Acne is the bane of everyone’s lives. It doesn’t only affect youngsters as you would imagine. It also affects adults. And not only your face, it can also come on your backs, ears etc. Yes! You heard correct. It can come inside your ears or at the back of your ears. A pimple in ear is quite common too.

An Ear Pimple — Why And Where Does It Occur?

Acne doesn’t only define what you would say a pimple. It also means blackheads, whiteheads, cysts etc. Acne can form in any place where there is a clogged pore. In the ear, acne forms on the auricle and the external ear canal. Auricle is the part of the ear that you see outside. It’s just cartilage and fat. External ear canal connects the outer ear and middle ear. It has some hair cells and oil glands. If these glands make too much oil, the pores get clogged and pimple forms.

A pimple inside the ear can also form due to bacteria build up. The main reason why this happens is due to unhygienic conditions like dirty earbuds and due to poking your ears with unclean hands. Other causes of acne may be stress, hormonal imbalance and allergic reaction to hair care products or cosmetics. You can also find a pimple behind an ear.

Home Remedies For Pimple in Ear

Do’s And Don’ts Of Handling A Pimple

The thumb rule of handling a pimple is not to touch it all cost. Don’t ever think of popping it.  This can cause a pimple to get irritated and infected. When a pimple gets infected, it becomes a pus-filled boil which is rather painful. Instead, apply a warm compress to it which softens a pimple which pops off by itself. Clean the liquid quickly with a cotton bud so that it doesn’t spread to any area. Wash and keep the area clean.


Clean your earbuds and mobile phones often with a disinfectant. Make sure you clean your ears once a day. When cleaning your ears, make sure you don’t push the dirt further inside but rather wipe it. Use specialized tools and not anything that you lay your hands on. Be sure that your pillow cover is clean. Include vitamin A and Vitamin C rich food in your diet.

Even with everything, pimples can often strike unannounced. There are quite a few home remedies for an ear pimple available which I will list further. When it turns painful, go to a doctor. Don’t wait, visit a doctor, it might be something else.

As with all home remedies for a pimple in ear, it might take some time to take effect, be patient and let it do its work. Now! Let’s see how to get rid of ear pimples.

Home Remedies For Pimple in Ear

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is the best thing you could have in your home. It has antibacterial properties and can be used for minor cuts and scrapes too. You need to dilute down the tea tree oil if it’s an essential oil. But if it’s not an essential oil, you can go ahead and directly apply it.


  • Take three drops of tea tree oil.
  • Mix it with 1 tablespoons carrier oil like almond oil or coconut oil
  • If you can’t find any of these oils, mix it with 3 tablespoons of water.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply it to a pimple.
  • Do it at least 3 times a day.


Terpene is the main ingredient of tea tree oil. It is antibacterial and it kills bacteria, thereby drying out an ear pimple.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera as I call it “Miracle Herb” is the gel from the Aloe Vera plant. It can be used for burns, cut, allergies, and a lot more skin problems and absolutely for acne too! Aloe reduces skin inflammation.  If you can’t find an aloe plant, you can buy the packed gel.


  • Slit the leaves exposing the insides.
  • Scrape the gel from within and scoop it up in a small bowl.
  • Use a cotton swab to put it to a pimple.
  • Leave it on for 20 min and wash it off


Aloe Vera contains Vitamin A (which is Beta-Carotene), C, E, and B12 which are antioxidants. It also contains folic acid and choline. Vitamin A, C, and E are antioxidants. Vitamin A helps combat free radicals which cause cellular damage, thereby calming inflammation. Aloe vera has salicylic acid which unclogs the pores and helps clear up acne.

3. Tea Tree Oil And Aloe Vera

Tea tree oil and aloe vera are both famous for their healing capabilities. They should have a place in a first aid kit and also your beauty cabinet. Tea tree oil is a scientifically proven powerful antiseptic. And aloe vera is also a mild astringent.


  • Take 3 drops of tea tree essential oil in a small bowl.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel to the bowl.
  • Mix it well.
  • Use a cotton swab to place the mix directly on your pimple.
  • Repeat this procedure 3 times a day.


Terpene the main ingredient in tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and dries out a pimple. Aloe vera has vitamin A which calms inflammation and salicylic acid which unclogs the pores.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a common kitchen ingredient which actually works wonders for a pimple. It dries out a pimple in the first few uses itself. It is an antioxidant which means it helps regenerate skin.


  • Take 2 cloves of garlic and squash it using the garlic press.
  • Keep it on the pimple and press it down gently.
  • Leave it for 5 minutes and wash it off.
  • If a pimple is deep, peel a clove of garlic and place it in your ear.(Yep! It might look ridiculous)


Garlic has zinc which controls sebum production and thereby controlling acne. It also has selenium, vitamin C, copper, and allicin. Allicin exhibits properties similar to penicillin.

5. Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Garlic oil has antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and antiseptic properties. It has the goodness of garlic and olive oil without having to hold the garlic to a pimple. Or look ridiculous with a garlic in your ear.


  • Chop 2 garlic cloves finely.
  • Put them in a pan with 5 ounces of virgin olive oil.
  • Heat the mixture in low heat for 15 – 30 min until the cloves turn black.
  • Let it cool down and filter the mixture.
  • Leave it overnight or a minimum of 3 hours.
  • Use a cotton swab to place it on the ear pimple.
  • If a pimple is deep, pour 1 drop of the garlic infused oil in your ear.
  • Repeat this twice a day.


Garlic controls sebum creation and bringing acne under control. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins which rejuvenates the skin.

6. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel was first used by Native Americans who recognized its amazing properties. It’s said they prepared a decoction out of it to treat skin irritations. Witch hazel also being a potent astringent also dries out an ear pimple.


  • Steep 3 grams of witch hazel in 5 ounces of water.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply it throughout the day as often as you need.
  • There’s no need to wash it off.


Witch hazel has tannin, volatile oils and a handful of other stuff which are amazing for your skin. It is a natural astringent because of the presence of tannin. Because of the astringent property, it is known to shrink pores.

7. Tea Tree Oil And Witch Hazel

Combining tea tree oil which is antibacterial and witch hazel which is an astringent is one of the best home remedies for an ear pimple. Tea tree oil has been used by Australian aborigines who crushed the leaves to extract the oil.


  • Steep 2 grams of witch hazel in 2 ounces of water.
  • Add 6 drops of tea tree oil to it and mix it well.
  • Use a cotton swab to coat a pimple with the mixture.
  • Repeat the last step as many times as you want until a pimple dries off.


Tea tree oil has terpene which kills the bacteria in a pimple thereby reducing the appearance of acne. Witch hazel has tannin, which dries and tightens the tissues.

8. Tomato Juice

Tomato juice is well-known for its astringent properties but did you know that it is filled with antioxidants? Its astringent properties mean it removes the bacteria from the pores which are one of the main reasons for acne. It’s antioxidant properties mean it reduces the effects of acne and clears your skin.


  • Blanch one tomato and remove the skin.
  • Blend it well and extract the juice.
  • Use a cotton swab to place the juice directly on the skin.
  • Leave it on for 30 min and wash it off.
  • Repeat as many times as you like.


Tomato is rich in Vitamin C, folate and potassium. Its astringent properties mean it reduces and tightens the pores. It also reduces sebum action which is also the cause of inflammation.

9. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is multifaceted and it can be used in a multitude of home remedies. It is also an amazing antioxidant which fights skin damage, thereby earning its spot for treating pimples.


  • Squeeze the juice out of one lemon in a small bowl.
  • Use a cotton swab to place the juice directly on the skin.
  • Leave it on for 10 min and wash it off.
  • Repeat as many times as you like until the inflammation is reduced and the pimple dries.


Lemon juice is acidic and bacteria cannot thrive in such an environment. The alkaline nature of lemon kills the bacteria which is the cause of acne. L-ascorbic acid in lemon juice fights the free radicals causing pimples and heals the acne.

10. Honey and Cinnamon

The humectant nature of honey with the astringent nature of cinnamon is a perfect combination to fight acne of any kind. While honey is known widely for its moisturizing properties cinnamon hasn’t entered past our kitchen to our masks. But cinnamon is one of the best remedies for acne when mixed with a moisturizing ingredient like honey.


  • Take one teaspoon of each cinnamon and raw honey in a small bowl.
  • Mix them well.
  • Use a cotton swab to place the juice directly on the skin.
  • Leave it on for 30 min and wash it off.
  • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day


Cinnamon consists of various compounds, including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamate, cinnamic acid, etc which gives it, astringent properties. Astringents are known to shrink pores. Honey has propolis which has antimicrobial properties. It creates an environment where bacteria cannot grow.

11. Honey and Yogurt

Honestly honey and yoghurt seem like a smoothie but this one is definitely for an ear pimple. Probiotics present in the yoghurt reduce inflammation.


  • Mix 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and 1 tablespoon of honey in a small bowl.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply the mixture to a pimple and the surrounding area gently.
  • Leave it on for 30 min and wash it off.
  • Repeat this 3 times a day.


Zinc and lactic acid present in the yoghurt work on the acne to reduce bacterial growth and pimple marks. Honey is antibacterial and also filled with antioxidants. Zinc is also present in honey and curbs bacterial growth.

12. Yogurt and Oatmeal

Probiotics ought to be included in our diet to boost metabolism. Many cultures have been using probiotics for skin and hair health too. Probiotics are healthy bacteria which clear the inflammation even the pimple caused inflammation.


  • Mix 1 tablespoon of each honey and yoghurt in a small bowl.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply the mixture to a pimple and the surrounding area gently.
  • Leave it on for 30 min and wash it off.
  • Repeat this 3 times a day.


Oatmeal is known to soothe skin inflammations. Lactic acid present in yoghurt boosts collagen production which is important in removing pimple marks. Zinc is antibacterial and inhibits bacterial growth. Yogurt also has healthy bacteria which incidentally has been proven to kill bad bacteria.

13. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar or ACV, even though it has been used by many over generations, gained its limelight recently. It’s been used in many concoctions and even ingested. When buying acv, choose one with the mother of vinegar. ACV can be mixed with water and can be ingested for weight loss and digestion. And guess what! It also detoxes your body and gets rid of pimples.


  • Take a few drops of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  • Dip a cotton swab in it until it’s soaked.
  • Use it to apply acv to a pimple.
  • Leave it to dry and then wash it off.
  • Repeat it 3 times a day for best results.


Apple Cider Vinegar is packed with acetic, lactic, ascorbic, citric, malic, propionic, succinic, and tartaric acid which is known to destroy bacteria. Bacteria build up is the main cause of a pimple in ear. ACV has vitamins B1, B2, and B6. And also biotin and folic acid.

14. Black Tea

To end it all shall we have some black tea packed with antioxidants!!!! Who would believe tea is also an astringent or that it can reduce wrinkles and prevent pimples?


  • Take warm black tea bags soaked in warm water.
  • Place it directly on the pimple and leave it there for an hour.
  • If a pimple is deep and you are unable to place a tea bag, use a cotton pad to place warm black tea directly to a pimple in ear.
  • Repeat this process twice daily.


Tea in any form has tannin which works on drying out existing pimples by. Black tea also has Polyphenols which prevents more pimples from popping up and soothes irritated skin. The warm compress softens a pimple and bringing out the liquid which then drains off.

Even though there is more than enough home remedies for an ear pimple, you should be careful about inflammation that causes unbearable pain. Visit a doctor, since it can be something else severe. He might prescribe you antibiotics.

If you keep getting pimples, again and again, you might have to reevaluate your habits from your diet to your ear hygiene.

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