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How to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight

Updated on August 23, 2009
Reducing the severity of your acne overnight is not impossible.
Reducing the severity of your acne overnight is not impossible.

Getting Rid of Pimples Overnight?

Acne seems to flare up at the worst times. The day before a big date or job interview, your face gets flooded with acne lesions because of stress, possible sleep deprivation, or other actors. Hence, you head online and search for how to get rid of pimples overnight. There are numerous sites that recommend using toothpaste, baking soda, or other household ingredients for a quick fix. The unforunate fact is that most of these "quick fixes" may actually worsen your acne, forcing you to contemplate postponing that special dinner or job interview. Your skin is generally unable to respond to treatments this quickly. Dermatoligists often dread the scenario wherein a new patient walks in looking for a comprehensive treatment that endures for only several days. This is unrealistic. However, you can see varying amounts of improvement in short periods of time if you take the right steps.

In this hub, we will explore some affordable solutions for managing breakouts that occur unexpectedly and require attention immediately. Your results will vary with treatments described below, however, please be realstiic in your expectations. You will not wake up with perfectly clear skin 24 hours after applying these recommendations. This is physically impossible. What you will most likely see is a reduction in inflammation and redness, making the lesions less visible. Such results can go a long way in making your more confident in attending to prior engagements.

Gentle Wins the Race

The key to successfully treating acne (whether it be for the long or short term) is to be gentle to the skin. Your skin despises you when you handle it with harsh products, including cleansers and topical acne medications. It won't hesitate to relay this message by responding with irritation, and eventually breakouts. You cannot afford to use harsh ingredients the day that preceds a major event. Your skin is able to better recuperate on its own.

So forget the regimens that the typical how to get rid of pimples overnight website recommends. Let's tackle some of the typical problems with the treatments mentioned on such sites. Toothpaste is one purported solution to treating acne quickly. In most, it will worsen acne as opposed to improving it. Toothpaste is a skin irritant, and will increase inflammation as well as redness. It contains fluroride and sodium lauryl sulfate, two confirmed irritants. Scientific facts don't lie. Toothpaste is not a good bet to solving your problem.

Concoting homemade masks that are designed to absorb oil from your face are another popular recommendation. Your skin produces sebum for a reason, which is to preserve moisture. When you strip oils from your skin, and thus allow it to become dehydrated, you create irritation. Irritation creates acne. Leave the oil on your skin alone.

The most common and ill-advised "cure" for acne is to simply squeeze pimples. This typically gets little accomplished. Whiteheads and other acne lesions are filled with a combination, of sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria. When you squeeze the pus that's contained inside these lesions, it makes contact with other areas of your skin. More acne gets created this way. Further, chances are very good that the pimple you just popped will become clogged once again shortly. You cannot clear all the obstructions found in a hair follicle by squeezing a pimple. Anytime these obstructions exist, sebum will once again begin collecting inside and feeding acne bacteria. You are wasting your time popping pimples.

Playing With Pimples is Bad Idea

How to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight The Right Way

As mentioned above, proper technique for getting rid of acne in short periods of time should emphasize gentleness. There is little reason to wage war against your skin with harsh products as you will end up losing. Don't butcher your skin because you're in a moment of desperation. Follow the recommendations made below and your skin will be more passable for that next day interview or date.

Cleaning your skin - the day prior to your engagement, you need to cleanse your skin with a gentle acne cleanser. This will help get dirt and dead skin cells off your face. Listen carefully, not any cleanser will do. Choose a cleanser that is SLS-free (does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate), pH balanced (will not intefere with your skin's pH levels) and free of alcohol. Pay close attention to the product labels while in the store, you want to get the most gentle cleanser available.

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% for spot treatment - You need apply a comparatively gentle topical treatment to your problem areas to help your skin heal. Benzoyl peroxide is a good choice for this task. It will help get rid of unneeded skin that can clog pore and will assist the skin in combatting bacteira. Although it is available in varying concentrations from 2%-10%, we want to get the lowest cocentration available, which happens to be just 2.5%. it turns out that this low concentration is just as effective as its higher counterparts without unneeded irritation. Apply small amounts to your skin in the daytime as well as at night.

Non-comedogenic moisturizer - While benzoyl peroxide at the aforementioned concentrations rarely causes noticeable irritation, it is better to be safe than sorry. After applying the topical, you will want to use some moisturizer on your skin. This will provided added ensurance from irritation. If you will be exposing your skin to sunlight, get a moisturizer that has SPF.

Get sufficient amounts of sleep - sleep can have a major effect on acne. When the body lacks sleep, it is less capable of repairing itself. Acne is no exception to this rule. Try to get ample amounts of sleep the night before your big day. Also, try to avoid stressful activities. You can deal with these once you've scored your new job.

Avoid High Glycemic Index foods - the debate as to whether or not sugary food consumption can contribute to acne has been ongoing for several years. Many studies have indicated that a link does indeed exist. High GI (simple carbohydrate) foods are believed to affect the quality of sebum that the skin produces. Poor caliber sebum that is sticky is more likely to combine with dead skin cells to create acne. We can debate all night as to whether or not this is true, however, is it really that hard to avoid processed foods for a day? Not really. Don't take any chances and eat healthy for a day.

Drink plenty of water - With the things we have come to eat and drink, it should not be surprising that our bodies are littered with toxins. When we are not sufficiently hydrated, the kidneys have to transfer some of their responsibility to the liver, The liver has to divert attention from regulating hormone levels to reverting your idiocy, which can create hormone-induced breakouts. Don't be lazy, drink water. Leave the soda for another time.

Benzoyl Peroxide Application (Ignore large quantity)


Taking back control of your skin on a truncated timetable can be difficult. However, it is entirely possible. A little dedication and persistence is necessary however. There are no viable shortcuts to treating acne, so be prepared to make some sacrifices. You will be extremely pleased in the end.


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      8 years ago

      I have a question. Does olay face wash help get rid of pimples, or make them worseand . I bought someim afraid to use it.

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      8 years ago

      Yes i agree with cuppycakee. I Never wash my face (Well about 5 times a month) But if you buy Acne treating cream such as clean and clear, it makes your skin worse, if you overdos your skin with creams it will make it peely and redder. Sod ont fall for it on the commercials. I Also read online that if you put Aloe on the red part of your pimple it tones downt he redness, so i tried it. Eversince i have been using aloe on my pimples, Now when i go out im not afraid to get close to people :] its great!

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      Kelly Werner  

      8 years ago

      get more details ; open the second & fourth link on:

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      Jenna Fletcher  

      8 years ago

      gotta more help see here:

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      BeAuTiFuL GuRl 

      9 years ago

      I use milk of manicia and it takes all my pimples away..I get them from swaeting and other will be beautiful soon

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      9 years ago

      Great advice. The only thing I'll add is that ice also helps reduce swelling.

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      9 years ago

      Ya i totally agree with this and i truly believe that if you put a lot of products on your face it will cause more wrinkles just leave it be and if you must put some makeup on it like bare minerals and a tinted moisturizer but absolutely nothing else just trust me. And i don't even use clean and clear i use all natural things like burts and b or stuff at whole foods just believe what im saying im now 38 and i barley have any wrinkles at all so just think twice next time you put things on your face because i barley ever wash my face with face washes and i might get 1 or 2 pimples ever 6 months at the very very most. so ya..


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