Pimples seem to pop up out of nowhere , so it’s super unfair that they take 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.
Dab on an Over-the-Counter Acne Spot Treatment
Over-the-counter acne spot treatments are a good go-to when you have an inconvenient blemish. They’re inexpensive, and you can buy them any store in the skin care aisle.
Dab a small amount of spot treatment directly onto the pimple. Some spot treatments are made to be left on overnight. Others are incorporated into a makeup concealer or are tinted to help conceal the blemish while it heals.
Apply a Sulfur Mask
If spot treatments aren’t quite helping, you may have better luck with a sulfur mask. Sulfur helps unclog pores and reduce inflammation, so it can help that swollen pimple look smaller.Sulfur has been used as an acne treatment for many years. Today’s treatments don’t have the unpleasant scent of those from years past, luckily.
Ice It Down
Here’s a trick often employed by estheticians. Apply an ice cube to inflamed blemishes to help reduce redness, swelling, and pain. This is also a cool fix for those blemishes you can’t yet see but can feel as a sore lump under the skin. You never want the ice cube directly touching your skin, so first wrap it in a soft cloth. Don’t ice the pimple for too long (frostbite anyone?) Ice for 20 or 30 seconds, followed by a minute or so of rest, a few times per day or just before you go out.
Why icy cold and not hot? If you’re trying to hide a pimple or reduce its size, the worst thing you could do is steam it or apply a hot compress just before you go out. Heat expands, so it will make the pimple look larger and redder.
By: Dammy Eneli
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