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How to Get Rid of Acne Overnight: 8 SOS Skincare Routine

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Have you ever spending months worth of your time taking care of your skin to stay clear and steer away from acne, zits and blemishes for that upcoming big events like weddings, vacations, holiday seasons, or even proms, and the one thing your fear the most stopping by to say hello, the day before that big event? Acne!

In today’s article, we will be discussing everyone’s favorite topic. “How to get rid of acne, OVERNIGHT”.

Who doesn’t like a one-day problem solver?

I know I do, and that is why I’m here writing this useful, and effective emergency skincare routine for calming down those zits. We’ll also be listing all of the holy grail products from drugstore to middle-end brands and high-end, fancy and luxury brands that have been sworn by, and where you can buy them in one click away. So let’s get started, shall we?


You should definitely be doing this for every single day already, but never ever wash your face forcefully by rubbing your face with a harsh cleanser. You don’t want a micro-crack your skin.

Microcrack is when you stripped your skin’s natural oil, and lose all that moisture in your skin that your skin is so dry, it created micro-crack.

Opt for low ph, gentle cleanser, preferably gel based so that it wouldn’t dry your skin out. It is even more difficult to repair the moisture barrier in one day than making acne vanished. To power up your cleanser, you can choose a cleanser that contains acne-fighting ingredients, such as salicylic acid, tea tree oil and peroxide.

Monoskin Purifying Clear Skin Cleanser is a mild cleanser with powerful anti-acne capabilities.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser at Watsons
Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser at Hermo
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser at Sephora


Clay mask is amazing at drawing out impurities and healing your skin instantly. You can always apply it all over the face but sometimes can over-dry the other area of the skin.  So, what you can do instead is use the clay mask as a spot treatment. It will help dries out the acne, pull out the impurities, and calm down the redness. Your skin will be bump-free after!

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay at Shopee
Hanaka Extremely Volcanic Mud Face Pack at Hermo
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment at Sephora


Now, please stay away from harsh exfoliant or scrub if you have a very big, swollen and active zit, such as physical exfoliator, which is a generic facial scrub with micro-beads or grains.

It will only be going to aggravate your skin and spread the bacteria to other areas. Not only that, it will create micro-tear on your skin because the scrub is too harsh and sharp for your skin.

Chemical exfoliator like Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is a great exfoliant for ungluing the dead skin cells and also helps cleaning and prepping your skin allowing the next products that you are about to apply, to works better.

Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion at Guardian
Neogen Bio-Peel Gentle Gauze Peeling Lemon at Hermo
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads at Sephora


When it comes to toner for acne prone skin, I cannot run away from apple cider vinegar (ACV) toner, although some speed off, because of the smell, but the effectiveness ties me in forever. ACV has been sworn by a lot of people with acne prone skin because it is highly anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antiseptic to fight away bacteria and fungus causing acne.

Thus it’s perfect for treating that big, angry zit. The way to prepare the ACV toner is to dilute it with water on a 1:1 ratio, store it in a bottle container in the refrigerator and can be kept for 2 weeks. Applies it on your skin just like you would normally do with toner, over a cotton pad.

But don’t worry, there are always other incredible products that house the same benefits as ACV that are easy to get and of course stinky-free too!

Simple Soothing Facial Toner at Guardian
Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner at Althea
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Toner at Kiehl’s Malaysia

Serum or Essence

The most important part of treating your inflamed acne is all about calming down that throbbing, irritated acne. Choose a serum or essence that has soothing and calming effects, with lightweight and thin formula so that it will absorb easily into your skin with an immediate result. This will definitely get rid of the redness in no time.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum at Guardian
Laneige Fresh Calming Balancing Serum at Hermo
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair at Sephora

Sheet masking

This is a big must in this emergency routine. You might seem it’s pretty troublesome to have all of these steps for one routine but, it’s all for your own good. A good investment in time results in a better outcome. And if you are still reading, I’m proud of you!

The sheet mask is important is because it helps key in hydration and moisture because it’s basically trapping and force-feeding all the ingredients that will repair and heal your skin. When choosing sheet mask for this kind of emergency routine, choose for something that is soothing, calming and also is a great hydrating agent such as Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil, and Rose Water.

Happy Mask Jeju Aloe Vera Face Mask at Guardian
Tony Moly Master Lab Cantella Asiatica Skin Soothing at Hermo
Dr.Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution at Sephora


I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. Do not skip moisturizer no matter what type of skin do you have. There are thousands of moisturizers made for your skin type. Moreover, if you have acne prone skin.

Active ingredients that you’ve used in spot treatment can be drying to your skin, so it’s also very important to protect that moisture barrier to keep your skin balanced.

So instead, look for a non-greasy, oil-free, gel-based moisturizer that will still lock all of that moisture and hydration in your skin.

Cosmoderm Tea Tree Oil Day & Night Moisturizer at Guardian
The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion at The Body Shop
Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer at Sephora

Spot treating

Last but not least is spot treatment. Spot treatment, as the name suggests, only treating the area of your skin where it needed. The formula of active ingredients is often strong and will dry out your skin and leave patchy spots.

 This is where the importance of all the moisture binding, hydration locking fuss that we just discussed below. If you stay hydrated, your skin will not get patchy and flaky, instead, those zits and angry acne that taking all of the attention on your face earlier vanish just in time for your appearance on your big day!

Monoskin Fast Acne Corrector treat acne within 48 hours.
Oxy 10 Acne Pimple Medication at Watsons
Eucerin Pro Acne Solution A.I Clearing Treatment at Hermo
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion at Sephora

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