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6 ways to get rid of pimples overnight

POSTED: November 7, 2017 3:40 a.m.
Lindsey Miller/

Get your skin looking flawless in no time with these easy (and affordable) tricks.

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When I was a teenager, my skin was absolutely flawless. I got a zit maybe once or twice every six months, and it would only stay for a day or two, then my skin would be back to its normal state.

When I hit college it got a little worse, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. Fast forward a couple of years to now — I’m in my last semester of college and my face is a nightmare. I have zits all over the place and they just keep coming ... and they won’t go away.

I’ve tried masks, toothpaste, prescriptions and other concoctions, and I’m still on a quest to find the perfect remedy. So I’ve compiled a list of some of the best skin treatments so you don’t have to go through the pain of trying every skin-care routine out there. Here are some of the best ways to get rid of your pimples overnight:

1. Vitamin E

If you have a pimple that just won’t go away, break open a capsule of vitamin E (or buy some vitamin E oil) and rub it on your blemish. You can leave it on for 10 minutes or overnight, but the vitamin will keep the area moisturized while reducing any redness and irritation (which is exactly what you're looking for). It can also help unclog pores and prevent breakouts if you use it on a regular basis.

You can also take vitamin E orally as a supplement, but for the best results, you’ll want to apply the oil directly to your skin. However, you should stop immediately if your skin gets irritated.

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2. Use an extraction tool

Dermatologists say how important it is not to pop your zits, but when you’re in a pinch, popping might be the only way to get the swelling to go down. If you must pop the pimple, use an extraction tool and be extremely gentle. This set comes with a few different tools for different purposes.

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3. Spot treat it

Find an acne spot treatment that’s right for your skin and watch your pimples disappear. It might take a little research, but Neutrogena’s On-the-Spot acne treatment seems to be the winner when it comes to price and effectiveness.

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4. Put some ice on it

When you need to reduce redness and inflammation, put some ice on it. Wrap an ice cube in a piece of fabric and hold it against your pimple. Ice it on and off for about 10 minutes, and it should look and feel much better.

5. Use vinegar

Before you go to bed, mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water. Dip a cotton ball in your mixture, then apply it to your pimple and put a band-aid over it. The apple cider vinegar will dry out the pimple and make it smaller and less noticeable.

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6. See a dermatologist

If you’re still having skin troubles, it’s probably best to see a dermatologist. They can assess your skin situation and tell you exactly what you need, and can prescribe medications if needed.

Pimples always seem to come at the worst time, but with these little tips, you’ll have flawless skin in no time.
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