What Are Blind Pimples And How To Get Rid Of Them?
They say ‘the biggest threats are the ones you can’t see’ and never has it been more true than in the case of blind pimples. The nodules and spots that are rooted below the skin’s surface are almost invisible, but unfortunately, not quite. In the right (or very, very wrong) light, blind pimples are glaringly obviously, making your skin appear bumpy, red and feeling pretty painful too.
We’ve got everything you need to know about those pesky spots and how to treat them…
What Are They?
“Blind spots are deep cysts under the skin,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, “Essentially, these are oil-filled balloons without a connection to the surface of the skin, making them unpickable.”
Unpickable. Great. So, you can’t squeeze a cyst because it doesn’t rear a visible head – which means no relief.
What Causes Blind Pimples?
Despite what you might think, blind pimples aren’t usually caused by forgetting to take off last night’s makeup.
“They’re typically triggered by a surge of hormones, which is why they commonly occur around a woman’s menstrual cycle,” Rouleau says. “During this time, the skin’s oil glands become hypersensitive to the hormone surge and then react by overproducing sebum, which can become engorged, swollen, or hardened.”
So, they’re not exactly our fault, but can we treat them?
Do They Go Away On Their Own?
The answer is fortunately, yes. But it might take a take (and when we say ‘might’, we mean it definitely will). Most of the time, blind pimples go away on their own after a few weeks or a few months.
So, How Do I Get Rid Of Blind Pimples?
Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix and there’s certainly no cheap fix either. The most effective way to get rid blind spots is a cortisone injection from a registered dermatologist. From anywhere between £50 to £200, cortisone shots are certainly pricey, but they do work. Around 24 hours after your injection, large painful spots will be dramatically reduced.