A blind pimple is a painful breakout that lives just below the surface of the skin. While it might not have a head to it, it is a red bump that feels inflamed and tender to the touch. It can also be harder to camouflage than a regular pimple! This guide covers how I get rid of blind pimples fast – without popping and damaging the skin.

what is a blind pimple

What Is A Blind Pimple?

Here is a more in-depth explanation:

As mentioned above, this is a type of breakout that develops beneath the skin surface. It forms just like a regular breakout from oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The breakout just gets trapped under the skin, creating a painful lump, without a whitehead. It is acne under the skin. While it’s not as unpleasant as a whitehead to look at, the nodule or “knot” that forms under the skin can be harder to get rid of.

Blind Pimple Diagram

blind pimple diagram
Stages of skin acne anatomy illustration – created by britches https://www.freepik.com/vectors/education

How Do You Get Rid Of A Blind Pimple Fast?

There are lots of easy ways to get rid of a blind pimple.

Before I get started though, remember to never pick your pimples! Doing so can lead to infections, deep scarring, and can keep pimples under the skin for months.

So, should I leave a blind pimple alone? Yes! Also, don’t try to pop a blind pimple with a pin! That is another way to cause a huge infection. Instead, read this article for more information on how to get continual pimples to go away for good.

Read More: Pimple Keeps Coming Back After Popping? Here’s 4 Easy Fixes

Now, here are 4 ways to get rid of a blind pimple ASAP!

1. Use A Zit Patch

Zit patches are ingenious inventions – I’m so glad they are available to acne sufferers! There are even different kinds of patches for whatever acne-related problem you might have. Specifically, ZitSticka has patches that work on “underground” blind pimples.

zit patches for how to get rid of blind pimple

The patch contains micro darts that deliver ingredients to help calm the breakout. This makes the budding spot smaller overnight! You can read more about ZitSticka below:

ZitSticka Reviews: KILLA + Hyperfade

2. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid works to unblock the pores by removing the layer of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. It can also relieve inflammation. By applying this ingredient to your blind pimple, it gently works to get to the “center” of the problem and stop the storm from brewing under the skin. There are salicylic acid toners, or spot treatments that would do the trick!

3. Apply Sea Salt Water

A crazy but really effective solution I swear by is saltwater. In the past, I suffered from an outbreak of TERRIBLE, painful, infected underground cysts that were a result of bad derma rolling. I thought all was lost in terms of having clear skin, but applying a warm salt water solution to the affected areas worked its magic. It soothed my skin and flushed out the dirt and pus in the nodules. Within a week my skin had healed completely.

You may be wondering – wouldn’t salt water on the skin dry it out and irritate it?

If you use pure sea salt, it contains nourishing minerals that actually repair and soothe the skin. When mixed in water in an equal ratio, it doesn’t dry out the skin at all. Have you noticed that when you swim in the ocean, acne seems to heal? It’s the same effect in a more controlled environment. Using warm sea salt water on underground pimples can really work to open and loosen up the clogged pore, heal it, and get it back to normal fast.

If you are curious about how to use sea salt, I have written out my detailed routine in this blog post:

Read More: Does Salt Water Help Acne? Only With This Unique Routine!

4. Use Linoleic Oils In Your Routine

Here is an even crazier solution than sea salt – I also use oil to get rid of blind pimples!

Hear me out! I swear by rosehip oil. It contains a high amount of linoleic oils which work wonders for acne-prone skin. It basically helps make the sebum on your skin more slippery and less likely to clog pores. This in turn prevents acne!

Adding in this Pai Bioregenerate Rosehip Oil to your routine will definitely give you more clear, glowing skin. Just read the reviews too! If you apply this oil daily, it will work to unclog and break up the infected pore. The vitamin C, E, and fatty acids in rosehip oil will also work to heal/regenerate the skin, and keep acne away.

5. Cortisone Shots

What does a cortisone shot do for a pimple? If you have a nodule that is painful, injecting a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid can help the blind pimple resolve in days vs. weeks! This is done in the dermatologist’s office and would be ideal if you have a big event coming up and need the underground pimple gone fast.

According to this dermatology website, it says that a cyst can shrink almost immediately after a cortisone shot!

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Do Blind Pimples Come To A Head?

A blind pimple won’t typically come to a head unless you help it. This website mentions holding a warm compress against the breakout for about 10 minutes 3-4 times a day until it releases the pus.

You can do that technique, then use the methods listed above to help speed the process. Just make sure to gently warm up the blind pimple, and not forcefully pop/pick it. Using a rag soaked in warm salt water would also be a miracle worker!

Will A Blind Pimple Go Away On Its Own?

According to dermatologists, most of the time blind pimples can go away on their own.

How Long Does It Take For A Blind Pimple To Go Away?

It will probably take a while though – weeks to months.

The problem with not doing anything is that you might be tempted to pick at the blind pimple, causing a higher chance of infection or scarring.

My best bet was to try out the solutions mentioned above to help my skin heal, and fast. Let me know what you think of these solutions in the comments below!

Best, Mia

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