Quick Treatments to Fix a Sudden Thanksgiving Pimple

Because pimples do not photograph well.

Caitlin M.
ByCaitlin M.

There are two things we can guarantee will be present at the Thanksgiving table: turkey and a camera. Although we welcome the influx of tryptophan, we don't necessarily love the idea of having to be camera-ready at all times during our holiday. (Ponytails and sweatpants are what we're thankful for!) 

But, alas, there will be photos. To help get as photo-ready as possible, we're arming ourselves with the best quick fixes for unexpected breakouts. Scroll on four options to help fight any last-minute blemishes or annoying pimples that pop up thanks to the stresses of travel, excess of food, and well, life.

Splurge: Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment ($26)

 Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

EradiKate has earned a spot on many beauty lover's shelves thanks to its ability to dry up pimples seemingly overnight. Thanks to a high level of sulfur, acne flare-ups don't sound a chance.


Mid-range: Karuna Spot+ Melting Boost ($18)

karuna spot + Melting boost

Use these treatment dots to spot treat unexpected pimples. Pair with Karuna Face Mask, and the Melting Boost's ingredients will be activated and released to attack a pimple!


Save: Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment ($7.23)

clean & clear advantage acne spot treatment

Clean & Clear is not only a classic acne fighter, but it's also an Influenster favorite! Influensters love how this spot treatment reduces pimple size, redness, and doesn't dry skin out.

"This is definitely a lifesaver for surprise acne. I usually apply this once every morning (twice a day if there are super bad spots) and by day two, there’s hardly anything there. Just remember to spread this thin over the area, otherwise it’ll start flaking once dried and then it just looks super weird on your face. This is nice for the price, though, and clears up a spot within a few days."

—Brittany E.


Indie: REN ClearCalm 3 Anti-Acne Treatment Mask ($45)

REN ClearCalm 3 Anti-Acne Treatment Mask

This mask from REN not only reduces pore size and blemish redness, but it also lightens the appearance of pigmented acne scars, making it a great option for immediate action as well as prolonged treatment.


What fast-acting acne treatments are your go tos? Share with us your picks!

About the Author
Caitlin M.
Caitlin M.
Runner. Music lover. All things nachos. Follow me on Instagram: @caitlinsmiller