Have you ever had an invisible pimple that feels tender, taut, and deep in the skin? A spot that despite having no "head", feels tender when you touch it?
If so, you’re likely familiar with what’s known as blind pimples. While it’s true blind pimples are easier to hide with concealer, they also last longer and are trickier to tackle. And perhaps worst of all, pimples under the skin can scar if you give in to the temptation of squeezing.
While we know blind pimples can be quite painful, what exactly are they? According to the experts, a blind pimple is similar to a regular blemish in that both are caused by the blockage of an oil gland which leads to an inflammatory reaction. The main difference is in the case of a blind pimple; the infection gets trapped deep in the skin, and because there is no “head” on the surface of your skin, pressure can build and cause tenderness.
If you can’t pick at or access deep pimples under your skin, how do you get rid of them? Our Effaclar Anti-Acne Starter Kit provides a skincare set to help you combat blind pimples. Follow four steps to target your pimple under the skin and be back to a radiant complexion in no time. See what to do with a blind pimple and improve acne-prone skin ahead.
WHAT IS A BLIND PIMPLE?
Pimples under the skin usually appear on the upper back, face and neck, as well as the chest. A common occurrence of adult acne and teenage acne, some blind pimples will eventually form a visible head. Others remain hidden and can trigger sensations like discomfort and tightness without ever coming to a head. This can make knowing what to do about a pimple under the skin confusing. Blind pimples are a common experience of those with acne-prone skin. Symptoms can include:
• Red or slightly inflamed skin
• Tenderness around area
• Lumps which can range in size
• Can go away on their own or remain if unaddressed
A primary feature of blind pimples is the tenderness they can cause. If you feel pain around the area, know that this is a normal sensation. The accumulation of pus and bacteria places pressure on the skin which can cause varying degrees of tenderness. For those wondering ‘does ice help blind pimples?’, it’s true that ice can assist with feelings of tenderness by addressing inflammation and swelling.
WHAT CAUSES BLIND PIMPLES?
Blind pimples develop when oil glands are clogged with a combination of sebum (oil), bacteria and dirt. Hormonal fluctuations – usually during pregnancy or puberty – can also cause an imbalanced flow of sebum, leading oil to become trapped in skin. As opposed to whiteheads or blackheads, an invisible pimple has no head, and ends up as a painful lump underneath skin. Those with acne-prone and oily skin tend to experience this phenomenon more. Causes of blind pimples can include:
• Ingrown hairs
• Trapped sebum
• Dead skin cells
How to care for a blind pimple under the skin?
Because of how deep-set pimples under the skin are, it’s important to avoid squeezing to try and pop them. This will only irritate them and can cause infection. Instead, use supportive formulas which help to unclog and exfoliate the area. The Effaclar range helps to purify oily and acne-prone skin. See what to put on a blind pimple for a clearer complexion.
1. Ice the offending spot
Most of the time when you discover an invisible pimple, it will still be small. Take this opportunity to ice it by holding a clean cold pack to the area for three rounds of five minutes on, ten minutes off. The cold will help to reduce inflammation and swelling.
2. Gently cleanse
Ensure your entire face—not just the pimple—is clean. Choose a gentle cleanser like Effaclar Foaming Gel Cleanser or Effaclar Micro-Peeling Purifying Gel Cleanser to whisk away grime without stripping – the last thing you want is to cause further disruption to skin. You could even use a micellar water to gently remove dirt and makeup first. Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra Oily Skin is a soap-free formula that both cleanses and purifies while leaving the skin feeling clean and fresh.
STEP 3: APPLY AN ANTI-ACNE PRODUCT
Look for blind pimples products that contains salicylic acid, a BHA which is particularly good at unclogging pores. Effaclar Duo (+) is one such formula – it targets redness-prone skin in skin and dries to a matte finish. If your blemish is a one-off, still apply the cream as a moisturiser to help avoid future breakouts. If you get regular pimples, apply all over the face daily.
Now you’ve dealt with the blind pimple on your chin, nose or wherever else on your face it happened to appear, to manage any future breakouts, ensure you’re keeping to a consistent skincare routine – cleansing to wash away bacteria, makeup and grime at the end of the day, and moisturising to help balance sebum levels.
If you break out a lot, visit your healthcare professional if you find your skincare routine isn’t helping. Blind pimples in particular may be linked to hormonal issues or reactions to skincare, sunscreen and makeup so don’t suffer in silence if you think this may be the case for you.
Learn more with our expert acne-prone-skin.
STEP 4: HYDRATE AND PROTECT
A non-comedogenic moisturiser helps keep oil-flow balanced, without clogging skin. To target an invisible pimple, make sure to moisturise daily with an oil-free formula. Effaclar Duo (+) Anti-Acne Moisturiser is a corrective formula that targets existing blemishes while hydrating skin. Niacinamide, aqua posae filiformis and mannose combine to improve skin’s balance and encourage skin renewal. The inclusion of procerad helps prevent acne hyperpigmentation.
To address what causes blind pimples, ensure that your skin in properly protected against external stressors. Apply broad spectrum and non-comedogenic sunscreen as your last daily step. Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ protects skin without clogging pores.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE.
Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.
TYPES OF PIMPLES
Blind pimples fall under the umbrella term ‘acne’, but they behave differently to those which have a visible head. All acne will occur where most oil glands sit – like on the face and the upper back. As discussed above, there are however unique steps involved in how to reduce blind pimples. If you do try to pop an invisible pimple, the bacteria and inflammation will be pushed further into skin. This can cause stress not only to surface skin but the collagen and scar tissue around it. Other kinds of pimples can include:
5. Cystic acne
Some imperfections share common symptoms, but each separate type will require its own kind of skincare support. To discover more about the different types of pimples and how to address them with skincare, read our guide on types of acne.
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