How To Heal A Popped Pimple Overnight

by Annie Crawford

Every girl knows the pain of having an acne breakout — from adolescent pimples, to twenty-something acne, to thirty-and-beyond blemishes, we may be blessed with overactive oil glands our entire lives. As anyone who has ever suffered from a bad breakout knows, a bad zit can ruin your whole day, but if you do pop your zit, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to help you heal a popped pimple overnight.

However, the first habit to break is popping your zits. Yes, it can be weirdly satisfying to pop a pimple, but trust us, it never helps your breakout. The oil from your fingers, the risk of bacteria infecting the now "popped" open skin, and the increased time for healing all mean your deflated zit will only get worse. Incorporating other self-care, such as proper face washing, can help you prevent acne from coming back.

If you do lose control of your fingers and go on a zit hunt, here is a sweet, easy, three-step strategy to help you heal faster overnight.

1. Clean The Area

Clean the area with a gentle skin cleanser, then pat the surrounding zone dry with a clean, soft towel. Treat the whole region like you would a fragile baby bird. Resist the urge to poke it.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $18, Amazon

2. Apply An Antibiotic Cream

Apply a first aid antibiotic cream to protect against infection and speed your healing time.

Polysporin, $8, Amazon

3. Step Away From The Pimple

Finally. Do. Not. Pick. Anymore! Just because an hour later it seems like a good idea to use your magnifying makeup mirror to inspect the situation, walk away and watch cute cats online instead.

Life doesn't have to end if you've been popping your zits, just clean them up, treat them, then lay back and let them heal.

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