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6 simple steps to quickly get rid of a blind pimple
Blind pimples are pesky, under the skin, cystic acne, that are more times than not ginormous, and incredibly painful. But the age old question is how to get rid of these monstrous beasts without tearing your face open and having it be a gaping hole for the next week - which would be very inconvenient when they appear just a few days before your school formal, or that upcoming first date. But lucky for you, we are going to explain what causes cystic acne, how to avoid it, and, if it’s too late, how to get rid of it ASAP!
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Keep reading to find out how to stop blind pimples from ruling your world!
Cystic acne is a pimple that occurs deeper in your skin, layers beneath the surface. Because of this, it has no head, which makes extracting the pimple incredibly difficult. Due to the pimple being so deep, it is closer to the nerve ending and can easily become very inflamed, hence the excruciating pain that comes with one!
Ways to avoid blind pimples?
To avoid blind pimples, you need to ensure your skin care game is up to scratch. Work out what skin type you have - you can do this by seeing a facialist, a dermatologist, or even by popping into a beauty counter and having them assess your skin. Once you know what kind of skin type you have, you can get your hands on the best products suited to you, and start taking care of your skin properly.
While taking care of your skin is extremely important, there are other factors that can cause us to breakout, too. Try and avoid junk foods and high sugar drinks - these things can cause inflammation within our skin and can often lead to breakouts and blind pimples. Also upping your water intake will help flush out toxins from your body and boost your skin's hydration, usually leading to fewer breakouts and overall clearer skin.
These are just a few things to consider when trying to keep your skin crystal clear!
How to get rid of an already existing blind pimple?
Now that you’re aware of the ways to best avoid blind pimples, it’s time to learn how to get rid of them, and quick!
Step 1: DO NOT PICK IT. It’s tempting; believe me I’ve been there. But all this will achieve is the gaping hole syndrome that I mentioned previously. If you can get pass this stage, you’re already doing great!
Step 2: A blind pimple is large and sore because it is inflamed. This means you need to start with anti-inflammatory techniques to try and get the swelling down. Grab an ice cube (not directly on the skin, use a paper towel) and ice that bad boy! If you do this for 5 minutes on 10 off a couple of times you should start to notice the swelling go down already!
Step 3: Have a shower, fill a bowel with boiling water, or, if you’re extra enough, use a face steamer, the steam will assist with drawing the blind pimple to the surface, which will make you ready for step 4!
Step 4: Add a topical acne treatment before bed that will further help your new friend make it to the surface. My favourites for this are the Kate Sommerville Eradikate Acne Treatment and the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.
bh loves: LUSH Grease Lightning
Step 5: Hopefully by this stage you will awaken from your beauty sleep to a small, white head at the tip of your painful pimple. Now it’s time to carefully extract and remove the bacteria, sebum and any other dirt that was causing the blind pimple.
Ahh, feel better yet?
Step 6: To stop scarring and infection, apply tea tree oil to the wound and leave it alone! If you keep playing with it you risk turning it into a scar, so just let the healing process do itself!
A few days later and it will be like your mammoth blind pimple never even existed!