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Does Toothpaste Help Pimples and Acne?


By Tiffany Moore

Putting toothpaste on pimples and acne may sound a little strange but this simple home remedy is getting quite popular as an effective overnight home treatment among many teenagers as well as adults.

It is believed that white toothpaste help pimples and acne skin in 3 ways. Firstly, toothpaste act like a mask, drawing impurities (dirt, grime and excess sebum) out of the skin. Secondly, toothpaste may dry the skin slightly, which can minimize the size of a pimple. And lastly, certain toothpastes contain menthol or alcohol, which can also dry up pimples and acne.

However, with any other home cures, applying toothpaste on acne may cause certain side effects such as skin irritation, skin redness or burning sensation on the skin. This can happen particularly on sensitive skin. It has also been said that repeated use of toothpaste can cause the skin to become overly dry.


For most acne sufferers, this toothpaste treatment for acne has been found to be the quickest and most effective. But to be on the safe side, don't try this toothpaste acne trick on all the pimples. You should do a spot test on just one pimple, and then proceed only if you show no adverse reactions.


What Kind of Toothpaste Works for Acne?

Toothpaste brands that do not contain whitening agent and with minimal additives are suitable to use as overnight acne cures. These brands may include Crest, Colgate, and Aquafresh. Do not use gel-based toothpastes with hydrogen peroxide. Consider natural or organic mint-based toothpastes.



How to Put Toothpaste over Acne?

1. First make sure your face is clean. Wash with a gentle facial cleanser and gently pat dry with a soft towel.


2. Next, apply a small dab of toothpaste over acne or the affected area, being careful to avoid the skin around the acne.


3. Some acne sufferers leave the toothpaste on acne overnight for the best results while others keep it for about 10 minutes to 2 hours. However, if you've sensitive skin, you should reduce the treatment time.


4. Rinse the toothpaste off in the morning. Repeat this toothpaste acne remedy 2-3 times weekly during painful breakouts.


Avoid the toothpaste acne trick if you've extra-sensitive skin or the skin around your mouth gets red while brushing teeth. Instead, you might want to get rid of acne and pimples with honey. Honey is very helpful for acne because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Simply apply a little manuka honey on the problem area after thoroughly cleansing your face. Keep the honey on the skin for 10 minutes and then rinse off completely.


Calamine lotion also works great on acne as well as pimples as it soothes the irritated and  inflamed skin. It also dries up the skin, removing excess sebum and preventing future acne breakouts. In addition, calamine lotion kills bacteria on the skin, which could otherwise cause acne. It is said that applying calamine lotion on acne scars will help lighten and fade acne marks too.

Calamine lotion is a mixture made from zinc oxide and iron oxide. It is pink in color and has a thick, creamy consistency. You can purchase calamine lotion in most drugstores.


If your acne problem is severe, it's better that you consult a dermatologist or a doctor for acne medications. Popping pimples yourself can worsen the situation by causing a deep infection.



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