Want to know how to get rid of pimples overnight? Don't pop them; this is the surest way to get scars. It turns out that there are many safer-as well as tried and true-ways to eliminate zits in short order.
First, there are natural treatments. Most are fruits. All are applied directly to the pimples and surrounding skin areas. Strawberry leaves, for example, are known to reduce swelling and redness. Mashed raw papaya-both the pulp and the seeds-reduces swelling and redness. Orange peel, if made into a paste with a little added water, will draw out the pus and dry up the pimples. Lemon juice with rose water works for many. Lime juice simmered in milk, or lime juice mixed with groundnut oil (a.k.a., peanut oil) can also do the job.
Strawberry leaves, when laid onto the pimples, are also known to be effective-as are mint leaves. Dried basil leaves-boiled in water-then cooled and drained, provide another option. Tea tree oil-or a wet tea bag, if you can't find tree oil-will do the trick if rubbed over the pimple.
Some people find that raw garlic can make pimples just disappear. As can egg whites, when they are applied like a mask to cover the entire face.
An all-natural facial scrub consisting of olive oil and salt will (4 parts to every 3) may remove your pimples quickly, all the while acting as an exfoliant to eliminate dead skin that can contribute to a future pimple outbreak.
If none of these options appeals to you, you could try a multi-step process that has had success. First, place an ice pack directly onto the affected area of your skin. After about 10 minutes, your skin will be sufficiently frozen for you to move on to step two-applying a medicated skin cream (such as Noxzema) to your entire face. In a few minutes, wash off the cream. At this point, your pimples should be somewhat smaller. Now, dab on a coating of acne cream (Clearasil, for example) to both dry up the excess oil from your skin and help it heal. Wait four hours. If the blemishes are still there (or not sufficiently shrunk to satisfy you), repeat the process.
Applying emollients of various sorts will sooth and reduce the size of skin eruptions-and in fewer steps than the ice pack routine. Many swear by a treatment that involves applying a layer of calamine lotion overnight after cleansing with an astringent (e.g., witch hazel or rubbing alcohol).
You could also cover the pimples with an ointment that contains benzoyl peroxide (such as Proactive) or salicylic acid (e.g., Murad). Leave it on your skin overnight, or-if it begins to burn-for as long as it is comfortable to do so.
Then there's toothpaste. Common, everyday toothpaste (any brand) might provide the easiest solution of all. Just squeeze a little onto a finger and swab it over the bumps. Leave the toothpaste on all night; word is it'll do wonders.
You have many choices if you need to know how to get rid of pimples overnight. Check your medicine cabinet-or your kitchen-for the majority of the ingredients. Most eradicate, or radically shrink, the pimple overnight. If you're in a pinch, give them a try.
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