I have a confession to make: when I was a teenager, I put toothpaste on my pimples.
I know, it sounds crazy. How did I even think that was a good idea?!
Magazines. In the pre-internet era, they were the only influencers around. They swore that toothpaste had magical powers that could make pimples disappear overnight.
If you were a young and clueless teenager desperate to get the attention of that cute guy next door, wouldn’t you try it? You know what: it worked.
Toothpaste can help your pimples disappear faster. But you should NOT do it. Just because something works, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Here’s what I mean:
Why Did People Start Using Toothpaste As An Acne Treatment?
Believe it or not, toothpaste is an effective anti-acne treatment. Thank Triclosan for that. It’s an antibacterial agent you’ll find both in toothpaste and ani-acne treatments.
Triclosan dries out pimples, making them disappear faster. It doesn’t play alone either. Other common toothpaste ingredients, like menthol, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol, do the same thing.
No wonder your pimples look so smaller the next morning! But, there’s a catch….
Why you shouldn’t use toothpaste on pimples
Here’s the thing: you can’t dry out pimples without drying out and irritating your skin, too.
That’s not even the worst of it. Leave that toothpaste on your pimple a little too long and your skin could literally burn. Ouch!
Is it worth risking all that when there are much more effective and safer spot treatments available? Thought so.
The Right Way To Get Rid Of Pimples
If you have oily, acne-prone skin, you NEED salicylic acid in your life. It’s an oil-soluble exfoliant that gets inside your pores, removing all the dead cells and excess oils stuck in them before they give you breakouts.
Already have a pimple? Try a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide. It kills the bacteria that causes acne. But it’s harsh (I mean, it’s a killer. It can’t be gentle). Use it on pimples only.
- Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboois Glycolic Night Serum: available at Cult Beauty, Sephora and SpaceNK
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Bha Liquid ($29.00): available at Dermstore, Look Fantastic, Paula’s Choice and Selfridges
- Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide ($18.00): available at Dermstore and Paula’s Choice.
- Proactive & Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment ($42.00): available at Sephora and Ulta.
Have you ever used toothpaste on pimples? Share your experience in the comments below.
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