They are 'blind pimples' because they have no head.
More painful and larger than your average pimple because the inflammation is so deep within the skin, closer to the nerves.
And not only are they painful - they are tough to get rid of!
A little whitehead close to the surface can at least be squeezed, but blind pimples require a different approach. This page will show you how!
1) The early stage - developing as a red, sore lump deep in the skin - the best time to treat it!
2) The later stage - if it's forming a head, the aim is to draw it to a head and treat it on the surface
After you've learnt how to treat a blind pimple, find out how to prevent them here (this link is also at the end of this article so go there next). Prevention is definitely better than trying to cure one!
- Trying to squeeze one will result in a big, painful mess
- Drying one out will simply dry out the surrounding skin and cause irritation
It will usually make it's way to the surface of the skin and eventually and form a head, where it then behaves like a normal whitehead.
The best treatment for a blind pimple will depend on the stage you've found it at.
Let's get to it...
First, a deep red spot develops, usually painful and you just know something is brewing beneath your skin.
If this is the stage you've noticed it, there's a good chance you can stop it in it's tracks, reducing it's intensity or making it disappear altogether. So...
To further reduce inflammation apply a clay mask directly to the spot. This can drastically reduce redness, pain and life span. If you can leave it on overnight, even better!
Plus, if the pimple is further along than the beginning stages, icing may not be able to stop it. A good clay mask will draw it to the surface of the skin while reducing inflammation. This means a smaller pimple on the surface which is much easier to deal with - win win!
A great mask for this purpose is our new Clearing Clay Mask - which also has salicylic acid, glycolic acid, zinc, sulphur, chamomile and more... It helps with shine, breakouts, blackheads and pimples!
A clay mask applied overnight is a great, easy spot treatment for any type of pimple. Who doesn't like waking up to clearer, easier to manage skin?!
It's still deep, red and painful, but it's further along and starting to develop a whitehead.
The only way is up from now on, so draw it to the surface and treat it there:
Once it's drawn to a head, use your better judgement for the best treatment. Often they are still too tender and inflamed to be squeezed at this stage. (Always err on the side of caution, usually a blind pimple should never be squeezed at all as it's more likely to scar due to the inflammation).
If this is the case - apply ice and/or the clay mask as above.