There’s no ifs or buts about it, a blind pimple is one of the worst complexion-destroyers going around. They have an unparalleled talent of moving in overnight and all but disfiguring an otherwise blemish-free face. And no, we’re not being dramatic.
So it comes as no surprise that “how long do blind pimples last?” is such a commonly Googled question.
And while we can effectively identify the type of pimple these under-the-skin culprits are, predicting the exact length of time they plan to stick around for can be difficult to determine.
According to the Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, Emma Hobbs, a blind pimple will typically stick around anywhere between five to 10 days.
However, if you “get in quick”, Emma reveals that you can actually reduce this number by half. Ok, you have our attention….
First things first, keep your hands off it.
Emma reiterates the advice we all know but don’t always pay attention to: it’s never a good idea to squeeze a blind pimple. Squeezing will only make it more inflamed and in turn, “spread the underlying infection,” not to mention cause scarring when “pigment cells respond to the trauma in the area”.
Instead, apply an overnight clearing gel or spot treatment directly to the affected area “to help it heal quickly and effectively”.
Keep a particular lookout for the following blind pimple-banishing ingredients:
– Niacinamide to “reduce an oily shine”
– Salicylic acid to “prevent and treat future congestion and breakouts”
– Cinnamon extract or zinc to “control bacteria”
– Anti-inflammatories like green tea or oat extract to “keep inflammation under control” and “reduce the chance of pigmented scars”
– Biotin and tea tree to “purify the skin, promote clarity and prevent [future] breakouts”
Ready to banish that big, red lump? Scroll through the gallery below for some of the best blind pimple treatment products…