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There’s something kind of exciting about discovering acne in a new, previously unblemished part of your face, like, say, in your ear. Acne that crops up around the opening to the ear canal or in the hollow (also known as the concha) of the ear might be a rare occurrence for most people, but once it happens to you it’s almost impossible to ignore.

Luckily, dealing with ear pimples is relatively straightforward once you know what’s causing them.

What causes a pimple in your ear?

A pimple forms when pores get clogged by some combination of oil, bacteria, and dead skin. So it makes sense that two key causes of acne are hormones, which can affect the amount of oil (sebum) your skin products, and the skin’s natural propensity to build up oil and dead skin cells, Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, tells SELF. As a result, areas with higher concentrations of oil glands, he explains, are more likely to develop acne: “This typically means the T-zone of the face, chest, back, and even the ears.”

When it comes to pimples inside the ear, another factor that can play a huge role is occlusion, Robert Anolik, M.D., a clinical assistant professor in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone. Occlusion is a term used to describe any instance in which the skin is physically blocked and unable to shed dead skin normally, leading to a breakout.

For example, anyone who’s had pimples right along their eyeglasses line has experienced acne due to occlusion. In the same way that your glasses can press down on your skin and trap oil, makeup, and dirt, so too can your earbuds.

“In the case of earbuds, this contact between the plastic or rubber and the skin’s surface [is] essentially trapping the contents inside the pore and occluding it,” Dr. Anolik says. “That restrained exit of the contents [of the pore] can build up, creating papules and cysts.” He adds that having excess earwax can actually have the same occluding effect and contributing to acne as well.

For the record, you should speak with your dermatologist if you notice painful, cystic acne in your ears—or anywhere else, for that matter. This severe form of acne often warrants prescription treatments and, if left alone, can lead to scarring. In addition to cysts and hard, red papules, you can also get blackheads around the ear, particularly above the opening to the ear canal, in the concha area, Dr. Zeichner says.

If you tend to break out in your ears pretty frequently, your earbuds are the likely culprit, but it’s also possible that your skin is simply more inclined to overproduce oil in that area (Dr. Anolik says some people can wear earbuds as much as they want without seeing any pimples in their ear).

What looks like an ear pimple might not actually be acne.

Even if you’re a chronic earbud user, don’t assume that that bump in your ear is acne. Dr. Anolik says that it could very well be seborrheic dermatitis, a rash that, like acne, tends to occur wherever there’s a high concentration of oil glands.

That said, seborrheic dermatitis won’t have as many isolated bumps as acne. Instead, it’ll look like a pink or red rash with flaking scales. In some cases, it can cause itchy raised bumps, sort of like a pimple but not quite. He adds that there’s also a chance that you could mistake an itchy fungal infection or even a painful, tender staph infection for acne, which would be even worse to ignore.

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What’s worse than a new pimple forming? Trying to get rid of it, of course. Those pesky, painful pus-filled bumps always seem to appear in the most inconvenient places—on your face, your back, and yes, sometimes even in your ear.

While a pimple in your ear may not feel like a huge deal at first, those suckers can hurt a lot. But why exactly does ear acne form in the first place? And more importantly, how can you get rid of it ASAP? Here, a dermatologist explains how to deal with them and find relief fast.

First, what causes a pimple in your ear?

Ear pimples can come in all shapes and sizes. You may be dealing with tiny blackheads, whiteheads, or red and tender bumps. Either way, don’t freak out too much. A pimple inside your ear is usually not a sign of improper cleanliness or anything dangerous, explains Susan Bard, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology Specialists.

“It usually starts with a clogged pore and it’s not uncommon to have that in the bowl of the ear,” she says. This is known as the conchal bowl, or the round and hollow part that leads to your ear canal.

Something as basic as oily skin can can lead to a pimple in your ear. But if you’re predisposed to certain conditions like dandruff—which can also occur behind the bowl of the ear in addition to your scalp—it can can cause flaking and lead to clogged pores, Dr. Bard says.

Why are pimples inside your ear so painful?

If you’ve had an ear pimple before, then you know how uncomfortable they can be—but they’re rarely dangerous when allowed to heal properly. The pimple is not likely to cause an ear infection and the pus is not going to sneakily make its way down into your ear drum.

“[Ear pimples] are very painful because the skin is more taut there, and more importantly there’s cartilage there,” Dr. Bard says. “Any time there’s inflammation around cartilage, such as around the nose or the ear, it’s always very painful.”

How to get rid of a pimple in your ear

The best thing you can do is take a hands-off approach. Just leave it alone, says Dr. Bard.

However, she also admits that 9 out of 10 of her patients don’t follow that recommendation. So if the pimple is truly painful and has come to a very obvious head (say, it’s very white in the center), you can use two Q-tips to pop it, says Dr. Bard, to ensure that the process is sanitary. Only target areas you can actually see—anything deep inside your ear shouldn’t be touched by anyone but your dermatologist.

Avoid using your hands if you can. When people use their fingers, they tend to apply more force, says Dr. Bard. Plus, your nail can cause more trauma to the ear and dig bacteria deeper into your skin if you haven’t washed your hands properly. This can increase your risk of infection.

If the pimple isn’t at a head, but you’re in desperate need of immediate relief, Dr. Bard recommends using warm compresses or acne spot treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, since they fight acne-causing bacteria. Retinoid based products, like Differin Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment, can also help speed the healing process, she says. If you have facial acne and already havea salicylic acid treatment at home, you can try that as well, but it’s not as effective and tends to be more mild.

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And if the pimple hurts too much and you’re afraid of making it worse? Check in with your dermatologist who can offer a prescribed medication, like a cortisone injection, for especially angry zits.

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What to Do With a Pimple in Ear

A pimple in your ear is often painful due to the lack of fat in your ear. Getting rid of an ear pimple is also tricky, as they are not as easily accessible as pimples on your face, neck, chest, or back. If popped incorrectly, the pus from the pimple can be pushed into your ear canal and cause obstruction or inflammation to occur.

Types of Pimples

Pimples are commonly referred to as acne. However, there are many different types of acne and treatment can differ depending on the type of acne that you have.

Comedones are one of the more common forms of acne. An open comedone is referred to as a blackhead. Blackheads expose debris in the skin pore to be exposed to oxygen which gives it the black color. Many people believe that the black color is dirt, but it cannot be simply washed away.

A closed comedone has a layer of skin that covers the skin pore. Because the debris is not exposed to oxygen, it has a white appearance and is referred to as a whitehead.

Unresolved whiteheads or blackheads can progress to inflammatory acne, which is red and very tender. You may hear this called an angry zit. These are referred to as papules and pustules.

Further progression of pimples leads to larger nodules that are increasingly tender. Cysts, which are fluid-filled, sometimes occur along with nodules.

Causes

Pimples are typically caused by one or several different conditions:

  • Hair follicles obstructed by skin debris
  • Inflammation around the hair follicle
  • Increased activity of sebaceous glands (oily skin)
  • Bacteria

Development of pimples is very individualized and can be affected by hormones (which is why teenagers often develop acne), medications, hygiene, and many other factors. Development of an ear pimple is the same as other areas of acne, though it is less common than on the face or neck for most people.

Should I Pop My Ear Pimple?

Letting a pimple in your ear resolve on its own is best if it is not causing you too much discomfort. You should always avoid blindly using any tool in your ear to avoid rupturing your eardrum.

Trying to manually pop the pimple with your fingers or fingernail may be unsuccessful and only cause more pain. Manually popping the pimple may also push the pus into your ear canal causing inflammation that will cause additional pain.

Frequent popping of pimples may increase your risk for developing scar tissue, so use alternate treatment methods when possible.

Professional Extraction

Popping a pimple is best performed by a dermatologist. Your dermatologist will be able to examine your ear and ear canal. The dermatologist will use an instrument called a comedone extractor.

The extractor looks like a dental instrument, except it will have a round end with a small hole in it and typically the other end will either have a larger round end or a pointed tip. This can be used to apply equal pressure around the pimple and collect the pus for removal.

Due to the lack of fat in your ear, there can be some pain associated with extracting the pimple compared to popping a pimple on your face.

Some physicians use a pen (without an ink insert) that can be appropriately cleaned. This process has been reviewed by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

The blunt head of the pen accommodates equal pressure like the comedone extractor and may help children to be less fearful of the procedure. However, you should be cautious to not put a pen or any small object in your ear.

Treating an Ear Pimple Without Popping It

Since it is not recommended to pop a pimple in your ear, and ear pimples that are popped in a physician's office will often return, you may want to try some simple treatments before having a dermatologist pop the pimple.

Before utilizing any product, you should always test in on a small area of skin to ensure that you do not have an allergic reaction to it.

Warm Compress

Using a warm compress helps to open up your pores and may allow pimples to drain on their own. When using a warm compress, you will need to ensure that it is not hot enough to cause a burn on your ear. Leave it in place for several minutes, then repeat as desired.

Retinoid Cream

Using retinoid cream can be very helpful in preventing and treating a pimple in your ear. If it does not clear the pimple, it will still be helpful if you need to go to a dermatologist to have the pimple evacuated.

Retinoid cream (vitamin A) helps to thin the skin around the pimple because of its keratolytic properties. Retinoid creams have some of the harshest side effects and are not always tolerable. Your skin will likely be dry and flaky.

Because of the skin-thinning effect, you may experience increased sun-burning, so you will want to use sunscreen. Retinoid cream is best applied about 20 minutes after washing your face. If you are unable to tolerate it, salicylic acid may be a good substitute.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide can be found in many skin products for treating acne. Preferably use benzoyl peroxide between 2.5% and 10%. Higher strength has not been shown to be more successful in treating acne.

Benzoyl peroxide is effective in killing propionibacterium acnes bacteria that causes pimples. It has also been found to mildly help in breaking up any comedones.

Topical Antibiotics

Your dermatologist will occasionally recommend using a topical antibiotic like erythromycin or clindamycin along with benzoyl peroxide. However, topical antibiotics are not used by themselves.

Tea Tree Oil

While there are several herbal remedies that may be used to treat acne, tea tree oil is one of the most researched. Tea tree oil 5% has been shown to be very comparable to benzoyl peroxide. While it is slower to see benefits, it often is more tolerable.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Pimples by nature can be painful due to inflammation. Ear pimples form right next to cartilage—the tough connective tissue that gives the outer ear shape and structure—so there's no fat to cushion the cartilage from the pressure and swelling caused by a pimple.

    Learn More:Types of Ear Pain

  • It depends on how large it is and, at least as important, how you manage it. If you squeeze or pop it—or try to—you're likely to prevent it from healing on its own, which shouldn't take longer than a few days to a week.

  • No. Pimples develop when a pore becomes blocked with oil and dead skin cells. Boils occur when a tiny opening in the skin becomes infected with bacteria. When a pimple becomes infected with bacteria and develops pus (forming a pustule) it can look a lot like a boil.

  • See a dermatologist. Although you might be tempted to call on an otolaryngologist (a doctor who specializes in ear, nose, and throat health), a pimple is a skin condition and should be treated by a doctor with expertise in that area.

    Learn More:How to Find a Dermatologist to Treat Acne

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Pimple in Ear: How It Happens and How to Treat It

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Is this normal?

Acne is generally seen as an adolescent issue, but it’s common across all age groups.

Nearly 50 million people in the United States have acne at any given time. It’s the most common skin condition in the country.

Pimples can form anywhere, though they primarily affect the areas with the most oil glands. This includes your face and your back.

It’s not uncommon for pimples to form inside of your ear, too. Pimples in your ear can usually be treated at home without guidance from your doctor.

We’ll cover more about what causes pimples to form in your ear and how to make them go away.

What causes a pimple to form in the ear?

Acne is a broad term that describes a variety of skin conditions. It refers to everything from whiteheads and blackheads to cysts and nodules.

A whitehead occurs when oil, or sebum, clogs a pore. A blackhead occurs when sebum is exposed to air and turns dark. The sac under the skin can break, become irritated, or even infected, leading to the formation of cysts and nodules.

Acne in its various forms can appear in your ear, like in the outer ear (auricle) and the external ear canal. The skin of the outer ear covers cartilage and a small amount of fat. The skin of the ear canal has hair cells as well as glands that produce oil and ear wax.

If these glands produce too much oil, it may cause acne to form in your ear. This can also happen when dead skin cells or bacteria build up in your pores.

When these things happen, you may develop a pimple in the affected area. A pimple will form in your ear if the oil is unable to escape or bacteria grows in a clogged pore.

A buildup in bacteria can be caused by a few things, such as sticking your finger in your ear or using earbuds or headphones that aren’t cleaned often.

Other causes of acne include stress and a hormonal imbalance.

The same things that cause acne elsewhere on the body can also cause pimples in the ear. However, due to the sensitive nature of the ear, acne in this location has to be treated with care.

Is it safe to pop a pimple that’s formed in my ear?

Although it may be tempting to pop or squeeze the pimple, you should avoid this at all costs. This may get rid of the blemish, or it could make it much worse.

Squeezing the pimple can force bacteria and pus deeper into your pores. This may cause the area to become more irritated and inflamed. If you do squeeze the pimple and pus comes out, the area will scab. This trauma may encourage a scar to develop.

If the pimple gets infected, it can become a boil. These pus-filled bumps are generally painful and can often be treated with the same methods as pimples.

A pimple can turn into a boil on its own too. It can also happen because of trauma to the area as a result of picking, poking, and squeezing.

How are pimples in the ear typically treated?

You can try a warm compress to loosen and soften any existing pimples. The heat may help bring the pus to the surface and allow it to drain out on its own.

If this happens, be sure to clean up the liquid quickly but cautiously. You don’t want to irritate the affected area any further, and you don’t want the bacteria to spread. Be sure to wash the area thoroughly.

If you have persistent or painful breakouts, you should consult your doctor. They’ll assess your acne and give it one of these “grades”:

Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan best suited to your needs. Your treatment may include:

Acne lesions, particularly those caused by severe acne, can be painful. Appropriate and prompt treatment can begin with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Naprosyn). Your doctor may also recommend prescription drugs if these options aren’t effective.

The various treatments for acne can have complicated and serious interactions. For example, some research shows that antibiotics can lower the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives. Sensitivity to the sun is more likely with some antibiotics, vitamin A compounds, and NSAIDs.

Did you know?

Acne treatments can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to produce noticeable differences.

What else could it be?

Acne can appear anywhere, and it’s easy for a lesion on the ear to remain tucked away or out of sight for an extended period of time. However, it’s also possible that the bump in or on your ear is the result of another condition.

Possible conditions that may resemble a pimple include:

  • Granuloma fissuratum. These tender, red patches of skin are usually caused by wearing glasses.
  • Keloid.Keloids are red or purple nodules that are often associated with small excisions.
  • Seborrheic keratosis.Seborrheic keratosis is a type of skin growth that appears as a flat, light brown lesion.
  • Epidermoid cyst. Epidermoid cysts are small, slow-growing bumps that form beneath the skin. They’re sometimes mistakenly referred to as sebaceous cysts.
  • Basal cell carcinoma. Tumors caused by this type of skin cancer may be mistaken for persistent pimples.

It’s important to seek medical attention if the bump or surrounding area is painful, irritated, or persistent. Lesions that don’t respond to typical acne treatments may not be acne and should also be seen by a doctor.

In a 2012 study involving Indian people who came to a doctor with dermatological conditions of the ear, the most common diagnoses were tinea facei (ringworm), psoriasis, and herpes zoster (shingles).

Acne was rare, only accounting for about 1 percent of the diagnoses. The prevalence of acne may be different for other ethnic groups, though.

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How to Get Rid of a Painful Ear Breakout

In case it wasn’t already enough to worry about keeping your face clear and glowy, as many of us have probably learned the hard way—our faces aren’t the only places we breakout. If you’ve ever had a zit in your ear, you probably already know, not only is it aesthetically unpleasant (though probably not visible to anyone), it can also hurt. “The skin on our ears has a significant density of sebaceous glands, and so that can increase the tendency for breakouts in this region as oilier skin has an increased risk of breakouts,” explains New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Dendy Engelman.

It happens pretty much the same way zits on our faces do. “The process that occurs when you break out is that the pore gets clogged with dead skin cells and debris, then excess oil is produced, and bacteria (p. Acnes) proliferates, and inflammation ensues. This results in a pimple,” Engelman says. The good news? We can take a few simple steps to reduce the likelihood of ear breakouts, and treating them is not complicated—in fact, we use the same ingredients as we would treat the zits we get on our faces. 

As for the pain that sometimes comes with a pesky inner-ear-zit, the good news is, it’s nothing to worry about. “Ears are a sensitive, delicate part of our body. It is common, or normal, for an ear pimple to be painful or uncomfortable to touch. There are many sensory nerve endings located in the skin around the ear, so inflammation there can cause significant pain,” Engelman explains. 

If you’re not sure what you’re dealing with is a pimple, it might be best to have a dermatologist take a look. Sometimes, what might seem like a pimple can actually be “seborrheic dermatitis, also known as cradle cap in infants,” explains Cambridge-based board-certified dermatologist Ranella Hirsch. Generally speaking, she notes, “seborrheic dermatitis is more greasy and flaky in appearance.” However, it’s still best to have a doctor determine what you’re dealing with rather than attempt to figure it out on your own. 

Causes and Prevention of Ear Acne

There are a few key potential things that can lead to ear pimples. The good news is, there are also pretty simple ways to address them. 

  • Clean & Disinfect Anything You Are Putting Into Your Ears Regularly: AKA: take a wipe to your AirPods every so often. “Also, if you can, take breaks from wearing hats and helmets that could be collecting dirt and debris, that can also contribute to clogged pores,” Engelman says.
  • Don’t Forget To Wash Behind Your Ears!: “Make sure to gently cleanse around your ears and use sterile Q-tips for the auricle itself, just avoid putting anything into the ear canal itself as it can potentially damage the eardrum,” Engelman says. 
  • Watch Your Products: If acne on/in your ears is something you’re dealing with consistently, take note of the products you’re using as you could be breaking out in reaction to a product. “Try to eliminate your beauty products, integrating products back into your routine one by one,” Engelman says, noting that “this will help you discern which product is causing the issue.” Conditioner is a common culprit! “Try washing your face and ears after conditioning your hair,” she says. 
  • Make Sure Your Ears Aren’t Clogged: According to Hirsch, too much earwax can lead to breakouts, too, as the wax can lead to “occlusion of the glands.” For this, she recommends Debrox, special ear drops that “when used properly melt the ear wax and thus help prevent the problem in the first place.”

How Do You Treat A Painful Ear Breakout?

The good news is, if you’ve treated a zit on your face, you likely already have much of what you need to treat a zit inside your ear. Here are some of the best ingredients (and products that use them) to keep on hand for these pesky ear pimples.

  • Salicylic Acid: This well-known zit-busting ingredient has its good reputation thanks to “antibacterial, anti-comedogenic, and keratolytic properties, meaning it can actually penetrate into skin cells and dissolve dead skin and decongest by weakening cell bonds. Apply directly on the pimple.” Engelman says. She’s a fan of Glo Skin Beauty Clear Complexion Pads.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide: This is Engelman’s chemical of choice for spot treatment. “How I explain this to my patients is, using benzoyl peroxide is like dropping a bomb on any p. Acnes and bacteria on your skin. It helps to eradicate bacteria—but be careful because a higher concentration doesn’t mean it is more effective,” she says. Look for a spot treatment with a 2.5 or 5% concentration of benzoyl peroxide. Engelman recommends asking your dermatologist about Onexton.
  • Retinoids: “Vitamin A derivatives work by controlling cell turnover, allowing older, clogged cells to shed and normalizing the turnover rate for new cells. This prevents new cells from clogging and hosting bacteria,” Engelman says. Apply on the pimple, and don’t combine it with other chemical exfoliants like benzoyl peroxide (they’ll deactivate each other!) She recommends Differin Gel.
  • Intralesional Cortisone Injections: Your dermatologist must do this in-office treatment. “Cortisone is a steroid that reduces inflammation under the skin and shrinks swelling around the infection. Within six hours, the pimple should be gone,” Engelman explains.

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What’s worse than a new pimple forming? Trying to get rid of it, of course. Those pesky, painful pus-filled bumps always seem to appear in the most inconvenient places-on your face, your back, and yes, sometimes even in your ear.

While a pimple in your ear may not feel like a huge deal at first, those suckers can hurt a lot. But why exactly does ear acne form in the first place? And more importantly, how can you get rid of it ASAP? Here, a dermatologist explains how to deal with them and find relief fast.

First, what causes a pimple in your ear?

Ear pimples can come in all shapes and sizes. You may be dealing with tiny blackheads, whiteheads, or red and tender bumps. Either way, don’t freak out too much. A pimple inside your ear is usually not a sign of improper cleanliness or anything dangerous, explains Susan Bard, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology Specialists.

“It usually starts with a clogged pore and it’s not uncommon to have that in the bowl of the ear,” she says. This is known as the conchal bowl, or the round and hollow part that leads to your ear canal.

Something as basic as oily skin can can lead to a pimple in your ear. But if you’re predisposed to certain conditions like dandruff-which can also occur behind the bowl of the ear in addition to your scalp-it can can cause flaking and lead to clogged pores, Dr. Bard says.

Why are pimples inside your ear so painful?

If you’ve had an ear pimple before, then you know how uncomfortable they can be-but they’re rarely dangerous when allowed to heal properly. The pimple is not likely to cause an ear infection and the pus is not going to sneakily make its way down into your ear drum.

“[Ear pimples] are very painful because the skin is more taut there, and more importantly there’s cartilage there,” Dr. Bard says. “Any time there’s inflammation around cartilage, such as around the nose or the ear, it’s always very painful.”

How to get rid of a pimple in your ear

The best thing you can do is take a hands-off approach. Just leave it alone, says Dr. Bard.

However, she also admits that 9 out of 10 of her patients don’t follow that recommendation. So if the pimple is truly painful and has come to a very obvious head (say, it’s very white in the center), you can use two Q-tips to pop it, says Dr. Bard, to ensure that the process is sanitary. Only target areas you can actually see-anything deep inside your ear shouldn’t be touched by anyone but your dermatologist.

Avoid using your hands if you can. When people use their fingers, they tend to apply more force, says Dr. Bard. Plus, your nail can cause more trauma to the ear and dig bacteria deeper into your skin if you haven’t washed your hands properly. This can increase your risk of infection.

If the pimple isn’t at a head, but you’re in desperate need of immediate relief, Dr. Bard recommends using warm compresses or acne spot treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, since they fight acne-causing bacteria. Retinoid based products, like Differin Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment, can also help speed the healing process, she says. If you have facial acne and already have a salicylic acid treatment at home, you can try that as well, but it’s not as effective and tends to be more mild.

And if the pimple hurts too much and you’re afraid of making it worse? Check in with your dermatologist who can offer a prescribed medication, like a cortisone injection, for especially angry zits.

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Ear pimples: what to do?

Whether the pimple is on the outside of ear or inside of it, it should never be popped. If the pimple is too bothersome, you can have it professionally removed by an ENT doctor.

There are many sebaceous glands on the earlobe that can lead to clogged pores. Wearing earrings can oftentimes place major stress on the skin and trigger the growth of pimples near or on the earlobe.

Pimples are particularly bothersome in the ear canal and can occur together with earaches. It is important that pimples are not squeezed out using a Q-tip or similar instrument. This can cause the purulent fluid to seep further into the ear and cause infection there as well.

Sweat, dirt and bacteria can accumulate quite easily in the creases of the ear cartilage. The result can lead to the formation of inflamed pimples on the ear cartilage. Wearing over-ear headphones exacerbates this phenomenon by allowing air to accumulate underneath the headphone enabling bacteria to spread from the headphones to the ear cartilage.

Blackheads are smaller and more robust than pimples, making their treatment a lot more complex. Earwax and clogged sebaceous glands can result in whiteheads (under the skin) and blackheads, where the sebum comes into contact with air.

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