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How do you get rid of a pimple on the earlobe?

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There are many ways to get rid of a pimple on the earlobe, including cleaning ears after the use of gels and conditioners, wiping the ear with cotton-dipped alcohol, and using treatments containing sulfur, salicylic acid, tea tree oil or benzoyl peroxide. In more extreme cases, an individual may need to get a prescription from a dermatologist.

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There are many effective pimple treatments available without a prescription, including Clearasil's Daily Clear pads that contain salicylic acid. The final option is to see a dermatologist about a blemish that is especially painful or long-lasting. The two major signs that a dermatologist visit should be scheduled are that the blemish lasts longer than a week, or it begins draining fluid. The dermatologist may need to perform multiple treatments if the problem persists, or if the acne is affecting areas other than the ear.

Cleaning ears after the use of gels, conditioners and styling products is important because these clog pores and may cause or exacerbate pimples on the earlobe. It is easier to prevent clogged pores than to clean them, and there are many ways to prevent pores from clogging. One maintenance tip is to dip a cotton ball into witch hazel or alcohol and scrub the ears.

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