Blind pimples are deep bumps that form under the skin. They can be small or large, red and painful, or nearly invisible. Treatments may include home remedies or antibiotics.
Examples of home remedies include cold or warm compresses, raw honey, and over-the-counter remedies. If these don’t help or symptoms are severe, a doctor may prescribe medication such as antibiotics.
Blind pimples are acne that develops under the skin’s surface.
The pimple isn’t always noticeable, but you can usually feel the lump. The area may be painful or red and slightly inflamed.
Blind pimples can be stubborn. They don’t have heads that you can soften or “pop.” In some instances, you may be able to coax an opening to form at the head of a blind pimple.
Various treatments can help get rid of them safely and effectively.
The image gallery below shows what blind pimples may look like.
Blind pimples can be tough to get rid of, but there are many therapies you can try at home. Always make sure your hands are clean before you use any at-home treatment.
Don’t squeeze or pop
Blind pimples are too far below the skin to pop. Trying will only irritate them further and may cause infection or scarring. Instead of popping, try to bring the pimple to a head so it can exit the skin via other treatment methods.
Use a product containing benzoyl peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria under the skin. It’s a common ingredient in many over-the-counter (OTC) acne treatments and cleansers.
Apply a warm compress
Warm compresses can help ease pain. They’re also beneficial once a whitehead begins to form. Apply the warm compress for 10 to 15 minutes three to four times a day. This allows the pimple to release pus and heal.
Ice can reduce pain and swelling. As soon as you notice a pimple forming, wrap an ice cube in paper and apply to the area for 5–10 minutes. Do this twice more, waiting 10 minutes between applications.
Wear an acne patch
An acne patch is a small medicated bandage you place directly on the blind pimple. They typically contain acne-fighting agents, such as salicylic acid.
Acne patches can be purchased online or in drugstores. Make sure you follow the directions for use exactly.
Apply tea tree oil
For optimum effectiveness, use a product containing 5% tea tree oil or greater. Apply twice a day until the blind pimple heals completely.
Apply raw honey
Apply a small amount to the affected area and leave on overnight. Raw honey can also be mixed with water as a cleanser.
If blind pimples don’t resolve easily at home, are especially painful, or seem infected, seek out a dermatologist. Prescribed medications, including antibiotics, can sometimes help get rid of blind pimples.
Some clinical treatments include:
These can help get rid of any bacteria and reduce inflammation. If you get recurring blind pimples, such products may be used around the affected area as a preventive measure.
If you have sensitive skin, you may need to apply topical antibiotics once a day and see how your skin reacts before moving up to twice a day.
However, topical antibiotics aren’t effective by themselves. You’ll need to use them in conjunction with another type of acne product, such as benzoyl peroxide. The antibiotic gets rid of the bacteria and inflammation, while the benzoyl peroxide dries out the blind pimple.
Moderate to severe acne of all types is
If you have many blind pimples or blind pimples that seem to be infected your doctor may recommend oral antibiotics instead of or in addition to topical antibiotics.
Blind pimples can develop when sebum (oil), bacteria, and dirt become trapped deep within a hair follicle. The end result is a painful lump under your skin that doesn’t have a “head” as other pimples might have.
Hormonal fluctuations can also sometimes cause an overabundance of sebum in the skin. This may be most likely at specific times of your life, such as puberty or pregnancy.
Blind pimples can be hard to get rid of, but they’re treatable with patience and care.
Blind pimples differ from other types of pimples. This chart can help you identify the different types of pimples.
|Types of pimples||Characteristics|
|blackheads (a type of comedone)||an oil plug in a hair follicle that has an open head at the surface of the skin|
|whiteheads (a type of comedone)||a closed skin pore that’s clogged with oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells|
|papules||a raised, solid bump or bumps caused by irritation or friction, like shaving|
|pustules||inflamed whiteheads surrounded by a red ring|
|blind pimples (cystic acne)||painful, irritated bumps deep under the skin that don’t have an open head|
How do you get rid of a blind pimple?
Tips for treating a blind pimple include applying honey, using products that contain benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil, and applying cold or warm compresses. If it does not go away, a doctor may prescribe medication.
Whatever you do, avoid popping or squeezing, as this may make it worse.
What is the fastest way to get rid of a blind pimple?
There is no rapid way to get rid of a blind pimple, but it will go away in time. Various home and medical remedies can help.
Do blind pimples pop on their own?
A blind pimple may eventually disappear on its own but it won’t pop unless you cause it to. This is not a good idea, as it can spread bacteria and make the lesion worse.
Why do blind pimples feel hard?
Blind pimples form a cyst or nodule under the skin, unlike pimples on the surface. For this reason, they can feel hard and nobbly.
Blind pimples, also known as cystic acne, form deep within the skin and can be painful to the touch.
While blind pimples are a challenging type of acne to treat, they can sometimes be treated at home. That said, for chronic cases, a dermatologist can help you outline a personal treatment strategy to manage recurring blind pimples.