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How to Treat All Kinds of Nose Acne

By Dr. Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC, Double board-certified dermatologist

Acne on your nose tells the whole world you have acne. 📣🌎 Treating acne on your nose the wrong way, however, can make it even worse.

First things first – don’t make your nose acne worse!


  • Acne on your nose may be due to common acne or rosacea.
  • Common acne most often causes whiteheads and blackheads that appear slowly. Rosacea most often causes small, red pimples that appear suddenly.
  • Common acne also tends to appear on the forehead and chin. Rosacea also tends to appear on the cheeks.
  • Common acne and rosacea can have different ☀️⛈️❄️ seasonal patterns.
  • Cleansing is important for treating common acne on the nose.
  • Soothing is important for treating rosacea on the nose.
  • You may need to change your skin cleansing routine with the seasons to prevent acne on your nose.
  • If you have both common acne and rosacea on your nose, you need to follow a precise skin care regimen and to minimize sun exposure.

Two Types of Acne on the Nose

The nose is part of the “T zone” in the middle of your face, along with your brow, which generates the most oil. It is also rich in capillaries just under the skin. Sometimes these capillaries can break and leak blood, covering the nose with tiny red spots, or bruise, creating purple streaks. In severe cases, capillaries can accumulate scar tissue causing a condition of bumps on the nose known as rhinophyma.

When excess oil collects in pores on your nose, the problem is usually acne vulgaris, or common acne.

This kind of acne has its own telltale signs:

  • Common acne is more likely to cause whiteheads and blackheads than red blotches.
  • Common acne is more likely when shininess of the nose is a frequent cosmetic problem.
  • Common acne also causes similar blemishes on the forehead and chin.
  • If you have common acne on the nose, blemishes can be worse in the summer or the winter.
  • If you have common acne, cleansing your skin reduces blemishes. You need to cleanse your skin in different ways according to the season.
  • Common acne is more likely to occur on any skin type, 👦🏻👧🏼👦👧🏾👦🏿 including Asian or brown skin.

When tiny red pimples pop out on the nose and across the cheeks in just minutes, the problem is more likely to be rosacea. Rosacea has symptoms that distinguish it from common acne.

  • Rosacea causes tiny red pimples rather than whiteheads, blackheads, or large, infected pimples.
  • Rosacea can be present with or without oiliness of the skin.
  • If you have rosacea on the nose, blemishes can be worse in the winter.
  • If you have rosacea, cleansing your skin with hot water can trigger outbreaks of blemishes. Gentle cleansing with lukewarm water is best.
  • People of all races get rosacea, but it is more likely to occur on fair skin.

Cleansing Your Skin to Prevent Common Acne on Your Nose

If you have a problem with blackheads and whiteheads on your nose, you probably need to cleanse your skin twice a day. You want to get dirt and grime off your skin, but you don’t have to, and in fact you can’t, scrub your acne away. Cleansing your skin prevents future blackheads and whiteheads, but it does not remove existing blackheads and whiteheads right away, if at all.

Most people who have common acne, especially people who have acne on the nose, need to adjust their cleansing routine with the seasons. 🔆👃🏻☃️ During the winter, the skin on the nose and forehead may be oily, but the skin on the cheeks and chin may be dry. Cleanser should be left on the nose and forehead for about a minute, but on the rest of the face for just 30 seconds or so. During the summer, all the skin on the face may get oily. It’s a good time to use a light cleanser on all the face during the summer, and to take extra care to keep hair care products off the nose and forehead.

Cleansing Skin on the Nose Affected By Rosacea

Rosacea is caused by broken blood vessels. There is absolutely no way you can rub, scrub, or wash it away. In fact, the more pressure you put on the skin of your nose, the more likely it is to break out. For rosacea, mild cleansers are best.

Detergent cleansers like sodium lauryl sulphate and anything that makes your skin red—especially cinnamon oil—can make your nose break out in unsightly pimples.

If you have rosacea, you need to use a gentle, anti-inflammatory cleanser. It may also help to use facial waters (mineral waters containing magnesium, selenium, and/or sulfur that are spritzed onto your face after you cleanse and pat it dry).

The nose is especially sensitive to sunburn. People who have rosacea often have the type of skin that never tans and always burns, and needs protection from the sun. Unfortunately, most people who have this skin type are determined to get a tan to make their acne less noticeable, and venture out into midday sun to try to do it. The result is only more rosacea plus sunburn and wrinkles. Because sun exposure weakens the collagen around blood vessels, the more sun someone who has rosacea gets, the more pimples will break out, too.

What If You Have Both Kinds of Acne on Your Nose?

It is possible to have blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples caused by both common acne and rosacea at the same time on the nose. If this happens, it may be helpful to use a very mild cleanser like Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser or Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser in the morning, 🌄💧🌛 and the very mildest formulation of benzoyl peroxide you can find in the evening.

Intense pulsed light treatment (which is provided by a dermatologist) can get rid of enlarged vessels on your nose. However, the treatments can be expensive, can have side effects, and are often not covered by insurance.

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sarah Reply

i never get pimples but off late i've been getting small pimples only on my nose and after a certain point it turns red and never goes off. i get these frequently. they dont seem to be fading. can you please help. i need a solution to get rid of it and remove the ugly marks.

April 9, 2012 at 6:41 am Reply

apply toothpaste on it

January 3, 2015 at 10:43 am Reply
Kuldeep Reply

Actually I have been getting large and infected pimples on my nose since last 3 years! I just want to get rid of them! I just hate them so kindly help me to find a helpful treatment for my pimples.. Thankyou!

February 2, 2013 at 11:05 am Reply
Alex Reply

I know exactly how you feel and I am sooooo tired of this!!!

January 19, 2014 at 1:21 am Reply
Arun Reply

Even I m facing the same since last 4 years

March 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm Reply
sassy Reply

Hey I'm a 16 year old and for the past 1 month I'm having pimples coming oout on my nose everyday its disgusting n makes ugly apperances on my nose in the day plz help me thank you.. Plz help me with something that wouldn't cause more break out or blister for my face

May 4, 2013 at 1:42 am Reply
jefff Reply

hello: i'm a 60 year old male and have always been ridden with acne...very bad in high school years ago, and then slowing down as i got of late, i've been getting large "under the skin" pimples just on my nose that eventually get white heads...all on the ball of my nose, front and sides....very red and sore...could have several at a time, resulting in it looking like what my wife calls "drinkers nose"...please help, it looks aweful

May 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm Reply
Don Reply

Metrogel and Oxytetracycline

June 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm Reply
steve Reply

Me too. I'm 53 and having the same exact problem. Did you find a solution. My nose fucking hurts. I'm in show business and it's a real nuisance to deal with this. It's been happening for about a year now. One flare up after the next.

August 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm Reply
Don Reply

Go to your GP and tell him you want to try Oxytetracycline tablets 1 in morning and 1 in evening. Metrogel works wonders for redness on nose. Just rub gently on affected area before sleeping.

June 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm Reply
Davina Sefton Reply

I get whitheads and pimples on mine I had one whitehead before and i picked at it till it bled bad idea i know but its gone!!!!

July 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm Reply
bipin Reply

I am 22 yrs old and i have acne prblm on my nose for last 3 yrs..i have been getting large pimples on my nose n after waking up in morning i found its shaped enlarged, i have tried so many medicines, it gets oily only on nose and small yellow pigment comes out whenever pressed..plz plz give me any idea to ovrcome frm this situation...plz

August 20, 2013 at 4:15 am Reply
Dave Reply

yes me to my nose sore breaks out i use peroxide I m 59, need help been to doctor sold me $200.00 ointment made it worse Help!!

November 23, 2013 at 4:26 am Reply
Helena Reply

I always have blackheads on my nose and every once in a while little red white heads that are easy to get but it is the blackheads that bother me. I don't know how to get rid of them! I am blessed to not get any acne like my friends in school but if I look in the mirror I see the tiny black indentations from the blackheads. Somebody help. I have tried every acne and blackhead cleanser out there.

May 26, 2014 at 3:29 am Reply
sheetal Reply

U can solve the problem by your self. Before the pimple shows on the skin. U start feeling pain or lite red skin. Just apply your saliva on it. Yes u read it right just by applying your Saliva after every 1/2 hr your can get raid of it. And the morning salive before brushing is 10 times more Effective. Avoid after eating oily food for an hour as your saliva .avoid applying any thing which contains oil . Whatever the reason is. It works brothers.

February 26, 2015 at 3:00 am Reply
Pamela Reply

Using saliva does work. I thought at first that was outrageous but it works. Also; keep an eye on what you eat. I find eating red sauces and spicy foods makes my face breakout quickly.

July 19, 2017 at 11:20 pm Reply
Melanie Reply

My nose seems shiny but very dry and its like darker than the rest of my skin and has lots of whiteheads, blackheads, and some red bumps. I've tried so many things but lately, I've just stopped putting anything on it but water. I honestly don't know what to do anymore besides visit a dermatologist.

May 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm Reply
bob Reply

friends I tried this and it works 100% guaranteed

November 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm Reply
Catherine Reply

What did you try? I am having the same problem and nothing is working.

April 23, 2017 at 10:50 pm Reply
julius cesar santos Reply

i am experiencing swollen nose but i think it's a pimple in side,my doctor gave me augmentin but seems not working,also prescribed me with ointment bactroban ...

June 20, 2015 at 8:06 am Reply
usha Reply

I have pimples only on my nose frm past 3 yrs once if it comes it takes a long time to ago like 1/2 months it's very huge it actually looks like nodes wt can I do fr that I shwd in many Hsptl bt I dint gt cure fr this plz suggest me anything

August 10, 2015 at 2:22 pm Reply
Roger Reply

I read that applying triple antibiotic ointment works. It's an over the counter item and I started last night. It seems a little better this morning. It's been said that this kind of thing might be a staph infection also causing allergy like symptoms.

November 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm Reply
Aiden Reply

I am 18 years old and since last year my nose has been gaining blackheads and whiteheads but now and then my nose swells up and hurts tried many creams and they all work for a while then they start making my nose swell plz if u have any advise on how I can get rid of this !

November 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm Reply
Brighton Reply

I started getting these and they haven't stopped. My nose uaed to be nice and clean, then i turned 13. They start out as red marks that if i touch, hurt. Then they just grow, stay for about a week, then go. BUT, they leave a dark mark where they were. Wtf!! I'm not ugly and this stuff makes so damn depressed to show my face. Damn. Please tell me how to QUICKLY get rid of it.

November 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm Reply
Jubita Reply

I am 13 but i have got small but may red pimples in my nose can you help me

July 6, 2016 at 12:30 am Reply
bob Reply

I'm 16 and I have had acne spots on my nose for the past 4 years , they just won't bloody go away its so irritating because I have no confidence at all anymore and my local gp is rubbish aswell cos I've been there 3 times since and all they're medicine have not worked at all can someone please help me for the love of God

August 23, 2016 at 3:05 am Reply
Elizabeth Reply

I started using the indian aztec healing clay and mix it with braggs apple cider vinegar. it works really well Im sixteen too.

March 29, 2017 at 1:40 am Reply
Phillip Reply

I get nose pimple once in a blue moon. But I wash face prior going to sleep with Salicylic acid Body wash morning & night . Also use a little benzol peroide cream on nose if I get pimple or feel I am getting pimple. I only get these when I am totally stressed out. I eat loads of vegetables specially spinach & carrots plus vitamin A. And drink loads of water. I avoid chocolates & dairy products if skin is bad.

February 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply
MarcoFerrara Reply

I have small areas of rosacea on my nose and upper cheeks. If dermalmd rosacea serum is used consistently I found that it did improve the appearance of my skin, which now requires using less makeup. Great product, fair price!

March 1, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply
Happiness court Reply

Hi! I only breakout on my nose it's disgusting because everyone look right at your nose. I've been getting these bumps/pimples since the 6th grades and now I'm in the 11th and they won't leave me alone. When I picked at them they turn black and get really ugly. Sometimes they leave a scar I just want my nose to be as clear as my face

April 9, 2017 at 3:03 am Reply
Don Reply

Try to wash twice a day with dermol 500 lotion available from Tesco or thru GP.

July 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm Reply
Don Reply

Dermol 500 lotion is to be used as a face wash

July 17, 2017 at 11:42 pm Reply
Sophie Reply

BEST WAY (personally) TO GET RID OF PIMPLES!!!! What I do is I take a hot, damp wash cloth and pat my face with it. DON’T RUB. This opens up your pores, allowing you to cleanse them.I then use a facial cleansing milk or wipe and gently rub that in. Then I let it sit and take some liquid soap and wash my entire face with it. Be careful, this can dry it out. Rinse with cold water. This closes your pores, helping them block out any dirt and bacteria or get clogged. I then moisturize and apply aloe vera gel on the effected area (my nose). Adjust this to your skin type (oily, dry, etc.) I hope this helps!

July 29, 2017 at 5:59 am Reply
Help me Reply

I started getting these red big pimples on my nose And I got one a few months ago and it was huge and red & it wouldn't go away .. so I I kept putting a hot wet towel on it to pop it .. well I popped it and now it's still bumpy and red but doesn't be hurt . BUT last week I got ANOTHER one above the last one and it's red but small and I'm scared it's gonna get big Someone help me !! What should I do ?

August 21, 2017 at 1:19 am Reply
Catt Reply

Damp hot water on each pimple then dry it, then get aloe Vera(plant) rub on each pimple for 10days

April 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm Reply