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How to Get Rid of Under the Skin Pimples

How to Get Rid of Under the Skin Pimples

Pimples, acne or sebaceous cysts, all are unpleasant and painful but the blind pimples or the under the skin pimples are more so because it is near the nerves deep within your skin. If you feel pain and swelling on your chin, nose or behind the ears, you should become ready for a red pimple that can now burst anytime through the surface of your skin. For the time being you can only see a slightly pink area of inflamed skin there. While nose and behind the ears are the most common areas where under the skin pimples develop, they can form anywhere on the surface of your face. The causes for these blind pimples are similar to the other types of pimples and acne which is overactive sebaceous glands. These glands produce excess oil which leads to clogged pores that trap dust and then become thriving ground for bacteria.

Why under the Skin Pimples are Called Blind Pimples

The under the skin pimples are called blind pimples as they do not have head. They are larger than average pimple as there is more inflammation due to its deep site within your skin. This also makes blind pimples more painful. Closeness to the nerves is also one of the reason why these under the skin blind pimples are more painful than the normal ones. While most of the pimples form a whitehead or a blackhead, a blind pimple under skin gives an appearance that looks like a swollen pink bump onto your skin. Blind pimples are also known as papule.

Homemade Remedies for Under the Skin Pimples

There are many home remedies that will make you get rid of blind pimples. Some of these remedies help bring these blind pimples to head and some others protect you from the infection that may be caused by them under your skin.

1. Warm Compress for Under the Skin Pimples

Like the average pimples, blind pimples also develop when oil and bacteria enter the skin pores where the bacteria keeps on growing, trapping the oil. It becomes a little more difficult to get rid of a pimple deep under your skin. When you take help of a warm compress, it softens the plug and draws oil and bacteria to the surface.

Get this:

  • Warm water
  • Washcloth

Do this:

  • Soak the washcloth in warm water and squeeze out the excess water. You need just a dampened washcloth which is warm.
  • Now fold the washcloth and place it over the area where you have a pimple under skin.
  • Let the warm compress rest there for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

This warm compress treatment will bring your blind pimple to head within 3-4 days. Then the oil and bacteria ridden fluid will seep out of it. This relieves pressure and reduces redness giving you freedom from pain.

2. Milk for Under the Skin Pimples

Milk has always been considered good for skin and it is included in many home remedies for skin related issues. You can also use milk to get rid of under the skin pimples. As milk has alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), it helps unclog the clogged pores by removing the outer layer of dead skin. It also removes the oil and dirt that get accumulated in the clogged pores. AHA in milk also helps make your skin smooth and soft.

Get this:

  • Milk
  • Cotton ball
  • Lukewarm water

Do this:

  • Soak the cotton ball in milk and squeeze out the excessive milk.
  • Now apply milk with this cotton ball on the area where you have a blind pimple.
  • Once applied, leave the milk on the skin for about ten minutes.
  • Then wash your skin with lukewarm water.
  • Do this 3-4 times a day.

[Also Read: 10 Most Easy Remedies for Pimples]

3. Tea Tree Oil for Under the Skin Pimples

Tea tree oil is a great remedy for almost all skin problems due to its excellent anti-bacterial properties. As we know very well those pimples and also the blind pimples have oil and dirt trapped in the clogged pores that give rise to bacterial infection. The antibacterial tea tree oil helps kill bacteria that are the underlying cause of pimples. It also prevents further pimple outbreaks. This proven medicinal oil also quickens the healing process as it acts like a cleanser and penetrates deep into the skin. This helps open the clogged pores faster and better. However, never use tea tree oil undiluted. Always dilute it before you apply this to your skin.

Get this:

  • Tea tree oil- 1 part (for example, 1 drop or 1 tsp)
  • Water- 9 parts (for example, 9 drops or 9 tsp)
  • Cotton ball

Do this:


  • Add the tea tree oil to the water and mix well.
  • Now dip the cotton ball into this solution.
  • Apply this to your blind pimple.
  • Leave it there for about 10 minutes.
  • Now wash it off with some lukewarm water. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin as tea tree oil dries out your skin too.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.

Precaution: If you have too sensitive skin, it would be appropriate to use aloe vera gel instead of water to dilute the tea tree oil.

4. Honey for Under the Skin Pimples

Honey has been known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties since ancient times. Not only the average pimples, honey is equally good a remedy for blind pimples too. It combats bacteria in an effective manner. Not only this, honey also cleanses your skin to open up the clogged pores and removes any scar that you might have got due to the pimples.

Get this:

  • Honey
  • Lukewarm water

Do this:

  • Apply honey to the area of your skin where you have a blind pimple.
  • Leave it there for about 20 minutes.
  • Then wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.

5. Apple-Honey Remedy for Pimple under Skin

While honey itself is fine for fighting off pimples and the blind pimples, it becomes even more effective when you use it with apple pulp. Apple contains malic acid which is one of the Alpha hydroxy acids. When you apply alpha hydroxy acids to your skin, it excellently moisturizes and removes dead skin cells. Malic acid is in fact used for treating acne and diminishing acne scars along with firming and smoothing skin. When used for acnes and pimples including those that are under the skin, alpha hydroxy acids act by removing dead skin cells. They are also able to increase the thickness of deeper layers of skin. This firms your skin. Thus, it makes sense to use apple pulp for treating blind pimples too. Add honey to this and make it anti-bacterial too.

Get this:

  • Apple pulp- 1 tbsp
  • Honey- 1 tbsp
  • Lukewarm water

Do this:

  • To get apple pulp, blend an apple. Take 1 tbsp of this apple pulp that you get after blending the apple.
  • Add honey to this.
  • Mix well and apply this to your skin where you have pimple under the skin.
  • Wait for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Do this once daily till you get rid of blind pimple.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Under the Skin Pimples

Apple cider vinegar promotes blood circulation. It also has antiseptic properties and thus prevents infection from bacterial growth that often triggers an outbreak of pimple. As apple cider vinegar acts as an astringent, it helps close the opened up pores and thus seals them off from being invaded by bacteria.

Get this:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton ball

Do this:

  • Soak the cotton ball in the vinegar.
  • Apply this to your blind pimple.
  • Leave it there only for very short time, may be for half a minute or 1 minute.
  • Wash off with water.
  • Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

Precaution- If you have too sensitive skin, you may like to dilute the apple cider vinegar with some water before applying it to your blind pimple.

7. Cinnamon-Honey for Pimple Under Skin

Honey is natural anti-bacterial agent. Cinnamon too, like honey, has anti-microbial properties. Thus, it too and can stop the growth of bacteria and fungi. This is due to the chemical cinnamaldehyde which is present in cinnamon. This gives it its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Honey and cinnamon together makes a strong remedy for pimples and acne including the under the skin pimples.

Get this:

  • Honey- 3 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder- 1 tsp

Do this:

  • Mix honey and cinnamon powder well to make a thick paste.
  • Apply this to your blind pimple.
  • Leave for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Now wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.

8. Lemon Juice to Get Rid of Blind Pimples

Citric acid present in lemon juice is also one of the alpha hydroxy acids. And as we now these acids make your skin smooth, firm and help remove dead skin cells. Lemon juice is also an astringent that naturally dries out the pimple under the skin. Not only this, lemon juice also perfectly cleanses your skin which helps remove bacteria and dirt. This speeds up the healing process of your blind pimple.

Get this:

  • Lemon juice freshly squeezed from a lemon- 1-2 tsp
  • Rose water (optional)- 1 tsp
  • Cotton ball

Do this:

  • You can always use lemon juice on your skin but when you dilute it with some rose water, it protects your skin, especially too sensitive skin.
  • If using rosewater, add it to the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Now dip the cotton ball in the lemon juice or the mixed solution made with lemon juice and rose water.
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with water.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.

9. Aloe Vera to Get Rid of Under the Skin Pimples

Aloe vera is widely used to treat blind pimples due to many properties that it holds. Their antibacterial property prevents bacteria from giving you infection and thus accelerates the healing process. It is also anti-inflammatory and thus reduces swelling and redness related to it. Magnesium lactate found in aloe vera gel gets you rid of itching. Not only this, the astringent nature of aloe gel helps remove excessive oil and dirt from the skin, even from deep within, so that you don’t face further breakouts. As if all this was not enough, aloe vera gel also helps you get rid of acne scars that may be there due to the pimples. This is due to its component called anthraquinone which provides essential nutrients to your skin and thus boosts cell regeneration and repair. The salicylic acid present in aloe vera gel unclogs your skin pores and thus gets you rid of pimples including those under the skin.

Get this:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Lemon juice and rosewater (optional)

Do this:

  • Apply pure aloe vera gel to your blind pimple.
  • Leave it there for about 15-20 minutes.
  • If you want, you can mix some lemon juice and rosewater to your aloe vera gel and then apply this to your pimple under the skin.
  • After about 20 minutes, wash off this with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.

10. Witch Hazel to Get Rid of Under the Skin Pimples

Witch hazel is the known natural astringent. Astringents can effectively contract the membranes and body tissues. This shrinking effect works upon the widely opened up pores. When the opened up skin pores close, they are protected from the further invasion of bacteria. Astringents are also skin toner and cleansers and they harden, dry and protect your skin from excessive oiliness. Witch hazel, being an astringent, contains all these properties and thus is a very good remedy for pimples.

Get this:

  • Witch hazel

Do this:

  • Simply apply witch hazel to your blind pimple.
  • Repeat this 2-3 times a day.

11. Epsom Salt for Pimples Under the Skin

Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfate that can be easily absorbed through your skin. Epsom salt effectively reduces inflammation and helps in effective muscle and nerve functioning. Sulfates in it help improve the absorption of nutrients as well as in flushing off toxins. It promotes the process called reverse osmosis which pulls salt out of your body’s porous structure along with harmful toxins. When you apply Epsom salt to your blind pimples, you facilitate the process of pulling out toxins including the infectious bacteria out of your skin. This helps in getting rid of your blind pimples.

Get this:

  • Epsom salt- 1 tsp
  • Hot water- 1/2 cup
  • Cotton ball

Do this:

  • Add Epsom salt to the hot water.
  • Mix it well till all the salt dissolves into the hot water.
  • Now let this water stand till the time it becomes lukewarm.
  • When the solution becomes lukewarm, dip the cotton ball in it and apply the water to your skin where you have blind pimple.
  • Let it dry on its own.
  • Once it dries off, wash it off with water.
  • Repeat this 2-3 times a day. Till this time, your blind pimple will come to head.

12. Ice for Blind Pimples

While hot compress is used to bring the blind pimples to head, sometimes ice is also recommended to be used to soothe the painful under the skin pimples. So, if you have a very tender and very painful blind pimple with excessive inflammation, you can consider using a cold ice compress too. Ice packs are particularly recommended if the pain from blind pimple is severe. Pain is caused by inflammation. When you apply ice, it cools the area and this cooling constricts the blood vessels thereby reducing blood supply to that area. Reduced blood supply helps fight off bacteria who cannot survive for long.


Get this:

  • Ice cubes
  • Clean cloth

Do this:

  • Wrap the ice cubes in the cloth to make an ice pack.
  • Now apply this cold compress to your skin with blind pimples for 10-15 minutes.
  • Whenever you feel too cold or numbness, remove the pack and apply again after sometime.
  • Repeat this 2-4 times a day but never keep the area cold with ice for more than than 15 minutes. This may damage your skin tissue.

Tips to Prevent Blind Pimples Under the Skin

The golden saying goes- Prevention is better than cure! Why go through all the pain and irritation you get from the pimples under the skin. Why not prevent them from developing at all. Here are the ways as to how you should prevent blind pimples from developing under your skin.

  1. Avoid stress because it causes hormonal imbalance in your body. This in turn leads to acne and pimple. Reducing stress will certainly help avoid breakout of blind pimples.
  2. Sleep well because sleeping heals your body and its painful conditions, blind pimples being one of them.
  3. Exercise regularly because when you are physically active, you help increase blood flow inside your body. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to your body cells to keep them healthy and disease free. It also contributes in flushing off toxins out of your body.
  4. Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated and to keep off the toxins. Lack of water in body leads to various complications in your body that may lead to blind pimples as well. It is proven that proper hydration improves skin elasticity and helps flush out impurities to make your skin glow.
  5. Have healthy and nutrient rich foods, especially fish oils and vitamin E. They stop inflammation and have positive effect on healthy cell growth.
  6. Other than fish oil and vitamin E, have lots of fruits and green veggies. Antioxidants that you get from them have anti-inflammatory effects and help keep toxins out of your body.
  7. Avoid having heavy fried or fatty foods. Including proteins, lean meats and complex carbohydrates to make your skin healthy. A healthy diet reduces the chances of having pimples including blind pimples.
  8. Never squeeze your pimples with your fingernails or fingertips. This may damage your skin leading to scars.
  9. Never use hot water on your skin. Always use warm water, even if doing so for some home remedy like when giving warm compress to your skin with blind pimple.
  10. Always keep your skin clean. Use a gentle cleanser to cleanse your skin every morning and night without fail. Dirt in your pores may lead to pimples. A cleanser with a blend of pure essential oils and natural ingredients help your skin rejuvenate.
  11. Gently exfoliate your skin regularly. Use some mild exfoliator or the natural ones like baking soda and water paste. Exfoliate while rubbing in gentle circles. This eliminates excess oil and dead cells that not only lead to pimples but also make them worse if you already have pimples on your skin. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.
  12. If you have been suggested to use toothpaste to get rid of blind pimple, you should know that this is not at all a good thing to do. This popular remedy for blind pimple in form of toothpaste might be useful for some people but in many cases toothpaste causes irritation to the skin. This may make the pimple under the skin even worse.

If even after taking all the preventive measures and following various home remedies for blind pimples, you do not get rid of the under the skin pimples, you must visit a dermatologist to diagnose the underlying cause for your recurring blind pimples.

About Sara

Sara is a Boston-based registered dietitian who works with clients to improve their health by optimizing nutrition. You can find her running, sweating in hot yoga, cooking in the kitchen, dining out, or exploring. Eating Food-Mostly Plants, and improving our relationship with food, is the secret to lifelong health in her eyes.

3 comments

  1. Wanted to reply to give you a massive thanks! I went ahead and followed the full guide that you linked to, and in less than a month I am now completely acne free. Whether this is a permanent thing I don’t know, but regardless I wanted to show my gratitude for your comment as it has helped me so much 🙂 xo

  2. I don't know if these will work because I don't even know what this thing on my cheek is. It's like a pimple with a perfect circle base and my mom is a nurse and she doesn't know either. Anyone have any information??

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