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Treating Blind Pimples Fast: An Expert How-To Guide

Not only do blind pimples have the nerve to appear at the most inopportune times, but they are often painful and deep-rooted, as if attached to the darkest parts of your soul.

Thankfully, there are solutions to combating these weed-like annoyances, both in the short and long term. And to help break them down, we consulted Dr. Michele Squire, a PhD-qualified skincare scientist and founder of personalised skincare consultancy QR8.

Scroll on for everything you need to know about geting rid of blind pimples.

What Is A Blind Pimple?

Before we can work towards getting rid of these unwanted inhabitants, it’s important to understand exactly what a ‘blind pimple’ is and why they appear.

“Known technically as a ‘papule’, a blind pimple is a superficial raised red lump that occurs when a pore (and its associated sebaceous gland) becomes inflamed,” Dr. Squire told marie claire.

“These are distinguished from a ‘pustule’ which is exactly as it sounds (it contains pus and can be squeezed). In more severe inflammatory acne, blind pimples are often much larger in diameter, and are called ‘nodules’ or ‘cysts’.”

What Causes Blind Pimples?

Blind pimples are usually triggered by a surge in hormones, which is why they commonly pop up around your menstrual cycle.

During this period (pun intended), the skin’s oil glands become ultra-sensitive to this hormone surge, consequently reacting by over producing sebum, which gets trapped under the skin along with bacteria and other impurities and cause cystic acne.

Can You Pop A Pimple With No Head?

As oddly satisfying as popping a whitehead-style pimple can be for some, popping pimples is generally a no-no, and the same goes for prodding at a blind ones.

“Unfortunately, picking and squeezing papules or nodules to ‘bring them to a head’ usually results in a much larger lesion that takes longer to heal and increases the chance of a secondary infection and scarring,” Dr. Squire explained.

“You can also force the mixture of sebum, bacteria and dead cells that is blocking the pore deeper into the skin, leading to increased inflammation.”

How Do You Get Rid Of A Blind Pimple Fast?

Unfortunately, there is no overnight fix to making a blind pimple disappear (sorry!). However, the earlier you get to it (think: base camp level), the faster you’ll be able to send the miniature mountain off on its merry way (less chance of seeing the summit). 

“The best treatment is always prevention,” Dr. Squire advised.

“Topical benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid (about 15-20%), and salicylic acid can penetrate into the blocked pore and unglue sticky skin cells and bacteria, so they are great options for keeping pores unblocked, reducing inflammation and inhibiting acne-causing bacteria.

“You need to use these ingredients consistently, cover the entire area that is prone to papules (i.e. not just ‘spot’ treat acute breakouts), and be patient, because they take time to work.”

If you do get a blind pimple, here’s Dr. Squire’s plan for twice daily treatment:

1. Wash the skin with a gentle cleanser and warm water and apply a warm (not hot!) compress — “This can help to liquefy the blockage and bring the pimple to a head.”
2. Use gentle skincare (no scrubs, hectic acids, toothpaste or crushed up aspirin!) — “This includes your chosen acne active, as I mentioned above. My preferred option is azelaic acid.”
3. Apply a pimple patch to flatten the raised bump and prevent picking — “Some patches contain dissolving micro-darts that deliver treatment actives directly into the papule. They also do double duty as ‘pick-preventers’. Because each patch is designed to treat a single lesion, you can target the pimple directly, without irritating the surrounding skin. It’s an expensive and labour-intensive way of treating multiple pimples if you have acne though.”
4. Be patient — “I know that is easier said than done!”

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According to Dr. Squire, it’s also important to note that these ingredients also come with a potential for irritation, so it takes time to phase them into your regular routine (although azelaic acid is less irritation than benzoyl peroxide, and can also help with post-inflammatory pigmentation).

“Chopping and changing between multiple treatments without giving them time to work will likely lead to frustration and the possibility of even more skin irritation,” said Dr. Squire.

If You Leave A Blind Pimple Alone, Will It Get Worse?

While it might seem like leaving it alone is just giving it more time to get worse, blind pimples that are left untouched often go away on their own.

“If left alone, a blind pimple will usually resolve by itself, but it takes a very strong will not to pick at it!” Dr. Squire said.

How Long Does It Take For A Blind Pimple To Go Away After Treatment?

“This will depend on whether it comes to a head or not, and how long the body’s normal physiological processes take to clear inflammation. It will also depend on whether it is a superficial papule, or a deeper nodule,” Dr. Squire emphasised.

“Just remember, there is no miracle or overnight cure. Acne scarring lasts a lifetime, so if you don’t see any improvement after a month of consistent treatment, or if you are getting multiple pimples, it’s time for a visit to a professional who specialises in acne.”

How Do You Prevent Blind Pimples Long Term?

Topical treatments aside, if you’re looking to keep blind pimples from popping back up regularly, it’s worth paying attention to your stress levels.

“There’s no magic bullet to prevent pimples sadly, except following a balanced lifestyle,” Dr. Squire explained.

“There is very little scientific evidence linking food groups (especially dairy) to breakouts, and what does exist is conflicting. Stress can cause acne flares, so lifestyle habits that help to manage that are a good idea.”

What About Blind Pimples Caused By Hormone Imbalances?

If you’re getting recurring blind pimples in the form of hormonal acne, it’s worth speaking to your GP or dermatologist about treatment.

“Although teenage acne is common due to the natural increase in androgen hormones during adolescence, acne can also flare during menstruation (it’s thought that this is because less oestrogen is available to suppress androgen-stimulated sebum production), and pregnancy,” Dr. Squire told marie claire.

“Because of its hormonal basis, dermatological treatments for acne can include reducing sebum using hormonal methods. This includes oral contraceptives (to suppress ovarian androgen production) and androgen receptor blocking medication such as spironolactone and cyproterone acetate. Vitamin A derivatives (either topically or orally) can also reduce sebaceous gland activity.”

How to Treat Under the Skin Acne

  • Blind pimples, aka cystic acne, are painful zits that exist under the skin and never come to a head.
  • To treat blind pimples, try benzoyl peroxide, a cold compress, and avoid attempting to pop it. 
  • For strong treatment, try retinols, oral antibiotics, or hormone medication. 
  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

If you have acne that seems to lurk just underneath the skin and refuses to come to a head, you may have what is known as blind pimples or deep pimples.  

These pimples are often caused by cysts or nodules that form underneath the skin, and they can be some of the most frustrating forms of acne. 

Medical term: Blind pimple is the layman’s term for cystic acne, which are pimples that are deep under the skin. 

“They can present as deep, firm skin-colored bumps and can become inflamed, red and painful,”  says Y. Claire Chang, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology. 

Here’s what causes blind pimples, how to treat them, and how to prevent them from popping up again. 

How to get rid of a blind pimple, fast 

First things first, how can you get rid of a blind pimple? Well, as much as you might want to pop and squeeze: Don’t do it!

“Absolutely avoid popping, squeezing, or manipulating any active acne lesions, including cysts and nodules. Popping or squeezing can put more pressure on the cyst or nodule, causing it to rupture, worsening inflammation, and increasing the risk of scarring,” says Chang.  

How to treat a blind pimple 

  • Avoid popping or touching the blind pimple
  • Use ice or a cold compress to reduce inflammation and pain 
  • Spot treat with benzoyl peroxide 
  • See a dermatologist for steroid treatments or oral acne medications if the acne persists 

How to prevent and further treat cystic acne

There are several courses of action to prevent pimples caused by cystic acne, which refers to pimples that are deep under the skin. 

If you have cystic acne, Chang recommends a course of topical treatments and oral medication as well as  changes to your daily skincare routine. 

Apply salicylic Acid 

Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant with anti-inflammatory properties that help clear pores and prevent and treat cystic acne. It can also help clear blackheads and reduce fine lines. 

Chang recommends cleansers that have salicylic acid like: 

  • Cerave Renewing SA Cleanser
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
  • Aveeno Clear Complexion Facial Cleansers

Try retinoids 

Chang also recommends using topical retinoids as a first line defender against acne. 

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“Topical retinoids have been shown in studies to normalize skin cells turnover and reduce inflammation. Topical retinoids can be found over-the-counter or by prescription,” says Chang.  

Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and are often used as a topical anti-aging treatment. In a 2019 review of 54 clinical trials of retinol’s ability to treat acne, retinol was found to be highly effective in reducing acne lesions in combination with other acne treatments like oral

antibiotics

and was shown to be all-together safe topical treatment for acne. In some studies, the use of retinoids in combination with antibiotic treatment, were found to improve acne lesions by 78.9%. 

Talk to your doctor about Isoretinoin

There is an oral form of retinoids called Isorention, which is commonly known as the branded prescriptions Absorica and Claravis are currently available isotretinoins. 

“Isotretinoin is an oral retinoid effective in treating cystic or nodular acne through multiple mechanisms, including reducing sebum production,” says Chang.   

Note: Sebum is oil that the skin naturally produces. Sometimes your body may produce too much sebum, which can get trapped in your pores along with dirt and debris, causing pimples. 

Isotretinoin can permanently help get rid of cystic acne, but it has some serious side effects including:

  • Severely dry skin, 
  • Thinning hair, 
  • Changes in mood including depression
  • Worsen acne before it gets better 
  • Sun sensitivity, increasing the risk of sunburn

Moreover, people who are pregnant should not take Isotretinoin because it can cause birth defects, miscarriage, or still birth, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Important: If you have severely negative or suicidal thoughts while taking isotretinoin, seek help from your dermatologist or psychologist immediately.  If you are currently being treated for a mental health condition, ask your mental health specialist if you are cleared to take isotretinoin.  

Try oral antibiotics 

Chang says if your cystic acne resists topical treatment that you can take oral antibiotics to help treat the bacteria that causes acne. 

“Oral antibiotics help kill bacteria and fight inflammation associated with cystic acne,” says Chang. 

However, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, this is a short-term treatment that should only be used temporarily. They recommend between 3-4 months of antibiotic use. 

Consider oral contraceptives

Some acne can be caused by hormonal changes, especially in women. Taking hormonal

birth control

pills can help treat this along with a good topical regimen, says Chang. 

In people who experience periods, hormonal acne can worsen during puberty and during your monthly  periods, says Chang.  

“In some patients, stubborn hormonal acne may suggest an underlying endocrinologic condition called PCOS. PCOS patients may present with acne as well as irregular periods, excess body and facial hair, male pattern baldness, and weight gain,” says Chang.

Additionally, patients with PCOS can sometimes have

diabetes

symptoms, which can improve with oral diabetes medication. 

“Birth control pills and oral spironolactone can help regulate hormones and reduce oil production. These medications are safe and effective in preventing and treating hormonal acne,” says Chang. 

Insider’s takeaway

Blind pimples, or cystic acne, can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. To get rid of them in the short term, apply ice, use topical spot treatments like salicylic acid, and avoid touching or popping it at all costs.   If you are preparing for a special occasion, a dermatologist may even inject a small dose of cortisone to shrink the cyst.  But this is not a replacement for a good acne regimen.

To prevent and treat deep pimples in the long term, use topical treatments like retinol and salicylic acid. If acne does not improve after 6 -8 weeks, talk to your dermatologist about a new course of treatment including, prescription-strength retinoids, antibiotics, and birth control.

Katie Walsh

Health Editorial Fellow

Blind Pimples: How To Get Rid Of Pimples Under The Skin

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If you’ve ever had what’s called a blind pimple, you know how painful, frustrating and huge they can be. Not to mention what a pain in the ass they are to get rid of. Pimples under the skin seemingly last forever and when they finally do go away, you’re usually left with an acne scar to remind you of that super annoying pimple. Under the skin pimples, or blind pimples, are a form of acne called cystic acne. Cystic acne forms under the skin’s surface and never come to a head. Which means the usual acne-fighting products won’t work on these suckers. So keep on reading to find out how to get rid of pimples under the skin.

What Is A Blind Pimple Under The Skin?

A hard pimple, blind pimple, cyst or cystic acne or nodule all refer to pimples that form under the skin. Blind pimples do not have a “head” like regular pimples and simply form under the skin. Hard pimples are typically larger than regular pimples and are almost always painful.

A blind pimple is a type of inflammatory acne, meaning that there is a lot of inflammation in the skin from that pimple. Because of the inflammation, the blind pimple will be sore to the touch, may look or feel swollen and may be red.

When blind pimples form, your immune system will take over and try to help heal the pimple. Lots of immune cells will flock to the pimple, leading to lots of inflammation and swelling. So that’s why the hard pimple can be painful, swollen and red.

Blind pimples almost never come to a head, so you cannot pop them like a traditional pimple. Pimples under the skin can be pretty difficult to treat and if you have a lot of them, sometimes a visit to the dermatologist is best. If you have sever cystic acne, you’ll definitely need some intervention from a doctor to get it under control. However, if you randomly get blind pimples every now and then, here are ways to get rid of pimples under the skin.

Pimples under the skin usually start with inflammation and swelling making them painful to the touch. Once the inflammation subsides, you’ll be left with a pimple turned into a hard lump under skin which can lead to a pimple under the skin for months.

Why Do Pimples Form Under The Skin?

Wondering how does acne form under the skin? Hard pimples develop under the skin just like regular acne. Pimples develop when skin cells, dirt, oil and bacteria become trapped in a pore. The bacteria will multiply inside the clogged pore, which can lead to infection and skin inflammation as your body tries to fight it.

Do Pimples Under The Skin Go Away?

If you’ve ever had a pimple under the skin, they seemingly last literally forever. I once had a blind pimple for about 6 months and that was with some of these treatments! Blind pimples will go away eventually, but it can take several weeks to several months. With the right treatments, you can get blind pimples to go away in a few days to a few weeks.

How To Get Rid of Pimples Under Skin Fast

When you have a pimple under skin for months, you become desperate to get it off your face immediately. You might wonder how to make a pimple come to a head immediately. Unfortunately, there’s no quick solution to getting rid of cystic acne. However, there are things you can do to speed up the healing process and get rid of blind pimples quicker.

How To

Actually Treat Blind Pimples

Treating acne under the skin takes special products and techniques. Since the pimple is so deep under the skin, typical acne treatments won’t do a thing, so say goodbye to your beloved acne face wash, toner or salicylic spot treatment, cause you’ll have to pull out the big guns to make a dent in these cystic pimples under the skin. Here’s how to treat pimples underneath the skin, the right way.

1. Ice, Ice Baby

Believe it or not, ice is my secret weapon and favorite under the skin acne treatment. How does it work? Ice helps to reduce inflammation and swelling, which helps with the pain and size of that cystic pimple. Simply wrap a piece of ice in a napkin and apply it to the pimple for about 10 minutes.

You can use ice on hard or blind pimples as often as needed to help bring down the inflammation and swelling, just be sure to always wrap the ice in a paper towel to prevent ice burn and don’t ice for more than 10 minutes at a time. Be sure to take breaks between icing sessions as well! The last thing you want is a frost-bitten pimple!

2. Use The Right Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients

When it comes to treating pimples under the skin, anti-inflammatory ingredients can certainly help, just don’t expect any miracles here. Since blind pimples are so deep under the skin, topical treatments can only do so much. However, they can certainly help speed up the healing process and help you get rid of that blind pimple as quickly as possible. Here are the best ingredients to treat blind pimples under the skin:

Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the best anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial topical treatments for acne under the skin. Not only can it help speed up the healing of a blind pimple, but it can also help to prevent more pimples under the skin from forming. Only apply it once or twice a day, no more. The last thing you want is a cystic pimple that’s dried out, flaky and even more angry.

Sulfur is another shining star in the world of hard pimples under the skin. It’s powerful, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. And when I mean powerful, it’s dang powerful. Try out a 10% sulfur spot treatment and dab it on the pimple once or twice a day. Sulfur is one of my favorite ingredients for acne under the skin! It quickly helps take down inflammation and speeds up healing time dramatically.

Hydrocortisone cream is my secret weapon for hard pimples that just don’t seem to respond to BP or sulfur. A small dab of 1% hydrocortisone cream once or twice a day will help with swelling and inflammation and speed up healing. Be careful with this though and do not apply it more than 2x a day or for longer than 2 weeks! Just use it to get rid of the initially swelling and inflammation.

3. Use A Retinoid

A retinoid is the best prevention for pimples underneath the skin. A retinoid will speed up cell turnover, which means dead skin cells won’t get trapped in your pores and lead to acne. Plus, it will also help to fade any acne scars that are left over from cystic pimples.

I highly recommend using a prescription strength retinoid for any kind of cystic acne or blind pimple. They are much stronger than OTC retinols and will therefore be much more effective. And when it comes to treating hard pimples, you need the strongest options available. If you don’t have access to a dermatologist, check out Curology, Apostrophe and Nurx which offer affordable prescriptions and online dermatology acne treatment.

Here are my top retinol picks for getting rid of under the skin pimples.

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4. Don’t Touch It

When you notice a blind pimple forming, you immediately go into panic mode and just want to get rid of it right then and there. Which, if you’re anything like me means to try and pop it. That’ll take care of it right?? Wrong!

Trying to pop a blind pimple or touching it too much will only aggravate it more and lead to more inflammation and swelling. That means that you’ll be left with a dark or even indented acne scar and the pimple itself will take longer to go away. I know it’s difficult, but just try to keep your hands off and avoid touching it unless you’re applying a spot treatment.

5. Try A Hydrocolloid Bandage

Zit stickers, also known as hydrocolloid bandages are all the rage right now and although they won’t do a ton for pimples under the skin, they can help keep bacteria away and stop you from picking at the pimple. They’re pretty invisible, so they can even hide the redness from the pimple itself.

6. Get A Cortisone Shot

If you’re wondering how to get rid of a pimple under the skin as fast as possible, your answer is a cortisone injection. No, it’s not the easiest or cheapest option, but it freakin’ works. And quickly. If you have a big event and need to get rid of a cystic pimple under the skin, a cortisone shot is your best bet.

You can get a cortisone shot at any dermatologist office and some med spas offer them as well. However, dermatology offices are not always easy to get into and cortisone shots aren’t exactly cheap. But if you’re desperate or have an extremely angry blind pimple on your hands, it’s a great option.

Cortisone injections can be anywhere from $50 to over $150, plus your co-pay to the dermatologist. They’re not typically covered by insurance but you can call up your office and ask.

The cortisone shot goes directly into the blind pimple and starts working immediately to bring down swelling and inflammation. And that blind pimple under the skin that you thought would last 3 months? It’ll be gone in a matter of days.

7. Get Help From A Professional

If you find yourself regularly breaking out with pimples under the skin, you should really see a doctor to get things under control. When left untreated, cystic and nodular acne can lead to severe icepick scarring and hyperpigmentation which are both extremely hard to get rid of.

There are strong prescription meds out there that can help control blind acne and get your skin cleared up. When I was dealing with cystic acne, I went to my dermatologist and I’m so glad I did.

How To Get Rid Of Pimples Under The Skin FAQ

Still have questions about how to get rid of pimples under skin? Here are commonly asked questions about blind pimples, hard pimples and how to get rid of them quickly.

Do Blind Pimples Come To A Head?

Blind pimples typically never come to a head. If you’re lucky, it just might. There’s not much you can do to bring a blind pimple to a head, unfortunately. They usually stay under the skin and will come to a head on its own if you’re lucky. However, you could try a hot compress to help bring the pimple to a head, but there are no guarantees it will.

How To Get Rid Of A Blind Pimple Fast?

The fastest way to get rid of a blind pimple is a cortisone shot. Other than that, there’s not much you can do to get rid of a blind pimple quickly. The other suggestions I mention above will only help speed up the healing process, but even with those it can still take a couple weeks to get rid of the hard pimple.

Does Ice Help Under The Skin Pimples?

In my opinion, ice is one of the best options for under the skin pimples! Part of what makes blind pimples so bad is the swelling and inflammation. Ice helps bring those down so the pimple is smaller, no longer painful and the healing process can start! Plus, the sooner you get rid of the inflammation, the better the chances you won’t be left with an acne scar.

How To Pop A Pimple Under The Skin?

You don’t. You can’t pop a pimple without a head and trying to pop it will only make things worse. Much worse. If you try and pop a pimple underneath the skin, you will only make it even more angry, cause more inflammation and swelling and slow down the healing process. Keep your hands off and only pop if there’s a head on the pimple.

Will A Blind Pimple Go Away By Itself?

A blind pimple will go away by itself, even if you don’t do a thing to it. But it could take several months to get rid of completely. When you get a blind pimple under the skin, it’s best to start treating it right away to shorten the lifespan. The sooner you get rid of the pimple, the better!

How To Get Rid of Pimples Underneath The Skin: The Bottom Line

There’s no easy or magic solution to get rid of acne underneath the skin. Cystic acne is a frustrating skin condition that can be very difficult to treat, but with the right products and techniques, you can speed up the lifespan of blind pimples under the skin.

The bottom line on how to get rid of pimples under the skin is to stop touching it, don’t pick at it and use the right targeted treatments to help speed up the healing. If you’re wanting to get rid of a blind pimple under the skin as quickly as possible, then head straight to your dermatologist for a cortisone injection.

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What Are Your Tips For Getting Rid Of Zits Underneath Skin Fast?

Acne home remedies to get rid of painful zits

Blind pimples are rooted deep underneath the surface of the skin amd are way more stubborn than regular acne. Here’s what you should do to get rid of them.

Ladies, we all know how annoying those zits can be. They can arrive uninvited at any point and take their own sweet time to leave. Of course, there are various ways to tackle it, but you know how much stress acne and pimples bring with it! While most of the time, you can see pimples, the worst ones are those that you can feel but can’t see.

Yes, ladies, blind pimples are the worst ever! They are the most stubborn and difficult to get rid of. That’s because in this case, nodules and zits are rooted so deeply that they are almost invisible on the skin’s surface.

Those pesky zits under your skin are called blind pimples! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

According to experts, these are deep cysts under the skin. They are oil-filled balloons without a connection to the surface of the skin. Plus, they have no visible head, so you can’t pick or squeeze them. Sounds really weird, right? And the worst part is they don’t even respond to the usual pimple treatment, so what do we do?

Well, as always, we are here to help you. But before we go to the treatment, let’s understand the causes of blind pimples.

This is what causes blind pimples

Yet again, dreaded hormones come into the picture and make things haywire. In the case of blind pimples, the skin’s oil glands become sensitive in response to hormones and react to it by producing sebum in high quantities. The sebum, along with the bacteria and dirt, finds a place in your pores, making oil glands swollen. Thus, a sensitive bump forms underneath the surface of your skin.

Haywire hormones and a bad diet are the culprits behind blind pimples. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Blind pimples tend to develop in places that secrete more oil. These areas usually include your face, chest, neck and back.

The other most common reason for these blind pimples is the lack of a nutritious diet. There are certain food groups that can cause inflammation in your body, and can affect the skin’s natural balance. For example, dairy is known to cause blind pimples, so trying cutting it down to see if it makes any difference. A diet that is high on the glycemic index is generally the cause for these zits. That’s because sugars are inflammatory in nature, and cause so many issues.

Have a nutrient-rich diet, and your skin will thank you!

Blind pimple home remedies to swear by

As we mentioned earlier, blind pimples are not easy to get rid of. Unlike regular pimples, these take their own time, and that could also mean weeks or months. So, ladies, you need to have all the patience in the world. Do not give up so easily! Don’t touch them all the time, because it can lead to infection, and you don’t want that right?

Here some home remedies for blind pimples:

1. Apply tea tree oil

We all know the wonders of tea tree oil for the skin, and yet again, they come to our rescue to treat blind pimples. Apply tea tree oil twice a day to the affected area, and make sure to use at least 5% tea tree oil to receive maximum benefit.

Tea tree oil is the answer for them blind pimples. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Oh and also remember, if you have pure tea tree oil, dilute it first in a carrier oil like jojoba or olive oil. You can also apply this oil with a cotton swab and leave it on overnight. In case it causes any irritation, check with your dermatologist.

Also read: From banishing dandruff to hair growth: 5 things tea tree oil can do for you

2. Use a warm compress

Dealing with a horrible blind pimple? Try using a water-soaked washcloth that is warm and apply it to your zit directly. The heat will make blood travel to the affected area and help in reducing the inflammation. Apply the warm compress for 10-15 minutes, at least three times a day, and continue until the pus is released. Doing it frequently will help to bring the pimple to the surface of the skin, and that’s what we want!

3. Turn to raw honey

We always say that the Indian kitchen has the answer to all your skincare problems! This time around, we suggest you use raw honey on these blind pimples. That’s because honey has natural antimicrobial properties that help to get rid of acne-causing bacteria, and is any day better than using medication.

Just apply a little to the affected area, and leave it on overnight. And make sure you use raw honey, instead of the store-bought honey.

So ladies, try these blind pimple home remedies to see a difference in no time. If the problem still persists, make sure to visit a dermatologist.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Blind Pimples

Acnes and pimples are a common problem which we all go through at some point of time in life. The regular scrubs and acne creams that are made for surface breakouts, won’t work on hard pimples. 

If your skin is acne-prone, then you may have noticed regular lumps on your face. These lumps don’t have a ‘head’ like other pimples and these pimples are called blind pimples. These are a type of acne that develops beneath the skin’s surface.

It is usually caused by a cyst or nodule that is formed when sebum or oil, bacteria, and dirt gets trapped in the pores. A blind pimple is also known as cystic acne that appears like a large white area under your skin that may not be noticeable from a distance, but you can feel the lump that’s painful to the touch. 

Thus, the affected area might turn red due to inflammation of the surrounding skin. Blind pimples are considered to be the most difficult kind of acne to treat because they are deeply rooted under your skin. Regular acne creams or scrubs and pads are generally made for surface breakouts that don’t work on the hard pimples and may even make everything worse.

Therefore, blind pimples are different from the typical zits, so it is advised to stop trying all the regular acne tricks on them. Sometimes it may also turn into Cancer. Blind pimples are not so hard to get rid of as many people think. They can be easily treated with patience and care. There are some effective tips to heal blind pimples under the skin.

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Causes of Big Blind Pimples

Acne is often caused by a surge of hormones, especially cortisol. This is the major reason why blind pimples are mostly noticed around menstrual cycles among women. The skin’s oil glands react to the hormonal surge by overproducing sebum, which can cause the gland to become engorged, swollen, or hardened.

Another reason is stress. Stress can also increase the acne-causing hormones. Managing stress levels should always be an important part of your acne treatment.

According to dermatologists, 50 to 80 per cent of the time, blind pimples go away on their own. But that could take a few weeks to a few months. If they last longer they are more likely to leave an atrophic scar, which is like a crater or an ice-pick scar. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to get rid of blind pimples overnight. 

Alert: Never try to squeeze or pop a blind pimple or any acne. Doing so can worsen inflammation, and also cause scarring.

It is said that a cortisone injection is the fastest way to get rid of a blind pimple or cystic pimple. But cortisone shots can be pricey. One should not forget that this treatment is basically a chemical treatment.  

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Blind Pimples: Try these Home Remedies 

Apply a Warm Compress

Warm or hot water is always helpful for overall health and our skin. To avoid blind pimples try soaking a clean washcloth in hot water, and apply the towel to the affected area. This may help in releasing the pus. It will also heal the area.

Don’t make it too hot as it can burn your skin. Try to apply the warm compress for 10 to 15 minutes three to four times a day.

Wear An Acne Sticker

Acne stickers are really helpful. You can place the acne sticker directly over the blind pimple. It may help in removing bacteria, sebum, and dirt from your skin. Most acne stickers contain salicylic acid, which is an acne-fighting agent.

You can find acne stickers at your local drugstore. Use it daily until the blind pimple is gone. But make sure to change it at least once every 24 hours.

Mix Antibiotic With Benzoyl Peroxide

Topical antibiotics like clindamycin and erythromycin help in getting rid of the acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. You can use these antibiotics in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide, which will dry out the blind pimple. Try to apply this combination around the affected area twice a day.

Try Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil acts wonders for the skin. Before using tea tree oil, don’t forget to dilute it with carrier oils such as coconut, jojoba, and olive oil . Try to apply this diluted mixture twice a day until the blind pimple heals completely. Or you can also leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning during your usual face-washing routine.

Try to consult a dermatologist if these home remedies don’t suit you and it is also recommended that you should always consider seeing a dermatologist if you get recurring blind pimples regularly.

10 Remedies + Prevention Tips

A blind pimple can occur almost anywhere – on your nose, forehead, chin, or jaw. It is formed beneath the skin’s surface. It is often deep-rooted, and you may notice it only when you run your hand over it or when it hurts.

Blind pimples can be hard to get rid of. However, a few natural remedies may help speed up their healing. Scroll down to find out what they are.

What Is A Blind Pimple?

A ‘blind pimple’ is a term used to refer to the acne that develops under the surface of the skin. These pimples are not quite noticeable from a distance, but you can feel them under the skin when you touch it. They are usually a result of a nodule or cyst.

A typical acne lesion is referred to as a comedone. Whiteheads and blackheads are the mildest forms of acne lesions. A whitehead is a closed comedone, while a blackhead is an open comedone.

A blind pimple is a closed comedone that develops deep within your skin. As such pimples begin emerging through the skin, they may develop into whiteheads. In other cases, they just disappear. Blind pimples usually do not have heads like other types of pimples.

Let us now take a look at a few home remedies that can help treat inflammatory acne lesions like a blind pimple. 

10 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Pimples Under The Skin

  1. Warm Compress
  2. Essential Oils
  3. Raw Honey
  4. Toothpaste
  5. Aloe Vera
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. Lemon Juice
  8. Epsom Salt
  9. Green Tea Bags
  10. Ice

Note: Most of the remedies discussed below may help prevent the occurrence of blind pimples.

1. Warm Compress

A warm compress can help push the blind pimple to the surface of the skin. It can also help drain the pus within the acne by opening up your skin pores. It may also help relieve pain from acne (1).

You Will Need

A warm compress

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a warm compress to the blind pimple.
  2. Allow it to work for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove the compress.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2-3 times daily.

2. Essential Oils

a. Tea Tree Oil

The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil can help fight the inflammation and infection associated with a blind pimple (2).

Note: Do not apply pure tea tree oil directly on your skin as it can cause irritation.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil (or any other carrier)
  • Cotton swabs
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix one to two drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of sweet almond oil.
  2. Apply the mixture directly to the blind pimple using a cotton swab.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
  4. Rinse it off in the morning.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

b. Cinnamon Oil

The powerful bactericidal activities of cinnamon oil can help eliminate acne-causing bacteria like P.acnes (3). They may help prevent the occurrence of blind pimples.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 drops of cinnamon oil
  • 1 teaspoon of any carrier oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add one to two drops of cinnamon oil to a teaspoon of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
  4. Wash it off the next morning.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this daily.

3. Raw Honey

Honey possesses antimicrobial properties that work against multiple skin microbes. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help reduce the inflammation in the pimple-affected area (4).

You Will Need

Raw honey (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Dab a little honey on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes. You can also leave it on overnight.
  3. Wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 1-2 times daily.

4. Toothpaste

The main component of almost all kinds of toothpaste is baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial nature of this compound may help in drying and healing the acne faster (5).

You Will Need

Any white toothpaste (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Dab a little toothpaste on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this once daily.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and healing properties that may help reduce the swelling and inflammation in the affected area (6).

You Will Need

Fresh aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply aloe gel directly to the blind pimple.
  2. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2-3 times daily.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar exhibits antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities (7). These activities may help fight the acne-causing microbes and reduce inflammation. However, more scientific evidence is warranted to prove this effect.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to three tablespoons of water.
  2. Mix well and dip a cotton ball in it.
  3. Apply the mixture all over your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

7. Lemon Juice

Lemon exhibits bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties (8), (9). Hence, it may help reduce acne and prevent its recurrence.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of water
  • Cotton swabs
What You Have To Do
  1. Add two teaspoons of water to freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Mix well and apply the mixture to the pimple using a cotton swab.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this once daily.

8. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt contains magnesium that can help reduce inflammation (10).

It reduces acne by getting rid of dirt, dead skin cells, and sebum accumulated in the pores.

You Will Need
  • ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • Cotton swabs
What You Have To Do
  1. Add half a teaspoon of Epsom salt to a cup of water.
  2. Mix well and dip a cotton swab in it.
  3. Apply the mixture to the acne.
  4. Leave it on until it dries.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 1 to 2 times daily.

9. Green Tea Bags

Green tea polyphenols possess antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that may help in treating acne (11). They also help in controlling the secretion of sebum (11). This may prevent the blind pimple from surfacing.

You Will Need

1-2 used green tea bags

What You Have To Do
  1. Take the green tea bags and refrigerate them.
  2. Apply the cold green tea bags all over your face.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 1 to 2 times daily.

10. Ice

Ice cubes can reduce redness, swelling, and inflammation (12). Ice can minimize skin pores and reduce inflammation around the pimple. 

You Will Need

Ice cubes

What You Have To Do
  1. Put the ice cubes in a clean towel and fold it.
  2. Hold it against the affected area for 5 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3-4 times daily.

These remedies may aid the healing of the blind pimple to a great extent. Check out the causes of blind pimples below.

What Causes A Blind Pimple Under The Skin?

Your skin has pores that are connected to the oil glands beneath it. Small sacs called follicles to connect the pores to the oil glands.

The oil glands secrete sebum (an oily liquid) that may carry bacteria, dirt, and dead skin cells to the surface of the skin via the follicle. Small hairs usually grow through this follicle.

However, in some cases, there are chances that this follicle is blocked. This causes the sebum to build up underneath the skin, thereby forming a plug. Such plugs may be exposed to bacteria and result in swelling and inflammation. A blind pimple, like most forms of pimples, is caused due to the breakdown of these infected plugs.

Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) are bacteria that live on the surface of the skin and responsible for causing infectious pimples.

Some of the most common factors that increase your risk of developing acne are:

The common symptoms associated with the appearance of a blind pimple are listed below.

Signs And Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation in the surrounding skin
  • Pain upon touching

Some individuals often confuse boils or cysts for pimples. To help you understand the differences better, here is a summary differentiating a pimple, a boil, and a cyst.

Pimples Vs. Boils Vs. Cysts

Pimples

  • Pimples occur in different shapes and sizes and are most often found on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back.
  • Acne or pimples usually begin in the pores of your skin.
  • Pimples are more common in adolescents, but nowadays, they also occur in adults.
  • They can be triggered by hormonal imbalances, certain cosmetics, stress, certain foods, or may even be hereditary.

Boils

  • A boil usually appears as a small inflamed bump that gradually grows and is filled with pus. It is usually found in areas where you sweat a lot or where your clothes rub against your skin – like your face, buttocks, underarms, neck, and thighs.
  • Several boils can cluster together to form a carbuncle.
  • A boil also forms in the pores or follicles on your skin and is a result of a bacterial infection.
  • It is more common in teenagers and younger adults. Men are more affected than women.
  • It can be caused due to vulnerable medical conditions like diabetes, eczema, or a weakened immune system. Sharing the same towels, razors, or cosmetics can also cause boils.

Cysts

  • Cysts are sac-like growths that are often caused due to an infection or clogging of glands.
  • They can occur almost anywhere on the body.
  • They are a result of clogged sebaceous glands.
  • These can cause pain if they are infected or ruptured.
  • Some cysts can also be cancerous and pose a higher risk to health as compared to pimples and boils.
  • Tumors, infections, chronic inflammatory conditions, and certain genetic conditions are associated with the appearance of cysts.

Along with the remedies, you also need to follow the below tips to prevent its recurrence.

Prevention Tips

  • Avoid popping, squeezing, or constantly touching the blind pimple.
  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser no more than two times daily.
  • Avoid scrubbing the facial skin daily. Instead, scrub one to two times a week.
  • Wash the pillowcases regularly.
  • Keep the screen of your phone clean.
  • Avoid going to bed with makeup on.
  • Use non-comedogenic and oil-free products.
  • Wash your hair regularly as the dirt from your hair that touches your skin constantly can also cause pimples.
  • Choose your skin care products and cosmetics carefully.

You must be extremely patient with these remedies as blind pimples are one of the most stubborn forms of acne that may take weeks to disappear. If you develop blind pimples regularly, consult a dermatologist to test for any underlying causes.

Frequently Asked Questions

When to see a dermatologist for blind acne?

If your blind pimple does not respond to any of the above remedies or tips, it is best to visit a dermatologist to get it treated.

How long does a blind pimple last?

A blind pimple can last for a week or two or even more if left untreated.

What can happen when you pop a pimple?

If you decide to pop a pimple on your own, it can lead to the development of more pimples and may even cause permanent scarring.

What to put on a blind pimple overnight?

Ingredients like aloe vera gel or essential oils may work faster. However, they may not remove the pimple overnight. Medications like Retin A or acne stickers work best on acne when left overnight.

How to pop a pimple that is under the skin?

You must never pop a pimple on your own. However, you can always visit a dermatologist to get it popped professionally if required.