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Ear Acne: Tips and Treatment Options

Yet Another Embarrassing Place For Acne To Show Up

It's not like I show up at tea parties talking about ass-ne or anything, but I'm all for opening up about "embarrassing" pimply places. It happens! You are not a freak if you have blackheads in places that aren't your face, you know.

Which brings me to, ugh, ear blackheads. Oh, don't act like you've never had one. My esthetician says they're very common, and while they're harmless, they can sometimes be painful. If you have them, don't try to squeeze them. Instead, try these tips:

  • Clean your iPod earbuds at least once a week. Grungy earbuds can bring bacteria to your ears, so wipe them down regularly.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply a salicylic acid treatment to your ears. (Don't stick the swab in your ear canal, though.)
  • Mom was right: Don't forget to clean behind your ears. Gently cleaning ears with a washcloth can help prevent clogged pores.
  • Don't go poppin' things. If you have a painful pimple-like growth, it could be a sebaceous cyst. Whatever you do, don't mess with it. Instead, see a dermatologist if you can't deal with the pain.


Join The Conversation
Ayu Ayu 8 years
I don't have blackheads in my ears.. but that's about the only place where I don't!
spoiledshirl spoiledshirl 8 years
i never like to use earphones..
emma-noel emma-noel 8 years
i've had one before and it was supr gross i bought this like 5 or 10% benzoyl peroxide cream and put a huge blob in my ear and walked around my house with it and ppl thought it was odd, especially my mothr who asked why i had whipped crea min my ear
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I've actually never gotten a blackhead....(if I have, I don't know what they look like!). I know about acne in the ears 'cause it's happened to me a few times, and to some friends as well since I wear a speech processor and my friends wear hearing aids. They suck!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I used to get blackheads in my ear when I was a teen but haven't had them since.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I go over my ears once a week with Hydrogen Peroxide, works a treat. I used to get these massive ear blackheads, not so much now.
mocha7 mocha7 8 years
I get those every now and then but what I do is make she to wash all the crevice of the ear and you won't go wrong and definitely clean those ear buds with alcohol.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i remember you praised a cosmetologist that cleaned not only your face but your ears too and I though really? that happens to people... i guess it makes sense. but acne? i don't think it's acne. it's something else. usually some other kind of infection and definetely should not be poped as this kind of pimples get you blood infection if popped. ok, i looked it up and asked my ear doctor (my best friends dad, so very available) and it's usually furuncles in the ears, so be careful people.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
itsme, you sound like a fellow hilarious hypochondriac. :)
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
LOL I'm so glad that you wrote this. You should write one about nostril ones, too! I had a pimple inside my nose once and I freaked out because it was when Jack from Project Runway had to leave because of the MRSA in his nose and I was so paranoid that I had MRSA and was going to die because I had no idea how to deal with a nose pimple... ...awkward.
acemonkey acemonkey 8 years
I get them and they HURT!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
You're on your own on this one, Bella.:P I don't get any of that stuff and i do maintain those areas quite well.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
That's why I don't like using any headphones because I can get this problem. I thought I was the only one.
lavendera lavendera 8 years
This totally just happened to me. I cleaned my earbuds an hour before I read this. Lesson learned!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Skittishpixie, those are Belkins. Munkeyhed, nope, you're not the only one. I just think it's one of those things that people don't talk about too much, and you don't read about it in magazines. But it's totally normal and treatable.
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 8 years
Thanks, I thought I was the only one who had this problem! I even resoted to cutting Biore strips into small pieces & using them in my ears. I'll try the salicylic acid treatment, too.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Great advice!
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
Good advices
eowynnie eowynnie 8 years
Yuck. I once got one on the bottom of my earlobe presumably from the giant headphones that I wear to watch movies on my laptop. I clean those headphones after every wear now!
oni1 oni1 8 years
maybe showing my roommate this will finally help him understand why i complain about him not cleaning the telephone or mp3 earbuds.
skittishpixie skittishpixie 8 years
What brand ear buds is that in picture? I need ones exactly like that b/c the cord is too long!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Maybe I do, maybe I don't but I don't feel any pain or see anything so that's good. Ha.
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