The Best Spot Treatments That Zap Pimples, Fast

Lindsey Metrus

I don't know about you guys, but when I notice a breakout pushing its way through the surface of my skin, I enter attack mode. There's no "letting it run its course" mentality—it's all about acting fast and breaking out the heavy artillery. Sometimes, this involves popping it (I know) or just applying a heavy-duty spot treatment. But according to celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, (properly) popping and treating a pimple isn't necessarily a bad thing (it's my response time that's the issue).

"Waiting [a day or two to pop the pimple] will allow you to effectively control the blemish without damaging the skin," Rouleau tells us. Wrapping your fingers with tissue and gently applying pressure will do the trick. Then, she suggests using a spot treatment to clear out the follicle. Exfoliation is also key to help get rid of dead skin cell buildup so that the ingredients can actually penetrate deeper—just aim for a chemical exfoliator instead of a physical exfoliator so you don't rough up the skin and make matters worse.

However, know that spot treatments work best on pustules (traditional pimples filled with pus)—if you have cystic acne or papules (inflamed red pimples that haven't quite reached the surface), spot treatments won't cut it. (For more info on how to treat other kinds of pimples, check out our foolproof guide.) But if you're dealing with a pesky pustule, we've got the best hard-hitting products that will shrink your skin's new resident in no time. Keep scrolling to see what they are!

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