How to Stop Acne on Your Nose

It isn't uncommon to suffer from periodic acne on your nose. As your body sheds dead skin and oil is released from your glands, a blockage can form within one or more of the hair follicles on your nose. Over time, these follicles can suffer an inflammation and irritation, which results in the formation of a whitehead, pimple or zit. To stop acne from forming along your nose, you can use simple self-care measures at home.

Wash your nose and face each day. While this may not sound like an effective method to stop acne on your nose, lightly scrubbing the area with a gentle facial cleanser twice a day can go a long way in preventing blemishes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology 3. Make sure to rinse the area thoroughly after washing.

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Use a facial cleanser or cream containing either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Both the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic specify that these ingredients are effective for treating and helping to prevent acne 12. Many of these products are often advertised as "acne-preventing" cleansers, but make sure you read the package before buying.

Apply only non-comedogenic moisturizers. Non-comedogenic moisturizers are products formulated in such a way that they do not clog the pores. Make sure when selecting a non-comedogenic moisturizers that it is also oil-free.

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Use only oil-free makeup to prevent acne on your nose. If you wear makeup every day, it's best to go with oil-free foundation. Much like non-comedogenic moisturizers, these types of products are less apt to clog the pores.

Wash your nose and face before bed. Even if you're not wearing makeup, the elements from the day can lead to clogged pores, so make sure to wash your nose and face before heading off to sleep.

Avoid touching your nose and face. As you touch your nose and face, you're increasing the amount of oil, dead skin and bacteria on this area of your body, which can encourage blemishes.

Use some tea tree oil. According to the Mayo Clinic, there's some indication that tea tree oil may be effective in treating acne 1. Look for products that contain at least a 5 percent concentration.


Contrary to popular belief, greasy foods don't cause the acne on your nose, according to the Mayo Clinic. There may be a link with other food products, especially those that are high in starch, but further studies are necessary.


Don't use bar soap to wash your nose and face. Soap is often too harsh for the skin on your nose and face, and could result in a breakout. If you're suffering from acne, try not to pick your whiteheads, pimples or zits. Much like harsh cleansers, it can exacerbate your acne and may eventually lead to scarring.