If you asked most women what their most dreaded beauty-related (or even otherwise) nightmare was, they’d probably pick one in which they were waking up to a pimple on their face, especially a day before an important official or social meet. Quite a few of you might have even faced such a dilemma already and felt helpless trying to get that zit off of your face. Well, if you’ve been wondering as to how to get rid of pimples and acne overnight, fret not for we’ve found a solution to your worst beauty nightmare and luckily, it is not rocket science either.

Oh Pimple! Why are you on my face?
 

Oh Pimple! Why are you on my face?

Before we take a look at some of the solutions for acne out there, it is important that you first understand what acne and pimples are and why they suddenly appear out of nowhere. Plainly put, pimples are lesions or inflammations of the skin that occur when the oil glands (better known as sebaceous glands) in your skin are affected by bacteria such as P. acnes and S. epidermidis (short for Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis), leading to that region of your skin swelling up. The sebaceous glands in your skin (except for on your palms and soles) are known to secrete a wax-like substance called sebum which essentially helps maintain the oil balance of your skin, keeping your skin healthy and preventing it from getting too dry.

Any sort of irritation to or abnormality in the functioning of your sebaceous glands can lead to the occurrence of acne and pimples. In fact, there is a multitude of reasons that could cause pimples to develop on your skin, and especially on your face. Right from bacterial growth and dead skin build-up to hormonal imbalances and unhealthy habits (both dietary and beauty-related), or even due to hereditary reasons (yeah, blame your genes for those stubborn zits!), pimples can appear due to a host of different reasons, and at any point of time in your life (it’s an oft-stated myth that you cannot get pimples to post your adolescence).

A Crash Course on How to Get Rid of Acne Overnight

Now there are probably just as many ways to get rid of acne overnight as there are reasons for its occurrence. As it is often said, ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and it couldn’t be any truer in this case as well. Since we already know that the most common reason behind the occurrence of pimples is acne-causing bacteria, using a cleanser on your face from time to time can help you go a long way in controlling any potential damage that could lead to the development of acne and breakouts on your skin.

Chemical Solutions to the Pimple Problem
 

Chemical Solutions to the Pimple Problem

Apart from such preventive measures, there are also quite a few quick-fix solutions that can help you get rid of acne overnight, such as the use of cortisone injections (only to be taken under the strict supervision of a dermatologist) or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, both of which are relatively quick and effective, but also rather expensive at the same time. We wouldn’t recommend their regular use either, since frequent and excessive use of cortisone can thin your skin, leading to an even worse case of breakouts.

There are also a few chemical solutions that are quite easily available at drugstores, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide which can help you get rid of acne overnight like it’s no big deal. You could even take recourse to use a crushed aspirin (make a paste using three parts aspirin and one part water and apply it on your face like a mask) since it works just as well, being a derivative of salicylic acid itself. However, the frequent use of chemical solutions on your skin can, in fact, have an effect contrary to the one desired, leading to allergic reactions or skin irritation (toothpaste are a big no-no too!). The best way to get rid of pimples and acne overnight, we believe, would be to take recourse to natural remedies, especially since most of these natural products also have additional benefits like moisturizing your skin and healing acne scars. To help you along this route, we’ve compiled a list of natural remedies that could be used to get rid of acne overnight, or at least as quickly as is possible the natural way.

Spot Treatments using Essential Oils
 

Spot Treatments using Essential Oils

There are quite a few essential oils out there in the market that can help your skin fight acne-causing bacteria. Perhaps, the most effective amongst them all is tea tree oil, extracted from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil is extremely potent when it comes to treating pimples (as effective as benzoyl peroxide, albeit without the adverse side effects), since it helps your skin fight both, P. acnes and S. epidermidis, and can help you get rid of acne overnight. However, given its potency, it is recommended that you mix the oil with a carrier (usually one part oil and nine parts water) before applying it on the problem areas, especially if you have sensitive skin. There are also quite a few other essential oils such as those of cinnamon, rose, lavender, clove and basil which are known to work just as well in treating your acne problems.

Green Tea to the Rescue!
 

Green Tea to the Rescue!

While the Green Tea trend has been slowly growing on people across the world, most of them are only aware of the dietary benefits that the tea provides. However, green tea also contains a lot of flavonoids and tannins, as well as the antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), all three of which help reduce the inflammation caused by acne while also inhibiting the growth of the P. acne bacteria. The antioxidant ECGC is also known to keep the production of sebum from your glands under control so that your face does not get greasy enough for the acne to develop. As for how potent green tea is, it might not necessarily help you get rid of acne overnight, but it is still a pretty quick and effective method.

Fighting Acne with Organic Masks
 

Fighting Acne with Organic Masks

Apart from applying essential oils or green tea, masks made from natural substances like turmeric, Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth), neem (dried and crushed), aloe vera extract, or a combination of honey and cinnamon (honey, on its own, works quite well too) have been known to effectively get rid of acne overnight as well. Just make a paste using these ingredients (you can use rose water and lemon juice along with Fuller’s earth) and apply it over the affected areas, letting it dry. Wash off the paste using water after a while and apply a moisturizer if you feel your skin is becoming too dry. Apart from all of the methods mentioned above, there are still some other natural and organic methods to combat the issue of acne, like using ice to reduce the swelling. Although these solutions might be able to get rid of the acne overnight, then, following a good skin care routine, eating healthy and staying active will keep acne and pimples at bay.