Are pimples robbing off your peace? Well, that will not happen anymore. Understand the causes of pimples and their types. Follow the 14 natural remedies that can help you say good bye to pimples overnight!

What are Pimples?

These are skin lesions or inflammations that occur when the sebaceous or oil glands of the skin get infected with bacteria and swells up. Pimples are also known as pustules or papule, spots and zits. The sebaceous glands that are present throughout the skin except in palms and soles secrete a waxy or oily substance called sebum. The sebum helps to maintain the oil balance of the skin and makes it look healthy. When there is any abnormality in the sebaceous gland, pimples occur.

Causes of Pimples or Acne:

Doctors advise to treat pimples immediately to prevent it from spreading. The untreated acne can leave scars on the skin that is very difficult to remove. There are many reasons that cause pimples, here are the causes:

1. Dead Skin Cells Build up:

The skin sheds a layer of dead skin cells. Few dead skin cells get stuck to the sebum causing blockage of pore. These pores block cause pimples.

Pimples Overnight

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2. Teenage Pimples:

Pimples commonly occur during puberty, both young boys and girls face it. When the body undergoes physical changes and gets ready for reproduction, the sebaceous glands become overactive. The sebum buildup also blocks pores and cause pimples.

[ Read: Home Remedies For Skin Pores ]

3. Bacteria Growth:

The sebum gets accumulated behind the blocked pores. This sebum that builds up behind the blocked pores contains bacteria. A slow growing bacterium termed Propionibacterium acne’s thrives naturally in the skin, when the conditions are suitable this bacterium spreads and cause painful pimples. This bacterium feeds on sebum and produces a substance that leads to immune response, this cause skin inflammation.

4. Sensitive to Testosterone:

A study conducted by the researchers at the Washington School of Medicine reveals that there are two strains of Propionibacterium acnes. Those with healthy skin never have pimples and pimples are not infectious either. People with skins prone to acne are usually sensitive to testosterone, the natural hormone present in both males and females. In the skins of such people the testosterone triggers over secretion of sebum that leads to blockage of pores. Sometimes dead skin cells get stuck to the sebum and makes matter worse.

[ Read: How to remove dead skin on face? ]

5. Dairy Products and High Glycemic Foods Cause Pimples:

The report presented by New York University that was published in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that eating high glycemic foods like bakery goods like cakes high on sugar content and sweet beverages cause pimples. Having too much dairy products are also not good for your skin though they are high on calcium. These pimples can be corrected by following the right diet.

6. Medicines Cause Acne:

Some epilepsy medicines, medicines that have androgens in them cause pimples.

7. Not Removing Makeup:

It is vital that you remove makeup before you hit bed. The oil based makeup is bound to cause pimples. Avoid applying heavy makeup on the skin and try to use water based cosmetics. Always stick to natural products since chemicals can cause acne breakout as well.

8. Stress:

Another main cause of pimples is stress. Your body functions get upset during stress and it triggers pimples.

9. Friction or Rubbing Skin:

When you rub your skin constantly or pick at pimples, it grows worse. Even pressure exerted by bags, helmets and tight collars or scarves can aggravate acne.

Types of Pimples:

Pimples are not only the red inflamed bumps that are visible on your skin. There are different types of pimples. Some of the pus filled pimples can be really painful and can persist for a long time. Knowing about the different types pimples will help you to treat them correctly.

1. Whiteheads: White spots that usually occur on oily skin.

2. Blackheads: This is caused when the material present inside the pores pushes out. The blackheads are not necessarily caused due to dirt, it can also happen due to bacteria and dead skin cells buildup.

3. Pustules or Nodules: Sometimes the tissues around the clogged pores get infected causing inflammation. This inflamed portion is filled with pus and it is hard. These are nothing but nodules or pustules.

4. Cysts: Deep pus filled pimples.

It is definitely easy to remove pimples by taking a few precautionary measures. There are many simple yet effective remedies which can help to get a flawless and healthy skin. Read on to discover these wonderful safe and natural remedies to flaunt a beautiful skin in no time.

How to Remove Pimples Overnight?

Here are a few effective home remedies to remove pimples overnight.

1. Calamine Lotion:

Cleansing must be done every day without fail before going to sleep or else your skin will not be able to breathe.

  • Clean up your entire face or just the affected area with the help of an astringent.
  • You need to apply calamine lotion over the affected part.
  • After having a sound and peaceful sleep, wash your face in the morning.
  • You will surely be happy and excited to see that your pimple has reduced from what it was the day before.

The Summary: 

Calamine lotion improves skin health and gives you quick relief from pimples.

2. Honey:

Honey does a miraculous job in removing pimples.

  • To see its magical effect, you need to apply some honey over your pimples.
  • Allow it to dry on its own for nearly an hour.
  • Then rinse it off with normal water.
  • Say goodbye to zits with the magical effect of honey.

[ Read: Know More About Honey Remedies ]

Honey being a natural anti-biotic, it kills the bacteria that cause pimples. It also has hydrating properties and keeps the skin healthy.

The Summary:

Honey is a natural anti-biotic and works wonders in treating pimples.

[ Read: Acne Control Products]

3. Cinnamon and Honey Mask:

If you are willing to diminish your acne within a single night you better go for this remedy.

  • First of all make a paste of cinnamon along with honey.
  • Then cleanse your face before applying the paste on the pimples.
  • Have a peaceful and pleasant sleep.
  • See the difference after washing your face next day in the morning.

The Summary:

Cinnamon and honey mask make a good combination and help cure pimples overnight.

4. Ice:

Instant relief from pimples can be received from ice.

  • First, take an ice cube and wrap it up in a soft and clean piece of cloth.
  • Now, apply it all over your pimple and leave for few minutes.
  • You can also take an aluminum foil and fold ice cubes in it. Make sure that the ice doesn’t fall out from the foil.
  • Now put the foil packed ice cubes in a Ziploc bag.
  • Check whether any air is trapped inside the zip lock pouch. Apply it directly on the pimples for faster relief and a soothing effect.

The Summary:

Ice packs provide a fast and soothing relief from pimples.

[ Read: Use Honey To Remove Acne ]

5. Toothpaste:

Toothpaste is another effective pimple removal treatment. Apply a small amount of toothpaste over the pimple and leave it overnight. Next morning you’ll see the difference yourself. Get ready to step out of your home without a trace of worry. Use white toothpaste, not a gel based one.

The Summary:

The anti-bacterial properties of toothpaste play a vital role in eliminating the bacteria that cause pimples.

6. Basil Leaves:

Liquid extracted from basil leaves is another effective weapon for fighting pimples.

  • Take few basil leaves and dip them in warm water for around 20 minutes.
  • Before going to bed, cleanse your face and apply the extracted liquid with the help of a cotton ball.
  • Let it stay on the affected area for the entire night so that it can dry automatically.
  • Rinse it off in the morning and see the difference in your skin.

The pimples have diminished and the skin is clearer. this is considered to be the best way to remove pimples overnight.

The Summary:

Basil leaf extract is an excellent home remedy for pimples, and the results are visible in just a day.

7. Orange Peel and Juice:

According to Cosmetic Dermatologist Principles and Practice states that the acidity and vitamin C content in oranges makes it a perfect cure for acne.

  • First wash your hands before touching your skin, since dirty hands can introduce bacteria to the skin.
  • Then wash your face with warm water as this helps to dilate the pores.
  • Gently rub the orange peel on the affected area.
  • You should use separate orange peels for each pimple, otherwise, there is a high chance of bacterial infection.
  • Now dip a cotton ball or swab in orange juice and apply it on the acne.
  • Change the cotton ball while treating acne to prevent bacteria from spreading.
  • Now wash your face with cold water, this will constrict the pores and prevent from further clogging of pores.

The Summary:

Oranges are acidic and their high vitamin C content makes them an ideal remedy for pimples.

8. Papaya:

Papaya helps to remove dead skin cells and extra layer of oil from the skin. It has an enzyme called Papain which reduces inflammation and prevents pus from forming.

  • Rinse your face with water and pat dry.
  • Then mash a papaya to a consistency so that it can be easily applied to the skin.
  • Apply and leave it for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
  • If your skin gets dry after washing just apply a moisturizer to hydrate it.

The Summary:

Papaya treats pimples by reducing inflammation and prevents the formation of puss.

9. Banana Peel:

Like bananas are good for skin, the peels are also effective in treating acne. The peel has lutein, which is a very powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and allows healthy cell growth.

  • Peel the banana; now rub the peel on your face in a circular motion to get relief from the redness and discomfort caused by acne.
  • When you have covered your face entirely with the peel, keep it for 30 minutes and then wash it off.

The Summary:

Lutein, a powerful antioxidant in bananas promotes the growth of healthy cells, reduces inflammation, and ultimately cures pimples.

10. Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera gel can be used directly on the affected area to treat pimples. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce redness and skin irritation. Use enough aloe vera gel to mask the pimples while doing spot treatment.

The Summary:

The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Aloe Vera make it one of the best remedies for pimples.

11. Garlic:

Garlic has anti-bacterial properties that help to fight acne. However, never apply the garlic without diluting it first.

  • Extract garlic juice and mix it with water or mash 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • Let it soak in water for say 10 minutes. You can also substitute water with aloe vera gel.
  • Apply it on the affected area.
  • You can also have garlic to prevent pimple breakouts in the future.

The Summary:

Garlic is known for its anti-bacterial properties that help cure pimples. However, ensure you don’t apply garlic directly on your skin.

12. Aspirin:

Unusual but effective! I have found this pretty useful pimple fix. It works fast and does a clean job of containing eruptions.

  • Crush an aspirin tablet and add a few drops of water to make a paste of it, mix well to form a paste and apply to the zit.
  • Let the paste dry. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory agent, and helps reduce the swelling due to accumulated pus.
  • Leave the paste overnight and wash off in the morning. The pimple is less discernible after its aspirin treatment.

The Summary:

Aspirin, which is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent, reduces the swelling caused by pimples and cures them.

13. Baking Soda:

Baking Soda, king of home remedies works (Surprise!) for pimples as well. This is a zit fix I recommend to everyone since it works well on sensitive skin as well, unlike other remedies that cause patchiness or dryness.

  • Add a few drops of lemon juice or water to baking soda, make a paste and apply to the pimple.
  • Wash off with warm water in about five minutes and follow up with a moisturizer.
  • Do not leave the paste on for more than a few minutes as it could cause skin dryness.

The Summary:

Baking soda is a wonderful home remedy for pimples, and the best part is it works on sensitive skin as well.

14. Lemon:

A few drops of lemon juice works applied on a pimple. Though it causes a little itching, it helps to reduce inflammation and swelling.

  • Ensure you apply only fresh lemon juice and not bottled products.
  • Dip a clean swab of cotton in the juice and apply on the zit before you go to bed.
  • Another remedy is to mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of lemon juice, make a paste and apply on the pimple.
  • Leave the paste overnight and wash off in the morning with warm water. I would not recommend this remedy for people with sensitive skin though. It can cause dryness, irritation and redness.

The Summary:

Unless you have sensitive skin, you can use lemon without any worry to cure pimples. Lemon helps reduce inflammation and swelling.

These are some effective ways to remove pimples overnight that you can always try at home than using acne creams available in the markets. If the acne persists you must visit the doctor and get prescribed medicine. Treat acne promptly to get a flawless skin. Eat healthy and keep yourself hydrated to bid adieu to pimples and say hello to beautiful skin.

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  • Sarah



    very usefull and also easy tips


    what is meant by basil leaves?can any one answer me please….

    • Anonymous

      Tulsi leaves.if you from india or bangladesh, you can easily find tulsi leaves.

    • StyleCraze

      Hi Lavanya, basil leaves are known as Tulasi leaves in indian language.

  • Christina

    to reduce redness put visine on a q-tip and hold there for 5 minutes. it will constrict the blood vessels reducing redness. apply ice to reduce swelling. fresh basil leaves are an herb used in cooking. you can steep 2 tablespoons in1/4 cup of hot water for the same result as fresh basil leaves

  • sabrinh

    AURA is the best!

  • Anonymous

    i gonna try them

  • FatimaKhan

    its very easy and useful ways to remove pimples .

  • Anonymous

    tulsi leaves

  • Anonymous

    What if pimples ar caused because of excessive heat..toothpaste or orange peels didn’t work..and i have pimples like whiteheads..they don’t break out but remain on skin..what to do?

    • someone

      hey anonymous, try the calamine lotion trick for a month. it works for whiteheads. And keep you skin clean all the time.

  • sravani

    How to remove marks created by pimples n dark circles under eyes

  • Anonymous

    Thanks a lot ,I must do know

  • Henry

    the honey stuff work alot along side the lemon.there is no medicine better than natural herbs and its likes

  • Asma Khan

    Baking soda does work when pimple are at start I use baking soda at night after cleaning with acwa face cleanser. the combination does really works.

  • sara

    I had pimples 3 days ago but squeezed them so they are all inflamed and nasty looking .Will these remedies work for me

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Nicole, we are glad that you found our article to be useful…and thanks for sharing your acne remedy tip with us!

  • Nibira Chakraborty

    I have too many acne scars. I am suffer pimple problem. Many kind of remadies I used but I have no result. I am badly need a help. I want to get rid of scars and pimple .

    • StyleCraze

      Dear Nibira, getting rid of acne scars is a little tougher than eliminating acne. Pimple scars are a little stubborn as they do not go easily. However it is not impossible, it may take some time but with regular efforts using certain natural bleaching agents as well as other ingredients may lighten your acne scars and gradually remove them permanently. One of the way is by applying lemon mask. For this you will need 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp almond oil and 2 tbsp milk. Mix them all and apply on the scars once daily for about 7-10 days. One precaution to take is after applying lemon juice, never ever step out in sun. hope you find this tip to be useful. For more info and remedies you can check the article given below.

  • nicole 88

    Aloe Vera and toothpaste the steps is too good.Can trusted with 100% ! Good ;D

  • Saba Khan

    My daughter is age is 15 she gets too many pimples and scars it will help to remove her acne?

    • StyleCraze

      Dear Saba, girls at the age of 15 face a lot of pimple issues as they undergo physical and hormonal changes. The home remedies mentioned above in the article are natural, easy and simple remedies that will help your daughter combat pimples and acne. Do try any of the home remedies regularly for best results and also share your experience with us!

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Joye, pimples are a normal skin condition that affect many people. Excess sebum secretion by the oil glands is the primary cause behind this problem. There are many natural methods are effective in treating pimples within a very short time period. Some of the ways are:
    1. Ice – ice pack helps in improving blood circulation to the affected area, and in tightening the skin pores and removing dirt and oil accumulated on the skin.
    2. Toothpaste – toothpaste can be used to treat pimples. It is most effective when used following the ice remedy. You must use white toothpaste and avoid using gel toothpaste.
    3. Steam – Steaming is wonderful remedy for skin, particularly when you have pimples. The steam will open your pores and allow your skin to breathe. This helps get rid of oils, dirt and bacteria trapped in the pores that can cause infection or inflammation.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful !!

  • Kishore

    I tried Aspirin. It reduced the redness and bump. But not the pimple.It reduced 75% problem. can you suggest me how to reduce the remaining..
    or can i try again?

    • StyleCraze

      Dear Kishore, you can trying apply aspirin for few more days till your pimple completely disappears or you can try applying honey or toothpaste to get rid of the remaining pimple.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Sadhanaurs, Glad that you like our posts :-) and coming to your question….all the remedies mentioned in the above article is applicable to 30 aged women too. Having a well balanced diet which includes fresh vegetables and fruits and plenty of water will result in good skin. Regular exercise will improve blood circulation which will lead to a glowing skin.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Numan, for the pimple remedy, toothpaste method serves as a quick way to dry and get rid of the pimple. White toothpaste contains ingrediants such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and triclosen which helps in fighting acne whereas gel based toothpaste contains ingredients that may irritate the skin. Many of the Oral B toothpaste are white but some of them are gel too. So do not apply any colored toothpaste on the skin.

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Numan, applying toothpaste is one of the ways to dry the pimple….toothpaste can be left overnight on the affected area. This should also be followed with regular skin care regime to avoid another skin breakout. Cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing the skin on the daily basis, combined with a proper diet will ensure a good skin health. For more info and remedies for pimples and acne …you can check our other article given below:

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Numan, you can apply toothpaste on your pimple every night till it dries out completely and starts to disappear. You can also apply basil (tulasi) leaves juice or aloe vera gel on the affected areas. Basil and aloe vera has has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce redness and skin irritation. If the problem persists for a longer period of time then it is advisable to consult a dermatologist.

    • Numan Shaikh

      Okay…. let’s see what happens…. I hope it would solve my problem. But tell me is there any side effect of this method??

      • StyleCraze

        Hi Numan, herbal methods like applying basil or aloe gel usually do not have any side effects. However if you suffer from any skin irritation then it is advisable to consult a dermatologist. Applying toothpaste on a pimple is a quick fix…..and should not be done in excess or for a prolonged period of time.