There’s nothing like waking up with a pimple as an adult to quickly send you back to the potentially insecure feelings of adolescence. As you remember those days of locker rooms and discovering your first cover-up stick, you might still wonder if toothpaste actually cures breakouts.
We’re here today to help you clear up that myth, as well as your skin.
You may have been in a pinch and tried a little dab of toothpaste before, and it kind of worked. Well here’s some answers for you.
Toothpaste does have certain ingredients that can dry out skin and potentially clear up a pimple or two… ingredients like: baking soda, hydrogen, peroxide, alcohol, menthol, tea tree and triclosan can cause pimples to dry out. But because toothpaste is made for teeth not skin, you’re playing a game of rush and roulette with your face, as all brands have different recipes and can contain ingredients that irritate your skin. And while it may work to dry a spot, it can potentially over-dry or burn the affected area with a reaction worse than a pimple.
Not to mention that triclosan () is a controversial ingredient that has been said to negatively affect thyroid hormones, so we’d steer clear of formulas containing it anyway; but you probably don’t want that on your face.
While it might be tempting to pull out the old toothpaste trick if you can’t find your spot treatment, don’t risk a reaction, peeling or burning of your skin, and stick to a treatment made for topical use. Check out our Clear Complexion Acne Serum + Spot Treatment!