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Does toothpaste really help acne?

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I've read that if you put a small dab of toothpaste on a pimple it will shrink it. Anyone can confirm this?


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I've heard this too.

But I've noticed if I don't wash my face after I brush my teeth then I get whiteheads.

I'll be interested in what other people say.


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try it and see, i think there is .005% probability that it will work tho. i dont understand the reasoning why it could work.


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Its works for those that gets pimples once in a blue moon, toothpaste has sulfur in it thats why. Pls don't try it, it burns yours skin.


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No, it will just make your skin irritated :(

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Toothpaste is supposed to be a "drying agent", but it is not anywhere near as effective as actual acne medication such as BP or SA (both of which you can get over the counter).


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Its works for those that gets pimples once in a blue moon, toothpaste has sulfur in it thats why. Pls don't try it, it burns yours skin.

I agree with you totally, coz I once tried it and it worked for 2days after that my skin got burned,it opened my pores hence I have holes on my cheeks :cry: . So Kewlfewl DO NOT TRY IT!!!!

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i don't know, i had a gigantic pimple right next to my lip yesterday that hurt when i talked. last night i put a tiny bit of toothpaste on it and today it doesnt hurt nearly as much and it swolled down a lot. but i would only use it for the huge pimples that i get every once in a while

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It's just a myth. The only people who say that it works are people who get a spot once a year and even then the toothpaste doesn't make any difference. There spots just don't last very long.


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There's research out there that says that fluoride in toothpaste can cause an acne-like rash around the mouth.


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ok, some toothpaste contains an antimicrobial called triclosan. Its in Colgate total for example (look under active ingrediants). It may kill some p.acnes like BP but w/ all those other ingrediants that are ment for teeth.

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NOO it can irritate acne it helps for people who get pimples once in awhile...... it dries it out descently but what I recommend is proactiv sulfur mask you can use it as a spot treatment for pimples best thing in the world and to tell you the truth I hate proactiv but I love that product.

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uhh, I wouldn't try it. A small amount may work, I've heard that before too, but I had a horrible experience with it some years back. I put a pea-sized smudge of it on a pimple before bed and woke up the next day with a huge red scab on that area. I mean, a scab as in the kind you get when you scrape your knee. It was bizarre! The scab wasn't as large as a dime, but about halfway between a dime and a pencil eraser head. It lasted for weeks and the scar for the better part of a year. Maybe it was the brand I used! Sorry, don't remember which kind it was. Or maybe I shouldn't have kept it on overnight.

I'd stick with tea tree oil or BP.

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Well, I don't get spots on my teeth, so I guess it does.


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i read somewhere that tartar control toothpaste can cause acne around the mouth. so if you have this problem, find a toothpaste that doesnt say "tartar control" on it. helped me. but i would never put it on my face intentionally

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Well, I don't get spots on my teeth, so I guess it does.

AHAHHAAHAHAHAHAH!

*calms down.

ANYWAYS,

It usually works for people who get zits once every, oh, let's say two months?

I tried it once and I got a gigantor ... scab-like thing on my face. It left me with a mark 10x darker than any hyperpigmentation I'd ever had in my life, including the zits that I picked at constantly! So I wouldn't recommend it.


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hell i've got toothpaste on my spots right now. I've been doing it on and off for a while now, and honestly I can't remember if it works. I just like to feel that i'm doing something for the bumps on my face.

It doesn't burn me though.


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Tried it once- didn't really work. But I heard that Toothpaste is supposed to kill bacteria in your teeth so on paper, it should kill bacteria in your pimples but nothing ever works out on paper. Also, it doesn't burn your face- It's just minty.

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haha i've tried toothpaste on spots. right before bed i put it on. i just hated the minty smell and then if i put my face on the pillow it would stain it..also it was kinda irritating BUT the pimple did reduce in size :)

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Hmm well we had some toothpaste around that had the little oxygen bubbles in it and I thought hey, if BP oxygenates the skin or whatever, maybe this will work haha. Anyways, I think it kinda helped but I didn't repeatedly put it on--just once on a small spot.

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I've found that if I use toothpaste on a certain spot it draws everything out of the pimple but yet its still there

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for me, toothpaste has never worked for me by just putting it on the pimple. if i pop the pimple first tho and get most of the stuff out, and then put the toothpaste on right after and go to bed, i usually wake up and the pimple has dried out and flattened and only a little scab is there so i tend to do this often because it is a pretty easy way to get rid of the pimple HOWEVER i would only use this method for smaller pimples because there have been times with larger ones where it made NO difference


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Umm, a big N-O on this one, I've heard this "wives' tale" a long time ago. Most toothpaste contains SLS, a major irritant to acne! Hell, I don't even use toothpaste with SLS to brush my teeth, let alone put it on my face :doh:


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