Pimples and blackheads can be embarrassing blemishes to have to deal with. If you find yourself a victim of an unexpected pimple or blackhead, and need it gone before the sun comes up, there are some steps you can take at home to make that happen.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and some warm water. Make sure your hands are clean, along with the towel you'll be drying off with. If not they can add to the bacteria, causing more blackheads or pimples on your face.
Apply a warm compress to the pimple or blackhead. This will open up the pores, making it easier to remove bacteria and dirt trapped underneath.
Take some raw apple cider vinegar and apply a small amount to the affected area using a cotton ball or Q-tip. Apple cider vinegar is great for dealing with bacteria and extra oil left on skin.
Apply a cold compress which will help tighten the pores and reduce swelling. You can use a cold compress several times to keep down swelling. Make sure that it is clean, so as not to spread any unnecessary bacteria.
Before bed, make a mixture of fresh lemon juice and baking soda. Mix ingredients so that they form a thick paste and apply to the pimple or blackhead and leave over night, then rinse off in the morning. A baking soda and lemon juice mixture can help reduce swelling and redness, and fight oil and bacteria as you sleep.
Drink plenty of water. Water is a necessity to skin, and when you are dehydrated skin can be dry and more prone to breakouts. Make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses a day, especially when dealing with problem skin.
Use clean pillowcases. Pillowcases can be a breeding ground for more bacteria to your face, so if you are trying to ward off a pimple or blackhead, put on clean pillowcases.
Get plenty of sleep. Much like with water, your skin needs sleep to rejuvenate itself, so make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep if you are trying to fight off a blemish overnight.
Never try to squeeze or pop your pimple or blackhead, this can just lead to more bacteria and scarring. If you must give in, use gloves or wrap tissue around your fingers and wash the area immediately after. Avoid fried, greasy foods and try and get a healthy diet that includes lots of skin-healthy fruits and veggies. If your blackheads or pimples spread or don't go away, see your dermatologist.