Have you ever thought to yourself, argh, this breakout just comes at the *worst* time that could happen? We know we have a lot of time, that’s why we are always on the lookout for products that can help improve breasts as quickly as possible. But instead of resorting to complicated techniques like squeezing or popping (a word for the wise: don’t do it), we prefer to turn to tried and tested ingredients to tackle breakouts. Even better, some of our favorite products can even work while you sleep.

If you’re new to the overnight acne game, watch out for products that contain AHAs, BHAs, benzoyl peroxide, or retinoids. These substances can reduce the size and redness of acne by increasing cell turnover and soothing inflammation. You may not see the results you want (like flawless skin) overnight, but you can start an aggressive acne treatment process before that important meeting or Zoom call. Consider maximizing your time while you sleep — aka multitasking at best. By taking care of your skin with an overnight treatment, *your* acne* will* start to fade and these products won’t leave behind pitted scars, hyperpigmentation, or dangerous dryness.


Here are eight of our favorite overnight acne treatments that we use when we want to speed up the healing process:

Beautycounter + Peel Overnight Resurfacing

This overnight peel is perfect for those looking to get rid of their acne quickly while boosting their overall skin luminosity. Glycolic acid improves skin texture for plumper skin, while lactic acid stimulates cell renewal to accelerate acne lifecycle and remove dead skin cells. In addition, fatty acids work actively to restore the skin barrier as you restore your mind to a restful sleep.

Kinship Pimple Potion Retinal + Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment

This targeted acne treatment is great for those dealing with blackheads and cystic acne. The retina works to speed up the cell renewal process, which causes acne spots to grow faster. Bakuchiol moisturizes and brightens skin (it also encourages cell turnover), while salicylic acid works to remove blackheads. We like to approach this on days when our hormonal acne won’t get out of the building.

Indie Lee Overnight Banish Gel

If you’re looking for a green and clean formula that’s as effective as regular over-the-counter products, choose this gel from Indie Lee. Greenery-derived salicylic acid and caviar extract help dissolve pore build-up, while japonica flower and Tasmanian pepper soothe redness and inflammation in the skin.

Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Spot

Acne patches are one of our favorite ways to shrink breakouts because they provide a high concentration of active ingredients while remaining discreet enough to be worn throughout the day, as well as overnight. You can’t mess with your acne either! Salicylic acid gives a head flare, while retinol speeds up the acne life cycle by boosting collagen and elastin production. While these two ingredients attack acne directly, aloe vera extract helps to moisturize the area while significantly reducing redness.

Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Blemish Solutions Acne Removal Gel

Who says you have to wait until your acne clears to get rid of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation? This treatment by Dr. Dennis Gross contains niacinamide, a brightening agent that helps inhibit pigmentation in the skin. Salicylic acid works actively to clear clogged pores, leaving skin smooth and even at sunrise.

Alpyn Beauty Sleep Cream w / Melatonin & Bakuchiol

Acne treatments can sometimes dry out the skin, which isn’t an ideal situation for people with mature skin. Consider this sleeping mask if you battle adult acne. Bakuchiol accelerates cell renewal, resulting in smoother skin in the morning. At the same time, melatonin supplies the skin with antioxidants that brighten the skin and protect it from environmental aggressors.

Rael point control cap

If you’ve ever used more than three acne patches at once on a problem area, consider this Rael blemish control concealer. This product is like an oversized acne patch to cover large areas of acne – a common problem in the face of hormonal acne. Hydrocolloid removes excess sebum from acne so that by the time you take it out in the morning, your breakouts are mostly gone.

Kate Somerville Eradikate for acne

How could we make an overnight acne treatment list without including this iconic spot treatment? EradiKate Acne Treatment contains salicylic acid to dissolve sebum in breakouts while safely drying accumulated fluid to shrink pimples overnight. This treatment is ideal for those who are battling whiteheads near the head.

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