Underground pimples: causes, treatment and prevention

Underground pimples may look stupid, but they are usually easy to treat and often subside relatively quickly. The situation is different with pimples under the skin. Not only do they hurt, they feel like a focus of inflammation under the skin. But how do underground pimples come about and what is the best way to fight them? Causes of pimples under the skin

Underground pimples

Not only women suffer – due to hormones – from pimples, blackheads and pimples under the skin. Impure skin can also affect men severely and affect both physical health and the psyche. Yes, they really exist, the underground pimples. And in some cases they are more painful than “normal” pimples. The pimples under the skin usually appear in the classic problem areas: face, back, chest and shoulders. They form as a result of blockage of the sebaceous glands when the skin is very calloused.

 The sebum cannot drain to the outside due to the horny layer of skin or the blockage of the sebaceous glands. It accumulates and, in the worst case, forms an underground pimple that can become infected. An encapsulated pimple under the skin is also known as a papule. The exact reasons why skin tends to form impurities, pimples and blackheads have not yet been finally clarified. What is relatively certain is that hormone fluctuations can lead to these skin conditions. In addition, stress, mental tension or a poor diet can have an unfavorable effect on the complexion. Underground pimples and blemished skin are most common during puberty.

Causes of underground pimples :

  • Excessive production of sebum
  • Hard stratum corneum of the skin
  • clogged pores

Get rid of underground pimples with expressions?

Popping pimples is extremely bad for the complexion and can lead not only to pain but also to unsightly scars. A thick pimple under the skin is often particularly annoying and one is tempted to quickly get rid of this subterranean pimple with expressions. In the case of the so-called papules, however, expressing them is like a disaster – at least for your face. Because trying to pop the pimple under the skin damages the tissue. We are so sorry, but in this case the only thing that really helps is: hands off and drink tea.

This is how you get rid of pimples under the skin

One of the most important tips against pimples is careful hygiene. Make sure to regularly clean or replace towels and anything that comes in contact with your face. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap before applying cosmetic products to your facial skin.

Heat therapy for underground pimples

If you want to treat subterranean pimples, heat therapy is a good idea. That sounds more spectacular than it is. Simply place a warm washcloth on the affected area of ​​skin and hope that this will bring the papule closer to the skin’s surface, thereby relieving the pain. If nothing in the world helps against the pimple under the skin, you should definitely consult a dermatologist who can treat the pimple adequately. In the ideal case, the pimple will recede on its own and dangerous inflammation has no chance.

Pulling ointment against pimples under the skin

Another option is the Zugsalbe, which you can buy at the pharmacy. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and dries out the skin a little in the area. Therefore only apply partially and do not paste the whole face with the ointment. If you have not yet had any experience with the Zugointment, you should seek advice from the pharmacist on how to use the Zugointment best and most effectively.

To open your pores, a hot bath, a visit to the sauna or a dip in the hot shower may also make sense. The heat can possibly open a hardened pimple under the skin and then heal on its own.

Your care routine with carbon against underground pimples

What to do against impure skin in men? In addition to clarifying possible causes of impure skin, you can prevent the formation of underground pimples with a care routine adapted to this skin concern.

Cleansing gel for pure skin

The basis is a thorough and gentle cleansing of the skin. Do not use regular soap for this, as it would dry out the skin too much. It is better to use a gentle and effective cleansing gel, such as the L’Oréal Men Expert Pure Carbon Anti-Blemish Cleansing Gel . It contains cleansing and deeply effective oak charcoal, which magically attracts excess sebum and dirt particles and gently removes them from your skin. This cleansing gel can prevent the appearance of skin imperfections such as pimples, blackheads, redness, oily skin  and clogged pores. With regular use, your complexion will be improved for a long time.

Anti-blemish peeling

If underground pimples form, you can use a peeling to clean the skin surface even more thoroughly and remove dead skin cells. This opens the pores and promotes clear skin. The intensive L’Oréal Men Expert Pure Carbon facial peeling against skin imperfections  with natural peeling particles and oak charcoal cleans deeply and can visibly reduce blackheads and subterranean pimples. It was specially developed for men’s skin and cleanses your face deeply. Most important in the fight against underground pimples is its action against stuck skin flakes. For example, apply it to problem areas such as the forehead, nose and chin against impure skin and underground pimples. It helps with clogged pores and is suitable for greasy, oily and impure skin.

Anti-pimple face cream

After the gentle and thorough facial cleansing, you can apply a day cream that is suitable for impure skin and prevents the formation of new pimples. The L’Oréal Men Expert Pure Carbon Anti-Pimple Intensive Day Cream contains volcanic mineral and vitamin B3. It strengthens your natural skin barrier and protects it from the effects of free radicals. In addition, this day cream promotes the regulation of sebum production. It provides your skin with plenty of moisture and has a matting effect. The active ingredient vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, is responsible for the excellent supply of moisture in this cream. This vitamin also has antioxidant properties that protect your skin from external influences. When applied externally, vitamin B3 is also able to reduce sebum production and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Complete package for skin care for impure skin

Our tips against underground pimples will help you to prevent the signs of impure skin. Maybe you want to make one of your friends, your brother or a colleague happy? The Pure Charcoal gift set is suitable for this by L’Oréal Men Expert ideal. It contains the Pure Charcoal Wash Gel, the Anti-Blemish Moisturizer and the Black Mineral Ultra-Absorbent 48H Deodorant Body Spray. The highly effective Pure Charcoal wash gel from this set deeply cleanses the face and problem areas with oak charcoal. Pure Power’s anti-blemish moisturizer contains antibacterial salicylic acid and sebum-regulating zinc. It provides a lot of moisture and reduces skin imperfections. The Black Mineral ultra-absorbent 48H deodorant body spray from L’Oréal Men Expert provides freshness and can prevent unpleasant odors from perspiration. Its formula contains natural black clay from Brazil and magnesium oxide.

Active ingredients that prevent underground pimples and impure skin

Impure skin can be a real challenge for men. Hormone therapy, which is often used in women, is only possible in the rarest of cases. To treat severe acne and prevent underground pimples, there are various medications and active ingredients that can be used both internally and externally.

Examples of active ingredients that can be used externally include:

  • Salicylic acid (has an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and clarifying effect on the complexion)
  • niacinamide
  • Vitamins A, C and E (as antioxidants strengthen the natural skin protection barrier)
  • Carbon (e.g. in the form of oak charcoal to remove dirt particles, dead skin cells and excess sebum from the skin and pores)
  • Zinc promotes wound healing
  • Hyaluronic acid provides the skin with intensive moisture and thus strengthens its natural defences

The right care against underground pimples can improve the appearance of your skin

With optimal care and careful hygiene, the appearance of your skin can be improved in the long term. Be careful not to simply squeeze out underground pimples, but rather cleanse the skin gently and thoroughly with appropriate care products. Harness the power of heat treatments and natural ingredients like oak charcoal, salicylic acid or niacinamide . The care lines for impure and sensitive men’s skin from L’Oréal Paris Men Expert provide you with ideal support.


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4) See Hoffmann, J., U. Wölfle, and C. Schempp. “Phytotherapy for inflammatory skin diseases.” Current Dermatology 45.07 (2019): 325-331.
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