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 10 to 15 minutes three to four times a day. This allows the pimple to release pus and heal.
- 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. Tea tree oil contains antimicrobial compounds and may be a gentle alternative to antibiotics and OTC treatments. For optimum effectiveness, use a product containing 5 percent tea tree oil or greater. Apply twice a day until the blind pimple heals completely. Make sure to dilute tea tree oil first with a carrier oil, such as olive oil. Tea tree oil is safe enough for daily use.
- Apply raw honey. Raw honey is another natural alternative to OTC products. Honey has natural antimicrobial properties that help get rid of bacteria. Apply a small amount to the affected area and leave on overnight. Raw honey can also be mixed with water as a cleanser.
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If blind pimples don’t resolve easily at home, are especially painful, or seem infected, seek out a dermatologist. In some instances, prescribed medications including antibiotics can help get rid of blind pimples.
Some clinical treatments include:
These can help get rid of any bacteria that’s contributing to the blind pimple, and reduce inflammation. If you get recurring blind pimples, such products may be used around the affected area as a preventive measure.
The most common topical antibiotics for acne include clindamycin and erythromycin. These come in a gel formula that you apply twice a day.
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 often treated with oral antibiotics.
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.
Very painful, large, or swollen blind pimples may be treated with a cortisone injection. Your doctor will inject a diluted cortisone solution directly into each blind pimple.