If you have ever had a blind pimple, you know how painful and mortifying it can be. They don’t stick out above your skin like other pimples do. Those are hideous, but at least familiar. Blind pimples form below your skin. There is a layer of skin over them, but they are still red and lumpy. Worst of all, they are often larger than normal pimples. There is no single strategy to get rid of them, but the more of the following suggestions you try, the better your success rate will be.
First, blind pimples form for the same reasons that other pimples do. Your pores (or hair follicles) become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. Bacteria make themselves at home inside these clogged pores, as a result of which the spot becomes inflamed.
The difference between a normal and the blind pimple is that the sore caused by the inflammation grows outward in a normal pimple, but inward in a blind pimple. This happens because, in the case of a blind pimple, your skin has already deposited skin cells and pigment over the spot when the inflammation gets going. This is also why they are often bigger than normal pimples. The sore cannot grow outward, because there is already skin there, neither can it grow straight inward, because there is a clogged pore there. It then grows partly sideways, stretching your pore in the process.
How to Remove Blind Pimples
Like a normal pimple, a blind pimple is filled with pus. In many people, this generates the desire to squeeze or drain it. After all, if you stick a needle in it and the pus comes out, the swelling and redness go down, right? There are some potential damaging things that happened too, however.
The bacteria escapes, infecting surrounding tissue and increasing the chance that you will develop inflammation and pimples there too. Furthermore, because the infection is so deep, you might tear the pore, which will tear the skin over it too. Once there is an open wound, the risk of further infection increases and you are almost certain to develop a scar.
If you have a wedding or a dinner dance to attend, you will not look better with an open wound than with a blind pimple. You will simply have to be patient and get rid of it slowly, as agonizing as this process is.
There are many things you can do to accelerate the healing process over what it would otherwise have been. To accomplish this, do all of the following:
- Your first step should be to use an exfoliator to try to remove the skin that has formed over the blind pimple. This will make it easier for topical agents to reach the clogged pore, bacteria, and inflammation. If you catch the blind pimple right at the beginning, this skin will still be new, and it will be possible to remove it. If the skin has settled, exfoliate to remove the dead cells, but don’t try to remove all of it. Use a moderately abrasive cloth to wash your face. Wash it with proven dead cell removers like salicylic acid and glycolic acid. You can also use a facial scrub, either one that you buy, or one that you make at home with raw oatmeal mixed with shea butter or rosehip oil.
- Once you have removed as much of the top layer of your skin as possible without being too rough, pick some good anti-inflammatory substances to apply to the pimple. These include aloe vera gel, curcumin, tea tree oil, oregano and thyme oils, lavender oil, Clary sage oil, and bergamot and other citrus oils. You can even use juice squeezed straight from a lemon if you have a small budget. For the essential oils, mix them with rosehip, olive, coconut, jojoba, or sweet almond oil in a solution that is 90 percent carrier oil and 10 percent essential oil. Do this three to four times per day and leave it on throughout the night.
While tackling the inflammation, you should also kill the bacteria that give rise to it. To do this, apply manuka or Scottish heather honey directly to the spot. Alternatively, mix 90 percent of coconut (or other carrier) oil and 10 percent of tea tree, cinnamon, geranium, clove, rosemary, or lemon oil. You can also crush fresh garlic and mix it either with water or with honey. Green tea, aloe vera, and benzoyl peroxide are also antibacterial. Again, apply it three or four times a day and leave it on overnight.
- If you can catch the blind pimple right at the beginning before the swelling gets bad, you can limit the amount of swelling that takes place by applying an ice pack to it. Either use a frozen pack of vegetables, or wrap an ice block in a handkerchief. Refrain from applying ice straight to your skin, as this may burn it. Do this four times a day for 10 minutes at a time.
How to Prevent Blind Pimples
- Keep your skin hydrated with a moisturizer that does not clog your pores. I know you love natural plant oils, but for acne-prone skin, the least risky moisturizers are those that are water-based with ingredients like cucumber, tea, grape water, and glycerin. Things that don’t clog your pores should be labeled “non-comedogenic”, but since the use of that term is not properly regulated for product labels, it might be misleading. The best approach to skin hydration is to use water-based substances or chemicals that form a layer on your skin to prevent its own moisture from escaping.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and keep your intake of dairy and high glycemic carbohydrates to the
- Smoking increases your risk of pimples of all kind, so stop that habit immediately.
- Learn how to manage your stress levels, as stress can worsen acne Sufficient sleep, meditation, mindfulness, exercise, social time, and family time can all help.