Time is of the essence, so let's get straight to it.  DO NOT try to pop a pimple.  There is an 80% chance that the pimple WILL NOT GO AWAY and that you will actually do more damage to your skin than you will do any good.  If you already tried to pop it, skip down to the midway point of this article.

Why You Should Not Pop A Pimple

According to dermatology experts from the American Academy of Dermatology, popping a pimple by yourself often leads to permanent scarring and increased inflammation, which makes the pimple more noticeable than it was before you tried to pop it. Popping a pimple by yourself can also result in the spreading of bacteria, which can lead to infection. Thus, popping your pimple with your hands does more damage to your skin and is not a solution to getting rid of your pimple quickly. Man people are stuck with the damages years later.

How To Get Rid Of A Pimple Quickly (Unpopped)

Determine what type of pimple it is.  Can you see a white circle on the surface of your skin?  Or is it just a big bump?  If it is just a big bump, you cannot pop this type of pimple because it is under your skin.  That is cystic acne.

Cystic acne

The guaranteed way to get rid of this type of pimple is by going to your dermatologist and getting an injection.  Cystic acne is difficult to treat at home because it is under the skin.  The needle from the injection from your dermatologist is able to get under the skin, to the pimple. If you get under the skin pimples often, you should talk to your dermatologist about being on an antibiotic for your acne.  Over-the-counter treatments will not get rid of cystic acne quickly.

Regular whitehead acne

A dermatologist can get rid of your pimple quickly.  But, if you can't get in to see your dermatologist in a timely mannerly, there are some over-the-counter treatments that you can do at home.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, the way to get rid of a pimple overnight, and the way to get rid of a pimple at home is by doing the following steps in order:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Wrap an ice cube in a napkin and ice the pimple for 5-10 minutes.  Let your skin rest for 10 minutes.  Then, repeat until the swelling of the pimple goes down.
  3. Apply an over-the-counter product that is 2% benzoyl peroxide to the pimple.
  4. Put a warm compress on the pimple.
  5. Wait and let the process do its work.

How To Get Rid Of A Popped Pimple Overnight

If you popped your pimple and are like the majority of people and made it look worse, expert dermatologists recommend the following steps to get rid of your popped pimple overnight:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly
  2. Clean the pimple area with an antibacterial solution.
  3. If there is bleeding, use a warm compress.  It's important to prevent bacteria from spreading.
  4. Once the bleeding is under control, put a salicylic acid product on the popped pimple area.


Getting rid of an unpopped pimple or a popped pimple is not easy.  The only guaranteed quick fix is seeing a dermatologist.  If you can't see a dermatologist, try these at home step-by-step guides from expert dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Your ability to get rid of acne quickly depends on your body's ability to heal and your skin history.  After going through these steps, your pimple area should at least be makeup coverable.