Pimples. These annoying bumps that appear on our skin, irritatingly tempt us to squeeze the life out of them to make those angry little lumps disappear. They appear for several reasons, mostly due to skin pores trapping dirt, sebum and bacteria and forming some kind of topical inflammation. In some cases, subcutaneous lipid pockets are infected by bacteria or other pathogenic agents which leads to forming “blind pimples”. Now, this is the most annoying and tricky type of pimple since it’s out of reach and located beneath layers of skin. All you can feel is a hard lump right under the spot. Blind pimples are generally painful to the touch and may itch as well.
You may want to squeeze these lumps and get them out, but we’re telling you otherwise. Squeezing it definitely not the best idea. With proper care and treatments you can heal those annoying lumps. Here’s a list of basic recommendations to heal blind pimples.
1. Do Not Squeeze or Pop Them
Popping pimples is indeed a guilty pleasure. But in case of blind ones, you should resist the urge to squeeze them. It gets worse when you see nothing come out, and squeeze harder. This may cause the pimple to pop beneath your skin, and it will form inflammation once popped. In the end you’ll be left with a larger, swollen lump that causes double the pain.
If you’re too stubborn to get the pus out, you might break the skin and cause scarring. This will leave permanent marks on your skin and you definitely don’t want that. Just let the pimple be, and instead of trying to get it out, treat it properly and gently.
2. Apply Warm Compress
Best treatments for blind pimples are compresses, both warm and cold. These methods are definitely helpful to reduce pain and inflammation. Warm compress is extra helpful for it gradually expands connective tissues and guides the pimple to the surface of your skin.
Soak a towel in hot water and apply it on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Wait at least half an hour before applying again. Repeat this about four times a day. Soon you’ll notice the white head peeking, but still-no squeezing! Let the pimple dry or release pus on its own. Unnecessary pressure causes the adjacent tissues to tear, hence increasing inflammation.
Cold compress helps with the inflammation and eases the pain. You can wrap a bag of frozen peas in a towel and press it lightly onto the affected area. Leave for 15 seconds and take it off. Make sure the compress you use isn’t too hot or too cold.
3. Apply Topical Antibiotics
Since bacteria is a major culprit behind blind pimples, you can use topical antibiotics to heal the inflammation and accelerate treatment process. Products such as clindamycin and erythromycin are most commonly used along with anti-acne solutions such as benzoyl peroxide. These formulas include acidic substances, salicylic acid in particular, that dry up sebum and kill bacteria.
If pimples tend to form in the same area, you can apply the antibiotic regularly to prevent further pimple development. Also remember to cleanse your skin to prevent further pimple development.
4. Wear Acne Stickers
Acne stickers are designed to be worn over pimples. They contain antibiotic chemicals that are functionally similar to topical products. You can wear acne stickers through the day and let them be, but make sure you change them after 24 hours or usage.
5. Apply Tea Tree Oil
This natural remedy is of gentle nature and acts as a harmless antibiotic that is available over the counter in most pharmacies. For maximum efficacy, find the product that contains at least 5 percent pure tea tree oil. Apply the oil twice a day. Keep it up until the pimple is gone.
Warning: Do not apply 100% pure tea tree oil for it can be harmful. If you have pure oil available, dilute it with some carrier oil by 1:1 proportion. This substance is safe for topical application, but remember never to ingest it.
6. Use Raw Honey
Honey is a safe remedy with acidic contents. It has basic antibiotic functions which make it one of the best antibacterial products. Honey is used for many healing purposes, skin issues included. Before application, make the honey raw and not the industrial type. This means the regular grocery honey is unlikely to leave the same effects. Apply a small amount on affected area, and let it be for at least 6 hours.
Last but not least, if a blind pimple takes irregularly long to heal, you tend to find way too many pimples on your skin in a given time or there’s a swollen and hard lump that is extremely painful and stinging to the touch, make sure you see a dermatologist as soon as possible. You might have a condition that may require serious care and treatment to prevent further issues.