Blind Pimples are a true nightmare for the majority of people. They can’t be squeezed, they can’t be hidden with make-up, and they are painful when we touch them. If we have them on our face, a simple smile or facial expression is a reason for severe pains. Many try to squeeze them, hoping that the pimple will eventually make a ‘head’, but this is not the best idea, and you will only make it worse.
Table of Contents
- 1 Causes of blind pimples
- 2 Severe Causes of blind pimples – Cystic Acne
- 3 Cystic acne causes
- 4 How Long do Simple Blind Pimples Last?
- 5 How to get rid of blind pimples
- 6 How to treat blind pimples naturally
- 7 How to treat blind pimples at home
- 8 Special treatments for blind pimples
- 9 How to prevent blind pimples
Causes of blind pimples
The main reasons for the installment of a blind pimple are precarious hygiene, problems of the endocrine system, bacterial or fungal infections. Unlike the external pimples that we are so familiar with, the blind pimples last longer, they are more painful and harder to treat. The main non-hygiene related reason for blind pimples is blocking of the sebum glands, given by over-heating or over-cooling the skin.
Hormonal disorders or the bad functioning of the endocrine system caused by stress and depression are also other factors that have to be considered. As touching the face with dirty hands is the cause of external pimples in 80% of cases, it is normal for this to be the cause of blind pimples as well. Other common causes of pimples under the skin are hormonal disorders, excess fat under the skin or disorders of woman’s hormones.
Severe Causes of blind pimples – Cystic Acne
One particular case is the one of blind pimples on chin, which may be caused by hormonal disorders especially in women (cystic acne). If you observe such pimples, consult your doctor, as the simple cosmetic products you usually use in such cases will not be effective. Even if dirty hands are the cause of blind pimples in the majority of cases, you need to determine what caused the blind pimples before thinking about an effective treatment for those.
Many dermatologists consider the cystic acne as the most severe type of acne, and they admit that common treatments are mostly inefficient. It is likely caused by the P. acnes bacteria, which also causes the common acne. However, the lesions of the cystic acne are more painful and they present a greater risk of causing scars. The lesions in this case are in fact ruptures on the skin, pushing the blockages and inflammations, being the result of using common cosmetic products. As the lesions of the cystic acne are harder to treat, you must take this condition seriously and consider the possible treatment options only after consulting a specialist
Cystic acne causes
Unlike common acne, which is mostly caused by bad hygiene, cystic acne is usually caused by hormones. For unknown reasons, the sebum glands become sensitive to the excess hormones produced by the skin, and they react through an excessive production of sebum. Incapable of pushing the surplus of sebum from under the skin, the gland breaks itself and forms a membrane around the infection, in the deep layer of the skin (derma). The result is the installment of the acne cyst, followed by severe pain, showing as a blind pimple at the surface of the skin.
Even if there are many explanations for this kind of acne, it is possible for a genetic cause to be the reason for this condition.
As cystic acne is not visible until the follicle and the gland are severely affected, squeezing will probably be the most inefficient way of treating the problem, prolonging the healing time and increasing the risks of infections.
How Long do Simple Blind Pimples Last?
If you don’t suffer from Cystic Acne, you can consider treating your condition at home before going to the doctor. Depending on the cause of the blind pimples, some of them last about one-two weeks, but in some cases, if left untreated, those may not disappear. Especially if we are talking about a weakened immune system, blind pimples will appear and disappear in the same areas until the cause of the pimples is treated and completely eliminated. The answer to the question ‘How long blind pimples last’ is somehow irrelevant as long as blind pimples will re-appear as long as you don’t treat the cause behind their installment.
How to get rid of blind pimples
There are certain steps you need to follow to get rid of simple blind pimples. You need to eliminate the causes of inflammations and suppurations. You need to determine the exact cause of the blind pimples and solve that, and of course, you need to know how to prevent the blind pimples in the future. Avoid squeezing them, as you will only get a bigger infection. There is a special treatment for blind pimples, which has to be started by a doctor and then continued by a cosmetician, if natural treatments at home don’t work.
When you look closely in the mirror at a blind pimple, you will observe small pores on its top. Some people have more visible pores than others, and those people will probably assume that it is a good idea to squeeze them. The problem is, when those pores are cogged, as in this case, the sebum gathers under the skin and can’t get out.
How to treat blind pimples naturally
The severity of blind pimples varies from one person to another. If you only suffer from an isolated pimple at certain time intervals and the dimension of the pimple is more unpleasant than alarming, you can think about some natural and home remedies to treat the problem.
In case of multiple pimples with big dimensions that won’t disappear for a long time, you should visit your dermatologist. Those are stubborn, they won’t go away for weeks and any squeezing will do more bad than good. In those serious cases, a treatment with injectable cortisone is the common solution for this. A ‘cortisone shot’ will eliminate the blind pimple in less than 24 hours and the redness on skin will disappear 2-3 days later.
How to treat blind pimples at home
The most recommended natural treatment for blind pimples is compresses with hot water, which will help healing the inflamed zone faster. Another method is alternation of hot and iced compresses until you observe the head of the pimple and the reduction of the red area.
If the compresses with simple water don’t help, try the hot compresses with black tea. Heat the teabag as much as you can (make sure you don’t burn yourself) and apply on the pimple, reducing the swallowing and helping the pimple’s head to surface.
- Steam Baths
Steam Baths are true spoils for the skin, as they help you treat, fight, and prevent problems given by fat skin or sebum excess. The steam baths for your face have the same effects as the ones of body sauna: they detoxify the skin, eliminating the impurities and opening the pores.
For an infusion to treat blind pimples, the most suited plants are lavender, salvia, peppermint, green tea or thyme.
- Aspirin and Honey Masks
After cleaning the skin completely with soap (neutral PH), you can apply a mask with aspirin and honey. This will help reducing the inflammation and eliminating the bacteria from the internal layers of the skin.
You need three pills of aspirin, a teaspoon of honey and a bowl with 250ml of water. Squash the aspirin and mix it with honey. Leave the mixture in warm water until it becomes pasta. Leave it on the affected area for 20 minutes and remove it from the skin with warm water. You can use sodium bicarbonate instead of honey or even a combination of both. Bicarbonate neutralizes the skin PH, destroying the bacteria, which are the cause of blind pimples.
- Garlic and Clay Masks
Garlic and clay are also known remedies for external pimples, but just as effective in the case of blind pimples. Cut two or three cloves of garlic and rub them against the area of the blind pimple every night before sleeping. Once every two or three days, make a mask from clay and garlic, and apply it on the skin for 20-30 minutes.
Special treatments for blind pimples
If those simple methods won’t help you in removing the blind pimples, you should consult your dermatologist. You will probably have to follow a photodynamic therapy; a procedure which assumes applying a special cream on the affected areas and exposing those to a LED light repeatedly. Although the treatment means often visits to the dermatologist, and it is also pretty expensive, it is one of the most effective and useful methods to treat blind and external acne. The treatment assumes that the sebum glands are shirked, reducing the production of sebum and killing the P. acnes bacteria.
Oral Antibiotics. Different types of antibiotics are available for treating acne. All of those have to be discussed with the dermatologist. They are an option on the short term, but the secondary effects are also something to consider. Antibiotics should only be used along with products with a local effect against acne.
Hormonal therapy. For women, the excessive production of androgens is the main cause of blind pimples. Treatments that reduce the production of androgens are useful, but only after consulting your doctor, especially because those treatments sometimes have secondary effects.
How to prevent blind pimples
Cautious hygiene, cleaning the skin often and rejuvenating it with special scrubs and creams are fundamental processes that must be a part of your daily hygiene. At the same time, avoid touching your skin with dirty hands for the entire duration of the day. This way, you avoid the transmission of bacteria on your face. Remember that blind pimples on chin may be the sign of more severe hormonal problems, so consult your doctor immediately as soon as you observe them.
As long as bad hygiene is the main cause of blind pimples, a simple skin routine in usually enough to prevent those unwanted and annoying skin problems. Use a gentle cleaning product, soluble in water, at least twice a day. Use something made especially for sensitive and prone to acne skin.
Avoid solid state cosmetic products (non-liquid soaps). Use an exfoliating mask with aspirin at least once a week even if you don’t have blind pimples.
Use Benzoyl Peroxide based products every day to treat the areas where you think pimples may appear. It does not have side effects, and prevents inflammation of the skin. It does not create bacterial resistance like in the case of local anesthetics.
Don’t use a hydrating cream with emollients, as those can block the pores. Use a product with retinol to prevent cysts and nodules.