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Deep acne, officially termed cystic acne, occurs when clogged pores get infected, creating large, pus-filled cysts below the surface of the skin that create reddish marks on the face and can lead to long-term scarring. Anyone who's ever had one wants to know how to get rid of a deep pimple. While erasing deep acne isn't an instant process, it can be done.

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Gently wash the affected area twice a day with a cleanser containing salicylic acid. Thoroughly rinse your skin and pat it dry with a clean towel. Don't scrub or rub vigorously.

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At night, soak a gauze pad in tea tree oil, then sprinkle the center of the pad with active yeast. Tape the pad to the affected area and keep it on overnight. The tea tree oil can help to draw some of the pus and infection from beneath your skin.

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Make an appointment with a dermatologist. She can prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection that's causing your deep acne.

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If deep acne has left noticeable marks on your skin, have a dermabrasion treatment. This process sloughs off the top layer of skin cells, leaving unblemished cells on the surface, making acne scars much less noticeable.


If your deep pimples cause you pain, apply an ice pack to the area above the pimple for 20- to 30-second intervals to help with swelling.

Some birth control methods can reduce instances of acne for some women. Talk with your doctor about trying a birth control method that's been shown to improve acne symptoms.


Don't pick at or try to pop the raised marks from deep pimples. You'll create more infection and increase the duration of the breakout and the likelihood that your acne will leave a scar.

Be sure to let your dermatologist know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as some acne medications can cause birth defects and fetal complications.

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Holly L. Roberts

Holly Roberts is an award-winning health and fitness writer whose work has appeared in health, lifestyle and fitness magazines. Roberts has also worked as an editor for health association publications and medical journals. She has been a professional writer for more than 10 years and holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in literature.