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The Best Way to Get of Pimples That Are Under the Skin

by Kimberly Johnson, studioD

You may not be able to see it, but you can feel it -- that pimple hovering beneath the surface of your skin, waiting to erupt. Hard, painful deeply embedded pimples may not impact your appearance, but they are just as much of a nuisance as ugly whiteheads. These types of blemishes -- called nodules -- don’t have to get worse. Instead, reduce the inflammation inside the pore to eliminate it before it becomes visible.

Saturate a washcloth with hot water, and wring the washcloth out so that it doesn’t drip.

Hold the warm washcloth over the blemish and keep it in place for 30 seconds.

Soak the cloth in hot water again, wring it out, and hold it over the blemish for another 30 seconds. Repeat the process a third time. This will open the pores and make them easier to clean.

Apply a dime-sized amount of acne cleanser to your palm and massage it over your skin for 30 seconds. Choose a cleanser that does not contain alcohol, but does contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sodium sulfacetamide, according to WebMD. Rinse the cleanser off thoroughly with warm water.

Splash cold water over your skin for 10 seconds, then pat your face dry gently using a clean towel. This closes up your pores to prevent additional bacteria from getting in.

Swallow a vitamin A pill twice per day. According to Darin Ingels of the American Academy of Dermatology, this practice can reduce and prevent inflammation in blemishes.

Heat up a cup of water in the microwave for one minute. Soak a green-tea bag in the water for 30 seconds until it is saturated and warm. Remove the tea bag from the water, and wipe it across the blemished area to remove excess oil and tone the skin.

Wait until your skin dries, and apply a tiny dab of an acne cream containing benzoyl peroxide to the unseen pimple. Benzoyl peroxide will kill the bacteria that causes inflammation under the skin.

Create a paste out of the spice turmeric and a drop of sesame oil. Mix the solution together well and apply it to the blemish. Leave the paste on overnight and wash it off with warm water in the morning.

Items you will need
  •  Washcloth
  •  Acne cleanser
  •  Vitamin A pills
  •  Cup
  •  Green-tea bag
  •  Acne cream containing benzoyl peroxide
  •  Turmeric
  •  Sesame oil


  • Instead of swallowing a vitamin A supplement, increase your intake of foods that contain high levels of vitamin A. Some foods rich in vitamin A include tomatoes, carrots and pumpkin.


  • Do not pop your pimples or blackheads; doing so could lead to infection, scarring and further spread of pimple-causing bacteria.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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