A blind pimple is acne that has developed beneath the surface of the skin. Blind pimples are usually not noticeable from a distance, but a person can feel it by running a finger over the skin’s surface.
Blind pimples do not initially have a head like some other types of pimples.
Acne affects around 50 million people in the United States each year, making it the most common skin condition.
What is a blind pimple?
A comedo is a typical acne lesion. Someone who has mild acne has whiteheads or blackheads that are called comedones. A closed comedo that stays under the skin is a whitehead, and an open comedo that reaches the surface of the skin is a blackhead.
A closed comedo that develops deep within the skin is called a blind pimple. A blind pimple may be painful if it is particularly deep in the skin’s layers.
A simple blind pimple can be dealt with at home and will often disappear on its own.
There is a range of home remedies that can speed up the healing process, including:
Never squeeze a blind pimple
Blind pimples are usually not positioned near the skin’s surface, which means that they cannot be “popped” like whiteheads.
Trying to pop a blind pimple can result in permanent scars, a more-noticeable pimple, the pimple becoming more painful, or an infection.
Squeezing the blind pimple also risks pushing the contents of the pimple — a blend of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria — deeper into the skin. This can lead to increased inflammation.
Apply a warm compress
Applying a warm compress can help to treat a blind pimple. The heat can open up pores, which may draw the pimple closer to the skin’s surface and create a head.
The formation of a head enables the sebum, cells, and bacteria to exit the skin.
The heat from the compress can also help to relieve pain.
To treat a blind pimple with a warm compress, a person should:
- Create a warm compress. Soak a clean washcloth in water that is hot, but not too hot to touch.
- Apply the warm compress. Hold the warm compress on the blind pimple for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the application three to four times a day until the blind pimple comes to a head and releases the pus.
- Keep the affected area clean. Make sure the area around the pimple is kept clean, and avoid touching it. Avoid using makeup until the pimple heals.
Try a pimple sticker
A pimple sticker or an acne dot is a tiny sticker that can be placed over a blind pimple. The sticker usually contains an agent that treats acne, such as salicylic acid.
Pimple stickers are thought to work by drawing out sebum, absorbing excess oil, reducing inflammation, and significantly reducing the size of blemishes.
Pimple stickers are available from drugstores. They are discreet, barely noticeable, and can be worn overnight or throughout the day.
The length of time that a person should wear a pimple sticker varies, but they usually need to be changed at least once every 24 hours. Pimple stickers are available to purchase online.
Try tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that may kill the bacteria that cause blind pimples. Two clinical trials have shown that a gel containing 5 percent tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne.
Another study found that tea tree oil significantly improved mild to moderate facial acne when applied to the face twice a day for 12 weeks. Tea tree oil is available to purchase online.
Some people find tea tree oil helpful for treating blind pimples. However, the American Academy of Dermatology says there is not enough evidence to recommend treating acne with tea tree oil.