It seems to happen all the time. Just when you have a big event coming up (or at this time, an important Zoom meeting), a big pimple pops up and ruins your day. While it can be covered with makeup, you can also do something to make it disappear overnight. At the very least, you can shrink its size to make it easier to conceal. The first thing to remember is keep your hands off your face. We're all guilty of picking at zits, but as we find out time and time again, doing so only takes it longer to heal and we end up with nasty scars. Dermatologists also warn against home remedies.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner warns Good Housekeeping against using toothpaste, lemon juice or even worse, Windex. Proven acne-fighting ingredients are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Here are effective overnight spot treatments recommended by Coveteur to banish those pimples fast!
This overnight spot treatment combines multiple acids like glycolic, malic, lactic, and citric acids to exfoliate and resurface skin. To help temper the effects of these strong alpha and beta hydroxy acids, this treatment also has arginine and fatty acids to moisturizing the skin. You'll wake up to a smoother and glowing complexion in the morning.
Coveteur says this is great for blackheads and those deep-seated and cystic acne bumps that seem to grow bigger and more painful each day. It has salicylic acid and retinol alternative bakuchiol to fight acne and encourage cell turnover. If your skin is both acne-prone and sensitive, try this treatment.
If you're looking for a clean overnight spot treatment option, this gel has plant-derived salicylic acid to target acne, caviar lime extract to exfoliate pores, and Tasmanian pepper fruit and japonica flower to calm inflammation and redness.
Pimple patches have active ingredients to shrink acne breakouts and these patches have a combination of salicylic acid retinol and aloe vera to reduce the size of pimples while hydrating skin and reducing redness.
With this gel, salicylic acne treats acne while niacinamide prevents scarring and hyperpigmentation. That means you won't end up with those dark spots once your breakouts heal.
For adult acne and mature skin, skip overly drying acne treatments and try this sleeping mask instead. Bakuchiol will give you the benefits of retinol. Melatonin is packed with antioxidants that brightens, so you can wake up with smoother and glowing skin.
For breakouts that cover a bigger area, save your acne dots and go for these larger patches by Rael. These hydrocolloid patches suck out oil and pus from pimples and you'll find a significantly smaller pimple in the morning. Patches also prevent you from picking at your pimples, which is always a good thing.
This iconic treatment contains salicylic acid, sulphur, and zinc oxide that dries pimples fast by drying out the fluid buildup (oil and pus) inside. This is also great for whiteheads. A similar, cheaper, and equally effective formula is the Mario Badescu Drying Formula that Glamour reports is Kylie Jenner's go-to blemish fighter. For both treatments, make sure to wait for the pink powder to settle at the bottom of the bottle before scooping out the solution with a clean Q-tip. Be careful not to double dip, as well.
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