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What Causes Pimples in Your Nose?

author image Sophie Bloom, M.S., L.Ac.
Sophie Bloom has been a professional writer since 2000, writing for nonprofits including the American Foundation for the Blind and The Adult Literacy Media Alliance. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in culture and media studies from Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Science in acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City.
What Causes Pimples in Your Nose?
Infections at the hair follicles can create acne inside of the nose. Photo Credit Human nose macro shot image by Gleb Semenjuk from Fotolia.com

While acne is never welcome, pimples inside the nose can be particularly uncomfortable. Acne inside of the nose may sensitive upon contact, and extended contact may prevent the sores from healing. Fortunately, by incorporating basic hygiene and by making lifestyle changes, people can reduce and even remove this irritating condition.

Folliculitis from Medication

Long-term use of acne medications can lead to folliculitis, an infection around the hair follicles, notes the Mayo Clinic. The antibiotics can lead harmful bacteria in the nose to proliferate. In most cases, stopping the antibiotics resolves the infection. Applying a clean, warm, moist compress to the area multiple times a day can help relieve discomfort and shrink the infection, suggests the Mayo Clinic.

Nasal Vestibulitis

Frequent nose picking or excessive nose blowing can lead to a bacterial infection at the opening of the nose, otherwise known as nasal vestibulitis, cautions merck.com. The acne may crust over or bleed on impact, causing additional discomfort. Topical over-the-counter ointments such as bacitracin or mupirocin can cure most of these infections, notes the website.

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Acne with redness and swelling may be a sign of dermatitis, an allergic reaction resulting from contact with a specific substance, warns merck.com. Chemicals and solvents in cosmetics, fragrances, rubber and latex products may cause allergic reactions. Individuals with nose piercings should take note as nickel, a common component of jewelry, may also cause skin allergies.

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