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Pimple Scar on the Nose

By Nicki Howell ; Updated July 18, 2017

After a large nose pimple has started healing, a scar may occur. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process, according to MedlinePlus. The severity of scarring is based on a variety of factors, including your age and inherited tendency to scar. Fortunately there are several treatments that minimize the appearance of nose scars caused by acne.


Family history appears to play a role in developing acne scars on the nose, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. You inherit genes that dictate your likelihood of developing scars. If you have a family history of acne, you are also at higher risk for developing scars. A dermatologist can recommend early treatment for acne to minimize the risk of scarring.


Dermatologists provide several treatment options for treating acne scars on the nose. Laser treatments focus on destroying outer layers of skin. As skin heals, new skin will grow on the nose, minimizing the appearance of scarring. Dermabrasion is another treatment that removes top layers of skin. However, instead of a laser, it uses a rapidly moving wire brush, explains Mayo Clinic dermatologist Lawrence E. Gibson. This treatment is effective for deeper scars on the nose.

A tissue filler is another treatment option for nose acne scars. In this procedure, your doctor injects fat under the skin to make indented nose scars less noticeable. Surgery is also available for deep acne scars. During a surgical procedure, your doctor will cut out the acne scar and graft new skin to the area.

Talk with your doctor about the cost to treat acne scars on the nose. Some insurance companies won’t cover the treatments.


Some over-the-counter treatments can minimize the appearance of acne scars on the nose. Choose products with active ingredients such as glycolic acid, retinol or vitamin C, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology. These ingredients work to promote new collagen, which minimizes the appearance of scarring.

The AAD also notes that raised scarring on the nose can be treated with silicone bandages that flatten the scar.


Some people want to treat acne scars before clearing up existing acne. Most dermatologists will focus on clearing up acne first, through topical treatments or oral medications. This provides the best results and allows you to prevent additional scarring, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.


Talk with your dermatologist before using an at home microdermabrasion or chemical peel kit. If these kits aren’t used correctly, the product can make nose acne scars worse, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Sometimes ingredients in the products may also cause allergic reactions. Your dermatologist can assist in choosing the right product for your situation.

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