Hmm. It sounds like it may be a papule if it doesn't have a 'head' but I don't have enough information to really tell you. Is it very painful or sore? Can you feel a sort of lump underneath the skin? Has it been around for an abnormally long time? If so, it could be a cyst or nodule. In any case, since it's recurring it's more than likely very deep in the pore and didn't completely empty the first time. The brown mark you described seems like the common post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by trauma to the skin and may come back once the lesion heals, but will eventually fade.
In reguards to how you can treat it, you've got plenty of options. If it's still there, you can try warm, moist compresses which aid in opening the pore, allowing the infection to come out easier and sooner and reduces pain and swelling for some. You can also try adding a tiny bit of natural sea-salt to the water you use in warm compresses as it helps draw the infection out quicker. You can try ice to reduce the swelling and pain as well, but they don't really aid in actually getting rid of it. Topical treatments can help, too. A dab of BP or Salicylic Acid can dry it out and really speed things along. I applaud your self-control in not picking! Keep it up and try not to mess with it or try to extract it yourself if you can avoid it. If it doesn't go away within another week at most with treatments, you can go to a dermatologist to have it professionally extracted or have a cortisone injection if it's really stubborn.
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