Why You Shouldn’t Use Toothpaste To Get Rid Of Pimples

by Gio
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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.

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Related: Benzoyl Peroxide VS Salicylic Acid: Which One Should You Use?

Have you ever used toothpaste on pimples? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Chic Readings September 25, 2014 - 4:18 pm

I’ve tried it once and not just it didn’t help but it made it a lot worse and my sensitive skin had to recover for a week, wish I had your blog to read few years ago:)

Gio September 29, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Helena, oh no, how awful!

MonicaP September 25, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Noooo .. lol. There’s so many good acne products on the market these days. No need for this crazy remedy.


Gio September 29, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Monica, I agree!

Janessa September 25, 2014 - 5:38 pm

I tried this once or twice back in middle school and it did nothing for my pimple but leave the skin flaky and dry.

Gio September 29, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Janessa, that’s terrible!

Natalye September 26, 2014 - 3:45 am

I’ve tried toothpaste in the past but it doesn’t really do anything for me

Gio September 29, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Natalye, it’s disappointing, isn’t it?

Anshul September 26, 2014 - 9:34 am

Thank you!! I actually agree with you…!! Toothpaste seems to aggravate the problem more than to combat it! At least for me, it did!! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP MISLEADING US!!


Gio September 29, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Anshul, sorry it worsened things for you too. Better stick to properly formulated products, isn’t it?


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