Pimples in your ear can be uncomfortable and even painful. Clearing those pimples is relatively straightforward. If you have severe acne problem, you may need injections or surgery from a dermatologist to treat them. You can treat mild or moderate acne in your ear by washing your ears with soap and water and applying a topical medication you can purchase in a grocery or drugstore. Be prepared to wait for six to eight weeks before you get results and up to six months for the pimples in your ears to clear up completely, advises the American Academy of Dermatology.
Take a shower, a bath or splash warm water on your ear and wash with a mild soap, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology. Rinse the soap off with warm water. Wash gently so you don't aggravate your skin, which could cause more pimples. Wash your ears and face twice a day and immediately after exercise.
Choose a topical medication that is made with benzoyl peroxide to combat excess oil production that can cause acne. Look for and use a medication with salicylic acid, sulfur or resorcinol if you have blackheads and/or whiteheads in your ears.
Allow your skin five to 15 minutes to dry before you apply a topical acne medication, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology. Squeeze a small amount of topical cream, gel, or lotion onto your finger. Use enough to cover the surface of your ear completely. Put the product on your ear on the areas that you tend to get pimples, even if there are currently are no zits there.
Keep your hair clean, as oils from your hair can get into your ears and cause breakouts. Wash your hair every other day or as often as every day if it is oily, advises the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Use a shampoo and conditioner that is labeled “oil-free,” “nonacnegenic” or “noncomedogenic." Products without oil will not clog your pores and cause more pimples.
Wear your hair in a style that doesn't cover your ears. Even clean hair will have some oils on it, which can lead to more pimples.
Keep abrasive soaps, facial scrubs, toners, astringents and masks away from your face. These products may irritate your skin and increase pimples, warns the American Academy of Dermatology.