Blind button: treatment, prevention and causes
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The invisibility of your deep zit to your friends doesn’t make it any less painful. You can call it a blind pimple, invisible pustule, or cystic acne. Whichever name you choose, this invisible bump can be tough and long-lasting.
Here are some helpful acne tips so you can skip! 👏 that! 👏 zit! 👏
Underground zits go away on their own… eventually. If you want to speed up the process, follow these tips.
1. Resist the urge to squeeze
Fancy a good breakout session? Do not do that!
This is great advice for all zits. But tightening is * definitely * a no-no for blind pimples – there’s no head. You would be pricking and pushing out a whole area of the skin. This can lead to swelling and redness or discoloration. Nobody likes it.
Plus, your hands will only make it worse. When you pick up your pimples, you are helping spread bacteria to other parts of your face.
Finally, the compression and pinching cause scarring.
It can be tempting. But #JustSayNo.
2. Use a warm compress
the AAD recommends warm compresses for pus-filled infections like boils, styes, and cystic pimples.
Heat helps in several ways:
- It soothes the pain of any attempted bursting or squeezing. (But you wouldn’t do that, would you?)
- It opens your pores, which can bring a zit to your head.
3. Apply a pimple patch
Most pimple patches contain salicylic acid to kill bacteria and unclog pores.
The sticker also protects your skin from dirt or dust in the environment.
You can buy zit stickers or over the counter (OTC) at your local pharmacy. It is not a panacea. But they can shorten the life of a stubborn zit.
Make sure you use a new patch every 24 hours to keep things clean.
4. Take out the tea tree oil
Tea tree essential oil has a reputation for its antibacterial and skin nourishing benefits. And it’s not just social media hype.
A study found that a mixture of tea tree oil, propolis, and aloe vera was better for zapping zits than some common acne creams.
Another study found that people could improve their rashes by applying tea tree oil gel to their face twice a day for 12 weeks.
More research is needed to confirm how much tea tree oil works for blind pimples and if it will work for everyone.
5. Try over-the-counter acne products
There are dozens of button products on the market. There will be one available that will play well with your skin.
Here are some common ingredients to watch out for:
- Salicylic acid. This tip is ideal for unclogging pores. It can also help soothe redness, discoloration, and inflammation (but don’t overdo it, you’ll be very dry).
- Benzoyl peroxide. Remember the old face wash that used to bleach your parents’ towels? Yes, thank you benzoyl peroxide. In moderation, BP is great for zapping the bacteria that’s causing your rashes.
- Sulfur. Hello, noxious smell – buy-bye, zits. Sulfur helps with whiteheads and blackheads by removing bacteria and dissolving clogged pores.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). These acidic scrubs are narcotics to help you remove dead skin. But a little goes a long way. Using * a lot * can make rashes worse.
- Retinoids. These vitamin A derivatives helps reduce fat and unclog pores.
You can find most of these ingredients in over-the-counter acne treatments. But they are also available in prescription doses.
6. Ice cream, ice cream, baby
The oldest thing in the book, isn’t it? Ice packs can soothe inflammation, reduce redness or discoloration, and help you feel fresh and clean despite the angry volcano beneath your skin.
Here’s how to do it the right way:
- First, wash your face with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser.
- Gently pat to dry it.
- Take a clean towel or plastic bag. Fill with ice.
- Press the ice pack against your breakout for 5 minutes.
- Remove the ice and let your face sit for 5 minutes.
- Repeat steps 1 through 5 up to four times a day.
TBH, cold sores, and cold sores look very similar: red or discolored, swollen, and painful. #Twinning!
The main difference? According to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention, herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes cold sores, while blind sores come from acne, which is clogged pores.
Here is the life cycle of a cold sore versus a pimple.
What triggers my cold sore?
Some of these triggers also apply to acne breakouts. (Acne stress, anyone?) But knowing what to look for can help you train if you have a cold sore or a blind sore.
Some friends only get one major rash. Others have repeated episodes that flare up after experiencing these triggers.
Some breakouts happen no matter what you do to take care of your skin. But there are several ways you can reduce your chances of getting a deep zit:
- Wash your face … Do you feel sweaty? Wore a face full of makeup today? Use lukewarm water and a mild cleanser to remove dirt.
- … But not too often. Acne-prone skin is easy to irritate. Wash your face no more than twice a day. This applies even more if you have scabs or inflammation.
- Avoid scrubs. Exfoliators are harsh. This scrub is more likely to irritate your blemishes than it is to unclog your pores.
- Read your labels. Could your products clog your pores? Choose non-comedogenic or oil-free skin care and makeup.
- Wash your pillowcase. Close your eyes and imagine all the skin cells, bacteria, and sweat collecting on your plush head bed. Please, for Dolly Parton’s sake, wash it * at least * once a week.
- Wipe down your phone. You know you are using it while pooping. It also affects your face. Nuff said. (Tl; dr: don’t poop indirectly on your own face while scrolling through Twitter.)
- Speak with a dermatologist. If you’re dealing with blind pimples on the reg, talk to your doctor or dermatologist about prevention and treatment methods that will work with your skin type.
Well we hope it helps to hear that you are not alone. Blind pimples happen to the best of us. But people with oily skin are more prone to it. Blind pimples are also commonly linked to hormonal fluctuations and often occur during your menstrual cycle.
Deep zits are just the effects of acne that develop below the surface of your skin. According to Association of the American Academy of Dermatology, these are cysts or nodules that occur when the pores become clogged with oil and bacteria. The blocked pore can acquire bacteria and cause swelling and pain.
You are most likely to have a blind pimple in an area with a lot of sebaceous glands, like your:
Your sebaceous glands produce sebum. This easily traps under clogged pores.
When the sebum cannot escape, it accumulates and turns into a pimple. Sometimes this turns into a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to more inflammation and infection.
Blind pimples are zits below the surface with no white spots.
Blind pimples can be treated with compresses and over-the-counter zit treatments.
If you have a lot of blind pimples or rashes, talk to your doctor about acne treatments.
Sometimes what looks like a blind sore is a cold sore in disguise.
People who have contracted a cold sore and are having vision problems should seek immediate treatment.