Imagine waking up to a blood-filled pimple on your face. It is not something pleasant to start your day looking at. Isn’t it?
Pimples can appear on your face from time to time. However, when you pop them, they turn blood-filled. On the brighter side, there are a few effective remedies that can help you get rid of blood-filled pimples. Scroll down to know about them.
What Is A Blood-Filled Pimple?
A blood-filled pimple is nothing but a normal acne pimple that has a damaged and burst opened blood vessel underneath your skin tissue. It appears as a red, painful, and inflamed pimple filled with blood.
What Causes Blood-Filled Pimples To Occur?
You may develop a regular pimple when your skin pore is deposited with sebum and dead skin, leading to bacterial infection and inflammation. This regular pimple may turn into a blood-filled one if you squeeze or pop it by mistake. When you do so, the pressure applied may rupture and damage the blood vessels underneath your normal pimple. This results in the bursting of blood vessels and the blood gets filled inside the pimple along with white or yellow pus.
“Acne transforms into blood-filled pimples when they are subjected to repeated trauma. Sometimes, exfoliating or washing your skin harshly can also result in blood-filled pimples, ” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.
Taking hot showers when you have acne pimples can dilate the capillary walls of the blood vessels in your skin. This in turn speeds up the blood flow and increases the redness in your pimples.
Where Do Blood-Filled Pimples Occur?
A blood-filled pimple can occur anywhere on your body where a normal pimple can appear. However, your face is the most common region where you develop them. Moreover, you mostly tend to pop or squeeze out the pimples that appear on your face. Popping or squeezing regular pimples can lead to the formation of blood-filled pimples.
How To Treat Blood-Filled Pimples?
1. Ayurvedic Treatments
According to Ayurveda, pimples are formed as a result of aggravated Pitta dosha in your body. “While elevated Vata levels lead to dead skin build-up, elevated Pitta and Kapha causes overproduction of sebum that entraps the dead skin in follicles, resulting in acne,” says Dr Zeel.
She adds, “The imbalanced Pitta is also responsible for inflammation in the affected area.”
Ayurveda recommends using specific herbs for treating blood-filled pimples and bringing balance to your elevated doshas. Besides, your everyday skincare routine should include cleansing, toning and moisturizing steps with specific dosha-balancing skincare products. You can take an Ayurvedic quiz to identify which doshas in your body are in aggravated forms.
A. If Pitta + Kapha doshas are aggravated
This may lead to the formation of blood-filled cysts. You need to choose skincare products that contain ingredients such as rakta chandana, nimba, ashoka, chandana, daruharidra, etc.
B. If Pitta + Vata doshas are aggravated
Elevated Pitta and Vata dosha levels may lead to the formation of blood-filled papules. Hence, you need to choose skincare products containing ingredients such as usheera, draksha, shatavari, etc.
C. If Pitta+Kapha+Vata doshas are aggravated
Aggravation of all the three dishes in your body may lead to the formation of blood-filled pustules. In such a case, you can choose skincare products that contain ingredients such as haridra (turmeric), sariva, amalaki, jatiphala, brahmi, etc.
Vedix Tip: Ayurvedic panchakarma treatments such as vamana, virechana, nasya, raktamokshana, etc. can help you in effectively controlling the severity of acne and blood-filled pimples.
2. Foods To Eat & Avoid
Besides topical treatments, you can speed up the healing process by making the following dietary changes:
- Start your day by drinking amla juice on an empty stomach.
- Avoid processed cheese and skimmed milk in your diet. Instead, take probiotics in the form of fresh and homemade buttermilk and yogurt.
- Include zinc-rich foods such as peas, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, etc. in your diet regularly.
- Include water-dense foods such as cucumber, melons, bottle gourd, lychees, ridge gourd, etc. in your diet.
- Consume citrus fruits and foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as avocados and fish regularly.
- Drink adequate water daily to flush out toxins from your body.
- Avoid foods and beverages with a high glycemic index  such as puffed rice, white bread, fried potato chips, baked foods, carbonated soft drinks, sugary foods, and drinks, etc.
3. Home Remedies
- Dab some freshly made lemon juice on your pimples using a cotton ball and wash it off after 15 minutes. You can also use vinegar instead of lemon juice. Repeat this twice a day.
- Crush an aspirin tablet and add a few drops of water to it. Apply the paste on your pimples and rinse it off with cool water after 20-30 minutes. Do this on alternate days.
- Apply a little amount of milk of magnesia on your pimples using a cotton ball. Leave it for half an hour and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You can do this once or twice a day.
- Mix equal amounts of witch hazel and chamomile tea. Use this solution as a natural toner for your skin every day.
- Rubbing the pulpy side of a banana peel gently on your acne can help in controlling the inflammation. You can do this once a day.
- Rub your pimples gently with a raw potato slice. After 15-20 minutes, rinse off the potato starch. You can do this once or twice a day.
- Place an ice pack on your pimples for 30-60 seconds. Doing it 3-4 times a day helps in shrinking the blood vessels and reducing the inflammation and pain.
- Apply raw honey on your pimples and rinse it off after half an hour. You can do this twice a day.
- Add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to a spoon of toothpaste (white one). Apply the mixture on your pimples and wash it off after half an hour. Do this once a day.
4. Other Medical Treatments
Your dermatologist may prescribe any of the following medications as a treatment to blood-filled pimples:
- Liquid or cream-based antibiotics to control bacterial infection in your acne.
- Oral contraceptives to deal with hormonal imbalances in women in case of hormonal acne breakout.
- Retinol-based creams or lotions to deal with severe acne .
- Zinc-based creams or ointments are found to be effective in combination with other acne medications.
How To Prevent Pimples Filled With Blood?
1. Control your habit of touching your face or pimples frequently. Refrain yourself from popping, squeezing or scratching your pimples.
2. Make a habit to clean your face twice a day using a gentle cleanser and warm water. After cleansing, avoid rubbing your face with a towel. Instead, gently pat dry your face with a soft cotton cloth.
3. Stay away from harsh scrubs or chemically laden, unsuitable skin products. Choose your skin products and cosmetics that are natural, non-comedogenic, and suit your skin type.
4. Use your make-up applicators gently, especially in acne-affected areas.
5. Always use clean towels, pillow covers or anything that comes in contact with your skin regularly. Clean your mobile screen with a disinfecting wet wipe too before using it.
6. Indulge in pranayama, yoga, and meditation and make them a part of your daily routine. This will keep your stress levels under control . This in turn keeps your Ayurvedic doshas in balance and prevents frequent occurrence of pimples.
Frequently Asked Questions About Blood-Filled Pimples
1. Do Blood-filled Pimples Go Away?
In most cases, a blood-filled pimple heals on its own. Regular treatments speed up the healing process and prevent scarring. “If you keep squeezing the pimple before it heals, the bacterial infection spreads to the nearby pores, leading to the formation of more and more pimples,” says Dr. Zeel.
2. How Long Do Blood-Filled Pimples Last?
It may take 1-2 weeks for a blood-filled pimple to go away on its own. Upon regular treatments, you may notice them clear up within 2-7 days.
3. Can You Pop Out Blood-Filled Pimples?
Never pop a blood-filled pimple as it worsens your condition by spreading the bacteria to other surrounding pores of your skin. Your blood pimples heal faster when left alone, untouched.
4. Do Blood-filled Pimples Cause Scarring?
Yes, blood-filled pimples may cause scarring  as they are caused by popping or picking the pimples. Popping them every now and then can end up causing damage to your skin tissues and lead to increased bleeding. Taking care of your skin regularly with the right Ayurvedic skin regimen promotes collagen production and helps your scars to fade away sooner.
Always seek your doctor’s suggestion before following any of the treatments discussed in this article.
The Last Word
Blood-filled pimples form only when you accidentally or intentionally pick on your regular pimples. So firstly, avoid squeezing or popping your pimples to prevent the formation of blood-filled pimples. Secondly, if you have developed a blood-filled pimple, use Ayurvedic herbs and resort to easy home remedies as discussed above to manage them. Besides this, the right diet and lifestyle practices play a significant role in controlling the occurrence of pimples on your skin .
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