A dermal clinician shares how to get rid of a blind pimple overnight

The before and after is impressive

Editor / June 07 2023

Why is it that a pimple always shows up at the worst time? It’s like your skin knows you’ve got a ‘must look good’ event in the calendar and is out to sabotage. So we can almost guarantee this won’t be the first or last time you’re searching for how to get rid of a blind pimple overnight.

Blind pimples are particularly stubborn, which is why you must proceed on this quest with caution. From toothpaste treatments to picking at it so much it scabs over, there’s some scary suggestions out there. But there is one voice of reason rising above the noise and it comes from a dermal clinician named Jayde.

After posting an impressive before and after of her own overnight results, we were beyond impressed. And given her qualifications, hers is certainly a method worth bookmarking. So here’s how to get rid of a blind pimple overnight, according to a dermal clinician.



Before diving into the following steps, make sure to cleanse your face thoroughly to remove any makeup or dirt. Try: CeraVe Blemish Cleanser ($17.99 at Chemist Warehouse).



If you’re not comfortable performing your own extractions, skip this step or head to a professional. Jayde performed her own (because she is qualified) using a sterilised pin and cotton buds.


Glycolic acid

Jayde’s next step for getting rid of a blind pimple fast is to apply a 5 per cent glycolic acid. However, if you have sensitive skin or want to start slow, try a 2 per cent or low dose salicylic acid. Use a cotton bud and apply it as a spot treatment, not all over the face. Jayde recommends: Pixi Glow Tonic ($44 at Sephora).



The final step to kicking that blind pimple to the curb? Apply a retinol. Yep, really. Jayde says to “douse it”, which we take as applying like a concentrated spot treatment. Jayde recommends: Asap Super A+ ($110.10 at Adore Beauty).

Final tip:

Skip the pimple patch

If pimple patches have become your saviour for other spots, think again when it comes to blind pimples. “A pimple patch is good only for a whitehead because it’s a hydrocolloid bandage and it pulls the pus out,” Jayde explained.

Main image credit: @realbarbarapalvin

Not dealing with blind pimples? Here's our guide to everything whiteheads.

Samantha McMeekin was BEAUTYcrew's Editor from January 2020 to June 2023. She has worked as a journalist in the beauty and lifestyle industry for over 10 years. In 2019, she was nominated for Best Digital Writer at the BSME Awards for her work on GLAMOUR UK. If you ever meet her in person, she'll probably try to guess which fragrance you're wearing (she's got a humble 60% strike rate).