Head to the dermatologist if you've got a deep, under-the-skin pimple that feels sore when you press on it. Ask for a cortisone shot that will shrink your deep pimple and reduce the deep red color.
Apply a rapid-drying cream that contains sulfur to shrink that zit down to size. Apply the product while you sleep or kick around the house. You can also find drying creams containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, but these can be less potent than creams with sulfur.
Use an all-night pimple-busting gel to shrink zits while you sleep. Apply the product before bed, then wash it off in the morning. Key ingredients to look for in this type of product include acne-buster salicylic acid and panthenol to tone down redness.
Cover up with concealer if you can still see traces of the blemish. A green-toned concealer neutralizes acne redness. Using a makeup sponge, dab the concealer over the area until you can no longer see the pimple. Pat pressed powder over the concealer to give your skin a matte look.