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What do you do if a pimple still has gunk in it after patching?

What do you do if a pimple still has gunk in it after patching?

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Let’s say you applied a blemish patch to a pimple and slept with it on overnight. But after a good 8 hour sleep, it looks like the pimple is still there and not much has happened. So what do you do now?

First, it helps to figure out what kind of pimple you’re dealing with. Like take blind pimples for example. When you have a particularly stubborn blind pimple, one single blemish patch may not always cut it, especially since blind pimples don’t have all the gross white stuff at the surface of the spot.

Or, maybe you caught the blemish in the very early stages, when it just looks like a small red spot. In this case, you can still patch but you’ll have to wait for the gunk to surface for the patch to work its magic.



Surface Pimples 

If you’ve got a newly sprouted pimple on your hands, then you can apply a blemish patch (like our original Blemish Patch) on the spot to protect it from outside bacteria and to help curb finger-picking so the spot doesn’t become something worse. At this stage, the baby pimple likely looks like a small, red bump that simply hasn’t become a whitehead yet.

Once the gunk surfaces, you can apply a new blemish patch to suck up the gunk from the surface. Although it can be tempting to pop these super poppable looking pimples, it’s best to patch up the spot so you don’t deal with potential scarring once the blemish heals.


Blind Pimples

If the blemish is a blind pimple, you can identify it by the look and feel of the spot. A blind pimple usually appears as a large, red bump and can be a bit painful to the touch. The gunk trapped deep in the pore may not always come to the surface either. Instead the blind pimple will continue to look like a large red spot until the pimple finally heals.

When it comes to blind pimples, it's best to completely keep your hands off the spot. Since the gunk is deep in the pore, trying to pop the spot won’t really encourage the gunk to come out as easily as a whitehead. Applying too much pressure to a blind pimple can increase inflammation, redness, and lead to scarring.

In dealing with a blind pimple, you may end up needing to use more than one blemish patch. Since the gunk is trapped in the pore, it’s a little harder to treat the pimple in one go.

You can start by applying a patch during the early stages of a blind pimple so the spot does not become more irritated and so you aren’t tempted to pick at the spot. It can also help to apply a patch with added ingredients that have pore-exfoliating properties (like our Salicylic Acid-infused Extra Strength Blemish Patch).

The blind pimple will then usually go away after a couple of blemish patch applications, and may even go away without ever coming to a head.

However, if you find that nothing seems to help a blind pimple go away and they are pretty painful, it’s best to seek advice from a dermatologist.


In conclusion…

Not all pimples are the same. It helps to first identify the pimple you are dealing with to help treat it. Like a whitehead pimple can be treated with our original Blemish Patch, but for a blind pimple it’s better to patch it up with our Extra Strength Blemish Patch that has Salicylic Acid to target the gunk deep in the pore.

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