How to Get Rid of Blind Pimples

by Kimberly Johnson ; Updated July 18, 2017

A woman is looking at a pimple in the mirror.

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You can feel the telltale pain and inflammation on your chin that signals a red ugly pimple is ready to burst through to the surface of your skin. Yet, all you see is a slightly pink area of raised skin. These inflamed pores, often called blind pimples, aren’t as glaring as whiteheads, but the pain level is often sky-high. Zapping blind pimples is similar to zapping whiteheads. Whatever you do, don’t squeeze the bump or you'll create a serious scar.

Splash your face with warm water to open your pores, and then wash your face using a teaspoon of acne face wash containing salicylic acid. Massage the face wash thoroughly over your skin with gentle pressure and circular motions. Do not exert too much pressure around the blind pimple. Rinse your skin with warm water and pat it dry gently. Wash your face again at night and after working out.

Soak a washcloth in warm water and then squeeze out most of the moisture until the cloth does not drip. Hold the warm cloth on the blind pimple for up to five minutes to help reduce the pain and swelling.

Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and hold it over the blind pimple for three to four minutes to reduce the redness and inflammation in the area.

Apply a tiny dab of acne treatment cream to the top of the blind pimple in a thin layer. Use a cream that contains 1 or 2 percent salicylic acid, which is less drying than other products. Clear or tinted products are less noticeable than cream versions. Reapply the treatment at night before bed.


  • Tee tree oil can be substituted for the witch hazel to help reduce inflammation.

    For immediate relief, visit a dermatologist, who can inject cortisone into the pimple, which reduces inflammation, pain and redness within 24 hours.

    To remove the redness almost instantly, apply one to two drops of a redness-relieving eye drop to the top of the blind pimple. The effects are only temporary, but make the pimple less noticeable during healing.

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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.