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, BAM! You wake up on your wedding day and, alas, a pimple has popped up to walk with you down the aisle. A surprise blemish can happen to even the best of us. So, when you stock up on all your must-have skin-care products, don’t forget to grab an acne spot treatment to combat any last-minute skin disasters.
If you awaken on the big day with a breakout, first and foremost, don't stress. That will only worsen any blemishes! These fast-acting formulas work to fight whatever popped up overnight, reduce redness, decrease its size, and prevent scarring. From oils to acne dots, these products promise to get the job done—and just in the nick of time!
Here are seven acne spot treatments to have on hand in case of wedding-day blemishes.
Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment
With the maximum amount of salicylic acid, this spot treatment will get the job done. The formula works fast—like just a few hours fast—to get rid of blemishes, while oat extract soothes the skin and reduces redness and witch hazel shrinks pores. It applies clear and even wears well under makeup, so you can start snapping those wedding photos while it works its magic underneath. For best results, apply at the first sign of a blemish.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $22
Clean & Clear Advantage 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, $5.99
Peace Out Acne Healing Dots
These acne dots will have your blemishes gone in a flash, or at least before your reception 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, while the salicylic acid fights acne causing bacteria, and the aloe vera reduces redness.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $19
Eminence Organic Skin Care Clear Skin Targeted Acne 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. This rapid treatment works quickly without drying.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $65
Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne 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 sulfur, the AHAs work to shrink pores and zinc oxide helps to control excess oil.
SHOP NOW: Ulta, $26
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area 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 is best used in moderation to avoid dryness. Pair the product with a sunscreen, as the AHAs will increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $19
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying 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 FAST. Reviews on this product, which has 70,000+ ”loves” on Sephora’s website, say users experienced clearer skin in as little as two weeks.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $80