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I’m sure, you, like me, have woken up one morning only to find a gigantic pimple growing on your face. As annoying as this can be, some people are more prone to this occurring than others. You’ve also probably tried out a few home remedies in desperation once you found that you had no pimple or acne cream left in the bathroom cabinet!
There is a lot of talk about using toothpaste for pimples, with numerous people saying that it can actually help to get rid of spots. So we did a little research into this to find out if toothpaste does get rid of pimples and if we should be using this method. So here in this article is what we found out.
Does Toothpaste Work On Pimples?
If you research online, you will find several sources talking about how toothpaste can get rid of pimples, but we wanted to know why this method works and if it is a good idea to be applying it to our face.
The reasons toothpaste can help with pimples is due to several reasons. Firstly, the toothpaste is very drying and can help dry out the excess oil around a pimple. Secondly, toothpaste also has anti-bacterial qualities that can also help to fight the bacterial development. However, it is also important to realise that toothpaste has been created to be used on the teeth and not the face, so this is the first clue as to whether this is actually a good idea or not.
See also: Natural methods to treat pimples
How to use toothpaste for pimples
So it seems that toothpaste may indeed help to eliminate a pimple more quickly than using nothing at all, but since it is very drying and has not be designed for this reason it should only be used very occasionally and in emergency situations when you don’t have anything else.
When applying the toothpaste to a pimple, people say that it should only be applied sparingly directly to a pimple and then allowed to dry. Do not let the toothpaste get on the skin around a pimple and certainly don’t put it all over your face.
First of all, wash your face gently with warm water and apply a [gentle cleanser] to your face. Then, apply a small amount of toothpaste to the pimple only. Once it has dried you can then wash it off gently with warm water, typically after about 20 minutes. Since toothpaste is very drying it would be wise for people with sensitive skin to avoid using this method and stick to tried and tested brands of pimple and acne cream.
If this method irritates your skin after the first time you try it then avoid this method completely.
How effective is toothpaste for pimples?
Although this method is not recommended by us, especially long-term, toothpaste can actually help to get rid of a pimple quickly when you have nothing else to use. People have found that the toothpaste can help to reduce the size of a pimple, kill the bacteria and also help to reduce the redness or the spot.
Should you leave toothpaste on your face overnight?
Absolutely not. If you want to try this method then do it sensibly. Apply just a little bit of toothpaste to the spot, allow it to dry and then wash it off with warm water. Although this method may help to clear up a pimple, you want to reduce the amount of time your skin is exposed to the toothpaste to avoid your skin becoming too dry or irritated. If you would like to know more about getting rid of pimples quickly then see our article on getting rid of pimples over night.
Is toothpaste a good go-to method for pimples?
While it can work for an occasional pimple when you have nothing else to use, toothpaste is not good to use for regular breakouts. The reason for this is that toothpaste is very drying and can cause excessive drying of your skin and result in dry patches if used too often. This is also why people who use this method should avoid applying the toothpaste to the skin around a pimple and should certainly not apply to the whole face. If someone is suffering from acne then this method is also not advisable as this method could cause irritation of the skin, especially if your skin is sensitive.
Since toothpaste is very drying for the skin, this, in turn, can lead to the skin producing an excess amount of sebum to help re-lubricate the skin again. If there is an excessive amount of sebum then this can also increase the likelihood of more pimples or even acne occurring, which is another important reason to use this method infrequently and in emergency situations.
If you find that you are having frequent breakouts then there is likely something else going on under the surface. Using toothpaste will only treat the surface level of the spot. You may also need to take a closer look at your lifestyle, diet and environment to see if there is anything that needs changing in order to stop further breakouts. You will also need a good quality, natural skin care product such as Zenmed to treat your skin.