Bumps on Nose Causes: Small, Big, Hard and Painful

What causes bumps on the nose? Discover more on causes of the small, big, painful or red bump on the nose including on side, inside, on the bridge and around it. You will also learn about hard ones.


Some of the possible causes or reasons as to why you have bumps or a bump on your nose include the following:

Nose piercing bump
Piercing bump
Pimple bump on nose
Papule bump on nose

Hormonal changes resulting in nose pimples

In adolescents, acne is most often associated with hormonal surges during puberty since a majority of teens are undergoing growth, which is facilitated by various growth hormones. Some of this hormones may trigger sebaceous glands to produce more sebum which in turn clogs the skin pores resulting in comedones or these bumps

Facial cosmetic

Some of this facial cosmetic may react with nose skin causing irritation that may result in itchiness thus promoting to the growth of bumps. Therefore, when you are going for facial makeup or cosmetic, you should identify one that does not react with your skin.


Some drugs prescription can cause their development including on the face or body due to body reaction towards them. Your dermatology or doctor should advise you on alternative medication in case you always end up with bumps after using certain medications.


Lack of vitamin A in the diet can also be the factor that enhances the appearance of bumps on your body including the nose. Vitamin A is vital for a clear skin appearance.

Underlying diseases in the body

When adults have acne under, on the nose or somewhere else this is likely a symptom of an illness of the blood circulation, endocrine or immune systems or of an infectious disease. It is believed that even one pimple or bump on tip of nose is the first sign of the problems of the heart muscle or liver.


This occurs when dirt and oil are clogged or trapped in the pores, resulting pimple bumps on this area or anywhere on the body.


Excessive stress can be connected to the appearance of bumps all over the face and even on the nose or around the mouth. Stress destabilizes the hormonal balance in the body that in turn triggers the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum that end clogging the facial skin pores.


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.

Small ones

Little bumps can develop on anyone’s skin. There are many skin conditions that can cause these bumps to occur – some that require the attention of a doctor. Therefore, it is important to understand their causes before going for treatments.

A variety of symptoms associated with them, including swelling, redness on the nose and other areas of the face, and inflammation. The bumps may be flesh-colored, or a black or white plug may be visible at the tip. In addition, these bumps can develop deep inside the pores, resulting in pain and the formation of zits on the surface of the skin.

According to the Family Doctor website, they can be caused by acne. This occurs when dirt and oil are trapped in the pores, resulting in sensitive bumps.

Most of what we have discussed could be behind the formation of small bumps on your nose.

Big bumps

The first cause of big is rhinophyma. When you have this condition, red large can cause the oil glands on the face to enlarge. Rhinophyma can cause tissues on the nose to increase slowly over several years, giving it a bulbous appearance.

This can be disfiguring and damaging to your self-esteem. When this condition occurs, the MedlinePlus website warns that a surgeon or doctor will need to reshape the nose with a scalpel, laser or dermabrasion procedure.

Another possible cause is having a large zits, cysts, acne or a pimple. For instance, red pimples appear because of an inflamed cyst. Such acne is painful and several pimples can merge together forming bumps.

Other possible causes of these huge bumps have similar causes we have already seen.

Painful bump on nose

Sore ones could be due to the following:

Bacterial infection

Staphylococcal bacteria and really a host of other bacteria reside everywhere on the human body. Some of them take residence in the skin of the nose. However, this is not what will cause a sore to breakout but any damage was done to the nose skin either picking or dry cold weather awaken bacterial growth that leads to painful bumps.


An infection of the herpes simplex virus is known to cause sores on around the mouth and nose.  These nasal ulcers from herpes can turn up as a cluster, or you could have just one. They tend to be very painful.

Nose piercing

This may lead to the development of wound that can enlarge in case it takes time to heal making the bacteria residing in our body to appear on the wound making it sorer than expected.

It is also possible for one to end up with an infected bump around their nose piercing.

Cold sores

People with a compromised immunity will suffer more attacks, which means they have cold sores more. A sore may appear white, like a boil or a furuncle. If it bursts and the fluid drains, then it looks more like an ulcer inside the nose.

Nasal cysts

They are swellings found deep in the skin and they tend to be painful once they appear. They are more common to people with other nasal conditions like sinusitis.


Hypersensitivity to the certain agent in aerosol sprays, nasal sprays and pollens can cause a nose ulcers situation.

Hard ones

Hard bumps are common occurrences on nose piercings because they easily get bumps, and cartilage takes longer to heal than the fleshy areas of the body such as the earlobes. They often appear as red bumps right beside the piercing and can be very hard to resolve.

Causes for the bumps due piercing range from irritation to excessive scar tissue known as keloids or granulomas. A granuloma occurs beside a nose piercing due to the body’s inflammatory response. See your doctor immediately; he or she might choose to drain the bump and send the fluid for testing to determine the type of bacteria present.

Bumps inside nose

A bump inside the nose, or a lump, will often take the form of a pimple, a benign growth, or sometimes a bug bite. They tend to be more sensitive than bumps or pimples on other areas of the body.

A painful one can be a sign of acne. It’s a condition that affects the hair follicles in your pores. Your pores contain sebaceous glands, which produce an oil known as sebum, which helps soften your hair and skin. Excess sebum causes the glands to harden, and therefore a pimple appears on the skin.

Most of the causes of painful ones as well as general causes we have seen can cause bumps inside your nostrils.

Bumps around nose

Sometimes, the bump may not be on the nose but around it. Common causes around this area include the following:


It is normally found on the scalp but can spread to the face and develop in and around the nose. If the red itchy skin around it is seborrhea, it will be accompanied by flaking skin with a scale that can turn anywhere from white to yellowish brown bumps.

Perioral Dermatitis

What are the causes of this condition? According to researchers, its cause remains unknown but it causes the development of inflammatory bumps on the skin around the mouth which then spread up around the nose or even the eyes.

NOTE: although it can affect anyone of any age and race or ethnicity, its occurrence is reportedly high in young women including teens.

On nose bridge

The first cause of nose bridge bumps is pimples. These are essentially the same pimples due to blocked sebaceous glands that appear in this area. They can become painful and infected but usually go away on their own with time.

Secondly, it can be hereditary. People with a nose bridge bump suffer from a very common aesthetic facial disproportion, specifically a bump, or hump on the bridge. Most nasal bridge bumps are developing as a result of hereditary development, as there is an overgrowth of the nasal cartilages and bones leading to a convexity or “bump” on the bridge of the nose.

Occasionally, a traumatic injury suffered during adolescent or childhood development can result in overgrowth of the bone and cartilage on the bridge of the nose leading to a bump as well.

Any other cause we have discussed can also cause them on the bridge.

Remedies to get rid or to remove them

As we have seen, they have many possible causes. Some may require specialized treatment while others will require simple remedies. Let us now look at some of the simple home remedies that can be of much help to you.

Tea Tree Oil

Some researchers have found that tea tree oil significantly improves the severity of acne when compared to benzoyl peroxide. When compared to the other products, tea tree oil users experienced fewer side effects including less itching, redness, burning, and dryness.

Coconut Oil

A research published in the Journal of Dermatological Science in 2014 found that the capric acid and lauric acid content of in coconut oil demonstrated antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects of acne. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to include coconut oil in the diet to help treat a bump inside the nose.

Burdock Root

It is a natural detoxifier and blood purifier that helps improve chronic skin conditions like acne. It contains antibiotic and antifungal properties that help fight bacteria and fungi that contribute to acne and bumps inside the nose.

Essential Fatty Acids

A solid mixture of essential fatty acids in the diet can go a long way toward reducing skin inflammation and improving acne and the bump inside your nose. A diet rich in omega-3s may include ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil, and fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel.

Balance Diet

A poor diet can contribute to pimples and bumps inside the nose. A high insulin level can increase skin inflammation, so maintaining a low glycemic diet, including meats and non-starchy vegetables such as cabbage or broccoli can help.

Prevention tips

Can nose bumps be prevented? The answer is yes. Here is how one can prevent their occurrence.

Proper personal hygiene

You can prevent irritating the bump on the nose by avoiding picking, touching, or blowing the nose too hard, or too often.

Reduce amount of caffeine

Coffee and caffeinated products can aggravate skin conditions such as acne. Replace caffeinated beverages with herbal teas.

Minimize amount of meat intake

Meat consumption should be limited, but if you are going to eat meat, then it should be organic and free of hormones and antibiotics.

Increase water amount of water intake

Drinking lots of water can help flush toxins from the body. Drink an eight-ounce glass of water every two hours during the day. Aim for eight to 10 glasses per day.

Light exercise

Emotional stress can trigger pimples inside your nose. Taking time for light exercise can reduce stress and prevent outbreaks. Stress-reducing exercises include yoga, meditation, qigong, and tai chi, or simply going for a walk, but doing so somewhere calm like a forest or a nature conservation area.

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1 thought on “Bumps on Nose Causes: Small, Big, Hard and Painful”

  1. I have broke my nose few years ago now I see bumps under the nose. What should I do to get rid of them. They are hard and red.


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