5 Ways To Banish Blind Pimples
Acne and spots are the absolute worst, aren’t they? They can be a total downer for your self esteem too. We’ve all been there - woken up on the day of an important meeting, date or special social occasion and there glaring back at us in the mirror is Mrs Zit! Cue an eye roll, a big long sigh, and several attempts at concealing it with make up, scarves, hair or hands!
Oh, and have you ever had a blind pimple? A blind pimple is also referred to as cystic or nodule acne. These pimples hide below the surface and never develop a head. And yeah, the spot sometimes isn’t noticeable from a distance, but man, can you can feel the lump!
A blind pimple develops from a combination of bacteria, oil (or sebum) and dirt that becomes blocked in the pore. Usually, a cystic spot is triggered by a surge of hormones, so you might find they occur more frequently around the end or beginning of your menstrual cycle. When one appears, you might notice a large white area under your skin that’s really painful to touch and/or there could be redness from swelling and inflammation of the surrounding skin.
So, blind pimples are not your regular, run-of-the-mill spots, which means they shouldn’t be treated like they are either. They can often last way longer than your average zit too. However, they are normal and lots of people get them so try not to freak out!
Now, you’re in safe hands because the Organica team have been lifting the lid on how to deal with blind pimples, and together we’ve consolidated the 5 most natural, efficient and effective ways of dealing with a cystic spot. The below will help get your skin back on track to looking and feeling its natural best.
Warm compresses can help relieve the pain of a blind pimple. The heat will also assist the zit in releasing the trapped muck and start healing. Simply soak a clean wash cloth in hot water and hold onto the affected area for 10-15 minutes - make sure it’s not so hot you burn yourself!
No Popping, Pressing or Picking
The rule for all pimples is: not to pop! Not only are you putting all the germs you’ve touched elsewhere on an already infected pimple but when we pop a spot, we can actually push bacteria and dead skin deeper rather than out!
In a blind pimples case, unfortunately they are quite literally unpoppable. If there’s no head, then there’s no way. A blind pimple is so deep below the skin’s surface that if you try to pop, you’ll just cause scarring to your skin by trying to squeeze it. Patience is key with these kind of pimples.
Try An Acne Sticker/Band Aid
When you have some time at home, or if you’re happy sleeping in one, try wearing a specialised acne sticker/pimple patch or band aid to help draw the dirt and oil up and out.
Ice, Ice Baby
A warm compress is great for encouraging the spot to release and reduce, but sometimes ice can be useful for reducing the swelling and inflammation that can accompany a blind pimple. Gently cleanse the face and then pop some ice cubes into a clean towel. Hold the icy towel on the pimple for 5 minutes, take a break of the same length, then repeat for a further 5 minutes.
Clean & Moisturize
Ensure that your entire face is clean and make sure you’re gentle when it comes to cleansing too. This way you’ll wipe away grime without stripping the skin of its natural nutrients. We don’t want to irritate it further either.
Next up is moisture. Try Organica’s 100% organic Rosehip Oil. Our cold-pressed rosehip seed oil is packed with skin-enriching vitamins that nourish, lift and tighten pores, soothe any redness and calm blemishes. It doesn’t have a greasy finish, so it provides plenty of hydration without over-clogging. It’s a fast-acting oil so will fight acne & oxidization whilst rapidly settling sensitive or blemished skin. It’s also hypoallergenic and cruelty-free!
Alternatively, you can try tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can act as a less harsh alternative to antibiotics and over the counter acne creams.
Another natural option is raw honey. Honey contains organic antimicrobial properties that help banish bacteria. Apply a small amount to the affected area, after properly cleansing, and sleep in it. Make sure to clean the skin again in the morning.
Oh and make sure you’re keeping what your face comes into contact with clean too. Wash your hands regularly - you touch your face far more often than you realise. And how often are you changing your pillowcase? This should be at least once a week. It’s what your face directly lies on the most!
Blind acne is definitely challenging, painful and problematic but with patience, perseverance and the right approach, managing cycstic acne is possible. The quality of our skin can contribute so much to our mental health, so a great skin care routine is key to help keep your confidence high and your smile wide.
However, it’s probably worth checking in with a dermatologist if you’re getting blind pimples really regularly or if a stubborn one won’t respond to natural treatments and hasn’t gone away after a few weeks.
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