Oh yeah. Blind Pimples You already know what they are, so painful and deeply rooted beneath your skin that they feel they come directly from your soul. The most difficult type of acne, cystic pimples hide beneath the surface and never reach a critical point, and yet insist on trapping and smearing them with drying products that never work. Sounds familiar?
You see, blind pimples are not your typical pimples, and should not be treated as they are. In other words, give your normal acne creams a break and give the following advice from the board certified dermatologist, Neal Schultz, MD, and the famous esthetician Renée Rouleau.
What causes blind pimples?
Before entering solutions, let's first understand why you have blind grains in the first place (despite what you may think, it is not because the universe hates you). "Usually, they are triggered by an increase in hormones, so they commonly occur around a woman's menstrual cycle," says Rouleau. "During this time, the sebaceous glands of the skin become hypersensitive to the hormonal increase and then react producing excess sebum, that can swell, swell or harden. "
All that to say, it's not your fault, k? Blind pimples, although annoying, are completely normal and happen simply because you exist as a human. Fortunately, however, you have options to treat them (read on).
Are blind pimples cystic acne?
Yes, the most ~ clinical ~ term for blind pimples is cystic acne, which means an infection under the skin that causes inflammation and rarely reaches a critical point. However, that does not necessarily mean that all cystic grains are blind grains. As Schultz explains, Cystic acne can appear in one of two ways: completely under the skin and flat on the surface (blind type) or both above and below the skin. Think of the latter as an iceberg: it is mainly below the surface, but it also has a small lump or slight redness on the skin. Either way, they are painful and annoyingly difficult to eliminate, and are cystic in nature.
Do the blind grains disappear alone?
Yes, but feel comfortable because some time might pass (and when I say "could", I mean you will definitely do it). "50 to 80 percent of the time, blind pimples disappear on their own after a few weeks or months."Says Schultz." But the problem is that the longer it is there, the more likely it is to cause an atrophic scar, which is like a crater or an ice pick scar. "Not to mention that the longer it is there, the longer you have to resist the temptation to do so. yourself with very non-sterile things.
How to get rid of a blind grain overnight?
If this is your question, be prepared to be super disappointed by the answer: You can't get rid of blind pimples overnight. Cystic grains are not the average grains; They rarely have a connection to the skin's surface (the infection is deep inside the pore), which means that topical localized treatments barely make a dent, especially with such intense inflammation that occurs under the skin.
So how do I get rid of a cystic grain?
Again, this is probably not the answer you are looking for because it does not imply an easy and cheap trick with a magical cooking ingredient, but The fastest way to get rid of a blind or cystic spiny pimple is with a cortisone injection from a dermatologist. Anywhere from $ 50 to $ 200 per injection (unless your insurance covers it, which often does), cortisone injections can be expensive, but job. In 24 to 48 hours after the injection, your previously painful and large pimple can be anything but a memory.
If you have blind or cystic pimples once or twice a year, Schultz recommends administering with cortisone injections when you need them, but If you have blind cysts or regular cysts, internal treatment would be the best option., although it is more a long-term solution than a quick solution. "There are four categories of internal treatments: antibiotics, birth control pills, Accutane and spironolactone," says Schultz. "The root cause (of cystic acne) is excess oil, and all these things somehow reduce oil production or the effect that bacteria have on oil."
Does benzoyl peroxide work on blind pimples?
Renée Rouleau anti shock solution
Unfortunately, Your typical acne treatments, which are made for superficial breakouts, will not work on blind pimples. Not only are they ineffective, but Schultz says that if it's a really blind grain, these regular drying treatments could even cause irritation. And because I know you're probably wondering, toothpaste doesn't work either (trust me, I tried all the brands and types during a really desperate moment in my life).
But! If deep down, you know that you will never arrive at the office of a derm to receive a cortisone injection and you want a solution at home, I am living, proof that Renee Rouleau's anti-shock solution can work in a trouble regular cysts "It's an alternative to cortisone injections," says Rouleau. "Specifically formulated to treat deep bumps inside the skin, it accelerates recovery time with a mixture of exfoliating and anti-inflammatory ingredients."
Does the formation of ice on a blind grain help?
If it's a cyst, says Schultz you really want to start with a hot compress (a washcloth soaked in warm water) instead. "The heat will bring more blood to the area to help the body reduce inflammation," says Schultz. So when is ice the right choice? "If it pops a grain and swells when it pops it, icing in the area can reduce that induced inflammation."
Can you bust a blind grain?
Well, first of all, you should never bust any pimple, understand? You have a 50 percent chance of worsening inflammation much worse. But, in summary, IIf your grain does not have a visible white head, consider it unimpaired (unless you visit the dermatologist). "These pimples are so deep beneath the surface of the skin that you won't be able to do much to fix them on your own," Rouleau says, adding that "most likely it will cause skin scars when trying to remove it."
If it is not a completely blind cyst and is more of an iceberg, then Schultz says that warm compresses can also work to possibly hopefully (doubtfully) bring it to the head or help the head mature so it can drain or be carefully busted
Yes (seriously, only yes!) You have developed a white dot, and decide to try it yourself, Schultz has a warning: "You can't squeeze it on the top. If you do that, then you are blocking the way you want it to appear, and then it could appear internally and cause a scar. "Again, why it is not worth trying alone. But, if you do," you have to squeeze from below, almost below, so you are driving the garbage out instead of causing it to break internally. "Uhh, I don't know about you, but that's enough to scare me from trying it myself, thanks.
Although the options are few and sometimes expensive, it is possible to treat and prevent blind pimples and cystic acne with the right approach and a good amount of patience. And while you wait for it, you can always hit some grain patches to prevent yourself from eating in the meantime.
Brooke Shunatona Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer from Cosmopolitan.com.