Ear Acne: How to Address Pimples in Your Ears
You can get pimples just about anywhere. You can get blemishes on your chest, your shoulder, even on your derriere. No area of skin is safe from those dreaded red bumps that can cause so much woe. To add insult to injury, you can even get pimples in your ear.
That’s right. The parts of your body which give you balance can also fall victim to an acne outbreak. To dig deeper into why pimples in your ear can appear, we tapped board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Julia Tzu. Read on an expert’s take on what causes pimples in your ear and how you can target them.
WHAT ARE EAR PIMPLES?
If you see a bump on or in the opening of your ear, you may pass it off as some other kind of skin protuberance like, say, a skin tag and not a zit. How can you tell which is which?
“Skin tags are often soft, skin-colored growths that are permanent or semi-permanent,” says Dr. Tzu. “Pimples, or acne, are inflammatory pink bumps that come and go.” Ear pimples have no significant difference from acne elsewhere on your body aside from the fact that, well, they pop up in your ear area.
Like Dr. Tzu mentioned, ear pimples aren’t permanent the way other skin conditions can be, but they’re not exactly the greatest things to see in the mirror. Plus, some of them can be painful to the touch. But how do they even get there in the first place?
WHAT CAUSES PIMPLES IN EARS?
Similar to other types of acne, too much oil in the area around or within the ear can be the culprit behind those pimples you’re seeing. According to Dr. Tzu, cerumen glands (the external auditory canal of your ear) and oil glands in the ear are just as prone to getting clogged as the pores on the rest of your face. When sebaceous glands go into overdrive, it can cause dead skin cells to stick together and become trapped within pores, causing those all-too-familiar bumps to pop up. But if there’s an acne will, there’s a skin care way.
HOW TO PREVENT PIMPLES IN EARS
In order to ensure the skin on your ear remains clean, check out some of our recommended steps you could follow down below to help prevent pimples in your ears.
Wash Your Face
You may be experiencing some ear pimple action because you’re not washing your face properly (or enough). Dr. Tzu recommends that you wash your face often, particularly after working out.
Stress can already cause a bunch of unseemly skin side effects. Ear pimples are one of them. Be sure to treat yourself to a little unwinding in order to shape up your inside for your outside to look (and feel) good. “I recommend a little retail therapy,” says Dr. Tzu. Doctor’s orders!
Don’t touch your face with your hands or with your cellphone!Dr. Tzu advises. Your hands and the screen on your cell phone can pick up lots of dirt that can then be transferred to your face and ears. Take the time to wash your hands often, and to make sure to wipe down your cell phone regularly with an anti-bacterial cloth.
HOW TO ADDRESS PIMPLES IN EARS
If you find yourself already plagued by ear pimples, peruse through some of the ways you can address pimples in your ears below.
Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse!
Dr. Tzu says a good facial cleanse will go a long way, especially if it’s twice a day, and especially after you’ve been sweating excessively.
Use an Acne Medication
There are a ton of acne products to choose from that you can either order online or pick up straight from your drugstore. Dr. Tzu suggests using ones formulated with benzoyl peroxide. “However,” she adds, “for persistent or moderate to severe ear acne, it will be helpful to see a dermatologist.” Also, keep in mind that acne-fighting fighting ingredients can cause unwanted dryness, as well as skin sensitivity to sunlight. Make sure to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen during daytime hours and hydrate your skin regularly to combat that potential side effect.