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The Best Way to Get Rid of a Blind Pimple

A blind pimple, also known as cystic acne, is a pimple that lives beneath the surface of your skin and doesn’t come to a head. It is often in the form of a red, painful bump beneath the skin.

A blind pimple, also known as cystic acne, is a pimple that lives beneath the surface of your skin and doesn’t come to a head. It is often in the form of a red, painful bump beneath the skin.

If you’ve ever had a blind pimple, you know how painful it can be. These bumps aren’t like a typical whitehead pimple, and they’re even tougher to get rid of as they are basically a pimple with no head.

What’s the best way to get rid of a blind pimple? Is there any hope for those of us who get them regularly? Let’s dive into the specifics of how to treat cystic acne, from the experts at Skin Spa New York.

What is a blind pimple?

A blind pimple, also known as cystic acne, is a pimple that lives beneath the surface of your skin and doesn’t come to a head. It is often in the form of a red, painful bump beneath the skin.

Blind pimples are caused by oil getting trapped beneath the skin. An overproduction of oil might occur during certain parts of your hormonal cycle, which is why many women get these types of pimples at a certain time each month.

What is the best way to get rid of a blind pimple?

Unfortunately, there’s no magic trick to getting rid of a blind pimple in a few minutes. (Don’t use toothpaste as an overnight treatment.)

The issue with these types of pimples is they cannot be accessed topically, meaning you cannot pop them, and your normal acne wash will not work. Really, there are only two ways to tackle these at home. Eventually, they will go away on their own, but these two options will help give you some relief.

If you’re interested in learning how to get a blind pimple to come to a head, here are a few ways to help you do just that:

How to get a pimple to come to a head

A Warm Compress

Your best course of action is to use a warm compress to help calm inflammation and possibly relieve some pain. Use a clean, warm washcloth for 10-15 minutes, 4-5 times a day. 

Complexion Treatment Pads

Complexion Treatment Pads are designed to reveal glowing, healthy skin with just a few sweeps across the face. Power compound glycolic acid works hand in hand with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate, rejuvenate and reduce fine lines on the skin’s surface. Aloe leaf extract nourishes skin while keeping it balanced, smooth, radiant and prepped for a full skincare routine.

Acne Patches

Acne patches are concentrated treatments that you place directly on the affected area. They reduce inflammation, calm redness, remove excess oil, and kill bacteria. Pimple stickers are especially good at removing sebum, which is one of the major causes of blind pimples and cystic acne.

These stickers are made so you can wear them anytime—even during the day! They’re nearly invisible on the skin, so you don’t have to worry about walking around with a sticker on your face. You can find them at most major drugstores in the skincare aisle!

Tea Tree Oil

Alternate option: tea tree oil

It might seem counterproductive to put oil on a pimple that is caused by an excess of oil, but tea tree oil can help kill bacteria that causes acne. Put a few drops onto a cotton round, and gently dab on the affected area. Do this every day for a few weeks, and see if you notice a difference!

What causes blind pimples?

Blind pimples are typically caused by a cyst or nodule that develops underneath the skin. They develop when sebum, dirt, and bacteria get trapped in a hair follicle. If you have oily skin, you are more likely to develop blind pimples than those with dry skin.

Types of pimples

There are a few different types of pimples. If you have a pimple but you’re unsure which kind it is, check out this list to learn the different types of pimples.

  • Blackheads: Blackheads are oil plugs that occur in a hair follicle, and they typically have an open head at the very surface of your skin.
  • Whiteheads: Whiteheads are closed skin pores that are typically clogged with oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells.
  • Papules: Papules are small, raised bumps that develop from excess oil and clogged pores. They have no visible pus.
  • Pustules: Pustules are bulging patches of skin that are full of pus.
  • Blind acne: Blind pimples are acne that develop deep under the skin, and unlike other types of acne, they don’t have heads that you can pop.

Do You Get Blind Pimples Regularly? 

If no home remedy is working for you, it might be time to see a professional. Dermatologists can help you find a medication to treat persistent cystic acne, as well as any scarring that might result from it. You might receive a cortisone shot, an ingestible antibiotic (for a short period of time), or topical creams or ointments.

Services and Acne Treatments Available at Skin Spa New York

At Skin Spa New York, we offer a wide range of services and treatments to help you effectively address blind pimples and achieve healthier skin overall. Our team of experienced professionals provides personalized solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Professional Consultation

Schedule a consultation with our dermatologists to discuss your concerns and receive expert advice on treating persistent cystic acne. Our professionals can recommend suitable medications, treatments, or topical creams and ointments. Additionally, they can guide you on managing any scarring resulting from cystic acne.


This innovative treatment combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection to rejuvenate the skin and improve its overall appearance. The Hydrafacial is an excellent option for targeting blind pimples as it deeply cleanses the pores, removes impurities, and nourishes the skin, leaving it refreshed and revitalized.

Custom Facial

Our Custom Facial is a personalized treatment that can be tailored to address specific concerns, including blind pimples. Our skilled estheticians will assess your skin and create a customized treatment plan using techniques and products that target acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation, and promote skin healing. With a Custom Facial, you can experience the benefits of a treatment designed specifically for your unique skin needs.

Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a laser to treat various skin conditions, including blind pimples. It works by gently heating the upper layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and promote cellular regeneration. The laser energy targets the sebaceous glands, reducing their size and oil production, which can help to prevent the formation of blind pimples.


AviClear is a topical treatment specifically formulated for acne-prone skin. It contains active ingredients that help to combat bacteria, reduce inflammation, and unclog pores, which are all factors associated with the development of blind pimples.

Acne Scars Treatments 

In addition to addressing blind pimples, Skin Spa New York also offers various treatment options for treating acne scars. Our experienced professionals can recommend personalized solutions based on your specific needs. Here are some of the treatment options available:

  • Microdermabrasion: This non-invasive procedure uses a specialized device to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin, promoting the growth of new, healthier skin cells. Microdermabrasion can help reduce the appearance of acne scars by improving skin texture and promoting a more even skin tone.
  • Chemical Peels: Skin Spa New York offers a range of chemical peels that utilize different types of exfoliating acids to gently remove damaged skin cells and stimulate collagen production. Chemical peels can effectively reduce the appearance of acne scars, improve skin texture, and enhance overall skin tone.
  • Microneedling: This procedure involves using a device with fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production. Microneedling can improve the appearance of acne scars, minimize their visibility, and promote overall skin rejuvenation.

During a consultation at Skin Spa, our dermatologists will assess your specific concerns and recommend the most suitable treatment options for your acne scars. Our goal is to provide personalized care and help you achieve smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Please note that the availability of specific treatments may vary depending on the location of Skin Spa. We recommend exploring our website or contacting the nearest Skin Spa location for detailed information on available treatments and to schedule a consultation.


Getting rid of blind pimples requires a combination of effective treatments and personalized care. Skin Spa New York offers a range of services and treatments specifically designed to address blind pimples and promote healthier skin. From specialized facials like the Hydrafacial and Custom Facial to advanced acne-scar treatments, our experienced professionals will tailor a treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

Remember, treating blind pimples requires patience and consistent care. With the right combination of home remedies and professional treatments, you can effectively manage blind pimples and maintain healthy, radiant skin.

If you'd like to explore further treatment options at Skin Spa and have additional questions, our team of experts is ready to help. We recognize that choosing to undergo a cosmetic procedure can be overwhelming, but we're here to offer you all the details you need to make a well-informed decision. Feel free to reach out to us today to arrange a consultation at one of our Skin Spa locations near you. Together, let's enhance your natural beauty and elevate your self-assurance!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified dermatologist or skincare professional for personalized guidance and treatment options.

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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