Is it possible to get rid of pimples overnight? In some cases, yes. Let’s look at how acne works and what steps you should take if you want to get rid of pimples overnight.
Acne vulgaris is the most common form of acne. In fact, the word ‘vulgaris’ simply means ‘common’. It is caused by over active sebum or natural skin oils, that collect and form blockages in hair follicles. It is most common on the parts of the body where there are a lot of hair follicles and sebaceous glands (the glands that produce skin oils). This means the face, back and chest.
You may be surprised at this – most of us don’t have hair on our nose, and yet that is one of the places where acne can be most severe. But in fact, the nose is covered with hair follicles. The actual hairs may be tiny, so small and fine that they are invisible, but they do exist. In other parts like the forehead and cheeks, you may be able to see fine hairs if you look closely.
People with acne vulgaris usually have a mixture of whitehead pimples (closed comedones) and blackheads (open comedones) on their face, perhaps spreading to the neck, scalp, chest and back.
So if you have acne vulgaris, can you get rid of pimples overnight? Sometimes yes, you can. It depends on the pimple and its stage of development.
If you feel or see a red patch of skin or bump that tells you that a pimple is coming, there are a few things that you can do to try to prevent it showing as an unsightly pimple in the morning. First cleanse the area, then apply a layer of anti acne mask to the lump.
You may have a product that you like to use, or you can use a home acne remedy such as crushed aspirin or baking soda mixed with water (but not both together, and always test the skin for sensitivity first). Avoid touching the area and sleep in a way that does not crush it against the sheets. Cleanse again in the morning and with luck, your potential pimple will be much less of a threat.
The other kind of pimples that you may be able to remove overnight are those that can be treated with a blackhead extractor. This is a tool that removes blackheads but will also usually deal with whiteheads. It does this by popping them without damaging the surrounding skin. So you can get rid of pimples overnight by using the extractor in the evening, cleansing to remove any infection, and then applying a toner or lemon juice to close up the broken skin.
Avoid touching the area with your fingers and try to keep hair off it. If you also use a clean pillow case and again, sleep with the pimple exposed to the air, you will have a good chance of waking up to find that it is almost unnoticeable in the morning.
Cystic acne is a more deep seated issue. If you have cystic acne you may have red lumps under the skin that can last a long time and rarely come to a head. Cystic acne also causes longer lasting scars. Sadly, there is no way to get rid of pimples overnight if cystic acne is the cause: successful treatment takes several weeks, but the results are well worth waiting for.