How to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight or Faster

How to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight

Would you look at that. A pimple. Right before the big event.

Wonderful! Just wonderful!

This is the last thing you need right now. As if it wasn’t enough being unable to figure out what to wear.

Don’t fret, my friend. I’ve got good news for you!

I’m about to tell you how to get rid of pimples overnight. Yes, it’s true!

At the end of this post, you’re going to have several treatment alternatives to choose from.

Some are more, uhm, extreme than others. But in the end, you’re the one who decides what you wish to do to become free of that nasty zit you just acquired.

So keep reading to find out exactly what you can do about your current acne situation!

Hydrocolloid dressing

Have you ever walked in a pair of extremely uncomfortable shoes, just to end up with a painful blister on your foot at the end of the day? Then there’s a chance you’re already familiar with hydrocolloid dressing.


Well, you may know them as blister patches (or blister plasters), and they’re used to lessen swelling. They work exactly the same way when battling acne.

A hydrocolloid dressing absorbs any moisture that happens to exist underneath it, and also helps a lot with reducing tension in your skin. In the case of acne, moisture means the fluids found in pimples.

Each of these patches contains gel-forming agents which encapsulate pus that is absorbed from your pimple. Furthermore, as you wear a patch, an acidic environment is created around the blemish. This is really helpful, because it keeps bacteria from finding its way back into the wound.

The inside edges of a hydrocolloid dressing is covered in an adhesive to make sure it properly sticks to your skin, which is especially important when you wear it overnight.

As they tend to contain rubber, it’s not recommended that you try these patches if you’re allergic to it.

There are plenty of various dressings for acne available for purchase. And as it is with all products, some are better than others.

Spot treatments

Generally, you should avoid popping a pimple as much as you possibly can. Even if you’re careful, it could worsen your acne by attracting an inflammation. Not to talk about the damage you could do to your skin; like for example scarring, or “craters”.

Spot treatment is the process of attacking a pimple from the outside, without any squeezing or penetration involved. Instead, you dry it out with one of the active ingredients listed below. This is much kinder towards your skin – it will thank you!

Salicylic Acid works in a really cool way. It dissolves the substance that makes skin cells stick to each other. The acid manages to do this by boosting the amount of moisture in the skin. In our case, salicylic acid is used to clear up the dead skin cells that clog up our pores.

You can find salicylic acid in aspirin, food preservatives, toothpaste and various types of fruit.

Sulfur has very strong skin drying capabilities. This is also why it’s super important to be careful when applying it to your skin. You only want to use sulfur when you’re spot treating your acne. Otherwise, on larger areas, it could do some serious harm to your clear skin.

To be honest, there are better and safer ways to remove a pimple overnight. Sulfur should only be used in the most extreme cases.

Use with caution!

Benzoyl Peroxide is similar to sulfur, as it also dries your skin quite severely. However, it also neutralizes the bacteria inside the pore. So it kind of works from both the in- and outside simultaneously.

Be aware that benzoyl peroxide can leave fairly rough stains on textiles, such as clothing, towels, bed linens and pillowcases. I recommend that, if you really want to use benzoyl peroxide, surround yourself with as much white textiles as you can.

As with the case of sulfur, I believe there are better methods for acne removal. Again, use with caution.

Peppermint essential oil behaves as an astringent when combined with vitamin E oil. The mixture fights infection due to its antimicrobial properties. And it’s easy too. All you have to do is to apply the mixture to your skin and let it sit for a few hours. Then re-apply and repeat until you’re happy with the result, or just plain have had enough.

Luckily, this solution isn’t as harsh to the skin as the previously mentioned ones. In fact, you can use it on larger areas on your skin; thus treating multiple pimples at once. Just make sure you do a patch test somewhere on your skin, preferably an area that is normally hidden by clothing in case you’ll have an allergic reaction.

Naturally, if you experience an allergic reaction; don’t use the peppermint essential oil method.

Tea tree oil

As an alternative to benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil is definitely a worthy adversary. While it generates similar results as the benzoyl peroxide, the side effects of tea tree oil are way less severe.

For starters, it doesn’t dry out your skin. And dry skin is mainly what makes benzoyl peroxide a huge deal-breaker for me.

If used right, tea tree oil doesn’t affect your skin in the same inconsiderate way. In fact, it’s quite efficient at reducing inflammation in your skin and fighting bacteria.

Furthermore, as if dry skin wasn’t bad enough, benzoyl peroxide can cause burning and irritation. Tea tree oil is a lot kinder to your skin when you mix it with water, and is absolutely worth testing instead. Especially if you have sensitive skin.

The recommended mixture is 9 parts water and 1 part tea tree oil. Spot treat with a cotton swab and then apply moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Do this 2-3 times during the day, and immediately before you go to sleep.


Treating acne with toothpaste is a well-established home remedy that figuratively everybody is aware of. But have you ever wondered why it’s working so well?

The reason is, that people all around the world are brushing their teeth regularly. And I have never heard of a single case where somebody’s got pimples on their teeth. So that must be the reason. Sounds about right… Right?

Just kidding.

In fact, toothpaste contains something called Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS), which in higher concentrations is used as surfactant in industrial grade cleaning products (engine degreasers and floor cleaners, for example).

It’s also used as a surfactant in toothpaste, but in way-way lower doses. It’s this surfactant that gives toothpaste its acne battling capabilities. However, if toothpaste is left on the skin for too long, it can cause irritation and dry up your skin.

Besides, there are products manufactured especially for the sole purpose of getting rid of acne. They’re generally much more gentle with your skin, and dermatologists tend to lean towards recommending those instead of toothpaste – for good reason.

If possible, use those products instead.

Intralesional Injection

Intralesional injection

An intralesional injection can be very effective against the most difficult of acne – cystic acne. However, for this, you need to pay your dermatologist a visit.

Why is this necessary, you ask?

Well, because the process of an intralesional injection involves Kenalog (cortisone medication) and a syringe. What they do, is that they shoot the cortisone straight into the cyst.

Yes, I know – Ouch!

As if that wasn’t bad enough; there are no guarantees that the pimple will disappear overnight. It can take up to 36 hours for it to completely vanish.

A syringe and 36 hours?!

No thanks.

Use a Good Concealer

This is a no-brainer, but I decided to put it here anyway. The reason is simply that it “works”. Concealer makes the pimple disappear out of sight, at least.

In fact, while most methods mentioned here may reduce the size of your zit, they won’t do anything about the discoloration of the skin. That is something your body has to figure out on its own, and generally it takes longer than a few hours overnight.

So even if you decide to try hydrocolloid dressings, spot treatments or whatever, you’re most likely still going to have to use a little concealer.

Don’t get me wrong. I still strongly recommend that you try to dry or drain your pimples. It makes it a thousand times easier to get a good result with the concealer.

Supercharge Your Treatment

When you combine your other acne treatment with Aloe Vera, it can get a supercharge and act way more efficiently. Studies have shown that the acne fighting effect was increased when Aloe Vera was combined with two different products; clove-basil oil lotion and tretinoin cream.

Furthermore, Aloe Vera is often used to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process of wounds. In fact, it contains salicylic acid and sulfur; both of agents which help prevent acne outbreaks. Don’t worry, they’re not in such high concentrations to be harmful to your skin.

So, I would try mixing some Aloe Vera into the treatment of choice. Either it boosts the treatment – or it doesn’t. It’s a tiny risk worth taking.

The Pre-Bedtime Wash

As a more pre-emptive way of fighting acne, washing your face before going to sleep is one of the more reasonable methods you should try before diving into dabbing chemicals or oils onto your skin. It’s a good habit to get into.

You should also wash your face (or whichever body part you’re treating) before applying oils, creams or mixtures of any kind to your skin. And the reason is simple. You can have the absolute best anti-acne product in your possession, but you still need to get rid of bacteria around the blemish.

This is done by washing your face.

So, wash your face!

What NOT to Do

I know how tempting it can be to scratch your acne. It’s infected, and itching like a mother-loader. But, for your own sake – don’t!

This will only worsen your chances of healing overnight. You risk tearing open a wound and grow the pimple even larger.

Not to mention the bacteria you might’ve managed to collect on your finger during the day. That will end up straight on your pimple. Like it wasn’t infected enough, already.

Don’t. Scratch.

Don’t. Pick.

Don’t. Pop.

Final Thoughts

Acne always tends to show up when you least want it to: parties, weddings, job interviews and dates.

These situations require you to get rid of your pimples – fast.

Unless you’re willing to take the risk of drying out your skin or staining your textiles, avoid spot treating your skin with sulfur and benzoyl peroxide. There are better alternatives.

As you may now know, there are several awesome methods you can try. I’d start with the hydrocolloid dressings – they’re amazing!

Furthermore, I’d also keep some essential oils, toothpaste and aspirin stocked up at home, in case nothing else works or you run out of the more effective products. Also keep a bottle of pure Aloe Vera somewhere around the house, to eventually boost the effects of the treatment of your choosing.

Just don’t forget to have a good concealer in your possession. Keep in mind, the treatments mentioned may reduce the pimple, but not the discoloration.

Finally, as a friendly reminder, turn washing your face before bed into a good habit. It’ll dramatically increase your chances of waking up acne free.

If you have any questions or feel like the post is missing something, please drop a comment below.

Talk soon!

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10 Reply to “How to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight or Faster

  1. Love the information you have provided here. I think this is a great topic. Not everyone wants to admit having to deal with pimples. The information you give people is something that will help them reduce pimples short and long-term. Great stuff here Mike.

    With Gratitude,

    1. Hey Joseph!

      Yeah, it’s perhaps not the most glamorous subject to talk about, but I feel that it’s necessary.
      I was quite hesitant first, of whether I should create this blog. But I figured that if I can help people while helping myself, it’s a win/win situation. So here we are 🙂

      Thanks for your feedback and for dropping by. Feel free to visit again!

  2. Wow! what an amazing wealth of information and well written. I have a brother that is battling acne and I am sure that he will benefit immersely from the information on your website. I will be referring him to your website. Thank you so much !



    1. Hey Pam!
      Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

      I hope this website can be of use for your brother. Acne isn’t a fun thing to have, especially as an adult, so I sympathize.

      Thank you for dropping by!

  3. Great article Mike! There are many great suggestions here.
    I’ve heard of a few, but the toothpaste one is new, lol. But why not try, right?
    I never had actual acne, and being older, I only get the odd pimple. But your recommendations will be great for my kids and other young people I know. I’ll certainly forward your blog to them. Natural remedies are always better than medications.
    Thanks so much,

    1. Thank you, Suzanne!
      I envy you. I wouldn’t say no to clear skin. 🙂

      About natural remedies; yes, I agree completely! I tend to lean towards trying out natural alternatives first. If they’re homemade, even better!
      Your kids and friends are welcome. Let them know they can drop a comment if they have any question!

      Thanks again 🙂

  4. I can’t imagine that there is even a single person who hasn’t had to deal with pimples at some point at a time. We all do, unfortunately!
    Believe it or not, I didn’t know that you can use toothpaste to deal with the problem. No idea how I missed that so far!
    Very informative article, so many useful tips.
    I’ll keep them in mind.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Boby 🙂 I really thought that toothpaste trick was quite common, but other people have also been telling me they’ve never heard of it.
      I saw it a lot among friends when growing up. 🙂

      Glad you liked the article!

  5. Lots of great options here, thanks for all the tips. I have very sensitive skins so will have to make sure I make my way through the list to see what works.

    1. Hi Carolyn!

      Yes, you’re right in being a bit picky if you have sensitive skin. For example, I’d recommend that you stay away from benzoyl peroxide and sulfur. They tend to irritate the skin quite badly, especially for people with sensitive skin.

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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