7 Fast-Acting Acne Spot Treatments for Wedding Day Blemishes

Don't panic!

Woman rubbing acne treatment on face


You’ve followed your pre-wedding beauty routine to the letter. You’ve done all the masks, seen your dermatologist, and drank plenty of water throughout the process. Then, you wake up on your wedding day and, alas, a pimple has popped up to walk with you down the aisle. How can you treat it and get rid of it fast?

A surprise blemish can happen to anyone, but it's the very last thing you want to be dealing with on your big day. So, when you stock up on all your must-have skincare products, don’t forget to grab an acne spot treatment to combat any last-minute blemishes. It's better to be safe than sorry!

If you wake up on the big day with a breakout, first and foremost, don't stress. That will only worsen any blemishes. Keep calm and reach for one of these options instead. These fast-acting formulas work to fight whatever popped up overnight, reducing redness, decreasing its size, and preventing scarring. From oils to acne dots, these products promise to get the job done—and just in the nick of time! Read on for seven acne spot treatments to have on hand in case of wedding day blemishes.

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Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

Murad acne control spot treatment


With the maximum amount of salicylic acid, this spot treatment will get the job done. The formula works fast—like in just a few hours fast—to get rid of blemishes, while oat extract soothes the skin and reduces redness and witch hazel shrinks pores. This option applies clear and it even wears well under makeup, so you can kick off your wedding festivities while it works its magic underneath. For best results, apply at the first sign of a blemish to be sure it works in time for those special wedding portraits.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $22

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Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment

Clean & Clear acne spot treatment


In just one day, the fighting powers of the witch hazel and salicylic acid in this drugstore wonder work to reduce the size, redness, and swelling of pimples. This gel formula is oil-free and won’t dry out your skin, so it’s suitable for almost all skin types.

SHOP NOW: Target, $6.49

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Peace Out Acne Healing Dots

Peace out acne spot treatment


These acne dots will have your blemishes gone in a flash, or at least before your ceremony starts. Hydrocolloid technology, salicylic acid, and aloe work together to end a breakout in as little as six hours. The hydrocolloid extracts impurities while creating a protective barrier, and the salicylic acid fights acne-causing bacteria. Plus, with aloe vera working to reduce redness, you'll be blemish-free in no time.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $19

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Eminence Organic Skin Care Clear Skin Targeted Acne Treatment

Eminence acne spot treatment


Doing two jobs at once, this clarifying treatment will not only take care of existing blemishes but work to prevent new breakouts as well. Tea tree oil and salicylic acid work fast to remove impurities and brighten skin. And natural ingredients, like cucumber and buchu leaf extract, reduce inflammation and unclog pores. Plus, this rapid treatment works quickly without drying out skin.

SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $65

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Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

Kate Somerville acne spot treatment


For an acne treatment that packs a punch, this formula uses the highest level of sulfur allowed to clear blemishes and acne scars, reduce the appearance of redness, and prevent future breakouts. In addition to the sulfur, the AHAs work to shrink pores and zinc oxide helps to control excess oil.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $58

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Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot treatment


The two main ingredients at work here are colloidal sulfur (to absorb excess oil) and a glycolic acid complex (to exfoliate the skin). Meanwhile, aloe and vitamins C, E, and B5 help to nourish the skin. This treatment can be applied multiple times a day, but it is best used in moderation to avoid dryness. Be sure to pair this product with a sunscreen, as the AHAs will increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun.

SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $19

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Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

Sunday Riley face oil


While not technically a spot treatment, this clarifying oil is a must for the weeks leading up to your wedding if you have acne-prone skin—or the kind of bad luck that will lead to a big-day breakout. The dry oil clears congested pores, treats and prevents acne, and smooths the appearance of fine lines. And it does it all super fast. Reviews on this product, which has 90,000+ ”loves” on Sephora’s website, say users experienced clearer skin in as little as two weeks.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $80

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