Blind Pimple: Causes, Symptoms And Home Remedies

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Blind Pimple: Causes, Symptoms And Home Remedies

A blind pimple refers to a type of pimple, also known as a zit, that forms beneath the skin's surface.

Blind Pimple: Causes, Symptoms And Home Remedies

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Unlike other pimples that display visible signs such as a whitehead, blackhead, or red bump, blind pimples remain hidden beneath the skin. Some blind pimples eventually rise to the surface and become visible blemishes, while others resolve without appearing externally.

Blind pimples tend to develop on the face, upper back, or chest. Although you may be able to detect the presence of a blind pimple by running your finger over the skin, it is not always noticeable as a visible bump. They can be both painful and bothersome however, there are various treatments available, such as warm compresses and topical creams, that can help shrink a blind pimple. It is important to avoid attempting to pop a blind pimple, as doing so can worsen the condition or lead to permanent scarring.

Blind pimples can affect anyone, regardless of age. While teenagers and young adults are more prone to developing various types of pimples, blind pimples can occur at any age. Having a family history of acne increases the likelihood of experiencing this skin condition. The exact prevalence of blind pimples is uncertain as healthcare providers do not have specific data on their occurrence. However, these subcutaneous pimples are typically associated with other forms of acne.

Symptoms of blind pimples

  1. A discrete lump or bump that is sometimes palpable beneath the skin

  2. Pain or discomfort in the affected area

  3. Swelling, inflammation, or redness in the surrounding region

  4. Certain whiteheads or blackheads initially manifest as blind pimples and progress from deeper layers of the skin to the surface

Causes of blind pimples

Blind pimples occur when sebum (oil), bacteria, and dirt become trapped deep within a hair follicle, resulting in a painful lump under the skin that lacks a visible "head" like other pimples. People with oily skin are more susceptible to blind pimples compared to those with dry skin.

Hormonal fluctuations can also contribute to the development of blind pimples. Certain life stages such as puberty or pregnancy may lead to excess sebum production in the skin. The use of certain medications can be a factor in the formation of blind pimples. Examples include oral corticosteroids and certain contraceptives.

Home remedies for blind pimples

Avoid squeezing or popping

Blind pimples are situated too deep beneath the skin to be effectively popped. Attempting to do so will only aggravate the condition, potentially leading to infection or scarring. Instead of popping, focus on bringing the pimple to a head to facilitate its exit from the skin using alternative treatment methods. Consider using a product containing benzoyl peroxide, effectively eliminating bacteria beneath the skin. Benzoyl peroxide is a widely used ingredient found in various over-the-counter (OTC) acne treatments and cleansers.

Apply a warm compress

This technique proves particularly helpful when a whitehead starts to develop. Apply the warm compress for 10 to 15 minutes, repeating this process three to four times a day. This method promotes the release of pus from the pimple and facilitates the healing process.

Use an acne patch

An acne patch is a small medicated bandage designed to be placed directly on the affected area. These patches often contain acne-fighting agents like salicylic acid. You can conveniently purchase them online or at your local drugstore.

Apply tea tree oil

Tea tree oil contains antimicrobial properties and can serve as a gentle alternative to antibiotics and over-the-counter treatments. Look for a product with at least 5 per cent tea tree oil for maximum effectiveness. Apply the oil twice a day until the blind pimple fully heals. To ensure safe application, dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil such as olive oil. 

Use raw honey 

Raw honey serves as a natural substitute for over-the-counter products. It possesses inherent antimicrobial properties that aid in eliminating bacteria. Gently apply a small quantity to the affected area and leave it on overnight. Alternatively, you can mix raw honey with water to create a cleansing solution.

Prevention of blind pimples

While it may not be possible to prevent all blind pimples, you can take steps to minimise their occurrence or exacerbation by following these guidelines:

Maintain clean skin: Wash your face in the evening, morning, and after sweating.

Hands-off approach: Refrain from picking at or squeezing blind pimples as this can worsen the condition.

Choose suitable skincare products: Opt for makeup, lotions, and creams that are non-comedogenic, meaning they do not clog pores.


Deep beneath the surface of the skin, blind pimples, commonly referred to as cystic acne, take root and can cause significant discomfort upon touch. Although treating blind pimples can be difficult, occasional instances can be addressed at home. However, in cases of persistent or recurring blind pimples, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a dermatologist.

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