It’s a tale as old as time: you have a big event coming up, and suddenly your beautiful complexion is marred by a volcano zit so huge you can see it from space. Unless you want to give Mount Saint Helen a run for her money, getting rid of pimples fast is kind of a priority. Fortunately, when it comes to how to get rid of pimples overnight, we definitely have some insight. We can’t guarantee that these treatments are the definitive answer to zapping zits in mere hours, but they will put you well on your way to clearer skin.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17, mariobadescu.com)
Perhaps the most beloved overnight acne treatment of all, the curious pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle (which leaves the telltale pink spot on your skin!) is responsible for this super effective product’s zit-zapping and blemish-healing properties. Salicylic acid works to dry out the whitehead, while calamine, camphor, sulfur, and zinc oxide work in conjunction to take care of the rest.
Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix ($16, murad.com)
While this treatment could technically be worn under makeup during the day, it is best worn at night during the skin’s most receptive hours when it can really work its magic. The high quantity of witch hazel in the formula means you can actually feel it working, but it also contains great burnet and allantoin to sooth inflammation without drying out the surrounding skin.
Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel ($49, dermalogica.com)
Not only does this gentle gel fight current breakouts, but it helps prevent future blemishes, too. Salicylic acid clears out the pores, and tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic, helps to soothe and inhibit bacteria that causes breakouts, while actually removing the pore-clogging material.
Dr. Dennis Gross Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask ($42, dgskincare.com)
A favorite of eternally perfect-skinned celebrities like Olivia Palermo, this overnight mask uses colloidal sulfur, one of our favorite acne-fighting ingredients, to treat acne and clear the pores. Bentonite clay absorbs excess oil, and prickly pear calms redness and irritation, resulting in a 360-degree treatment that leaves no skin issue left behind.
Suki Transformative Purifying Masque ($48.95, sukiskincare.com)
You would hope that when something is deemed “transformative” it actually is, and we can confirm that that is the case with this overnight masque. This one even works like a charm on cystic acne, which is rare to find in a topical treatment that doesn’t require a prescription. It isn’t drying in the least, and tackles even those most painful under-the-skin types that nothing else helps. Essentially, this is one you should add to your acne-fighting arsenal ASAP.