Pimple in Ear

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Pimples and acne are so widespread and common that a whole section of the skin care industry depends on it for their lavish revenues. Pimples by themselves are annoying enough on the skin and their most favorite place to appear has to be on the face. It is annoying and extremely inconveniencing as it tries its best to spoil and mar the beautifully curated looks women work hard to achieve. However, that is probably the not most annoying place a woman can get acne. Pimples and acne also have a knack of cropping up at the most inconvenient, awkward, and hard to reach places. One such place has to be on or in the ear. 

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Pimples or acne[1] in the ear can be hard to treat as they can be pretty much hidden inside the folds and turns of the ear. Moreover, they can also crop up inside the ear canal which could be even more uncomfortable and painful. The pimples in the ear are generally experienced as more painful than the other, more common varieties of pimples[2]. This is because the ear holds practically no fat in it hence it is more painful to have skin issues or other injuries there. Ultimately, pimples and acne are very unsightly and annoying, everyone can agree on that, and they can pop up anywhere on the skin. Furthermore, it is the most common skin problem around. So, it does make sense that many people have tried to devise solutions and products and remedies which can help treat such problems. We will learn and study about these remedies in this post in moderate detail. So, worry not, if you are suffering from pimple in your ear as we are here with tons of solutions or you to try out. Now then, let us get right into the post without any further delay.


Causes Behind Pimple In the Ear

There are various reasons or causes behind the popping up of pimples within your ear. The most common reason behind the formation of a pimple on the skin has to be clogging up of pores[3] from excessive skin oils and invasion of harmful microbes on the skin. These pimples on the skin are also commonly known as ear bumps[4] or ear zits[5] but they are technically called sebaceous cysts. If there are excessive oils and other impurities like dirt on your skin, it can easily block your pores which can cause inflammation if there are harmful bacteria on your skin too. These pimples can be filled with blood or pus which could lead to quite uncomfortable and painful situations if the pimple appears in your ear. Generally, if there is a pimple on the outside of your skin, it is commonly painless and not that obstructing, but a pimple in the ear can cause are a lot of issues including a lot of pain and discomfort and obstruction of hearing due to inflammation[6] and blockage. In this particular section, we are going to look separately at a few different reasons which are the most plausible culprit behind the occurrence of pimple in your ear.


Poor Ear Hygiene

The inside of the ear, or the ear canal[7], has cells and tissues in their which produce skin oil and ear wax. Furthermore, the ear also has hair inside them. Our ears have these features as it is a cavity to the inside of our body and hence the body has developed some features to keep it relatively safe, shielded and protected from external influences. However, all these things in the tiny ear canal can sometimes clog it up and the skin which could lead to a  breakout of problems like pimples. Harmful bacteria[8] and other microbes[9] can also get locked in there along with dirt and impurities and give rise to a pimple. Hence, it is important to regularly clean the inside of the ears to keep it tidy and free from impurities and things which could clog it up. Using unclean earphones, sticking unclean fingers into the ears a lot, having dirty and unhygienic hair over the ears, etc are common things which people too and can give rise to the occurrence of pimples on ears. Also, avoid sticking things like pens, pins, etc into your ears as they could be dirty and introduce pollutants[10] in your ears. Irritation or inflammation in the ear from random factors like excessive scratching or picking, or irritation from the material of earplugs, etc can also cause some inflammation in the ear which could give rise to pimples in ears.


Hormonal Changes

Other than the external factors mentioned here previously, shifting in the levels and balance of hormones[11] within the body can have significant effects on the outside of the body too, i.e. the surface of the skin. Imbalance or change in the levels of hormones within the body can cause the formation of acne on the skin, and this phenomenon is more common and apparent in women more than men. Hence, slight changes in the hormone levels in the body can also be the reason behind the formation of the annoying and painful pimple on your ear.


Swimmer's Ear

You might have heard about this year issue which commonly happens to people's ears if they swim or bath in unclean water. This condition is also technically known as Otitis Externa. It is an infection[12] which can happen to either your outer or inner ear and it happens if the water is unclean and there are harmful bacterias and other microbes in there. Such bacteria can cause infection in or on the ear which could cause inflammation and give rise to painful pimples on the ears. This issue can also occur if you are in a habit of shoving unclean and dirty objects into your ears. Swimmer's ear can also happen if you get anything small stuck in your ear which causes blockage and other issues.


Ear Piercing

Getting a piercing[13] is quite traumatic for the skin and ears can it could lead to the formation of pimples on or in your ear. This commonly happens because of dirt, impurities, harmful microbes, and general and hygiene when having it done. The intrusion of harmful microbes together with ear wax, dirt, and other impurities make it a hot spot and in the risk of catching some infection. Other than that, impurities from the tool can also add to the risk of acne occurring in or on the ears. So basically, the trauma and impurities which could be introduced to the skin from this procedure can be a major factor behind the occurrence of pimples on the ears. The trauma from the piercing also commonly can give rise to scarring on the ears like keloids which in turn can have a hand behind the formation of pimples on your ears.


Other Causes

Other than all these above-mentioned reasons, there are a few more which could be significant in the formation of ear pimples. For example, pimples on the ears can form due to some allergic reaction or stress[14] from products which you use, like skincare and hair products. These things can come into contact with ears a lot and cause some friction or unintended side effects like the formation of ear pimples. Similarly, reactions or irritation from some unsuitable fabric from your clothes can also irritate the skin on the ears and result in the appearance of an unsightly pimple. Also, stress and anxieties of the daily life can also demonstrate itself by causing breakouts on the skin, and these can be on the ear by happenstance or factors which have not been fully understood just yet. So, basically, all the reasons which can cause the formation of pimples or acne breakouts elsewhere on the body can just as easily plague the ear area as well. The ears are a delicate part of the body and are quite different from most other parts due to its composition and function. That is why it is important that any issues with the ears be dealt with the utmost care and delicacy.


How to treat the pimples in ears?

Now, once we know about the reasons behind the formation of pimples in your ears, the question becomes about how we can use remedies to treat them. And what are those remedies and where to find them? Fret not, we are here, as always, complete with exhaustive information about tons of remedies which can help you treat the pimples in your ears. These remedies span the realms of commercial products and natural remedies which you can make by yourself using natural ingredients. You can pick and choose based on what worked for you in the past or depending on the facts and information concerning the particular remedy. All in all, you will be able to find your ideal remedy here to treat the pimples in your ears. All of these are quite effective and generally easily procurable for easy access and efficient and effective results. So, without further ado, let us dive deep into the following sea of remedies which we have compiled for you. First up in this list is a common method which does not exactly intrude too much.

  1. Warm Compress
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Rubbing Alcohol
  4. Tea Tree Oil
  5. Hydrogen Peroxide
  6. Acne Cream (Benzoyl Peroxide)
  7. An Oil-free Cleanser containing Salicylic Acid


Warm Compress

Alright, this is a common and simple and easy and straightforward remedy used by many to treat and get rid of there pimples. Hence, this can also be quite effective in getting rid of the pimples in the ears. A warm compress is very effective in curbing any inflammation or irritation on the skin. So, it can also be quite effective in getting rid of the pimples in the ears. Using warmth on the clogged nature of pimples can help soften it down which can result in the automatic draining of the impurities like pus in there. Hence, it can be a quick and easy solution to get rid of in-ear pimples. Basically, it makes it simpler and easier for the pimple to pop, and that can happen by itself. However, when that does happen if you are using a warm compress, keep a cleaning cloth handy as you need to clean the pus from the pimple immediately and carefully so that it does not go in the ear more and create a significant risk of pimple formation in the future. Overall, a great, common, and simple method of pimple removal.

How to use it?:

Now, using it is pretty simple and straightforward and the name actually provides much of what you need to know. As the name suggests, you are going to use heat and pressure to curb the inflammation caused because of the ear pimples. We have provided you the steps on how to do this, peruse them closely to learn how to do a warm compress on your ear pimples. Just be careful not to use too hot water as that could cause burns on your ears as ears are a delicate region of the skin and body.

  1. You are going to need just a clean towel and some hot water for this remedy. First of all, take the hot towel and soak it in some hot water.
  2. After that, wring out any and all excess water from the towel. It should be just a warm and damp towel at this point.
  3. Then, place the warm towel on the ear pimple the best you can and leave it be for 10 to 15 minutes. Follow this procedure as much as you want or can to rapidly fade your pimples away. You are done!


Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a multipurpose home ingredient which is essential for any home. It boasts of so many uses for the health, skin, and around the house that it warrants its necessity as a home staple. It is also highly effective as an acne and pimple remedy and can help get rid of acne and also curb the risk of any future breakouts. It can do all that because it is slightly acidic in nature and hence helps balance the pH levels of the skin. Moreover, it is really effective in cleansing the skin and removing any dead skin cells and other impurities from the skin. Consequently, it also stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells by promoting the production of collagen and helping repair skin cells and tissues. But the real drying effect it can have on pimples come from its astringent and anti-microbial properties. Hence, it is effective in getting rid of any harmful bacteria which can give rise to an ear pimple. All these properties together very well to get rid of pimples and it also makes for a simple and easy application in the ear.

How to use it?:

You can use apple cider vinegar directly as a spot treatment just after diluting it with some water. To perform this remedy, follow the steps given below closely.

  1. First of all, mix equal amounts of raw apple cider vinegar[15] and water and then apply it directly onto your pimples as a spot treatment using a cotton swab or ball. 
  2. After that, Leave the solution on the skin for about 5 minutes before washing it off. Use this remedy daily on your ear pimples to get rid of them quickly. You can use this remedy a few times in a day to harness its beneficial effects on pimples. You are done!


Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a common antiseptic and disinfectant which is used quite commonly when the skin needs to be sterilized to kill off bacteria and any other harmful microbes currently lounging on the skin's surface. The alcohol in it upends the safe and incubating environment of the bacteria to make the living on your skin very implausible. Hence, it reduces the risk of any infection or irritation significantly by getting rid of the harmful bacteria which can be one of the most common reasons behind the formation of pimples in your ear. Furthermore, it is an effective solution for cleaning the ears as it helps clean it out well from impurities and stuff like ear wax.

How to use it?:

Once again, using rubbing alcohol on the skin is very simple and obvious and you can probably guess by yourself the exact method which needs to be followed. Follow the upcoming steps as they are given to learn how to use this accurately.

  1. First of all, take a cotton swab or ball and some rubbing alcohol.
  2. After that, dip the cotton swab in the rubbing alcohol and then use it to clean the area around the pimple well but gently.
  3. That is about it, just use rubbing alcohol to cleanse the skin around the pimple to soothe it down and get rid of it while also vanishing any chance of pimples in the future. You can use this method a couple of times in a day to get rid of your pimples but be careful and remember not to put too much of a pressure on your pimple lest it pops right there and then. You are done!


Tea Tree Oil

By this day and age, you really should be well aware of tea tree essential oil. Pretty much everybody is gaga over it and all the beneficial effects it can have on the body and on the skin. It is also known as very effective acne and pimple remedy due to the various pimple and acne busting and preventing properties it holds. Tea tree oil is known to possess some really powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Hence, it is quite effective in eradicating any acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin. Moreover, it is actually anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin and helps stimulate the skin's healing and regenerative process. Hence, it is very practical for getting rid of any pimples on the skin and then also speed up the following healing of the skin. This property is great as it reduces the appearance of any scars or blemishes forming after the pimple.

How to use it?:

Tea tree is an essential oil so it could be quite strong if used undiluted directly. So, we are not going to do that then. We are going to make our own diluted tea tree oil spot treatment for your ear pimples. The step-by-step instructions are detailed below, follow them closely to perform this remedy as intended.

  1. First of all, you will just need a cotton swab, some tea tree essential oil, and water for this treatment. dilute about 1 tsp of tea tree oil with 9 tsp of just normal water. Combine the two well.
  2. After that, just use the clean cotton swab to apply the diluted tea tree oil onto the pimple in your ear and that's it, you do not need to do anymore. You are done! You can use this remedy a few times within a single day if you are in a hurry to fade your ear pimple away.


Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical based remedy for pimples which is really quite effective for getting any pimples off of your skin. Hydrogen peroxides possess strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. So it is like that hydrogen peroxide was born to get rid of pimples for us. Hence, it can very effectively kill off any bacteria from the skin which could be instrumental in the formation of the annoying pimples in your ears. It can also curb the resultant inflammation and basically also help with any scars or blemishes' chance of forming following the pimple.

How to use it?:

Using hydrogen peroxide is simple and straightforward once again, and you just need to use it as a topical application on your pimples to treat them efficiently. The instructions are given the following:

  1. First of all, take a clean cotton ball and soak it in some hydrogen peroxide for a bit.
  2. Then, take the cotton ball out and squeeze out any excess liquid from it.
  3. After that, just use the cotton ball to lightly dab the hydrogen peroxide onto the pimple in your ear. And that is about it. You can use this technique a few times in a day to rapidly get rid of your pimple in ear. You are done!


Acne Cream (Benzoyl Peroxide)

Benzoyl Peroxide is another chemical compound which turned out to be one of the most effective remedies for treating pimples and acne. You can use a product with benzoyl peroxide to help fade your ear pimples away as it is really effective in getting rid of acne and even the resultant marks, spots, and any other blemishes which result from said acne. It helps cleanse the skin of any harmful bacterias, impurities and dead skin layers to promote the regeneration of the skin to heal any scars or blemishes while also reducing the chance of future acne and pimples significantly. It is a very common component in anti-acne creams and stuff and can be easily found over the counter in most parts of the world. All in all, it is a great compound for treating pimples and also making sure that it leaves behind minimum scarring or signs that it was there once.

How to use it?:

Since, this you will be getting it in an already ready to use and packaged cream, using it and applying it practically child's play. If you have used any cream in your life, which I can bet you have, you will probably know how to use it. The steps or rather the singular step needed is mentioned below:

  1. You will need to buy an acne cream which has Benzoyl peroxide as a component. It should be anywhere between 2 to 10% concentration within the cream.
  2. Then, once you have acquired the cream, just apply a tiny dollop over the pimple in your ear and leave it be. That is about it with this remedy. You can use this technique a few times in a single day if you want to get rid of your pimple quickly and as soon as possible. You are done!


An Oil-free Cleanser containing Salicylic Acid

What is crucial in this remedy is Salicylic acid. There are many products available in the market which target acne and pimples and other issues which are born from them. Salicylic is a very common and popular ingredient amongst those products as it is really effective in getting rid of pimples and any scars or blemishes associated with them. Salicylic acid is used to help cleanse the skin and remove the dead skin layer from the top of the skin. Hence, it is used to treat a variety of skin issues. It also helps fade any further scars and blemishes from the acne as it helps tighten the skin and calm inflammation etc. This is also quite common and easily available in over the counter acne and acne scar treatments. You can utilize any toner, cleanse, cream, etc which contains Salicylic acid to help remedy any pimples which might be oppressing your ear. If you get an oil-free cleanser, it can evacuate any excess oils from your skin which could be clogging your pores and giving rise to pimples and other skin issues like blackheads.

How to use it?:

Once again, a very simple process as you do not have to do anything yourself other than go out and buy a product. Oh wait, you can do just that from the comfort of your own home nowadays, so even that is not needed. Anyway, look for an oil-free cleanser which contains Salicylic acid in it. Then, follow the instructions detailed below to learn how to use it effectively to treat your in-ear pimples.

  1. First of all, take some hot water. Make sure the temperature is as high as you can bear on your skin. Use this hot water to wash the pimple in your ear. This will soften it and make it more receptive to other external treatments.
  2. After that, use the cleanser to clean on and around the pimple gently. Use a cotton swab if it is hard to reach with your fingertips. That is it, you can use this particular technique a couple or three times in a day to quickly treat the pimple in your ear. You are done!


Prevention Tips

Now, we have supplied you with a bunch of effective remedies which are bound to be useful if you are suffering from pimple in your ear. So, now we have compiled a few tips and tricks which will make you better in treating this issue and also reducing the risk of any future acne happening to a minimum.

That is all for this post. Hope you have found what you were looking for here and we have helped you out in treating any pimples in your ear. All the best and have a great day!


This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 23/06/2019 

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