Before we tell you how to get rid of pimples overnight DIY, let us explore the several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how pimples form, which pimples you can pop, does dandruff cause pimples, etc.
Large or even tiny pimples on the face can be most irritating to the eye! For generations of men & women, pimples have been among the major reasons for feelings of inadequacy and low self-worth.
How Pimples Form
Pimples develop on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders most commonly during teenage years. However, people of all ages suffer from the outbreak of the same. Most common causes of pimples that have been identified include the onset of puberty, when children have tiny pimples on the cheeks, pregnancy, menstruation, and fluctuations in hormone levels. In addition, the excessive consumption of fast foods pizzas, burgers, chips, fried foods, packaged/instant foods, and such as aerated drinks (Coke, Pepsi, etc.) have also been found to be responsible for pimples, acne, blackheads, and whiteheads, i.e. skin disorders caused due to excessive skin oiliness.
Does Dandruff Cause Pimples?
Pimples and dandruff have different causes. However, since most people experience both conditions at the same time, they co-relate them. Dandruff is a result of the production of oelic acid, which is produced during a natural process of the breaking down of sebum on the scalp by Malassezia globosa, which is a naturally occurring microbe. On the other hand, pimples/acne are caused by the excessive production of sebum that mixes with dirt on the skin surface, which clogs the pores of the skin. Infection in these clogged pores results in acne/pimples. Thus, as dandruff and acne are caused due to excessive skin oiliness, people develop them at the same time.
Will Pimples Go Away on their Own?
Most pimples, especially those that are small in size, can go away on their own provided you leave them alone. This depends entirely upon the efficiency of your immune system or the ability of your skin to heal itself. Drinking ample water can speed up this process, especially when the pimples are inflamed. Avoid the temptation to pop them.
Which Pimples can you Pop?
Contrary to popular belief, there are certain pimples that can be popped, provided you use the correct way to do so. These are the ones with clear white heads. However, it is very important to treat this procedure like a surgical procedure - wash/sanitize your hands, use a clean washed towel, and use q-tips to apply pressure on two sides of the pimple in an attempt to pop it instead of your fingers. Applying pressure on the skin around your pimple can damage skin tissue and lead to more complications. Also, in case the pimple isn't ready to pop, you should leave it for another day. Do not press way too hard even with q-tips in an attempt to pop the pimple. Also, constantly picking a pimple can lead to increased irritation & inflammation and the pimple is likely to leave a scar behind that won't go away for days!
Before you pop your pimple, it is very very important to determine whether it is actually a pimple. Cysts, nodules, and papules should never be popped. These are hard red bumps and can be painful to touch at times. Moreover, these boils do not have a clear connection to the skin's surface as they are deep rooted. Hence, any attempt to pop them will only cause harm. It can also result in spreading their infection inside the skin, and this is not visible from the surface.
How to get Rid of Pimples Overnight DIY
1) Use a good cleanser
Cleansing is the most important step of any skin care routine. It ensures the removal of dirt, grime, and excess oil from the skin surface. All these elements, if not removed on a regular basis, clog skin pores thus causing blackheads, whiteheads, acne, & pimples.
In case you have pimple-prone skin, what you need is an effective foaming cleanser or face wash suited to oily skin. Avoid cream-based cleansers or face washes. The ideal face wash is one that contains ingredients with skin-soothing and antiseptic properties. One such ingredient is neem, which effectively treats acne, pimples, dry skin, and wrinkles. It also boosts the skin's collagen production, heals wounds, and treats warts & moles. It also treats conditions such as eczema & psoriasis. Another ingredient is peppermint oil, which is a very effective skin cleanser and has anti-bacterial & antiseptic properties. Its cooling effect soothes skin irritation & inflammation. A Refreshing Natural Facewash that combines these two ingredients will work wonders for your DIY pimple treatment.
2) Tea tree oil + aloe vera gel
Tea tree oil effectively fights pimple-causing bacteria, namely S. epidermidis & P. acnes, and inflammation resulting from them. Hence, it is a very commonly-used ingredient in acne/pimple medication. However, tea tree oil should not be applied directly on the skin. It should be mixed with a carrier oil or aloe vera gel. Aloe vera gel as various therapeutic and medicinal properties owing to which it is known for healing the skin.
Add one drop of tea tree oil with a dropper to half a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and mix well. Gently apply this mixture on and around pimples three times a day. You will notice a considerable reduction in the pimple as well as the inflammation caused by it in 24 hours.
3) Green Tea
Green tea has become a popular beverage off late due to its numerous health benefits as well as its popularity for weight loss. In addition to these benefits, its direct application on the skin also offers nourishment in various ways.
The flavonoids and tannins in green tea eliminate pimple-causing bacteria as well as sooth inflammation. It is also known to reduce the production of sebum/skin oiliness, which is a major cause of acne & pimples.
To use on skin, soak a green tea bag in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Once it cools down, apply it on the pimples with a cotton ball or fill it up in a spray bottle and spray it on your face. Leave it on for several hours or overnight, and rinse your face with cool water. Use twice a day for best results. This liquid can be stored in the refrigerator to increase its shelf life.
4) Spot Treatment with Acne Cream
Spot creams, which are available online or at drugstores, especially those that contain natural ingredients, are also very effective when it comes to getting rid of pimples as well as the spots/scars that they leave behind. These creams dry out pimples and rapidly reduce the skin inflammation caused by them, as they effectively suck out the fluids contained in the pimples.
An Acne Spot Cream that contains a combination of turmeric, calendula, and neem fights pimples very effectively. Turmeric has been used as an antiseptic based on the Ayurveda and traditional Indian wisdom for several centuries. Neem is known to effectively fight against acne/pimple-causing bacteria. Shatavari is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that is known for its ability to re-balance progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen in the skin, thus preventing the formation of pimples & acne. What's more, the combination of these ingredients ensures that the pH of the skin is maintained at the ideal levels, which prevents a host of other skin problems.
These are some of the most commonly asked questions about pimples and their treatment, as well as the most popular remedies to get rid of pimples overnight DIY. Do write to us if you have any more questions regarding this topic, and we will be very pleased to answer. Also, do comment below and let us know if this article was useful :)