Can You Get Rid of Pimples Overnight?
Few things can be as daunting as looking at your reflection and noticing a large pimple pop up on your face. It happens to all of us, and while there’s not much you can do to prevent breakouts altogether, there are ways to speed up the healing process.
Here, New York City board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, shares everything you need to know about how to get rid of acne overnight. Read on to learn how he recommends treating all types of acne for super fast clear skin.
Can you get rid of acne overnight?
Unfortunately, Dr. Zeicher says it’s unrealistic to expect acne to completely disappear while you sleep. However, he says different types of acne may produce different results. “If you use the right ingredients, small red bumps and abscesses can almost completely shrink in about 24 hours. On the other hand, large, soft underground people usually need professional help from a dermatologist for cortisone injections,” he begins. “Blackheads and whiteheads (not to be confused with pustules) are probably the most difficult to clear-they can be physically extracted for immediate improvement, but require long-term treatment to keep pores clean.”
Which skin care ingredients are most effective at removing acne at night?
Dr. Zeichner touts benzoyl peroxide as our most effective ingredient for treating red, angry acne. “It works by lowering the level of acne-causing bacteria, opening clogged pores and reducing inflammation,” he explains. In addition, he recommends Jori Daily Leave-On Acne Treatment Mask because it delivers micronized 2.5% benzoyl peroxide to the skin, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the pores where acne begins. “The formula also contains active botanicals that address the effects of hormones, diet and stress. These ingredients are known to cause acne,” he added.
After benzoyl peroxide, Dr. Zeichner recommends salicylic acid (a beta-hydroxy acid) to remove excess oil and dead cells from the skin’s surface. For best results, he recommends looking for formulations with a maximum concentration of 2 percent salicylic acid, such as Bliss Clear Genius Spot Treatment.
If the pimples become inflamed and tender, Dr. Zeichner says over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream will help. “It’s an anti-inflammatory that helps soothe the skin,” he explains, but warns that it should not be used more than twice a day on the same area over a two-week period.
Finally, he praises hydrocolloid bandages because they absorb excess fluid and promote healing after acne. Note that they work best on fully formed whiteheads.
When it comes to DIY treatments, Dr. Zeichner says magnesium oxide milk or toothpaste can work because they have a drying effect on the skin. However, he warns that they are not as effective as traditional treatments and can cause skin irritation.
What can make acne worse overnight?
We’ve heard it a million times, but Dr. Zeichner responds that the worst thing you can do to acne is pick it. “[It] does more harm than good, traumatizes the skin and causes crusting and potential scarring,” he explains.