Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimised by a blind pimple hiding under the skin. Yup, we thought there might be a few of you! While they might not look as scary to everyone else as your run of the mill pimples, they can often be quite painful and annoyingly unpoppable. We’re going to chat all things blind pimples: what they are and how to get rid of under the skin pimples overnight. That way, you’re not going in blind (sorry, we had to!).
What are Blind Pimples?
Before we delve into the nitty gritty, let’s establish what a blind pimple actually is. Blind pimples are essentially pimples that form under the skin. They form thanks to a mixture of bacteria and excess sebum, deeply clogging the pores, under the skin, leading to inflammation. They can also be caused by a cyst (benign growths filled with liquid) or a nodule (abnormal tissue growth) beneath the skin, but don’t worry, they aren’t as scary as they sound. As anyone who’s ever had a blind pimple will tell you, they can really hurt and can get quite angry. Think of it as a pressure that has built up and can’t be released.
Sometimes, these pimples will rise to the surface and appear as the whiteheads or blackheads we all know and love - not! Other times, blind pimples can stay hidden beneath the surface. In these situations, you may feel a bump over the surface of the skin and redness where the blind pimple is lurking.
The really annoying thing about these kinds of pimples is how stubborn they are. Unlike regular pimples that can be softened or, dare we say, popped, blind pimples are harder to get rid of.
How to Avoid Blind Pimples
Of course, the best blind pimple treatment is prevention. Keeping your skin clean and free from bacteria and sebum build up is going to do wonders for avoiding blind pimples. Cleansing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser is going to get rid of any nasties. If you find yourself struggling with blind pimples, or pimples regularly, try our The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Charcoal. Ideal for skin prone to congestion, this magical product is enriched with the detoxifying power of Charcoal, helping draw out any impurities and purify those pores.
After cleansing, fight congestion with our Fresh Sea and Salty Sand Gentle-Foliant, perfect to use a few times a week. This is going to unclog pores by clearing out any dead skin cells lurking. Then finish up with your favourite moisturiser.
Always stick with products that are non-acnegenic, meaning they won’t clog pores and cause acne. Seems like a no-brainer, hey? Well the scary thing is, there are a lot of products out there, particularly makeup products, that can clog pores. Looking for an everyday foundation that is kind to your skin? Our Liquid Mineral Foundation is lightweight and non-acnegenic so isn’t going to trigger any of those nasty blind pimples.
How to Get Rid of Pimples Under the Skin
Sometimes, despite doing all the right things for your skin, things like hormones or stress can send a blind pimple your way anyway. Life’s not fair, hey? That’s why you’ll want to take notes of these blind pimple treatments.
The first and most important rule: don’t pop it. We repeat: put down the tweezers! No matter how good you think your pimple popping skills are, that sucker is too deep for you to reach. By trying to pop a blind pimple, you risk pushing the congestion further into the skin and irritating it further, causing scarring. Let’s make sure we’re on the same page here; popping is not how to get rid of pimples under the skin.
Instead, you want to bring the pimple to a head. Even though the idea of having your pimple on full display is a big “no, thanks”, the sooner the head comes to the surface, the sooner it can be treated.
Start by applying a warm compress for 10-15 minutes a couple of times a day as soon as you sense one brewing. This will help ease the pain while encouraging it to the surface. You also want to keep the area clean to minimise any bacteria causing further issues.
Charcoal products are also going to be your best friend. The Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum is a powerful chemical exfoliator that is rich in AHAs to speed up cell renewal and decongest the skin. Plus, the big drawcard here is it draws out lumps under the surface of the skin, making it an amazing blind pimple treatment.
On nights where you need some down time and Netflix, reach for the Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask to detox skin and draw out impurities (read: blind pimples). The bentonite clay fights harmful bacteria and buffs away dead skin.
Now, on mornings where you wake up with the feeling of a blind pimple brewing, you won’t pull the covers over your face and hide; you’ll know exactly how to send that bad boy packing! If you need an extra helping hand dealing with pimples under the skin, chat to our skin consultants.