Spotting a zit is one of those affairs that end up ruining your day for good. No matter how much you try, it becomes nearly impossible to concentrate on anything but that hideous monstrosity. No matter how much you wish, there is no rock to hide under. So take a deep breath and get ready to banish those unsightly pimples.

A pimple, or a zit, is a small, inflamed spot on the skin, usually on the face, that more often than not holds pus in it. When hair follicles get clogged with dirt and sebum, it gives rise to pimples. Bacteria multiply in the clogged pores, resulting in swelling, redness and puss.


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A simple way to prevent or treat pimples is to maintain a healthy skin regime. Keeping your skin clean, moisturized and periodically exfoliated can significantly reduce the frequency of the problem. But even with all these efforts, sometimes a lone pimple will pop out of nowhere.

The problem is so common that there is a flourishing industry that profits from your pimple-related problems. Although instead of helping you, commercial products sometimes end up worsening the situation.

If a sorry looking pimple makes an appearance before your big day, there are some home remedies that you should try.


Here are six easy, effective and inexpensive methods to get rid of pimples overnight:

Method 1: Using Honey and Cinnamon

Things you’ll need:

Honey and cinnamon things need

  • Honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Mix the honey and cinnamon powder together

Mix equal amount of honey and cinnamon together

  • Mix together 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and honey to form a paste.

Using equal amounts of the two ingredients, you can increase or decrease the quantity of the paste to meet your needs.

Both honey and cinnamon have antibacterial properties that target pimples at their root. Honey also possesses soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that benefit the pimple-ridden skin that’s often inflamed, swollen or irritated.


Step 2. Apply the paste on your pimples

Apply the paste on your pimples

Before applying the honey-cinnamon paste, wash your face with water and pat it dry with a clean towel. Apply the paste over the pimple-ridden skin with your finger and leave it on overnight. Wash the paste off your face when you wake up the next day.

This remedy can easily be repeated 3 times a week.

Method 2: Using Ice Cubes

Things you’ll need:


Ice cubes things need

  • Ice cubes
  • Towel

Step 1. Wrap an ice cube in a towel

Wrap an ice cube in a towel

  • Wrap an ice cube in a single layer of a towel. This helps maintain indirect contact between the skin and the ice, preventing any chance of cold burns. This also contains any mess created by the melting ice.

Ice can significantly bring down the swelling that surrounds a pimple. It also washes the bacteria, sebum and dirt away and tightens the pores to keep the dirt and bacteria out.

Step 2. Apply the wrapped ice on the pimples

Apply the wrapped ice on pimples

Apply the wrapped ice on the pimples for a few seconds at a time. Repeat after a gap of minutes or so.

This can easily be done more than a couple times a day. Regular application of ice on your face ensures that the skin becomes firm and smooth, in addition to being pimple-free.


Method 3: Using Lemon

Things you’ll need:

Lemon things need

  • Lemon
  • Cotton balls

Step 1. Dip a cotton ball into freshly squeezed lemon juice

Dip a cotton ball into freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Squeeze a lemon to get a little lemon juice.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the fresh lemon juice.

Lemon juice contains citric acid that works effectively to cure any form of breakouts. If your skin is very oily, you’ll benefit all the more from lemon juice.

Step 2. Apply the lemon juice on the pimples

Apply the lemon juice over the pimples

Apply the lemon juice on the pimples with the cotton ball. Be prepared for a little sting when using lemon juice on your pimples. Let it stay on your skin overnight, then wash off the lemon juice in the morning.

You can easily repeat this twice a week.

Method 4: Using Toothpaste

Things you’ll need:

Toothpaste things need

  • Toothpaste

Step 1. Put a little toothpaste on your finger

Take a little toothpaste on your finger

  • Squeeze a little drop of toothpaste on your finger. Use the classic white toothpaste for this remedy, not the fancy and colorful varieties.

Toothpaste contains baking soda, hydrogen peroxide as well as alcohol, which can help you get rid of pimples overnight. Toothpaste is a versatile household product with a wide range of uses.

Step 2. Apply the paste on the affected areas

Apply the paste over the affected area

Apply the paste on the pimple-affected areas. Leave it on overnight, then rinse the toothpaste off with cool water in the morning. For daytime application, let the toothpaste stay on for a minimum of 30 minutes before rinsing it off.


You can apply toothpaste 2 or 3 times a week.

Method 5: Using Aspirin

Things you’ll need:

Aspirin things need

  • Aspirin
  • Water

Step 1. Make a paste from powdered aspirin

Make a paste from powdered aspirin

  • Crush an aspirin.
  • Add a little water to the crushed aspirin and make a spreadable paste.

While aspirin may not technically be considered a natural remedy, it is just as effective because Aspirin contains salicylic acid – a major constituent in most of the over-the-counter pimple treatments. Aspirin is also anti-inflammatory and helps bring down the swelling and redness surrounding the pimple.

Step 2. Apply the aspirin paste on the pimples

Apply the aspirin paste on the pimples

Apply the aspirin paste on your pimples. Let it sit overnight, then rinse your face in the morning. The pimples should be greatly diminished in size.

Aspirin can be applied twice a week.

Method 6: Using Baking Soda

Things you’ll need:

baking soda things need

  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – enough to make a paste

Step 1. Make a paste of baking soda and water

Make a paste of baking soda and water

  • Put 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl.
  • Add enough water to form a thick, spreadable paste and mix thoroughly.

Baking soda has long been a champion of people battling pimples, along with other forms of breakouts, and for good reason. Baking soda can open up the clogged pores and soothe the irritated skin. It is one of the most inexpensive ways available to cure pimples.

Step 2. Cover the pimples with baking soda paste

Cover the pimples with baking soda paste

Cover your pimples with the baking soda paste. Leave it on for a couple of minutes so as to let it dry. Then, wash it off with tepid water.

Baking soda can sometimes be a little drying to the skin, so follow it up with a moisturizer. Light moisturizer is recommended, as a heavy-duty moisturizer can worsen your skin problems.

Depending on how your skin takes to baking soda, you can repeat its use once or twice a week.

Additional Tips

  • If you have sensitive skin, using pure lemon juice may not be in the best interest of your skin. In that case, dilute it with water before applying.
  • While not for those with sensitive skin, a mix of lemon juice and cinnamon powder may be applied on pimples for sure shot results.
  • You may need to protect your pillows from the overnight application of pimple remedies like toothpaste or honey-cinnamon paste. As the consistency of these leave-on concoctions is thick enough, an old pillow cover or towel should be able to protect your beloved pillows from soiling.
  • Each skin type is different and may respond differently to the given remedies. Find the remedy that suits your skin to get positive results. Avoid the remedies that have not agreed with your skin in the past.
  • Always perform a skin test before going fully through any remedy. If any ingredient irritates or has an adverse effect on your skin, don’t use it. Try another remedy instead.
  • Pimples are often caused by dirt, bacteria and excessive sebum. Regularly clean articles like makeup brushes and pillows. Such articles often become the cause of spreading dirt, bacteria and sebum across your face, giving rise to pimples and acne.