Large Returning Pimple on the Nose

A pimple on your nose is difficult to hide, especially if it's big and keeps coming back. Pimples are caused by many conditions and factors, and some may benefit from your doctor's help. Left untreated, blemish symptoms sometimes worsen or spread to other areas of the face and body.


A large pimple on your nose is usually an acne pustule. Acne tends to run be genetic. The large pimple develops when a pore becomes blocked by oil or greasy cosmetics or products. Hormonal fluctuations, such as taking birth control pills, becoming pregnant or starting your menstrual period, can also trigger a large returning pimple on the nose. Skin diseases such as rosacea and psoriasis also contribute to reoccurring pimple-like bumps. In addition, skin infections like a boil or folliculitis cause symptoms.


To prevent any type of acne or facial skin condition, remove all of the dirt and makeup from your nose and face with a nondrying soap or facial wash. Cleanse your skin two times a day to remove excess oil and dirt, which contribute to reoccurring pimples. A doctor can prescribe antibiotics such as erythromycin or doxycycline to clear up a stubborn infection and acne-related bumps. Other effective medications include birth control pills and spironolactone. Topical creams such as retinoic acid cream are helpful without having to be taken internally.


Changes in the weather, extreme hot or cold temperatures, prolonged exposure to sun and stress all contribute to pimple breakouts. Keep a diary to note the environmental conditions and any related factors that occur when the pimple on your nose returns. Look for any patterns or common triggers. Eliminate facial products that contain oil. Oily ingredients in makeup, cleansers and moisturizers clog your pores and irritate your skin.


Don’t squeeze or pick at the pimple on your nose. Although this may release some of the pus inside of it, it won’t make your pimple go away faster. In fact, it sometimes leads to infection and prevents the pimple from healing. Be careful not to use too many acne treatments at once, such as over-the-counter products along with prescription medications. Doing so will further irritate and aggravate your skin, resulting in redness and dryness.