How to Get Rid of a Popped Pimple Overnight
Pimples are formed from an excess of oil in your skin and can be embarrassing and annoying. Even after popping a pimple, the surrounding skin can look inflamed or red. Though it's unlikely that popped pimples will disappear overnight, you can take action to reduce the redness and inflammation caused by a pimple. By applying a hydrocolloid dressing or spreading all-natural ingredients like witch hazel or aloe vera over the area, you can minimize the appearance of a popped pimple significantly.
Draining Your Pimple
Apply a warm compress to the pimple.You should not squeeze your pimple. Your pimple will often pop on its own when a white head forms. Removing the pus will prevent infections and can reduce inflammation.Gently press down on the sides of the pimple with your washcloth until all of the pus has been pushed out.
- Wash your hands before and after touching a pimple.
- A whitehead designates that the pus is near the surface of your skin.
- Squeezing a pimple can damage your skin and help spread bacteria to other parts of your face.
Rub an antibiotic ointment into the pimple.A popped pimple is an open wound and applying an ointment or solution can help heal your skin. Apply an antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin, to the pimple to help heal and protect it.
- As an alternative, you can apply all-natural solutions like witch hazel or warm water with salt to the area if you don't have an antibiotic ointment.
- For minor pimple wounds, an antibiotic ointment can help it heal in a couple of days.
Don't pick your pimple.After you pop your pimple, you may want to pick at the scab that forms. You should not do this. Irritating the area will make the pimple swell, get irritated, and become redder.
- Picking at your pimple can slow down the healing process. Every time you touch your popped pimple, you are transferring bacteria and other contaminants to the open wound.
Using Hydrocolloid Dressings
Wash your face.Wash your hands thoroughly before you touch your face. Gently clean your face with a mild soap or facial cleanser and warm water. Use light circular motions as you wash your face. Rinse your face off with warm water and pat it down with a clean cotton towel when you're done.
Cut a hydrocolloid dressing to fit over the popped pimple.You can find these in most drug stores, pharmacies, or department stores. Cut a large enough piece of hydrocolloid dressing so that it can fit over the area of skin where you pimple is. Once it's the right size, you can remove the paper backing to uncover the adhesive.
- If the dressing is already an appropriate size for your pimple, you can skip this step.
- If your dressing does not have adhesive, you can secure the edges of the dressing with medical tape.
Cover the pimple with a hydrocolloid dressing.Press the sticky side of the dressing onto the pimple. Flatten out the dressing onto your face, making sure to smooth over any wrinkles or creases in it.
- Hydrocolloid dressings absorb fluids in a wound and reduce swelling.
- Examples of hydrocolloid dressings include Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers, Johnson & Johnson Tough Pads, or DuoDERM Dressing.
Replace the hydrocolloid dressing.Leave the hydrocolloid dressing on your face overnight. Replace the dressing in the morning when you wake up. You should see a reduction in both pus and inflammation around the area.
- If your skin gets irritated or a rash forms, stop using hydrocolloid dressings.
- Gently pick up one corner of the dressing and peel it away to remove it.
Trying Natural Remedies
Dab calamine lotion over the popped pimple.Calamine lotion helps reduce the appearance of acne scars and will reduce redness and inflammation wherever you apply it. Use a cotton swab to apply the lotion over the pimple and let it sit in overnight. When you wake up, wash the lotion off your face.
Apply aloe vera gel to the popped pimple.Aloe vera reduces inflammation and promotes healing, which will help the pimple look smaller the next day. Use a cotton swab to apply the aloe vera gel to the popped pimple. Apply the gel each night until the appearance of the popped pimple is reduced.
Wipe witch hazel over your popped pimple.Witch hazel is an astringent and pulls fluids away from pimples. This can help reduce inflammation and redness overnight.
Try an antiseptic oil.Certain oils have antiseptic properties and can help your pimple heal. Use a swab or a cotton ball to dab some oil on the popped pimple. Leave the oil on your skin until it dries, then reapply more.
- If your skin is sensitive, you should spot test the oil on your skin first.
- Some examples of antiseptic oil includes tea tree oil, oregano, spearmint, calendula, rosemary, and lavender.
Dab the pimple with honey.Covering your popped pimple with honey can be an effective way to heal the wound overnight.Use a cotton swab to spread a light layer of honey over the popped pimple and let it dry.
- Honey is an astringent and it has antiseptic properties and promotes wound healing.
Use an apple cider vinegar.Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and has antiseptic properties.You can put it on your pimple to help reduce redness, inflammation, and to promote healing. Dilute the vinegar so that your solution is four parts water to one part vinegar. Then, apply the vinegar directly to the skin with a cotton ball.
- Start with a larger ratio of water to vinegar if you have sensitive skin.
QuestionIf calendula oil assures to get your pimples out of your face, isn't it weird that oily things on your face makes acne appear?
Family Medicine PhysicianFamily Medicine PhysicianExpert AnswerCalendula oil has antimicrobial properties that help the pimple heal faster. Not all oils are bad for your skin. Cleansers that are oil-based can provide a gentle cleanse to the face and body.Thanks!
QuestionIf you press on it with ice does that help?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIce can reduce inflammation of your skin. This could reduce the pain associated with a larger cyst or pimple, but won't do much in healing your skin or reducing the appearance of a popped pimple.Thanks!
QuestionI put aloe vera on my pimple and it stings. Is that normal?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is normal for aloe vera to sting immediately after you put it on a pimple, but if the stinging lasts, discontinue the use of aloe vera.Thanks!
QuestionI heard toothpaste can heal pimples, would that help?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerToothpaste can help dry out the area around an unpopped pimple, but it won't do much when it comes to healing your skin.Thanks!
QuestionI am using a face wash called Oxy made of charcoal. Do you advise me to continue using it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOxy is a good brand, you can use it. If you want to try a natural remedy, use some tea tree oil for that specific area.Thanks!
QuestionIs normal for your pimple to sting after trying the ACV?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerApple cider vinegar is acidic in nature, so it's likely to hurt when applying it to an open wound, like a popped pimple. If the area gets red or starts to itch, stop using it.Thanks!
QuestionAre there any natural ways of helping a popped pimple heal?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use ice to reduce any remaining swelling and redness. Other than that, just keep it clean so that it doesn't get infected.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get rid of pimples? I'm 15. Will face wash help?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAvoid touching them. Pimples grow from the oil in your skin and when you touch your face you're transferring oil from your fingers. And yes, face wash can work. It helps a lot. Get a good facial moisturizer to use after washing.Thanks!
QuestionIs lavender oil safe?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFor the most part, yes, but there are always exceptions. There are interactions it may have with prescribed drugs and should not be inhaled. For some people, the oil may create an adverse reaction on the skin. To test this, apply a test swab of oil to your arm or hand before applying it to your face.Thanks!
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