Pimples in Ear: Causes, Prevention and Powerful Treatments

I remember when my cousin got a pimple in ear and we didn’t know how to get rid of it. We were worried about it because it was hurting her and causing more irritation. It was really hard time for us to cope with that problem but now you don’t need to worry about these annoying zits anymore where it is in the ear, behind the ear, or on cartilage, as I have an ultimate knowledge about its causes, prevention, and effective treatment.



You will get to know:

  • Should you Pop a Pimple?
  • Causes of Pimple appearance in ear.
  • Self-care for preventing ear pimples.
  • How to get rid of Pimples inside or outside the ear.

Should I pop a pimple?

The best answer to this question is always NO because popping a pimple in the ear by yourself can allow the bacteria and dead skin cells to go deeper inside the skin and spread the affection, which may result in more blemishes as well as a temporary scar.

I know the first thought about these painful zits is to get rid of them immediately and be done with it but cracking an acne in ear might not be the best idea. So it’s best to avoid the irritation.

Why do Pimples appear in my ear?

The main reason for acne formation on any part of the body is the clogging of pores because of the excess amount of oil produced by oil glands or the trapping of dead skin cells inside hair follicles.

There are oil glands present inside our skin which continuously produce oil (or pus) and transfer it through hair follicles to the outside of the skin, sometimes these oil glands produce supplementary oil which may cause the clogging of pores.

Some other reasons of pimple formation in the ear are:

Hormonal Disorder: The reason of acne appearance can be a Hormonal imbalance, especially during Pregnancy, before period, or the age of puberty.

If this your case, consult a doctor.

Stress and Anxiety: Depression and Anxiety has a strong connection with acne formation on different parts of the body.

Learn how to reduce your stress level by yoga, meditations or talking to love and trusty ones. Taking a short walk can also help in reducing stress and blood pressure.

Allergies: Another reason of pimple development is allergic reactions to foods, medicines, and cosmetics.

Ear Buds: Many people don’t give a shit about cleaning their Microphone ear buds when used by others, believe me, these buds are notorious germs collector.

Ensure the cleaning of ear buds with a cotton pad, especially when used by others.

Helmets: Helmets can also cause acne in the ear because of the pressure applied on ears. Make sure to clean your helmets regularly after some time with a soap and warm water.

  • Must clean your helmet when used by someone other than you.

Diet: Of course food can cause acne appearance when your skin is sensitive to particular foods like fast foods, spicy foods, etc.

Make a habit of eating healthy and natural foods like Vegetables and fruits to get the vitamins your body need.


Tips to Prevent Pimples in Ear?

1)    Cleanliness of your Hands

One of the most common reason for getting pimples in the ear is deficiency of hygiene. Touching ear with uncleaned hands can transfer the acne-causing bacteria and oil from your hands that can cause Acne formation in the ear.

2)    Cleaning your Ears

Make sure to clean your ears after taking a bath because Shampoo or other hair products when stays in ear, can cause pimple formation.

Use simple non-detergent soap and water for cleaning your ears and reduce the chances of getting acne outbreak in ears. Leave the ears to dry and don’t use any soap or water for its cleanliness if you have sensitive ears.

Avoid using cotton swabs if you can. Else, use it gently otherwise, it can cause injury and irritation if used inappropriately.

3)    Don’t clean your ears with these things

Few people use keys, ballpoints and other awkward materials for dealing with itching inside ears. Avoid using keys and ballpoint etc. for cleaning your ears. It can make the situation worst.

4)    Wipe your ears

Don’t forget to clean your ears after taking a shower. At this time, pores are slightly open, and wiping can remove excess amount of oil.

5)    Cleaning of Telephone

Telephone, when used by other people, is also a common cause of getting ear pimples because it spread the bacteria and germs from one person to another.

  • Ensure the cleaning of your telephone especially when it’s used by others.

6)    Cleaning of earbuds

Earbuds spread the germs, wax, and dirt from one person’s ear to another when used by more than one person.

Don’t allow the use of your headphones to anyone but if you can’t, then make sure to clean it up with a clean cloth before using it.

  • Don’t use Headphone’s if a pimple is inside the ear because it can make the situation worst. Wait for the pimple disappearance.


How to Get Rid of Pimples in Ear

There are several methods of getting rid of ear pimples available, some of them are natural home remedies, while others are over the counter treatment.

Let me tell you about few of the easy and reliable methods:

1)    Allow them to Heal naturally

The cause of pimple formation in the ear is the same as that on other parts of the body i.e. clogged pores. Ear Pimples can be caused by shampoo, dirt or earwax.

The aim is to leave these pimples untouched and let them heal naturally as all the pimples go away after some time by itself.

Also Read: Cold Sore or Pimple – Difference, Treatment & Prevention

2)    Hot Compress for Aural acne

Hot compress on ear/aural acne can speed up the process of natural healing.

Steps to follow:

  • Take a small cotton pad.
  • Soak it in warm water.
  • Press it onto the aural acne for about 15 minutes.
  • Repeat this method several times a day unless the pimples get disappeared.

3)    Try Milk on Aural acne

Milk contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids, that’s why applying it on the affected skin area can unclog the pores and clean the dead skin cells, which is directly proportional to less acne.

4)    Mixture of Honey and Cinnamon

Applying Honey and Cinnamon mixture on your Pimples in ear can be quite helpful because of the antibacterial property of honey and undoing the effect of nitric oxide by cinnamon, which has ties with the pain of acne.

5)    Aloe Vera for Pimples in ear

Of course, Aloe Vera has some amazing antiseptic and disinfectant properties which promote healing and is widely used for many skin problems around the world.

Priority should be obtaining liquid from its natural Leaf, but if you can’t acquire a fresh leaf of Aloe Vera, then its creams, gel,  lotions, and ointments can also do the job.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Apply the Aloe Vera gel on your affected area.
  • Let is stay for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with clean and warm water.
  • Do this two times a day.

6)    Tea Tree Oil

Another well-known and famous home remedy for treating acne on Ear, inside the ear, or on face, etc. is Applying Tea Tree oil on your zits.

  • Make sure to dilute it strongly (about 1:8) before using it on your pimples or zits.

1:8 means dilution of Tea Tree Oil with 8x amount of water.

Follow these Steps:

  • Take a cotton ball.
  • Apply some Diluted Tea Tree Oil.
  • Put this on your pimples in ear.
  • Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this process twice a day.

Tea Tree Oil will kill the bacteria and speed up the healing process.

7)    Use Acne Cream

Different type of acne cream is available in the market to speed up the healing process of your acne outbreak. Make sure that the cream has few percent of Benzoyl Peroxide before buying.

  • Let the cream dry on your acne before rinsing off.

8)    Apply Peroxide on your Aural Acne

Using Peroxide might not be a bad idea on Ear Acne.

How to use it?

  • Soak a cotton ball in Peroxide.
  • Apply it on your pimples.
  • You can pour it inside the ear if pimple is unreachable i.e. in ear canal.

Warning: If you often get acne, consult a dermatologist immediately.


Well, these are some easy and effective methods for treating your pimples in ear. Remember that don’t try to crack the spot, it will hurt and allow the infection to go deeper and spread in the surrounding.

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