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11 Spot Treatments That Get Rid Of Pimples Virtually Overnight
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11 Spot Treatments That Get Rid Of Pimples Virtually Overnight 

We’ve all been there: You get a pimple just before a big event, yikes. So, you immediately reach for anything that could get rid of it ASAP (toothpaste, anyone? ). But all you end up with is a dried out, irritating mess that even the highest coverage concealer couldn’t hide.

What are spot treatments?

Enter spot treatments and pimple patches. Spot treatments often contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as active ingredients. Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliator that helps to dissolve the ‘glue’ that holds skin cells together, making it great for treating blemishes caused by clogged pores.

Benzoyl peroxide, on the other hand, helps to kill the bacteria that causes pimples, making it’s a great active ingredient to treat inflammatory pimples. You’ll find that most spot treatments and pimple patches contain these two ingredients or other active ingredients (such as niacinamide and alpha-hydroxy acids ) which zap zits in no time.

We’ve gathered 11 products that will tackle breakouts almost overnight — without drying out your skin — or leaving it minty fresh.

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Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

A favourite in the skincare community, these protective pimple stickers clear up pimples overnight. Made from a thin clear hydrocolloid,  that feels similar to a hydrogel sheet mask in texture, they literally suck all the gunk from the pimple. It also treats breakouts by eliminating infection and bacteria, and even flattens the pimple- all while you sleep!

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

R 85

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Beautiful Earth Spot Treatment

Made with pure tea tree, lemon and lavender essential oils, this spot treatment is antibacterial and cleansing, helping to detoxify and sterilise your spots without any harsh chemicals.

Beautiful Earth Spot Treatment

R 86,25

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo uses a micronized form of benzoyl peroxide, which means it has smaller particles that can penetrate the pores more deeply. Lipohydroxy acid, the second part of the spot-fighting ingredient duo, gently exfoliates to keep pores clear without causing irritation.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

R 245

REN Clear Calm Non-Drying Spot Treatment

Packed with natural bio-active that help to restore the skin’s microbiome, boosting good bacteria and keeping breakouts at bay. It also contains calming ingredients that help soothe red and inflamed skin.

REN Clearcalm Non-Drying Spot Treatment

R 300

Sebamed Clear Face Spot Control Gel

Sebamed helps to quickly clear your skin of acne and pimples. By cleaning pimple-causing impurities in your pores like dirt, excess oil and bacteria, it aggressively fights acne without harming your skin’s protective barrier. Instead, nourishing ingredients like allantoin and panthenol work to heal and soothe your skin.

Sebamed Clear Face Spot Control Gel

R 79,95

Yardley Oatmeal Super Clear Spot Buster

Contains 89% purifying ingredients to help reduce the appearance of spots. It also helps soothe the affected area and fight the four causes of blackheads and unwanted blemishes.

Yardley Oatmeal Spot Clear Spot Buster

R 69,95

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Pond’s Pimple Clear Leave-On Expert Pimple Gel

Infused with active Thymo-t technology. Pond’s says that their pimple gel is clinically proven to reduce pimples, yet gentle enough to soothe skin and reduce redness.

Ponds Pimple Clear Leave On Gel

R 36,95

Dr Oracle+ A-Thera Peeling Sticks

This targeted spot treatment uses AHA and BHA, powerful acne-fighting acids, to effectively clear pores and blackheads. The sticks are shaped like cotton swabs to allow for precise application, so you can even target those pimples on the side of the nose. Lactic acid gently lifts dead skin cells while glycolic acid works to exfoliate and resurface the skin, smoothing bumpy skin texture.

Dr Oracle + A-Thera Peeling Sticks

R 350

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Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Cream

Pyunkang Yul’s fast-acting Spot Cream works to rapidly heal and calm acne while suppressing spot-causing bacteria from growing in pores. Formulated with copper tripeptides to calm inflammation and fight bacteria, while liquorice extract and niacinamide work to minimise post-acne scars and even skin tone.

Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Cream

R 195

Jumiso AC Cure Spot Cream

Packed with acne-fighting ingredients, most notably phyto-silica, which helps the active ingredients penetrates deeply into the skin. Add tea tree’s antibacterial properties and the skin-evening abilities of niacinamide, which tackles any pigmentation leftover once the spot has healed and regulates sebum production.

Jumiso AC Cure Spot Cream

R 355

Etude House My AC Daily Pink Powder Spot Patches

Formulated with their pink spot powder, this patch contains salicylic acid, tea tree oil and madecassoside, all which help to dry out pimples and lighten the spot as it heals.

ETUDE HOUSE My AC Daily Pink Powder Spot Patches

R 80

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