We’ve all been there. It’s the day before a major event and suddenly you notice there’s what seems to be the biggest zit you have ever seen smack dab in the middle of your forehead or somewhere else superrr noticeable. Mission critical: getting rid of that pimple.
Instagram: You put on that Aztec Clay mask that all your favorite celebrities swear by, watch an episode of The Office, rinse after 15 minutes and lo and behold...it’s gone!
Reality: Pimples, zits, blackheads etc. don’t appear overnight and they usually don’t disappear overnight either.
The best way to prevent acne is by creating a simple routine with effective products designed to nourish and treat the skin. But let’s be real. Sometimes pizza or your period stops you from being great.
There’s no surefire way of getting rid of acne overnight, but a girl can sure can try. There are plenty of over-the-counter acne treatments that can help significantly reduce the size of a pimple as well as rid the area of redness and calm irritation. This can make it easier to cover up (though we think you look beautiful with or without makeup ;)).
These are three of our favorite products for when you need an “overnight” fix for a pesky pimple. Remember, these acne treatment products aren’t meant to be used as a consistent staple product in your routine-- in fact, they could really dry your skin out if used every day-- but, they do work quickly to calm inflammation and draw out impurities, which in turn help to make your acne less noticeable.
- Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
This product has been a favorite for years and there’s a reason why! The Drying Lotion contains multiple acne fighting ingredients: calamine lotion, which can help to reduce redness and swelling, and salicylic acid that penetrates deep into pores, exfoliating dead skin cells.. It also contains sulfur and zinc oxide which also helps to clear up the skin. These ingredients are the perfect one-two punch for getting rid of a swollen, noticeable pimple.
- Mighty Patch by Hero Cosmetics
These acne fighting patches are perfect for those of us who find ourselves touching our face and picking at our pimples since it acts as a protective cover. The acne sticker’s active ingredient, hydrocolloid protects blemishes for faster healing overnight. The Mighty Patch also helps to absorb fluid from your pimples (goodbye inflamed zit!) which can lead to clearer skin.
- Origins Super Spot Remover
This blemish-fighting formula from Origins features the ingredient saw palmetto, an herb known for treating acne, and 1.5 percent salicylic acid. The combo can help to treat the pimple by eliminating excess oil that leads to breakouts. The Super Spot Remover also claims to help visibly correct discoloration for a spot-free look.
- Saturday Skin Peeling Gel
This peeling gel works by allowing you to gently rub away impurities. Rub the gel in circular motions for a minute on your face to exfoliate dead skin cells. The gel works to pick up impurities and in result can help to clear the skin. An added benefit? It helps to brighten the skin and leave it feeling soft.