Causes of Blind Pimple
You might observe a large white area under your skin that pains when you touch it. The area also becomes red due to inflammation of the skin around it. It is a blind pimple, a kind of acne that occurs under the skin’s surface. You can’t notice it from distance yet you may feel the lump. Mostly, it occurs due to a cyst or nodule. Blind pimple develops when dirt, bacteria, and sebum (oil), trapped in your skin’s pore combine. This pimple does not have a “head” like other pimples, but causes a painful lump under the skin. Usually, it is difficult to get rid of once it occurs, but you can treat it with patience.
1. Do not queeze the skin
Although tempting due to irritation, it is better not to squeeze a blind pimple. Since these pimples do not surface the skin, they are usually hard or difficult to pop. Trying to squeez them out may aggravate inflammation, which may further damage the skin. Furthermore, the pimple looks distinctive due to enhanced redness and marks developed on the skin. Popping results in scarring too. The best way to take measures is to try to bring the pimple to a “head” and remove it from the skin using other treatment methods.
2. Apply a warm compress
Warm compresses can treat blind pimples in a few ways. They can reduce the pain from the acne and are particularly helpful once a whitehead starts developing. Warm compress releases the pus to heal the pimp when applied on it three to four times a day for a maximum of up to 15 minutes.
You can either buy warm compress and heat it up in the microwave, or make it by yourself by soaking a clean washcloth in hot water. The water should not be too hot to void skin burning. Use towel to clean the affected area.
3. Apply an acne sticker
Acne sticker works like a bandage when you apply it over the blind pimple. Theoretically, the sticker removes sebum, bacteria, sebum, and dirt. Most acne stickers contain an anti-acne agent, such as salicylic acid.
You may find acne stickers available with your local pharmacy and apply it regularly till he blind pimple is gone. Make sure that you apply a new sticker every 24 hours.
4. Use a topical antibiotic
Topical antibiotics can remove bacteria causing blind pimple to form and also decrease inflammation. If the pimples are recurring, apply topical antibiotics around the affected area as a preventive step.
The most common topical antibiotics are clindamycin and erythromycin, available in a gel formula. Apply them twice a day. In case of sensitive skin, apply once a day to see any reaction before moving up to twice a day.
The effectiveness of topical antibiotics comes inti play when used in combination with another another type of acne product like benzoyl peroxide. The antibiotic gets removes bacteria and inflammation, whereas benzoyl peroxide dries out the blind pimple.
5. Apply tea tree oil
It is an impressive alternative to harsh antibiotics. You can easily get it from your near health store. Some products with tea tree oil are also available at the drugstores.
For maximum effectiveness, you’ll need to use a product containing at least 5 percent tea tree oil. Use it twice a day to get rid of blind pimple.
Don’t use pure tea tree oil until you dilute it first. Mix one part of tea tree oil with one part carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, and olive oils. After dilution, apply the mixture to the affected area for a night. Rinse it in the next morning when you routinely wash your face.
6. Apply raw honey
Honey is another natural alternative to topical antibiotics and carries natural antimicrobial properties to remove bacteria.
Before applying this method, you should confirm that you have raw honey instead of a typical grocery honey. Use a small amount of raw honey to the affected area for one night. You may also use raw honey as a cleanser by mixing it with water.
Still need to see a dermatologist?
Blind pimples are usually very challenging to treat. Be patient as it needs time and perseverance to get rid of the pimple besides maintaining the freshness of your skin.
If a home-treatment does not work, you need to consult a qualified dermatologist. They may prescribe solutions for a quick fix, such as cortisone shots which quickly reduce swelling to promote healing. Seeing a dermatologist is necessary if you get recurring blind pimples. You might also need oral medications and other treatments if you don’t already have a dermatologist.