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#1 kewlfewl

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 06:41 PM

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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Posted 21 July 2008 - 10:06 PM

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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Posted 21 July 2008 - 10:44 PM

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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Posted 22 July 2008 - 06:42 AM

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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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:06 AM

No, it will just make your skin irritated sad.gif

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:10 AM

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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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:21 AM

QUOTE (366490 @ Jul 22 2008, 02:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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.gif . So Kewlfewl DO NOT TRY IT!!!!

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 01:34 PM

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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Posted 23 July 2008 - 12:45 PM

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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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:24 PM

There's research out there that says that fluoride in toothpaste can cause an acne-like rash around the mouth.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:01 PM

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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Posted 06 August 2008 - 12:52 AM

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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Posted 05 November 2008 - 02:42 PM

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 02:49 PM

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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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:14 AM

Well, I don't get spots on my teeth, so I guess it does.
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Posted 09 November 2008 - 07:15 PM

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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Posted 09 November 2008 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE (Calibos @ Nov 6 2008, 07:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well, I don't get spots on my teeth, so I guess it does.


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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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Posted 30 November 2008 - 07:33 PM

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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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:54 AM

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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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:24 PM

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 smile.gif