If you have ever had one of those big angry pimples deep in the skin - you know just how painful and frustrating they can be.
But, whatever you do, do not go digging around trying to pop these bad boys.
Since blind pimples are deeper in the skin than your usual pimple you will likely just end up with more pain, inflammation, and potential bacteria spreading than other safer methods of treatment.
In this article, we will cover the basics of blind pimples, and things you can do to (safely) try to clear them up.
Despite the mystical sounding name, ultimately blind pimples are just pimples that form deeper in the skin than usual and do not have a black or white “head” to them.
This not only makes having one frustrating and more painful, but it makes it more important to not pick and squeeze at them.
These pimples can sometimes be referred to as cysts or nodules, and they are considered the most severe kind of pimple.
Blind pimples are caused by the same things that cause your general whitehead and blackhead, or comedonal, type pimples - dirt, oil, sebum, and dead skin cells clogging a pore.
These things just end up getting deeper down into the pore than usual and may cause more pus and infected material building up than your run-of-the-mill whitehead.
Applying a warm compress to the pimple 3-4 times daily is arguably the easiest and most accessible way to start bringing relief to your pimple situation.
Simply soak a clean cloth in warm water and hold it onto the pimple area for 15-20 minutes at a time.
This should help loosen up all the pimple contents to help bring everything to a head that will hopefully eventually break itself and drain out onto the cloth.
Pimple stickers are little stickers made for pimples that often contain medications like salicylic acid to help clear up pimples.
These may have the added benefit of helping disguise a red pimple if you need to go to work or out for the day, while still working in the background.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a popular alternative treatment option for acne, but may not work on severe cases.
If you do want to try a tea tree oil application, find or make a solution that is around 5% tea tree oil, as full-strength tea tree oil may be drying or irritating to the skin.
You can apply this to the pimple area 1-2 times daily.
For particularly nasty blind pimples, you may need to schedule a visit with your dermatologist to either professionally lance and drain the pimple, or they can inject large blemishes with a cortisone shot to aid healing.
(Of course, these treatments should never be attempted outside of a dermatology office!)
Topical antibiotic creams like Clindamycin are sometimes used for persistent or recurrent severe breakouts to help keep extra facial bacteria at bay.
These cream or gels are prescription-only, so you will need to speak with your doctor or dermatologist to determine if a round of topical antibiotics is right for you.
Topical Acne Treatments
Topical over-the-counter acne treatment such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, or weak retinoids can be easily found at your local pharmacy and may help mild to moderate breakouts of under the skin pimples.
Stronger retinoids such as Tretinoin are prescription-only but work better for intense breakouts as compared to over-the-counter retinoids.
Strut Acne Formula is a physician and pharmacist formulated compounded medication for constant acne breakouts that just won’t quit.
Strut Acne Formula contains Tretinoin, a topical antibiotic, and skin-soothing niacinamide to help clear up stubborn or persistent acne breakouts.
Our Acne Formula is prescription only, so you will need to schedule an Online Consultation without doctors to make sure the medication is right for you.
If you are a good fit for treatment, we can ship your medication discreetly to your front door.