Beauty Skincare Here's What You Can Do to Reduce Pimples Overnight Where there's a will, there's a way. By Pia Velasco Pia Velasco Instagram Twitter Pia Velasco is a New York-based beauty reporter with over 10 years in the industry. She joined InStyle as Senior Beauty Editor in 2021. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on June 15, 2022 @ 04:09PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images Few things can feel as daunting as looking at your own reflection and noticing a big, out-of-nowhere, zit on your face. It happens to all of us, and while there's not too much you can do to completely prevent breakouts, there are ways to ramp up the healing process. Here, Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, shares everything you need to know about how to get rid of pimples overnight. Read along to see how he recommends treating every type of breakout for super-speedy clear skin. My Monstrous Blemishes Disappear Overnight With These $8 Pimple Patches Can You Get Rid Of Pimples Overnight? Unfortunately, Dr. Zeicher says it's unrealistic to expect a pimple to completely disappear while you sleep. However, he says that different types of pimples can have varying results. "Small, red pimple and pus bumps can be almost completely shrunk over 24 hours or so if you are using the right ingredients. Large, tender undergrounders on the other hand, often need professional help with a cortisone injection from your dermatologist," he begins. "Blackheads and whiteheads (not to be confused with pustules) are perhaps the toughest to clear — they can be physically extracted for immediate improvements, but otherwise need longer-term treatment to keep the pores clear." VIDEO: The Best Skincare Routine for Acne, According to Dermatologists Which Skincare Ingredients Are the Most Effective In Getting Rid Of Pimples Overnight? Dr. Zeichner touts benzoyl peroxide as the most effective ingredient we have to treat red, angry pimples. "It works by lowering levels of acne-causing bacteria, opening up the blocked pores and reducing inflammation," he explains. Furthermore, he recommends the Jori Daily Leave-On Acne Treatment Mask as it delivers micronized 2.5% benzoyl peroxide to the skin, allowing it to penetrate deep into the pores where acne begins. "The formula also contains active botanicals that address the impact of hormones, diet, and stress., which are known to contribute to breakouts," he adds. After benzoyl peroxide, Dr. Zeichner recommends salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, to remove excess oil and dead cells from the surface of the skin. For the best results, he recommends looking for a formula with a maximum strength of 2% salicylic acid in it, such as the Bliss Clear Genius Spot Treatment. If the pimple is inflamed and tender, Dr. Zeichner says an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream can be helpful. "It's an anti-inflammatory to help soothe the skin," he explains, but warns it shouldn't be used in any same area more than twice a day for two weeks. Lastly, he praises hydrocolloid bandages as they absorb excess fluid and encourage post-acne healing. Just note that they work best on fully-formed whiteheads. When it comes to DIY treatments, Dr. Zeichner says that milk of magnesia or toothpaste can work as they have drying effects on the skin. However, he cautions that they're not as effective as traditional treatments and could cause skin irritation. What Can Make Pimples Worse Overnight? We've heard it a million times, but Dr. Zeichner echoes that the worst thing to do to a pimple is to pick at it. "[It] leads to more harm than good, traumatizing the skin, leading to scabbing, and potential scarring," he explains.