Pimples seem to pop up out of nowhere, so it’s super unfair that they take forever to go away- if you don’t know how to treat them, that is. And while we’d never advocate picking, popping, or trying to get rid of it overnight. But we know how times of urgency can call for desperate measures- think of those important events and occasions that were almost always preceded by an oddly-placed zit on your face. Yeah, nobody wants to be memorialized in a photo with a giant red pimple demanding all the attention.
So, if you’re looking for a strategy to make acne flare-up calm down this second, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, see products for shrinking a pimple faster than you can say boo.
Take whiteheads, blackheads, and breakouts down before they even have a fighting chance by applying a layer of Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment on clean, dry skin. A combination of 1.5% salicylic acid and frankincense absorbs excess oil, exfoliates, and unclog pores for an easy win!
If you measure the efficacy of zit-zapping products by whether they feel like they are getting to work, consider these microneedle acne patches the gold standard. But it’s not just a feeling – the stuff helps to reduce the bumps, pain and redness of the acne in a jiffy. Bonus points for hyaluronic acid which soothes skin in its tracks.
This cleanser is the priciest of the bunch, but beauty savants swear by it and so does every actress and model in Hollywood. We also love that it’s a powder, so it’s super easy to travel with. It’s also great for exfoliation, so technically you’re getting two products for the price of one.
As affordable and handy and cute as these acne relief patches are, they are super effective in zapping those zits. This is another hydrocolloid patch option that creates a moist, sealed-off environment to absorb excess excretions and sebum from your breakouts, while also protecting them from bacteria, dirt, and your own picking habits. It’s also infused with neem and haldi which will make your breakout heal faster and scar less.
Hydrocolloid patches are all the rage at the moment and for all good reasons. They stay in place for hours, ensuring that the zit-zapping salicylic acid soaks into a blemish, while the bandage-like sticker helps pull out dirt and impurities.
Re’equil Acne Clarifying Gel treats acne from the comedolytic action of powerful AHAs exfoliants like glycolic acid and BHAs like salicylic acid without drying out the skin. The power duo sloughs skin and degunks pores. Plus it’s so fast-acting that it can shrink a major zit overnight.
Mario Badescu’s drying lotions are made of salicylic acid to fight acne-causing bacteria, sulfur to disinfect, and calamine to reduce redness brought on by those just-to-come surface breakouts (you know the ones). Word of warning: Because of its pasty texture and pink hue, this lotion may be better suited as a nighttime treatment than a quick, daytime fix.
Try these products for an overnight acne miracle!
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