Pimple Inside Nose Causes, Treatments and Remedies

So, you were blowing your nose and noticed a painful bump inside it or did you just touch it and felt something was not right? I am guessing you went to check yourself in the mirror and found out you have a painful pimple inside your nose, then you came to the internet to look for information on how you can get rid of this unwanted guest. In fact, I am guessing you have just keyed ‘Nose pimple remover’ in your search engine.

We get pimples, zits, spots or bumps on almost every part of our skin but getting one on your nostrils is perhaps the most painful experience. This is because the nostril is very sensitive. A bump inside the nose is often a minor annoyance that may go away on its own after some time. However, it can also be a sign of an infection or an underlying serious condition.

In this article, I am going to discuss some of the major causes of pimple-like bumps, sores, zits and cysts inside the nostril and how to treat the condition.

Causes pimple-like bumps in the nostril

1. Folliculitis

Presence of white sores inside the nose is a sign of folliculitis. Folliculitis is the inflammation of the hair follicles caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. The condition can also cause red bumps, usually at the opening of your nose. It is a very painful condition that can be worsened by blowing it too often or inserting foreign objects into it. The infection may spread and turn into non-healing crusty sores.

2. Acne

The biggest cause nose is acne. Your skin is always kept soft and supple by a natural oil known as sebum. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands which are located under the hair follicles. Sometimes, sebum can block the pores of your skin leading to an accumulation of extra oil and dead skin. This can appearance of acne in your nose.

If acne is infected, it can lead to painful bump on your nostrils which may be pus-filled and big in size.

3. Nasal polyps

Bumps inside the nose cartilage are mostly nasal polyps. They are soft, painless and non-cancerous and they hang down like teardrops or grapes. They are caused by inflammation due to allergies, asthma or a recurring infection. Even though they are painless, they can block the nose and cause chronic sinusitis and breathing problems which can result to sores inside your nose.

A constant running nose, loss of sense of taste and snoring are some of the signs of nasal polyps.

4. Ingrown hair in nose

A painful cyst or zit inside in this area is a sign of ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs are hairs that grow back into the skin instead of outside after shaving or tweezing. You may feel a painful or painless inflammation and a tiny bump.

5. Nasal furuncles

This is a form of bacterial infection that can cause bumps inside your nostrils. They are different from folliculitis because they are boils or deeper infections inside the nose. They are considered to be very serious because they can cause cellulitis which is a rapidly spreading skin infection that can spread to the bloodstream and become fatal.

Treatment options – please don’t pop it

As I stated earlier, a pimple bump inside your nose may be a minor disturbance that will often go away on its own after some time. But in case, it so painful and uncomfortable, you can use some of the remedies below.

Do not pop the pimple

This is not actually a remedy, but I have mentioned it for a very important reason. Perhaps the first step of action is to take no action. The first thing that comes to your mind when you see a pimple is to pop it. This will make the pore more vulnerable to bacterial infections. Popping it can also aggravate the problem by spreading the infection to other areas. Just allow a pimple to heal without disrupting it.

Popping it prematurely can make the pimple to swell, be painful, and be red. This can also lead to scarring once it heals.

Over the counter medication

You can take over the counter medication like ibuprofen to help with the pain and swelling. Ensure you take only medicine prescribed by a doctor. You may also take vitamin C supplements to speed up the healing process.

Warm compress home remedy 

A warm compress will reduce the inflammation, therefore, reduce the size of the pimple. It also numbs the pain. You should apply at least three times per day to get a quick fix.


You should avoid picking your nose or blowing it too hard or frequently to prevent irritation and worsening these zits.

When to see a doctor

You should seek medical attention if the problem persists even after trying out the above remedies. Your doctor will diagnose you and find out the exact cause of the pimples. Nasal polyps may require surgical excision to be removed.


  • https://www.healthline.com/health/pimple-inside-nose#seeking-help
  • https://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/pimple-in-nose/
  • https://bellatory.com/skin/Pimple-In-Nose-Try-This-Easy-Method-For-Rapid-Relief

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