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Pimples are developed by clogging a pore or gland of the skin with secretions such as pus, sebum or sweat, dead cells or by external agents such as dust, dirt or microbes. The gland or pore swells and results as a pimple.

It’s important to know that it’s treatable, and while annoying, pimples aren’t usually a major health risk. Developing a pimple on the nipple area is something quite common amongst both men and women. Such a formation on the breast is regularly painful and irritating.

What are the causes of a painful pimple on the nipple?

Blockage of hair follicles: Each hair that is present in our body is associated with the hair follicle. Sometimes, the hair follicles present on the nipple can get blocked due to oil or dirt. It can also occur due to dead cells around the hair follicles. Blockage of hair follicles is also responsible for a pimple on a nipple.

Yeast infection: Like armpit and groin, breasts tend to sweat thus making it susceptible to fungal infection like the growth of yeast. This may lead to the formation of pimples on the nipple.

Overproduction of milk: Pimple growth is a common occurrence in breastfeeding mothers, as during this time Montgomery glands are very active. Oversecretion of milk in the mammary glands also causes the appearance of a pimple like structures on the nipple. Sometimes the duct becomes blocked and clogged with dry milk.

Dirty clothes and Tight Undergarments: Your nipples are constantly in contact with your undergarments and clothes. Wearing dirty clothes and tight undergarments is one of the major reasons behind a pimple on nipple area.

Accidental trauma: Accidental trauma leading to injury or bruising of a breast may also cause the appearance of pimples on nipples.

Improper skin care: If dirt is allowed to accumulate on the skin because of unhygienic living conditions you may develop pimples.

Breast cancer: The chances of pimples or bumps on nipple being a symptom of breast cancer are very rare but you are still advised to get your breast examined by your doctor.

Most of the time, pimples on the nipples are not associated with extreme illness, and they can even go by themselves. But sometimes they may need a little help to heal, which could be provided by these home remedies:

  • Garlic rubbed on the pimple several times daily will help get rid of it.
  • Epsom Salt Soak is particularly effective for breastfeeding women. Dipping the affected area in hot water with Epsom salt can clear the milk ducts. Do it four times a day.
  • Pimples formed due to yeast infection in the skin folds can be healed by regular cleaning and by applying ginger juice several times a day.
  • Breast feeding mothers are recommended to apply purified hypoallergenic lanolin on nipples after feeding the child. It is very helpful in preventing the occurrence of pimple on nipple.
  • Also you can use pure lemon water to apply on nipples.
  • Some of the most stubborn forms of nipple acne may cause formation of cysts or lesions, which need prescription-strength medications. Cysts and lesions may cause scars, even after the pimples clears up.
  • The consumption of green tea reduces the free radicals of the body and the damage caused by them. It helps keep skin healthy and free of pimples and marks.
  • Make a concoction with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of honey to enhance the taste. Drink it daily to heal and prevent pimples on any part of the body.


In some cases, a pimple-like bump on the breast can be a sign of a more serious condition like mastitis, cysts or fibroids, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. If the bump on your breast appears to be deeper than a mere surface lesion, consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.


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Written by AJ