We are all familiar with waking up on a day with a big event, look in the mirror and find that large ugly red pimple saying hi to you. Yikes. What could be even worse is not having any acne spot cream at hand. Hearing rumors that a dot of toothpaste can clear away those annoying suckers up in just a few seconds, would you give it a try? We all heard this tip before but does it really work or you will just be getting your hopes up?
Can Toothpaste Treat Acnes?
It turns out that people used to use toothpaste as an acne treatment and they even found it to be effective because many toothpastes contained an ingredient called triclosan which is an antimicrobial that could clear away the bacteria causing pimples, triclosan is a controversial ingredient that recently was found to cause hormonal disruption in several studies so in result many toothpaste manufacturers are excluding the ingredient from their formulas.
What About Nowadays Toothpastes? Can They Still Work?
Well even toothpastes that don’t include triclosan can still help you with your pimple to an extend. You see, most toothpaste formulas would contain some drying agents like alcohol or baking soda which can shrink your pimple in a short time and even reduce the severity of the redness as well as even numbing the discomfort you may feel with a fresh pimple.
The issue is that the formulas designed for your teeth will contain harsher chemicals and effects than formulas that are designed for your skin.
So it is recommended to use a traditional and trusted acne cream over toothpaste if you have access to it and only limit the use of toothpaste for such purposes to the emergencies only.
Can Toothpaste Further Irritate Your Skin?
Even though toothpaste can shrink the size of your pimple and reduce inflammation, some ingredient in toothpastes can actually irritate your skin even more and leave you with more redness and discomfort. So before you apply toothpaste to your pimple make sure the toothpaste formula doesn’t contain teeth whitening ingredients, mouthwash or colors which all can make the condition of your spot even worse.
Bottom line, try to keep the idea of using toothpaste on your pimples as a last acne treatment option.
– So How To Use Toothpaste For Pimples.
To see results using toothpastes to shrink your pimple use toothpaste that contains triclosan or hydrogen peroxide which both act as antibacterial to fight the infection causing the pimples.
. wash your face with warm water.
. Apple a tiny dot of toothpaste on your finger and apple it to the pimple head avoiding the surrounding skin.
. leave the toothpaste in place for about half an hour then rinse off with warm water.