First, make sure to cleanse
"Finding a great soap-free, non-irritant cleanser is going to be the most important step in healing a pimple overnight," said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Paul Dean from Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic. Washing the area and gently exfoliating with a washcloth will remove bacteria and clean out pores.
"You'll want to apply a light oil-free moisturizer onto the skin that will moisturize without clogging pores," Dr. Dean explained. It's important to keep the skin moisturized, he added.
Look for a spot treatment with the right ingredients
"It's best to find a spot treatment that is non-abrasive and hydrating to the area, but can work fast and clear up redness and irritation," Dr. Dean suggested. Look for ingredients such as soothing green tea and dipotassium glycyrrhizate, which is a calming molecule from licorice that can help with redness.
Keep your hands off your face
"Remember to keep your hands off your face," Dr. Dean advised. Keeping your hands off your pimples will only help in lessening their appearance, he suggested.