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How to Treat a Blind Pimple

Without making it worse

Woman squeezing skin in mirror

A blind pimple is a disaster waiting to happen if not treated right (been there, done that)…

Luckily this page has everything you need to know to avoid that fate, plus to get rid of it as fast and as smoothly as possible!

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 pimple close to the surface can at least be squeezed, but blind pimples require a different approach…

When Treating a Blind Pimple There are Two Stages to Know About:

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. Preventing is definitely better than trying to cure one!

Treatment Requires a Patient and Careful Approach

  • Trying to squeeze one will result in a big, painful mess
  • Drying one out can simply dry out the surrounding skin and cause irritation

It will usually make its way to the surface of the skin and eventually form a head, where it then behaves like a normal white head.

The best treatment for a blind pimple will depend on the stage you’ve found it at

Let’s get to it…

1) The Early Stage—Still Forming

First a deep red spot develops. Its 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 its tracks, reducing its intensity or making it disappear altogether. So…

As Soon As You Notice One Developing:

  • ICE IT:  This is the single best thing you can do for a deep pimple. It reduces blood flow to the area, inhibits swelling and reduces pain—a great natural skin care tip to keep in your arsenal
  • Persistence is key: ice the spot for 5mins on, 10mins off for at least an hour. Time consuming, but it really does help
  • Increase your water and fresh fruit, breathe deeply and get adequate rest: even if its too late any extra steps to flush out toxins and provide anti-inflammatory action helps

Reduce Inflammation with a Clay Mask

To further reduce inflammation apply a clay mask directly to the spot. This can dramatically 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 alone 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 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?!

2) The Later Stage: Developing a Head

That pimple is 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:

  • Dampen a cotton ball or cloth as hot as you can stand without burning your skin
  • Hold it against the spot for a few minutes, keeping the compress as hot as you can, on and off a few times to draw the pimple out

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.

See how to pop a pimple the right way here.

(Always err on the side of caution, usually a blind pimple should never be squeezed 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 and just keep reducing it as much as possible.

What’s The Best Way To Get Rid Of Your Blind Pimple?

  • If you’ve successfully drawn it to a head, the white will appear closer to the surface of the skin
  • You can squeeze it—very carefully and only if the inflammation has completely reducedYou can usually tell its ready as it looks like it’s about to pop on its own!

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