I think most of us can relate to having ‘evil’ pimples that seem like they have a mind of their own. Why would I say that? It’s because these types of pimples only show up on the face when you have a big occasion the next day be it a party, zoom call, photoshoot, date and what not! This can be so bothersome because you’d want to look flawless or not feeling irritated before a big day, so how to get rid of pimples overnight?
What you need to do is to read further into this article because we will tell you how to get rid of pimples overnight, with dermatologist backed-up advice! Now, you need to be careful not to do harm more than good when attempting to remove the pimples. Do it wrong, then you might get inflammation and scarring afterwards. Yikes.
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There are a few treatments and tips on how to get rid of pimples overnight that can be done in a safe way. I’d like to emphasize safe because we are excluding extraction tools, and your fingers and nails! No squeezing or picking, only treating.
A pimple is a small pustule or papule, definitely a part of acne and its other names are zits or spots. According to a board-certified and fellowship-trained cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Clair Chang, M.D., stress can contribute to the growth of acne or pimple because it raises the level of cortisol in the body. When this happens, inflammation in the skin occurs and can worsen an existing acne.
As you can see, it just makes sense that a pimple pops up on your face before a big occasion because you might be stressing out about it, combined with a long built-up sebum and dead skin cells in your pores. Anyhow, acne is a common skin condition as 85% of people in the world will experience it at least once in their lives.
Also, they do not just appear on our face but our chest, back and butt! A study found that for body acne, our back is the most targeted by 45.7% because the back is harder to reach for cleansing, therefore, clogged pores from oil build up and dead skin cells will cause pimples easily. (Tanghetti, 2014)
This is another approach if you have back acne. Learn about how to get rid of back acne, if you are planning to have a great back looking while swimming.
It should be known that there are no true erasers for pimples especially if it takes less than a week, let alone overnight unless you made an appointment with an aesthetician physician but that’s not likely because you’re urgent, right? So, what we can help you with is to calm down and reduce the swelling so that the pimples won’t be too bumpy and are able to be covered by your concealer or a tinted patch.
Before we list the best and safest ways of getting rid of the pimples, we’d like to list down some infamous and dangerous tips that you should avoid doing.
You should not do
I remember trying this method during high school and it worked but I was very lucky that I had quite oily skin so I wasn’t affected negatively by the ingredients in a toothpaste. We know that this seems to work to reduce the zits’ swelling for some people but it’s simply not safe and not meant to be on your skin. According to a New York dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler, M.D, if you have dry skin, it will lead to more irritation because toothpaste usually contains baking soda, menthol, and peroxide which are all inflammatory. (Cruel, 2017)
Apple cider vinegar is also popular among teenagers and some adults to be used as a D.I.Y astringent. If you use it every once in a while, to dab on your pimple, you might only get a stinging sensation but it’s time to stop even if you see a reduction of pimple swelling. Apple cider vinegar can corrode your skin over time due to its high acidity levels. Plus, it can further inflame your acnes and not to mention, if it gets into your eyes, your cornea can burn. (Chesak, 2019)
We understand that desperate time calls for desperate measure but it does not have to be done in a self-sabotaging way. So, we urge you to take care and use these safer tips and treatments below.
You can do
Benzoyl peroxide is a great acne cream or gel which you can get over-the-counter at your nearby local pharmacies to reduce the pimple swelling. In some cases, it can kill your pimples overnight, a great emergency spot treatment.
You can get benzoyl peroxide in the form on lotions, face wash, and body wash but in this case, the cream form is what you’ll need. The only thing you have to consider is the concentration of benzoyl peroxide because different people can tolerate different concentrations. Some with tough skin can tolerate up to 10% of benzoyl peroxide on their skin.
Acne patches are a wonderful creation that needs to be used often for spot treatments. Usually, they come in circular-shaped Hydrocolloid sheets but these days, there are lots of pretty shaped acne patches you can get in the drugstore online or offline. According to Dr. Hadley King, M.D, a board-certified dermatologist, these acne patches stick to the skin and absorb excess oil and dirt away from pimples by forcing the impurities to transform into a gel-like substance that will be stuck to the patches.
These pimple patches are perfect to get rid of those zits overnight.
This ingredient has been known for its wonder works on acne before. A cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, explained that the tree tea oil has antibacterial properties which can help kill the two types of bacteria which cause acnes formation that are P. acnes and S. epidermidis. You’ll only need to dab a small amount of tea tree oil onto your pimple and it will do its work while you sleep.
Salicylic acid is known for treating pimples in the long term very well. Like benzoyl peroxide, you can get it over-the-counter. Although in a lot of cases, salicylic acid would show results in weeks but the gel may help to reduce your pimple swelling nicely while you sleep, depending on the concentration. (Cherney, Salicylic Acid vs. Benzoyl Peroxide: Which Is Better for Acne?, 2019)
What seems like acne could be a fungal acne, and usually, fungal acne will need a different treatment because what forms them is a yeast called Malassezia. To learn more about how to treat fungal acne on face so that you can have an effective cure over it.