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Get Rid of Blind Pimples: How to Bring a Pimple to a Head

Blind pimples can be large and painful. Learn tips on how to bring them to the surface and help them heal.

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Ever had a pimple linger just under the surface of your skin?

There’s no head, but it feels like a mini-mountain is growing under your skin?

This is what is called a “blind pimple”. They can go away on their own, but some are pretty persistent.

If you want to get rid of a blind pimple and bring it to a head, this is the article for you. (Spoiler, don’t start digging around hoping it’ll pop!)

What is a blind pimple?

Whiteheads and blackheads are both skin blemishes called comedones.

A whitehead is a closed comedone that stays just underneath the skin. A blackhead is an open comedone that pokes through the surface.

A blind pimple however is a closed comedone with no visible “head” at all that develops deep inside your skin.

Think of a whitehead as the front door, and a blind pimple as the cellar door.

The fact they are “underground” is why blind pimples can be so frustrating and take so long to resolve.

Sometimes they can be painful, swollen, and tender. You can feel them and see them but they stay just out of reach.

How to bring a blind pimple to a head

Since blind pimples are pimples that occur deep in the skin, they should be treated a bit differently. Here are a few tips when it comes to treating a blind pimple.

1. Don’t squeeze it!

We know it’s tempting to want to dig at a blind pimple, but since there is no head, it’s not going to pop.

Trying to pop this type of pimple will only make it more inflamed, or it could cause more blind pimples to occur.

It can be frustrating to wait for a blind pimple to clear but here are some ways to speed up the process.

2. Use a warm compress to draw pimple to a head

One of the best ways to bring a blind pimple to a head is by using a warm compress.

Warm compresses have been used to encourage the draining of wounds -- including pimples.

The warm compress helps to open the pores and draw the pimple to the surface to form a head.

You can apply a warm compress to a clean face for up to 20 minutes.

Use a warm compress multiple times a day to help encourage the formation of a pimple head.

In order for this method to work, repeating the process might be necessary.

Also Read: Warm Compresses: How To Make and Use a Warm Compress

3. If it’s inflamed -- ice it

To keep the inflammation, redness, swelling, and pain down, applying ice wrapped in a paper towel to the pimple.

You can hold the ice there for 30-second increments for up to 5 minutes.

Icing a blind pimple is helpful as it restricts blood flow to the pimple.

Reducing the pimple’s blood source may help reduce pimple appearance and inflammation temporarily.

4. Try benzoyl peroxide cleansers

Over the counter acne treatments and cleansers generally do not penetrate deep enough to aid a blind pimple.

However, using benzoyl peroxide cleansers could be helpful to keep inflammation down or prevent these blind pimples.  

Consider that it may be cystic acne

Blind pimples are also considered cystic or nodular acne.

If these underground eruptions occur fairly frequently you might be suited for prescription acne treatments that penetrate deep into the skin, or are taken by mouth.

This type of acne can be hard to treat but it’s possible to prevent with the proper skin routine.

Using products with Tretinoin and prescription topical antibiotics like Clindamycin may help keep these blind pimples at bay.

Tretinoin keeps the pores from getting clogged in the first place by increasing cell turnover, while Clindamycin kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces inflammation -- the dream team.

Read Related: Clindamycin and Tretinoin Acne Formulas: Do These Ingredients Work Better Together?

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