4 Tricks for Getting Rid of Pimples (Almost) Overnight

Shut that zit down ASAP.
By Jade Kuhn May 5, 2019

Pimples seem to pop out of nowhere and it’s so unfair that they take what seems like forever to go away. The good news is, there are a few things you can do to make it look less angry by morning. Here are all the dermatologist-recommended hacks you can try to get rid of pimples overnight.

1. Get a superstar cleanser.

This might seem obvious, but seriously: It’s so much easier if you can prevent acne rather than trying to do damage control once you have a full-blown breakout. Granted, breakouts are mostly outside of your control, but getting a really good cleanser can keep your skin in shape so that you can live your best life.

Try OSEA’s mineral-rich Ocean Cleanser, which removes excess oil and surface impurities from your skin without dehydrating it. This cleanser contains vegan lactic acid (derived from beets) that gently exfoliates and seaweed that hydrates and balances for a glowing complexion.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil clears up all sorts of skin stuff — like insect bites, athlete’s foot, and minor burns — and it can help zap acne, too.

Just dab some on a cotton swab and apply it directly to the pimple. Dilute it at first, because some people are too sensitive to use it straight up.

3. Skip the Toothpaste

Okay, disclaimer: A lot of people swear by this remedy, and it’s hella easy, but it’s hard to predict how your skin will react to your toothpaste.

Toothpaste may contain ingredients and fragrances that can irritate and damage the skin. If you must try this, make sure you do a patch test somewhere first, especially if you have sensitive skin.

4. Keep Your Hands Off

If you need the acne gone, like, right now, you may be tempted to pop it — but you could end up with an oozy red mess now and scarring later.

Picking will make any pimple take longer to heal. It can also lead to infection, so even if it seems like it’s just begging to be squeezed, leave it alone.

Spot treatments can help in a pinch, but you can prevent a breakout all together by avoiding bad habits that make you more likely to break out. And if you just can’t get rid of your acne, talk to a dermatologist about finding a skin care regimen that works for you.


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