Some days you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and BAM(!!) a new zit has emerged to ruin your day. And since pimples seem to appear overnight, it’s reasonable to assume they’d be easy to get rid of overnight as well. However, according to aesthetician Renée Rouleau, whom Demi Lovato credits for her flawless complexion, a pimple can brew below the surface of the skin for weeks before it finally surfaces. So, unfortunately, getting rid of it is going to take time too. Renée’s advice: Once you’ve managed your expectations, give your problem area a good, hard look to assess what kind of breakout you’re dealing with. Then, follow her tips below for how to get rid of it asap.
If you have red bumps with whiteheads:
Once the whitehead is clearly visible on the surface of your skin, Renée suggests wrapping your fingers in tissue and gently squeezing (PSA: Don’t do so with long nails that can cause marks that lead to scars!) the pimple until the infection has been released. Once the whitehead has been manually removed before bed, Renée says to treat the area with an overnight topical product, like her Nighttime Spot Lotion, which contains sulfur, zinc oxide, and camphor, to further remove any infection in the follicle.
If the whitehead is not visible quite yet, Renée stresses the importance of leaving it alone until it is. You might think you’re getting ahead of the infection by treating it with topical products as soon as you feel something coming; however, in reality, Renée says you’ll dry out the skin and create dead skin cells that will only trap the infection inside and make your problem worse.
If you have deep bumps with no whiteheads…
For deep infections like cysts, Renée suggests making an appointment to see a dermatologist for a cortisone injection, which can heal the swelling and redness and reduce the size of the cyst after one or two days. For a more affordable at-home approach, Renée recommends applying her Anti Cyst Treatment, which treats the cyst deep within the skin, as soon as you notice the cyst pop up. Continue to apply the formula daily until it’s gone.
If you have smaller red bumps with no whiteheads…
Renée says there are a few different ways to approach this kind of blemish, formally known as papules. To help prevent the blemish from turning into a pustule (a whitehead), reduce the inflammation by icing the area for 10 minutes every 3 to 4 hours or applying an over-the-counter cortisone cream twice a day. You could also try using the Anti Cyst Treatment mentioned above, but the important thing keep in mind when treating papules is to avoid drying out the area with traditional spot treatments. This can cause tiny cracks in your skin’s barrier that can introduce more new bacteria into the skin, trigger more breakouts. Instead, Renée says products with soothing, calming ingredients are the way to go.