The best way to get rid of a zit is to prevent it!! Seriously, that's the truth! A pimple actually takes about 8 weeks from the time a pore gets blocked to the time it erupts on the skin in the form of a pimple. Therefore, by the time you are applying acne medicine to treat it, it's eight weeks too late! So, if you are prone to breakouts, you need to have a daily routine that helps prevent breakouts in the first place. However, if you have an big date or important presentation or wedding photos and you need quick relief, pick up some 10 percent benzoyl peroxide. You can't beat the drying, exfoliating, and antibacterial effects of 10 percent benzoyl peroxide. The best brands are Clearasil and Oxy-10. I've used them for year and so have my children with great success.
If your pimple is like a cyst, and sometimes they can really hurt. Apply warm compresses on it several times a day for several minutes. If you are unable to wait a day or two until it heals and disappears on its own, you can see a dermatologist who will inject it with cortisone. That usually shrinks it in 24 hours. I had that done several times in my teens when I would get a large cystic pimple on my nose. It worked great!