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Are You Struggling With Nose Acne?

Why is Nose Acne Common?

Acne can appear on any part of your face, but you may have noticed that the nose is a common area where acne tends to develop. This is because the nose is part of the T-zone, along with the forehead and chin, which are areas of the face with a higher concentration of oil glands. Increased oil production can lead to a higher risk of breakouts and acne development, as excess oil can mix with dead skin cells and clog pores. When combined with the fact that pores in the T-zone tend to be larger, this can further contribute to the likelihood of pore blockages and acne formation.

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What are the Two Main Types of Nose Acne?

Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris is a common type of acne that affects the nose and other areas of the face. It happens when pores become clogged with dead skin or bacteria. This can lead to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples.

This can be further divided into inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne:

Inflammatory Acne

This type of acne is characterised by the presence of inflammatory lesions such as nodules, and cysts. It occurs when the follicle wall ruptures, leading to sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells being released into the surrounding skin, causing inflammation.


Non-Inflammatory Acne

Non-inflammatory acne is milder and consists of whiteheads and blackheads. Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, occur when a follicle becomes clogged with oil and dead skin cells, resulting in a small, flesh-colored bump. Blackheads, or open comedones, occur when the clogged pore is open to the skin’s surface, causing the trapped material to turn black as it is exposed to oxygen.


Acne Rosacea

While not as common as acne vulgaris, acne rosacea can also affect the nose. It is an inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the face, causing redness, flushing, and sometimes the formation of pimples or bumps. Unlike acne vulgaris, it typically does not involve the formation of blackheads or whiteheads.

What are the Differences Between Them?

As acne vulgaris and acne rosacea may have similar symptoms, it is easy to get them confused with each other.

CharacteristicsAcne VulgarisHeadAcne Rosacea
CauseClogged pores due to excess oil, dead skin, and bacterial overgrowth.Inflammation of the blood vessels in the face, with its exact cause unknown.
SymptomsWhiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules, cysts.Redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
Affected AreasIt can be commonly found on the face, back, and/or chest.It primarily affects the face, particularly the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.
InflammationThe severity can range from mild redness to significant inflammation.Redness and flushing are prominent features, often concentrated in the central area of the face.

If you are unable to determine whether you have acne vulgaris or rosacea, we recommend speaking with a doctor to receive a diagnosis.

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What are the Causes of Nose Acne?


Masks, helmets, and face guards can rub against the skin and contribute to acne. There are several measures you can take to reduce the chances of this happening, such as ensuring masks and sports equipment are a proper fit, regularly cleaned, and made from breathable materials.



Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is a type of bacteria that lives on the skin and can contribute to the development of acne when pores become clogged. You can also transfer bacteria from the outside to your skin, such as when handling dirty objects or touching your face with unwashed hands.


Hormonal Changes

Fluctuations in levels of hormones can cause an increased amount of oil to be produced by our sebaceous glands. These shifts can be due to pregnancy, puberty, or medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is a common hormonal disorder among women that leads to a higher number of androgens being present. Hormonal acne can take various forms, ranging from blackheads, whiteheads, and papules to severe cases of nodules and cysts.


Blowing the Nose

While rare, acne can also develop inside the nose, This can be caused by excessive blowing of the nose, which can irritate the delicate skin inside the nostrils.

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Developing Nose Acne?

Practice Good Hygiene

Avoid touching your face, and be sure to wash your hands when you have to do so. You should also clean any equipment that comes into contact with your face, such as masks, helmets, or face guards. This can help reduce the buildup of bacteria and oil that can contribute to acne.


Wash Your Face Regularly

It is recommended to wash your face twice a day, especially after heavy sweating. Use a gentle cleanser that is suited for your skin type and pat it dry after washing using a soft towel. However, avoid washing too often as it could strip your skin of natural oils and cause it to dry out, which can backfire as your sebaceous glands may go into overdrive to produce even more oil.


Use Oil-Free or Non-Comodegenic Products

You may want to consider switching your skincare and makeup to those which are oil-free or non-comodegenic. These products are less likely to clog pores or contribute to a build-up of oil, along with often being suited for or all skin types, including oily, combination, and acne-prone skin.

What are the Treatments for Nose Acne?

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are cosmetic procedures that involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin to exfoliate the top layers, unclogging pores, and reveal newer, healthier skin underneath. The chemical solution applied during a chemical peel causes the outermost layer of skin to peel away, leading to smoother, clearer skin. This treatment can also help regulate the production of oil on the skin, making it a suited option to combat nose acne.


Carbon Laser Peels

Carbon laser peels, also known as carbon laser facials, involve applying a thin layer of liquid carbon to the skin which absorbs oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. Once the layer has dried, a laser is used to gently heat the carbon particles. This process helps to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and stimulate collagen production. Additionally, the heat from the laser helps to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation, leading to clearer and smoother skin.



Microdermabrasion can be used to target non-inflammatory acne and reduce the appearance of whiteheads and blackheads. It can provide you with a smoother look while alleviating shallow scars that have been left behind by acne outbreaks.


Topical Treatments

Topical treatments can come in the form of creams, lotions, or gels that are applied directly to the affected area. They usually contain active ingredients such as retinoic acids and tretinoin which are derivatives of Vitamin A. These ingredients act to unclog pores, get rid of acne-causing bacteria, and regulate the production of oil. However, when applying topical solutions, it is always recommended to do so following the instructions of your doctor as applying too much or too frequently may lead to dryness or skin irritation.


OTC Acne Patches

Over-the-counter (OTC) acne patches are adhesive patches that contain active ingredients designed to treat acne. They are placed directly on top of acne lesions and are left on for a few hours to allow the ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. These patches typically contain hydrocolloid, salicyclic acid, or others that are beneficial to tackling acne. While they can be worn overnight, some may be designed with subtlety in mind to allow you to wear them during the day.

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Are You Struggling With Nose Acne?

Having acne in a prominent location of your face can cause frustration and embarrassment, especially in social situations. If you are dealing with nose acne, contact us at Curamed Aesthetics and we will be in touch soon.