How to get rid of acne overnight: Quick hacks and long-term solutions
You’d be hard put to find anyone who is a stranger to the menace of acne that pops up overnight. Do a quick show of hands around your friend circle, and you’ll find yourself sharing stories of unsightly bumps that appear out of nowhere—usually on the night before an important event or work meeting. So how do you dodge the bullet when you are racing against the clock? We called in Mumbai-based celebrity dermatologist Dr Harshna Bijlani to help you with all the lotions and potions that will get rid of acne overnight—from the fundamentals of a good skincare regimen to fast-acting home remedies.
- 0.1 Over-the-counter products that help you zap your acne overnight
- 0.2 Fast acting some remedies to soothe pimples
- 0.3 Basic dos and don’ts that will help you fight acne
- 1 Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic
- 2 Indulgeo Essentials Volcanic Night Oil
- 3 Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
- 4 Bioderma Sébium Gel Moussant
- 5 Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask
- 6 Kaya Purifying Toner
- 7 O3+ Dermal Zone Zitderm Acne & Pimple Cream
- 8 Natio Acne Clear Night Repair Moisture Treatment
- 9 Biotique Bio Myristica Spot Correcting Anti-Acne Face Pack
- 10 The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Overnight Gel
Over-the-counter products that help you zap your acne overnight
The good news is that there are various, easily available skincare products that can be used to prevent acne as well as reduce the appearance of concurring zits. Ask your drugstore for a face wash that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, and use an alcohol-free toner to prevent excessive drying of your skin. When it comes to moisturisers, a gel- or water-based lotion that is lightweight in texture will also prevent blocking open pores.
You can also look for serums with azelaic acid as an active ingredient as it not only prevents acne, but also helps brighten and reduce acne marks. Last but not the least, your best friend in this war is the humble sunscreen. Opt for a mineral or gel-based sunscreen that has a matte finish and is non-comedogenic, to prevent further breakouts.
Fast acting some remedies to soothe pimples
If you’re looking for a fast-acting remedy, you can apply tea tree oil as a spot treatment; it has strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. For those with oily skin, opt for a face pack made of fuller’s earth (multani mitti), or try using a good spirulina face mask for its antioxidant, anti-acne and calming properties.
Basic dos and don’ts that will help you fight acne
While treating acne, look towards employing a holistic approach—don’t just try to temporarily control it, change your lifestyle to further prevent it as well. Eat healthy, try to avoid dairy if you are susceptible to it, sleep regularly and avoid stress and anxiety. This goes without saying, but definitely do not pick or burst your acne out of desperation, as it may lead to scars that can follow you around for life. When treating existing active acne, opt for holistic home care in the form of a medicated body wash and face wash with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil, as well as creams containing benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin.
You can also look to clinical treatments like regular facials, peels and clean ups for relief from recurring acne. If you are looking for a long term solution, the Alma Clearskin Laser™ serves up a state of the art Acne Laser. This spot treatment helps to painlessly reduce active acne and prevent it from re-occurring—without any painful pricking, squeezing, peeling or downtime.
If none of these seem to be working for you, it is advisable to visit a dermatologist for a prescription of antibiotics or other medication for your acne.
Looking for a selection of beauty products to help you get rid of acne overnight? Scroll on to have a look at our edit.
Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic
Scoop out the impurities from within via this exfoliating facial tonic, that sweeps away dead skin cells and helps accelerate cell renewal to make way for a clearer, radiant complexion.
Indulgeo Essentials Volcanic Night Oil
Make room in your nightly beauty routine for this elixir; it addresses acne-prone skin with its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial active molecules.
Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Use this calming blue cream after your daily cleansing and toning gig to soothe irritated skin, by hydrating and relieving the affected area of redness.
Bioderma Sébium Gel Moussant
In case the name hasn’t tipped you off already, this cleansing gel works directly on regulating sebum quality, which leads to reduced oiliness and lesser blemishes.
Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask
This creamy formula works on gently cleansing and controlling acne to prevent recurrence, all with the help of natural clays to absorb oil in the skin, along with exfoliating dead skin cells and other impurities.
Kaya Purifying Toner
This alcohol-free toner utilises skin-soothing agents to put a tight leash on excess sebum production in the skin, while also unclogging pores and helping acne-prone skin to breathe freely.
O3+ Dermal Zone Zitderm Acne & Pimple Cream
Getting to the root of all your acne woes, this moisturising cream provides long-lasting oil control and helps refine pores to provide oily, acne-prone skin with a youthful glow.
Natio Acne Clear Night Repair Moisture Treatment
With tea tree, aloe vera and Tamanu, this night lotion addresses the skin’s moisture balance, and works on reducing redness by dislocating acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin.
Biotique Bio Myristica Spot Correcting Anti-Acne Face Pack
If you’re looking for instant relief for irritated skin, trust this spot correcting face pack to help get untimely breakouts under control using nutmeg spice, that serves as an anti-bacterial agent.
The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Overnight Gel
When you’re fighting a ticking clock to make impromptu breakouts toe the line, this overnight gel lives up to its name and harnesses the virtues of mineral-rich seaweed to balance the excess oil present in the skin.