How to Lose A Blemish in One Day

We’ve all been there: It’s the night before a date, the morning of your wedding, or the hours leading up to a photoshoot, and you can feel a spot starting to rear its ugly head.

Don’t panic! You have options, even if you don’t have access to a dermatologist. Here, we break down Dr. Pimple Popper's best strategies for saying a speedy buh-bye to blemishes.

A woman trying to lose a pimple in 1 day with Spot Check acne patches by SLMD Skincare

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Catch some zzzz’s

If you’ve got an important event on the horizon, says Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper), don’t skimp on sleep. Stress hormones like cortisol can be a major factor in the formation of breakouts. While you’re sleeping, your body regulates these hormones and sheds dead skin cells.

Rest is also a great way to minimise stress and help you feel your best — which will show in your glow.

Apply a targeted solution

When blemishes appear, targeted solutions can deliver a concentrated dose of potent ingredients to help them heal faster. As soon as you feel a blemish coming, dab a concentrated solution on the area. This will also help you keep your hands off your face, preventing redness and inflammation from getting worse.

One of Dr. Lee’s favorite spot solutions is a maximum-strength dose of pore-penetrating salicylic acid. SLMD Salicylic Acid Spot Corrector works in several ways:

SLMD Spot Corrector

    Stop by your dermatologist’s office

    If a spot pops up the day before an event, your best bet is to visit your dermatologist for a corticosteroid shot. This low potency injection works like magic, making your blemish disappear within 24 hours. Your dermatologist will use a micro-needle (barely bigger than an acupuncture needle) to inject cortisone directly into the blemish.

    Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce the swelling and redness of breakouts. Not only will your spot be much smaller and manageable within a day, cortisone shots also reduce the chance of scarring.

    Dr. Lee’s last word

    I tell patients, if you’re in a pinch, come see me for a cortisone shot — it’s extremely effective for shrinking pimples in a short period of time. But always keep an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial spot treatment in your cabinet for a quick fix.

    —Dr. Sandra Lee


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