Pimples under Skin Causes, Pictures and How to Get Rid Ingrown Pimples

Pimples under skin are generally known as Blind pimples. Acne zits under the skin can be painful, painless, hard, soft, swollen, with blood, pus or clear fluid. Generally, these pimples are not noticeable from a distance, you can only feel them. Ingrown pimples result from a combination of dirt, bacteria and sebum that become trapped in your skin pores.

Pimple under the skin picture

Ingrown pimples are caused by cyst, stress, hormones, poor nutrition, poor personal hygiene, skin damage etc.Pimples under skin may be hard to get rid of, but they are preventable and treatable. In some cases, they may go away on their own without anyone intervention. These pimples usually grow on face, nose, behind ears, chest, and any other body part can be affected. Ingrown bumps are either a nodule or cyst and appears “without head“.

What are Causes of pimples under skin?

Blind pimples are generally painful since they are situated near the nerves of your skin. Blind bumps have no opening “closed or has no head” thus hard and painful to pop. It is advisable not to try to pop them since it may lead to spreading infections to other areas of your body. Pimples under skin appear larger if you have smooth skin surface. The causes of ingrown pimples include;

1. Clogged pores

Clogged pores is the main causes of blind pimples under skin. They are many reasons why you may have clogged pores. Clogged pores is as a result of dirt, sweating, and bacteria’s accumulating on the skin pores. Excessive Sweating as a result of work out or due to manual work especially in poor-harsh weather conditions can also cause blind pimples. Clogged pores under skin pimples can be prevented through proper personal hygiene.

2. Cancer

Does the pimples under your skin a sigh of cancer? Pimples affect a lot of people and almost every one in lifetime. However, many of these pimples are benign or non-cancerous. In few cases the ingrown pimples are malignant or cancerous tumors. The ingrown pimples that doesn’t go away whether painful or painless may require doctor review. The doctor then will prescribe treatment depending on the cause and even assist in ruling out cancer.

Ingrown cancerous pimple under the skin

3. Hormones and pregnancy

Personal genetics and hormones (androgens) plays a very significant role in development of pimples on skin. Hormones triggers release of sebum by the body through the skin pores. The oil combines with dirt and bacterial trapped within the skin pores forming pimples.

Hormonal changes occur to every one during the adolescent ages and sometime also in later age. For women; during period, when pregnant and even after pregnancy there is a lot of hormonal changes that accompany these times that can accelerate formation of pimples under the skin.

4. Personal hygiene

Poor Personal hygiene is one of the factors that can be  attributed to you skin problems. This leads to accumulation of dirt and sweat which forms conducive habitat of bacteria’s. The combination of dirt, sebum and bacteria’s leads to pimples formation on your skin.

The sore formed can be normal or ingrown, and painful that won’t go away on its own. One of the methods of addressing pimples under the skin is by maintaining proper hygiene. Washing the area affected to remove extra oil and dead skin help to prevent further infection and even outbreak of blind pimples. Use mild oil free soaps may also help to prevent further clogging of pores and pimples outbreak.

5. Stress

Stress is one of the mystery of how it contribute to pimples? Stress triggers the body to be ready to fight any kind of threat or demand. This makes the body defense kick into high gear in a rapid automatic process as a fight response or a way of protecting you. Stress causes release of complex mix of hormones and chemicals (adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine) as it prepares for physical action. This makes you more focused, energetic and very alert.

However, beyond a certain point stress response stops being helpful and causes major damage to your health, productivity and quality of life. One of the damage caused is excess production of sebum that may end up clogging pores and cause skin inflammation and pimples formation. Regular exercise, meditation and yoga can help stress as a way of minimizing the negative impacts of stress response on your body

6. Nutrition

Can nutrition cause pimples under the skin? Your skin acts as an excretory system especially if what you take in, does not agree with your body in attempt to get rid of the substance. Hives and cystic acne (hard, painful sore lumps under the skin) is one of the known symptoms of allergic reaction to foods. A study in U.S concludes that majority of milk comes from pregnant cows (some given growth hormones). 

This causes excess production of sebum which promotes pimple formation on chin and jawline under the skin. Consumption of daily products may be an influential endogenous hormone that mimic the hormones that triggers sebum production and as a result ignite acne, pimple formation process under the skin.

Poor nutrition intake may also cause lumps on your skin. Many women who have high levels of estrogen are deficient in magnesium. If such female lack good nutrition with magnesium or lack of magnesium may lead to breakout of pimples under skin . Good balanced diet is one of the essential methods of addressing blind pimples formation on your skin.

7. Allergic reaction

Which skin care products do you use? Some of the skin care products may also be source of ingrown bumps on your skin. Do you know your skin type? Knowing the type of skin is another way of overcoming blind pimples. If for an example you have oily- aging skin, the skin products that contain Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Salicylic Acid will reveal clear, healthy radiant skin with few visible line and wrinkles. However, if you apply oily skin products it will clog the enlarged pores, irritate skin causing acne zits break outs and cysts.

Ingrown bumps on skin

Bug and insects bites on your skin may also cause ingrown bumps. In case you are one of those who have sensitive skins, bug bites may lead to formation of consistent reddish colored blind pimples on your skin due to allergic reactions. Allergic reaction may also occur due to fabric materials especially those that are synthetic and trap sweat or are non- breathable.

8. Ingrown Hair

What is ingrown hair? Ingrown hair occurs when the sharp tip of hair curls back and grows sideways into the skin of the hair follicle. According to Medicine Net it is a benign skin condition that appears as small tan or pink bump under the skin. It’s a common skin condition occurring after puberty and affects both teenage and adults especially men. Razor bumps commonly affect African American who shave frequently.

Ingrown hair

Generally, the ingrown hair heals on their own and spontaneously dislodge, it may sometimes be difficult to get rid of it. Some of the available treatment methods include;

  • Topical antibiotics and creams.
  • Laser hair removal.
  • Medical incision and pulling out of hair.
  • Chemical depilatories and electrolysis.

Home remedies that can help to prevent ingrown hair bumps include;

  • Avoid shaving closely to the skin.
  • Use moistened wash cloth and mild soap and use or tooth brush to wash beard or hair via circular motion to help dislodged hair tips.
  • Avoid shaving against direction of hair growth.
  • Avoid shaving and let hair grow naturally.
  • When using electric razors keep it off the surface of the skin and shave slowly in circular motion.

According to American Osteopathic College of dermatology, if your ingrown pimples appears after shaving allowing the hair to grow through the blockage can relieve pain and inflammation of ingrown bumps.

Types of Pimples under skin

Blind pimples on your body are caused by blockage in your skin hair follicle. Boils on your body can be as a result of ingrown hair and foreign materials stuck on your skin pores. Ingrown pimples can affect any part of your body; face, chest, chin, forehead, earlobe, nose, buttocks, inner thighs etc.

Pimples under skin on face

Bumps on face and neck

The ingrown bumps on face are majorly due to trapped hair in the skin. This often occurs due to shaving and leaving behind sharpened hair. If you have curly hair, you may be also a victim of ingrown sore inflammation on your face and neck. Allergic reaction from insects and bug bites, clothes like pillow case combined with poor hygiene may also lead to formation of blind bumps on your face.

Pimples under skin on chin

Ingrown bumps on your chin is a problem faced by many young people.  Adolescents and those in 40’s and 50’s can be affected by these pimples. These pimples are large, red, painful and form deep under the skin leaving scars behind on the affected areas. The main affected people are those with excess stress and hormonal imbalance; during ovulation, breast feeding, pregnancy, child birth, menopause and during menses. Oily skin, poor hygiene, make-ups, genetics and poor drainage in lymphatic system may also cause pimples under skin on chin.

Pimples under skin on forehead

Ingrown bump on forehead

A lot of people are affected by ingrown pimple on forehead. Most of these pimples occur at adolescent stage due to hormonal changes on your body. However other may occur due to various reasons such as poor hygiene, allergic reactions, sun tanning, clogged pores among others. Digestive problems, oily scrap and wearing caps and helmets may also lead to formation of blind pimples on your face.

Ingrown lump on nose with no head

Pimples under skin on nose

According to Medical News Today, cystic acne is most severe acne on nose and it affects few people. It is estimated to affects about 2 peoples in every 1000 people. Cystic acne is known to affect teenagers at puberty due to hormonal changes. Those with bad history of mild or severe acne have higher chances of developing ingrown pimple on nose.

Pimples under skin on buttocks

Boils under skin on your buttocks may occur due to poor hygiene, perspiration and wearing tight pants. Increased personal weight and ingrown hair on your buttocks increases the chances of pimples under the skin on buttocks outbreak. Ingrown bumps on buttocks may occur as symptoms of STD’s infections.

Pimples under skin on inner thighs

Is the pimple on inner thigh a boil? Abscess or boil may occur on your inner thighs. It is an infection on your hair follicle on the inner thighs. Boils usually have yellow or white centers that tend to cause inflammation to the area around them.

Pimple under skin on inner thighs

This is a form of ingrown pimple on inner thighs which turns red at the tip of the infection area.  The causes of boils include

  • Poor hygiene.
  • Infected or weak immune system.
  • Poor nutrition that cause immune imbalance.
  • Infected sweat glands.
  • Harsh chemicals.
  • STD’s and HIV/ Aids infections.
  • Staphylococcal bacterial infection.

Pimples under skin between breast

Acne related conditions may manifest itself inform on ingrown pimples or boils between your breast. Many women suffer from chronic breast abscesses or boils due to Hidradenitis suppurativa, a painful and potentially embarrassing condition. The lesions may appear in clusters or as single eruptions ranging from pea size to size of a golf ball.

Ingrown bump between breasts

The causes of ingrown bumps between the breast include;

  • Wearing tight bra and clothes or made from non-breathable fabrics.
  • Hormonal changes and use of oral contraceptives.
  • Smoking.
  • Hot humid weather.

Home remedies and Naturally getting rid of blind pimple

1. Tooth paste

Tooth paste is one of most used home remedy to get rid of pimples. Tooth paste is a good drying agent allowing the pimple to heal faster. Point of caution when applying in face avoid extending the area applied to prevent drying out the rest of your face.

2. Honey

Honey is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Applying honey on ingrown pimples help in reducing and improving the inflammation almost immediately

3. Warm compress

Hot compress is an effective method for the ingrown pimples. This method reduces the swelling or inflammation.


  • Run washcloth under hot water and press it on the pimples for about 5 minutes
  • Repeat this process for several days
  • The heat will break the oil and pus or fluid inside the pimples and tremendously help in reducing the inflammation.

4. Apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial properties that help in killing bacteria’s. When applied on the pimples they can reduce significantly. Apple Cider Vinegar is also a natural antiseptic.

5. Epsom salt

Epson has a high absorption property that helps to draw out impurities and toxins from your skin.

Epsom salt

Applying Epsom salt on the boil, brings the boil head and speed drainage of the bacteria’s.


  • Make a paste of water and Epsom salt
  • Apply the affected area with a cotton ball and leave it for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water
  • Repeat the remedy twice daily for best results.

6. Milk and Bread

Milk can also be used to overcome ingrown pimples break outs on your skin. Milk is amore safe and natural method. Use pure milk that has not been modified by additional flavorings, sugar and others.

According to Medical Daily, breast milk can also be used. Lauric acid in breast milk makes it a natural remedy and a solution to acne problems.


  • Soak a piece of bread in milk and put it on the ingrown hair, pimple
  • Repeat this daily until hair loop coming out of skin
  • Use sterilized needle to pull it out

7. Lemon juice


  • Cut a lemon into half pieces and squeeze the juice
  • Apply the lemon juice on the affected area and wait till it dries off.
  • Wash with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat daily.

Caution: If you have sensitive skin avoid using lemon juice since it can cause skin reactions.

8. Garlic

Garlic is one f the miracle plants that addresses numerous skin issues.  Garlic help in addressing skin tags, fungal infections and has high level of antibacterial properties.


  • Crush 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • Mix with a splash of water to form a paste
  • Apply the paste on the affected area
  • Allow the mixture to sit on the applied area for about 10 minutes and wash it of thoroughly with warm water

Caution. If garlic is left for long it can burn your face

9. Eliminate Stress

Eliminating stress in life is easier said than done. However, extreme stress triggers a lot of changes in hormonal levels that results to bumps breakouts. Take yoga and meditation as well as exercises to allow your mind calm down as a way of avoiding being overwhelmed by stress. Reducing stress levels prevents stroke, heart diseases, digestive problems as well as acne pimples breakouts.

10. Green tea

Drinking green tea fills your body with powerful antioxidants that can help fight acne pimples. However, you can also apply it topically.


  • Take used bags of cooled down green tea
  • Let it sit on the zits, bumps prone area of your skin for sometime
  • The natural occurring chemicals in green tea help reduce excess production of sebum and has antibacterial properties that kill germs causing your pimples.

11. Ice It

Applying the ice cube on the breakout for several seconds help constricts the small blood vessels feeding the painful cyst. The ice help in immediately reducing the size and redness of the offending acne.

12. Good Personal Hygiene

It worth considering what touches your skin on daily bases like towels, pillow case and clothes.  It is a worth consideration of detergents and bleaches used to wash them. Natural and unscented laundry products may be good for you in an attempt to prevent and reduce chances of irritation on your sensitive skin. Change towel clothes, pillow case and beddings regularly to avoid presence and spread of acne pimples under your skin.

13. Turmeric

Turmeric has anti-bacterial properties and also help to fade the scars on your skin. This help in healing the inflamed lumps on your skin.


  • Mix turmeric with water
  • Apply on the ingrown bumps

14. Baking soda

Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties and soothing effects on your skin. This help reduces inflammation and redness as well as get rid of ingrown pimples.


  • Mix baking soda with water, let it be high concentrated solution.
  • Apply on the affected are with cotton ball.
  • Wait for 5-10 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat the process daily for best results.
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