How to Get Rid of Blind Pimples Quickly and Naturally

How to Get Rid of Blind Pimples

Pimples under the skin are usually called blind pimples and they cause pain because they occur deep under this skin close to nerves. Blind pimples are caused by the same things that cause acne – excess sebum gets clogged in the skin’s pores and becomes infected. This leads to swelling, redness, and pus. With blind pimples, however, all you may notice is a painful red or pink lump on the skin’s surface. The most common place for blind pimples is on your face, especially around your chin and on your nose

Usually, pimples under the skin don’t develop whiteheads on the surface of the skin, however, some home remedies can help bring the spot to a head. You should never squeeze blind pimples because you risk spreading the infection even deeper and aggravating the pimple under your skin to become even more painful.

Many dermatologists recommend using anti-inflammatory and antibacterial topical applications to get rid of blind pimples. In this article, I’m going to look at the many effective natural home treatments that you can use to heal and prevent pimples under the skin.

Home Remedies for Blind Pimples

Tea Tree Essential Oil for Blind Pimples

Tea tree essential oil kills the bacteria that causes pimples and is effective in topical applications to get rid of under skin pimples quickly. You can also use tea tree oil to prevent further outbreaks of acne and blind pimples and to alleviate soreness and redness.

Tea tree oil has also been proven to be just as effective as popular acne medications in treating acne. For example, a study published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews found that a topical application of 5% tea tree oil was just as effective as benzoyl peroxide (a pharmaceutical drug used to treat acne) in reducing the appearance of acne. It also caused fewer side effects, helped to reduce itchiness and didn’t dry the skin as much as benzoyl peroxide.1

To use the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil to treat painful pimples under the skin, you can mix some tea tree oil with coconut oil to make a spot-fighting skin cleanser. Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory2 and antibacterial benefits.3

Mix together 10-12 drops of tea tree oil with 1 oz. coconut oil. This will give you a 2% tea tree oil concentration. If you want to add more tea tree oil to increase the antibacterial benefits, you shouldn’t add any more than 25 drops of tea tree oil (5% concentration as was in the study).

Dip a small cotton ball or Q-tip in the tea tree oil mixture and gently cleanse the area where you have the blind pimple. Leave for 30 minutes so that the mixture penetrates your skin and kills off the bacteria causing your pimple. Repeat this once a day until the pimple under your skin has disappeared. Remember, you only need to use a little amount of the mixture because a little goes a long way.

Although essential oils should never be applied directly to your skin, you can use a small amount of tea tree oil on a small area of skin (spot treatment). To help dry out a blind pimple and reduce the inflammation, take a cotton swab and put a few drops of tea tree oil on it. Gently dab the tea tree oil directly onto the painful lump. This should help to destroy the bacteria causing the pimple and help it to heal quicker.

Tea tree oil is just one of many essential oils that are effective in treating the symptoms of acne. If you want to find out which other essential oils you can use, please read my article about the best essential oils for acne.


Honey is an amazing natural anti-bacterial remedy for treating all kinds of skin complaints, including pimples under the skin, acne, and whiteheads. Honey can be applied directly to the skin or it can be mixed with other natural ingredients to make an exfoliating scrub or a cleansing face mask.

The antibacterial benefits of honey were outlined in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. It reported that honey has broad-spectrum antibacterial activity and can help treat and prevent many skin infections. It also promotes healing of wounds.4

The best kind of honey to use for treating pimples is Manuka honey; however, you can also use any organic, raw honey. Using clean hands, gently massage some honey into the area in and around the pimple under your skin. Cover with a warm damp towel for 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Repeat the application daily until the blind pimple has gone completely.

To make a honey face mask to get rid of under skin pimples you should mix 1 tbsp. honey with 1 tbsp. jojoba oil or almond oil and add 3 drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil. Apply the natural remedy to your skin and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Use the honey face mask several times a week to heal a blind pimple and other types of pimples. For more information, read my article about the top 10 honey face masks for all skin types.

You can also regularly apply a little honey throughout the day directly on the blind pimple or any other bump on face to help it heal quicker.

Apple and Honey Mask for Blind Pimples

You can make a healing mask from apples and honey to speed up the healing process of under skin pimples. Honey has bacteria-fighting properties and apples contain malic acid which helps to tone the skin.

To make a honey and apple face mask, you should mix 1 tbsp. mashed apple pulp with 1 tbsp. raw honey. Apply the mask to your skin, making sure that the area where you have the blind pimple is well covered. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Apply the honey and apple mask daily to treat outbreaks of pimples.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is an effective cleansing and exfoliating treatment to kill the bacteria that cause pimples under the skin. The acidic properties of ACV can also help to dissolve the dead skin cells which cause infection in pores. ACV also makes a great facial toner to unclog pores and remove excess oil from your skin.

It is very easy to make a natural toner using ACV to cleanse your skin and unblock pores. Mix together equal parts of raw ACV and water. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and gently apply to the blind pimple. It may sting at first, but this is just a natural reaction to the acidic properties of ACV. Do this daily to cleanse your skin and get rid of blind pimples.

There are other benefits of washing your face with apple cider vinegar that you can read about on my website. ACV is also a great home remedy for sebaceous cysts.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has antibacterial benefits and is a great natural remedy to dry up pimples and get rid of pimples under the skin. You can use baking soda as a spot treatment to get rid of any blind pimple quickly and effectively.

Studies into the benefits of baking soda have found that it is an effective antibacterial agent which can help wounds and skin lesions to heal quickly.

Apply a baking soda paste to quickly get rid of a pimple under your skin. You should add enough water to a teaspoon of baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply the paste directly to the area of skin where you have a blind pimple. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Repeat the process 2-3 times a week to effectively heal a blind pimple.

Baking soda can also be used with other natural ingredients to help you get and keep healthy looking skin. In my article on how to use baking soda for gorgeous face and skin, you can find more recipes on how to use it together with coconut oil, lemon oil, witch hazel and even ground oats.

Lemon Juice

Another effective home remedy for an under skin pimple is to use lemon juice. Lemon juice is a natural astringent which can help to dry out pimples and reduce the inflammation. As with ACV, the acidic content of lemon juice can help to kill bacteria that cause pimples to appear.

To clear up a blind pimple using lemon juice, you should soak a cotton pad in lemon juice and put the pad onto the inflamed skin area. Leave for 15 minutes to let the lemon juice dry up the pimple and fight the bacteria. Rinse the affected area with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Repeat the process 3 times a day for several days and you should notice that the pimple under your skin goes away completely. Always remember to moisturize your skin after applying the lemon juice.

Aloe Vera

The antibacterial properties of aloe vera can help to treat inflamed and damaged skin. Aloe vera is also a natural moisturizer which helps to provide a protective barrier on the skin to prevent further infection.

You can use aloe vera directly on the blind pimple to reduce swelling, redness, and discomfort. The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that aloe vera reduces skin redness and inflammation, helps wounds to heal quicker, and increases the skin’s production of collagen.5

Apply pure aloe vera gel directly onto the painful area on and around the blind pimple. You don’t need to rinse your skin as the skin will absorb the aloe vera. You should apply the aloe vera gel twice a day to completely get rid of a pimple under your skin.

Witch Hazel

You can also treat under skin pimples with witch hazel. The astringent properties of witch hazel dry out pimples and help to speed up the healing process. Witch hazel is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent which can help to reduce redness and swelling on the skin.6

Use witch hazel to heal blind pimples by using a cotton ball and applying the witch hazel to the affected skin area. Use the witch hazel to cleanse the inflamed lump 3 times a day until the blind pimple disappears.

Alternatively, you can add some essential oils to witch hazel to boost its effectiveness in getting rid of under skin pimples. All you have to do is add 3 drops of tea tree oil and 3 drops of lavender oil to 1 oz. witch hazel. Apply the witch hazel mixture with a cotton ball to fight the bacteria that is causing the swelling and inflammation.

You can read about many other ways to use witch hazel for acne to keep your skin clear and spot-free.

How to Pop a Blind Pimple

You should always avoid the temptation to squeeze or pop a pimple that is under the skin with no visible head. The above-mentioned home remedies should help to kill the bacteria that are causing the inflammation and dry out pimples so that it goes away completely.

However, sometimes, the pimple will continue to be inflamed and painful. In these cases, you can use some effective home remedies to bring blind pimples to a head before popping it. Please remember not to pop a pimple too early; otherwise, the infection will spread deeper into your skin resulting in more pain and possibly acne scars.

Use a warm compress to bring a blind pimple to a head before popping it. To do this, soak a clean facecloth in hot water and gently press it on the blind pimple for a few minutes. Do this 3 to 4 times a day until you notice a white head on the pimple.

You can also use a black tea bag to make a warm compress. The tannins in black tea also act as a natural astringent and will reduce inflammation around the pimple under your skin.

When the pimple has developed a white head you can now carefully pop it. Dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman recommends doing the following:7

  • To prevent bacteria spreading, first of all, thoroughly clean your hands and under your fingernails.
  • Sterilize a sharp pin by putting it through a flame.
  • Use alcohol to wipe the pin, the area around the pimple, and also your fingers.
  • Wrap your fingers in a clean tissue.
  • Carefully pierce the tip of the pimple with the pin.
  • Using your fingers, gently squeeze the area around the pimple. The pus should come out easily without having to exert too much pressure. Stop if no pus comes out because the pimple isn’t ready to be popped.
  • Once you have squeezed all the pus out of the pimple, wipe it with some alcohol to prevent the spread of bacteria to other pores in your skin.

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3. Baking Soda for Acne and Pimples – The Complete Guide
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