Like many of you, I've suffered from mild acne(whiteheads and pimples) mainly around my mouth area but sometimes on the sides of my face too. I didn't know what exactly was causing it but I thought it was just teenage hormonal things. I am currently 20 years old.
Since 2005, I've had at least 2 or 3 little white heads around my mouth every day. They weren't pimples and once popped, they leak out some kind of clear liquid. I also had bigger regular red pimples about once every few days or so.
I tried just about everything from ProActiv to Retin A to diet change to lifestyle change but nothing worked. I still had whiteheads on my face every morning.
I was searching on Google with the phrase "whiteheads around mouth" and the first result caught my eye. This is the website:
The first response to the question asked has a brief mention of "toothpaste". It caught my eye because I switched my regular toothpaste to a toothpaste that had a chemical that produced enzymes to moisturize my mouth about a year ago. I made the change as I thought I was getting whiteheads because my mouth was always dry. The change in toothpaste stopped my breakouts for 2 or 3 weeks but eventually, everything came back. So I switched back to my normal toothpaste and thought that the new toothpaste had no effect.
I did more research on toothpaste and acne and came to the conclusion that toothpaste can cause acne! I was extremely excited because a switch in toothpaste a year ago did have effect on my acne for several weeks.
Then I found this little blog and the rest is history:
This article can be found by searching "fluoride acne". It's the first result.
This article suggested that fluoride in toothpaste can cause an "acne-like eruption around the mouth". I did as the article said and switched to brushing my teeth with baking soda and rinsing my mouth with Scope(non fluoride). I couldn't believe the results. It's been 2 weeks and my acne is clearing at a very rapid rate. I haven't had a single whitehead, zit, or pimple since switching to baking soda and Scope.
The article also mentions that the side of the face her patients sleep on the most is usually the side with more acne. This applied to me because I sleep on my right side more and have 3x as much pimples as I do on my left side.
My face hasn't felt this good since I had puberty. Before the switch, the skin on my face was extremely dry even with lotion. When I put my lips together, my chin felt cracked and my face dry. Now when I stretch my face, it feels smooth.
My tongue has always been white and I couldn't figure out why. But within a matter of days the switch, my tongue completely cleared and is no longer white. My tongue was white for years!! When your tongue is white, that means your body is trying to get rid of poison from your body. That's how I know that this is the real deal.
I researched more on fluoride and found that fluoride is like a poison and can cause all kinds of health problems. There is a whole conspiracy theory about fluoride in our drinking water.
I live in San Francisco so I did a search on whether or not there is any kind of fluoride in my drinking water. And voila! There is and they added fluoride to the drinking water in San Francisco in 2005, right when my acne started to appear.
My guess is that the added fluoride in my drinking water made me allergic to fluoride and my toothpaste had enough fluoride in it that it poisoned my body. After realizing this, I came to the conclusion that I don't really have acne! I am just being poisoned!!
All this is done without changing my daily routine. I use a Clean and Clear Wash with beads and then Bath and Works Night Cream.
I hope this helps you all. You might be like me - allergic to fluoride. Do some research on it. Try brushing your teeth with baking soda for a while. Your acne could very well be caused my a chemical that you are allergic to.
Edited by aurareturn, 11 January 2010 - 01:39 PM.