In this week's "Ask Bella" post, where we aim to make the cosmetics world a clearer place, we're talking blind pimples — how annoying they are and how you can get rid of them — after Bec wrote:
"I always get big, painful, red, blind pimples around my chin, stretching out just to my lower cheeks. I eat very healthily and don't drink alcohol. I've changed moisturisers, cleansers, exfoliators, makeup (I even wear no makeup on my days off work), and nothing changes. The pimples are not only unsightly and hard to properly cover up, but are really sore and as soon as one goes another one appears. What can I do??"
The areas that you suffer breakouts in are often related with stress and hormonal changes, but I'd advise you to see a dermatologist to see if there's a reason for the constant breakouts. Aside from that, there are a few things you can do to get a blind pimple to come to a head — not so that you can pick it (possible infections and scarring make it so not worth it), but so that the pain is reduced and it heals quicker.
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- Use a warm tea bag as a hot compress: the tannins within, particularly in black tea, help to reduce inflammation.
- If you don't have teabags, a warm face cloth can do the trick, too. Repeat regularly throughout the day.
- Use tea tree oil and witch hazel, both of which are great anti-inflammatory products to sooth redness.
- Products containing salicylic acid, such as Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser ($13.99), should be in your routine, as they help to break down and remove and impurities that can cause all types of breakouts.
- Also use a clay-based mask once a week to help clear your complexion. We like Decleor Clay and Herbal Cleansing Mask ($60).
- If you are going to try and cover it with makeup, it's important to wash your hands (or brushes) regularly so that bacteria doesn't spread, causing more spots.
- Also remember that a green colour corrector, when used under your regular concealer, will help to combat some of the redness.
- Bergamot is used to treat a variety of skin conditions including acne, so check for this in the ingredients list if you're looking for a natural solution.
And here are some other, slightly more random, remedies that we've heard over the years:
- Apple cider vinegar. Soaking a cotton pad and using it as a compress over the spot will apparent bring the blemish to a head.
- Joey Green, author of Amazing Kitchen Cures ($10) recommends non-toxic, white shoe polish to help dry out pimples and bring them to the surface.
- Dr. Adrienne Denese recommends dabbing hydrocortisone cream on the infected area and cover with a Band-Aid to stop inflammation.
- Toothpaste. It's said to dry out the offending blemish overnight. We've had mixed results but it might work for you.