and scrubbing alone won’t clear your skin. It may, in fact, irritate your skin further, making your pimples worse, not better.
  6. Avoid touching your nose or even your face with dirty hands. Bacteria can transfer from your fingertips onto your skin, causing pimples.
  7. Apply sunscreen every day before stepping out in the sun. Sun exposure not only increases oil production in your pores but also damages collagen, which enlarges your pores and can further cause more pimples on your nose.
  8. Make sure your spectacles fit correctly. Unnecessary pressure at the bridge of your nose reduces the normal shedding of the top layer of dead skin cells causing whiteheads or pimples.

Why and when to visit a dermatologist?

Not all of us are skin experts. Especially in the case of pimples, a small mistake can harm your skin leaving behind permanent marks or blemishes. If you’re having consistent pimples on your nose, it is better to get treatment from an expert dermatologist who knows what’s best for your skin! 

The silver lining

While pimples on your nose might be frustrating, they are also treatable and easy to prevent. Following the steps above can go a long way in avoiding these unwelcomed guests.


1. What will happen if I pop a pimple on my nose?

If you pop your pimple, you are exposing it to bacteria and infection. You could also end up damaging your pores and running the risk of getting a scar.

2. Why do nose pimples hurt so much?

This is because the pores around your nose tend to be larger and accumulate more dirt and sebum. This attracts more bacteria which can cause inflammation, redness and pain.

3. Does ice help pimples?

Ice can help you reduce the pain and redness caused by a pimple for a short period of time. It is not a long term solution or treatment. It is best to not apply ice directly on the skin.

4. Do pimples on the nose go away on their own? 

In many cases, they do heal on their own. However, if this does not happen, then you should consider consulting with a dermatologist for treatment.

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Dr Jisha Gomez

Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.