8 Acne Spot Treatments to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight

by Kimberly Ong
LIFESTYLE  |  July 24, 2018
  • Bid your blemishes and breakouts goodbye with these effective zit-zapping products.
    1 / 9 Bid your blemishes and breakouts goodbye with these effective zit-zapping products.

    Whether it’s battling puberty breakouts or adult acne, zits and blemishes are like uninvited guests who just show up with no prior notice. And trust us when we say you’re not alone because who hasn’t had to deal with a pimple emergency before a big event, a first date or an important meeting? We’ve all wished for products that will work their magic to calm and reduce angry pustules by the time you wake up in the morning.

    (Also read: 10 Skincare Mistakes to Stop Making If You Want Clear Skin)

    Why overnight? Your skin regenerates the most when you sleep, and boosts repair at a time when skin is not working hard to protect itself from the day’s damaging pollutants, free radicals, and UV rays, making it prime time to get rid of those zits. Plus, these products pack anti-bacterial ingredients and pore-purifying actives to improve skin texture for a smoother, clearer complexion. Here, eight of the most powerful zit-zapping products.

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  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I Targeted Breakout Corrector ($33.90 for 15ml)
    2 / 9 La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I Targeted Breakout Corrector ($33.90 for 15ml)

    Battling acne while dealing with sensitive skin can be frustrating, which is why La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range is a hit amongst those struggling with both skin concerns. Formulated sans preservatives, parabens, soap, colourants, lanolin, Effaclar products are also tested to be hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, making them perfect for even the most compromised skin. A unique blend of piroctone olamine and glycacil purified the skin to treat blemishes while micro-exfoliating LHA and healing La Roche-Posay thermal spring water supports self-renewal. It is also fortified with niacinamide to brighten the complexion and minimises scarring.

    Available at Guardian and Watsons

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  • Mario Badescu Drying Mask ($30 for 59ml)
    3 / 9 Mario Badescu Drying Mask ($30 for 59ml)

    Perhaps one of the holy grail acne treatments out there, this clarifying mask is widely raved about as it targets breakouts, congested areas and eliminates pore-clogging sebum. Kaolin purges congested pores and colloidal sulfur keeps acne-causing bacteria at bay while calamine soothes and calms irritated skin. For oily or combination skin types, apply a thin layer all over your skin to clarify complexion two or three times a week or dab directly onto blemishes as an SOS spot treatment.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion ($43 for 200ml)
    4 / 9 Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion ($43 for 200ml)

    This toner has a gentle, medicated formula that prevents future breakouts, thanks to its use of salicylic acid. Saturate a cotton pad with this exfoliating toner and sweep over face and neck, avoiding eyes and lip area to eliminate dead skin cells and refine the appearance of pores. It also contains oil-absorbing powders to eliminate shine for a smooth and matte complexion all day long.

    (Also read: 16 Best Toners For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin)

    Available at Tangs

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  • Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel ($33 for 10ml)
    5 / 9 Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel ($33 for 10ml)

    If the first application is any sign of a product’s effectiveness, then this spot solution from Origins works like a charm. Expect a slight tingling effect as the transparent gel-like formula goes to work upon application, thanks to its 1.5 per cent salicylic acid content and clarifying oregano oil, which works to purge blemishes upon contact. Gentle exfoliators help clear pores of debris while skin-calming red algae and caffeine minimise redness. It also boasts of an anti-spot technology to protect against spot darkening so your skin remains clear and even.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Eve Lom Dynaspot ($55 for 10ml)
    6 / 9 Eve Lom Dynaspot ($55 for 10ml)

    Perfect for reducing the appearance of unexpected breakouts, this fast-working remedy is packed with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and pore-purifying ingredients like tea tree oil and salicylic acid to accelerate healing, and zinc oxide, and yarrow extract to regulate sebum production to control excess shine. Dab a little of the pinkish lotion on the problem area and it pretty much fades by the morning without causing any skin peeling like many spot solutions can, so it is perfect for those with dry skin as well.

    (Also read: 6 Acne-Clearing Skincare Devices That Guarantee Clear, Radiant Skin)

    Available at Sephora and Tangs

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  • Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment ($52 for 20ml)
    7 / 9 Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment ($52 for 20ml)

    This spot treatment was created with adult acne in mind – it promises a rapid zit-shrinking turnaround while imparting a boost of hydration. Sulphur is the main acne-fighting ingredient, while glycerin, allantoin and aloe vera hydrate and soothe redness, and niacinamide helps brighten the complexion for a uniformed skin tone.

    Available at Kiehl’s

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  • Murad Blemish Clearing Solution ($78 for 50ml)
    8 / 9 Murad Blemish Clearing Solution ($78 for 50ml)

    Ideal for those whose skin is prone to peeling, this spot-clearing product works rapidly to reduce breakouts while maintaining hydration levels. Thanks to its gentle yet potent formula of salicylic acid, Queen of Meadow extract and tea tree oil, all you have to do is apply a thin layer before your regular moisturiser and expect soothed skin, reduced inflammation and improved skin texture over time.

    Available at Robinsons and Zalora

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  • Oxy Anti-bacterial Acne Patch ($6.50 for 26 pieces)
    9 / 9 Oxy Anti-bacterial Acne Patch ($6.50 for 26 pieces)

    Pimple patches have gained momentum in recent years, and here’s why: not only do they cover up your zit (preventing more bacteria from entering whenever you touch or pick at your zits), but they also draw out the oil and bacteria stuck deep within your pores like a sponge, speeding up the process of healing. The patches are designed to stay on for a recommended six to eight hours, making it perfect for use overnight as you get your beauty sleep. And these patches from Oxy are super comfortable as they adhere perfectly onto the skin.

    (Also read: 5 Emergency Fixes That Get Rid Of Pimples Overnight)

    Available at Guardian and Watsons

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