Top 5 DIY Acne Treatment That Can Give You Clear Skin Overnight

If only zits can go away in the blink of an eye.

Pimples always appear on days when you least expect it. One tragic example can be on the day you’re going to have a date with your crush.

Or worse, your next job interview. Did you know that stress can cause acne, too?

I know how frustrating it is.

Luckily, acne can be treated overnight at home.

And to be fair, these ingredients may already be hiding in your pantry (or your medicine cabinet.)

Here now are 5 overnight acne treatments to give you clear skin faster than you can imagine.

1. Apply Frankincense Oil

Aside from its fragrant smell, it has a lot of skin benefits as well.

Frankincense oil is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It combats bacteria that cause those zits while soothing the skin to tone down any redness.

It strengthens and improves the skin’s overall elasticity. It balances hormones in premenopausal women by regulating the production of estrogen.

In case you didn’t know, too much estrogen causes acne.

This oil is generally safe for all skin types and can be used undiluted. Simply put 1 to 2 drops of the oil on a cotton ball and apply it all over the face or to problem areas.

You can then rinse it off in the morning.

But as always, I suggest doing a patch test first—especially if you have sensitive skin. Apply a few drops of oil on your forearm. Wait for at least 24 hours to check for signs of irritation.

If itching or redness occurs, dilute the oil with some water first. Then using a cotton ball, apply the mixture on areas where you have zits.

2. Use an Epsom Salt and Water Mixture

If you have normal or oily to combination skin, you’ll want to try this one out.

Sulfate and magnesium are the main components of Epsom salt. They are easily absorbed by the skin which is why Epsom salt baths are a great way to enjoy their health benefits.

And despite the name, it isn’t actually a salt but a type of mineral that occurs naturally.

When it comes to the skin, this ingredient acts as an exfoliant. It removes dead skin cells and unclogs the pores to prevent future acne from forming.

For this method, mix adequate amounts of water and Epsom salt in a bowl. 

Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it on acne-prone areas.

Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with water. Do this method for at least twice a day.

However, this method can cause slight skin dryness. This is why it’s important to apply a good moisturizer to help lock in moisture.

3. Try Aloe Vera Gel

Just when you thought Aloe gel is only for sunburns.

Aloe Vera is a known antibacterial that helps fight acne-causing bacteria. It calms and reduces any redness caused by those angry pimples.

If you have problems with acne scars, you’ll also want to try this method. It penetrates deep into the skin’s layers to help boost the healing process.

This method is also great for all skin types.

When using this remedy, you obviously want to start with a clean face.

Use cleansers especially made for acne to remove dirt, excess makeup, or dead skin cells.

When using this remedy, you obviously want to start with a clean face. Use cleansers especially made for acne to remove dirt, excess makeup, or dead skin cells.

Then, grab an Aloe Vera leaf and cut it in half. Carefully scrape the gel inside using the back of a knife.

Apply the gel to problem areas and allow it to sit overnight. But if overnight seems too long, let it sit for about 15 minutes before washing it off.

4. Use a Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

Why do you think we use it for cleaning wounds?

Hydrogen peroxide is known for its antibacterial property. It fights bacteria that cause acne to help clear you from breakouts.

It also has bleaching properties that lighten dark spots caused by acne scars.

Simply get a cotton ball and put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you’re using a 3% solution as anything more can cause skin irritation.

Also, only use it to spot treat areas and never apply it all over the face.

Leave it on for around 7 minutes before rinsing it off. I strongly suggest applying it at night and to only do this method once a day.

5. Create a Rosewater and Sandalwood Face Pack

You mean the stuff used to refresh and hydrate the skin?

Yes, that stuff.

It is made by combining rose petals with steam and undergoing the distillation process. Rose water has been used for centuries for its long list of benefits.

Its antibacterial property fights bacteria to keep blemishes away. It is also anti-inflammatory to calm and soothe any redness.

But it doesn’t end there.

Rose water restores the skin’s natural balance.

It is also loaded with antioxidants to help with premature aging.

Sandalwood powder, on the other hand, acts as an astringent. It heals minor skin irritations and soothes, tightens, and cleanses the skin.

It boasts of its anti-inflammatory property to minimize any redness brought by acne. It’s also full of antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals.

To make the face pack, combine 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder and 1 tablespoon of rose water in a bowl. Mix thoroughly, making sure there aren’t any lumps.

Gently apply the paste all over the face. Allow it to dry before rinsing it off.


Acne is something we can’t escape from. No matter how much we despise it, it always seems to find a way to wreak havoc on our skin.

I know that acne treatments can be expensive. That’s why I present you with ways to clear your skin without breaking the bank.

And these can easily be done by yourself. So you’re less likely to have side effects.

I hope you’ll give these treatments a try. I am confident you won’t be disappointed.

Have you tried any of these overnight acne treatments before? If not, what other methods can you add to this list?

Dr Kathleen May Eusebio-Alpapara

A board-certified dermatologist who practices both medical and cosmetic dermatology

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