Can You Heal Pimples Overnight?
Picture it: it’s the day before prom. You’ve got a date, a great outfit, and you’ve spent days dreaming up the night of a lifetime. All of a sudden, to your horror, you notice a pimple begin to protrude right from the middle of your forehead. You have 24 hours, can you eliminate it just in time?
While you may or may not be in high school anymore, this scenario still rings true in our daily lives. A big presentation or important date suddenly curtailed with the appearance of an acne flare-up.
Healing Time Depends on Skin Type
When addressing whether or not we can clear our skin up overnight, it’s important to put it into perspective. If you’re someone that occasionally deals with acne you just experienced a small breakout or single pimple, it’s reasonable to wonder if you can heal it overnight. However, if you’re someone that frequently experiences acne and has been struggling with it for a long period of time, then for you the idea of clearing up your skin overnight is not so easy to imagine. Maybe even something you’d laugh at.
While the person that experiences the occasional breakout could certainly improve their pimples over a single night (perhaps even get rid of them entirely depending on the severity of the breakout), a patient with more moderate to severe acne probably won’t have the same success. This also depends on your definition of “healing.” Does that mean that the pimples have flattened, pales, or even disappeared completely? Or does it mean that your skin looks healthier and your breakout is less irritated and inflamed? If it’s the latter, then there is certainly hope. There are hundreds of different natural remedies and prescription medications that can assist in clearing the skin overnight.
If you’ve already taken steps to relieve your acne symptoms, you’re on the right track. If not, you may not know the best way to treat your skin, making an overnight remedy less probable. Make an appointment with a dermatologist to find out your skin type and begin the process of beating your acne. While it won’t be an overnight solution, the impact your newfound knowledge will have on your skin will be worth it in the long run.
If you already know your skin type, battling blemishes will be that much easier. For example, if you have naturally dry skin, you’re not going to want to apply anything that’s going to dry it out more. If you have excessively oily skin, you’re going to want a medication that prevents excess sebum production so that your pimples are given the chance to clear.
Although we’ve noted that curing acne overnight is a bit farfetched, particularly for the regular acne patient, there are still steps that can be taken to make your skin more likely to respond to treatment.
First of all, fill up that water bottle and start drinking! It will keep you hydrated and help your body process all the toxins it’s constantly exposed to. Stay away from sugar. Sugar, particularly processed sugar, actually exacerbates inflammation. If you’re eating lots of sugars (candy and soda tend to be the biggest culprits) then you’re not giving your body the chance to fight off toxins. Eat lots of vegetables and greens and stay away from processed food. Eat berries filled with antioxidants. Remember, you can take your dietary restrictions as a positive: mitigating your acne has also brought you to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s been proven that eating right will improve your health, energy levels, and your brain’s ability to balance itself, giving you more emotional stability and lowering hormone fluctuations.
Unfortunately, if you’re experiencing acne, or if you’ve had a breakout that you need to clear by the next day, stress will negatively affect your body’s ability to counteract the pimples, and what’s more stressful than giving acne a deadline? Stress affects breakouts. Breakouts cause stress. It’s a vicious cycle, but for those experiencing acne flare-ups need to practice acceptance. Stay calm, take a deep breath, and trust that you know your skin and will apply the proper treatment to alleviate the symptoms. Keep in mind that even if your pimple or breakout does not subside, acne is not the end of the world and whatever upcoming event you’re looking forward to will still be just as fun as it would be if you did not have a breakout.
While counteracting anxiety may be a longer process than 24-hours can cure, even if you start the day of your breakout you’ll be making an impact. In order to mitigate stress, exercise regularly, get the right amount of rest each night, and consider meditation.
Covering Up Your Breakouts Doesn’t Work
If you’re looking to clear your skin overnight, don’t fall victim to trying to ‘cover’ everything up. It’s better to stay away from makeup completely. If you absolutely must, use oil-free products and wash your face as soon as you can. Although the buildup of sweat can cause breakouts it’s important to get your body moving. Go for a little run. Get a workout in. Exercise helps to open your pores and allow oxygen in so you have a better chance of removing any dirt or bacteria causing your blemish or breakout. Just be sure to wipe down your face and other acne prone areas as quickly as possible after a sweat session.
Perhaps most importantly: cleanse daily. Additionally, a warm shower can help your pores to open, breathe, and push out any acne-causing buildup that you can then wash away. Coincidentally, this routine can also help you to relax and destress, easing the effect your hormones are having on your skin. Avoid excessively hot water; this can further dry out the skin and worsen irritation and inflammation. After your daily cleansing session, be sure to moisturize.
In extreme cases, you may choose to spot treat your blemishes. Make sure to do so lightly and take into consideration that too much treatment will only agitate your skin further. Use a dermatologist recommended solution or a product that’s right for your skin type. Finally, sleep. Our body heals best when it has a full night of rest to take care of itself. At the end of the day, continuous treatment isn’t the only thing that’s going to get rid of that breakout, it’s our bodies that will. Treat them right and they’ll reward you.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a magic pill to clear your acne overnight, you’re going to come up short. Fighting acne is all about taking the necessary steps to avoid breakouts in the first place. With these tips and the right combination of treatment, diet, and sleep, there’s a higher chance that you rise in the morning with your pimples less inflamed and even on their way out. Find the remedy that works for you, and take control of your skin care process. There’s a combination that works for everyone—it’s all about finding the one that works for you.