How to Use Rubbing Alcohol on Red Bumps Beside a Nose Piercing

by Jesa Lynn ; Updated September 28, 2017

Rubbing alcohol is often used for temporary relief of acne, although it is not recommended. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' "Fact Sheet on Acne" states that rubbing alcohol will not help clear up red bumps and it is likely to cause irritation. Body piercings are open wounds that should not be exposed to harsh antiseptics like rubbing alcohol according to The Piercing Experience website. The alcohol content in rubbing alcohol can range from 70 percent to 95 percent. If rubbing alcohol is used near a piercing, the one with the lowest ethyl alcohol content should be used to minimize and reduce irritation.

Items you will need

  • 70 percent rubbing alcohol
  • Ear cleaning cotton swabs
Step 1

Pour rubbing alcohol into the bottle’s cap or into a small bowl.

Step 2

Dip the end of an ear cleaning cotton swab into the alcohol.

Step 3

Lightly dab the tip of the cotton swab over the red bumps.

Step 4

Do not touch the entry or exit wound of the nose piercing with the cotton swab.

Step 5

Do not use rubbing alcohol as an acne treatment for more than a few days. It will dry out the skin making it appear to be working temporarily. If your skin continues to be irritated it can make the problem worse.


  • Do not use rubbing alcohol or any products that contain alcohol on red bumps caused by rosacea.

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Jesa Lynn started writing over 14 years ago and writes primarily for various websites. She studied both criminal justice and psychology in college. Lynn has worked as a publicist and also in photo layout. She is a firm believer in self education and has pursued educating herself in several different skills and trades including automotive repair, business, creative writing and Web design.