We've all been there:

Right before a big event, a first date, or the perfect scenic selfie, you can feel a pimple starting to rear its ugly head.

Don’t panic! You have options. Here are the best strategies for saying a speedy buh-bye to blemishes.

1. Do NOT pop it!
We know we’re not supposed to do it, but we all know what happens when you pop a pimple. It bleeds, gets inflamed and the effected area gets visibly larger, just making it look worse. Not only that, but you open up the risk of getting scars, possibly even permanently. So muster up all the strength you can to keep your hands OFF the area and let it heal on its own.

2. Apply a spot treatment
The best way to speed up that healing is to use acne spot treatments. Look for acne spot treatments that deliver a concentrated dose of acne-fighting ingredients like Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. Finally, it’s always a good idea to cover up the blemish with a pimple patch - find one that not only covers the pimple (keeping your hands OFF!), but look for patches with salicylic acid which will help to treat the area, calm inflammation and minimize the appearance of dark spots at the same time.

Here's how to choose an SLMD spot treatment:

BP Acne Spot Treatment: for red, inflammed pimples and pustules.

SA Acne Spot Treatment: for blackheads and whiteheads

Salicylic Acid Pimple Patches: for all blemishes - transparent patches that treat pimples while soothing inflammation and providing a protective barrier.

Dr. Pimple Popper's Acne Spot Treatments

3. Stop by your dermatologist’s office

OK… So we realize this is much easier said than done, but the best way to make a full-fledged pimple disappear in 24 hours is to pay a visit to your dermatologist. A dermatologist can give you a corticosteroid shot that can make your pimple disappear in a day. Quick and relatively painless, your dermatologist would use a micro-needle to inject cortisone — an anti-inflammatory — directly into the pimple to shrink it and reduce the chance of scarring.

Even if you ARE one of the lucky ones that has a local dermatologist on speed dial, the best advice we can give you is to keep a supply of acne spot treatments in your medicine cabinet. You don't know when you will need them, but the one thing you do know is that you will need them at the most inconvenient times!