Please Stop Using Toothpaste For Your Pimples
By Zoey Phoon
I’m sure most of us that went through puberty had a devastating phase where pimples was just a major nightmare in our lives.
There were a ton of tricks and hacks as a teen going through puberty that we lived for, especially when expensive facials or treatments clearly wasn’t accessible. I’d say the most memorable and easy solution was always to put toothpaste on your pimples. However, as a 20-year old today, I’m questioning if it’s even a legit way to deal with pimples.
I did a little research and it turns out, it used to be, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai hospital in New York.
“Toothpaste has always been used as a home remedy to treat pimples because many toothpastes used to contain an ingredient called triclosan, which is an antimicrobial that helped kill bacteria that caused pimples on the skin,” he said.
However, triclosan is a controversial ingredient and has been linked to hormone disruption in a handful of studies. As a result, many toothpaste formulas in this day and age are ditching the ingredient.
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With that said, toothpaste might still help your pimples in a pinch because these days the formulas contain drying agents such as baking soda and alcohol, says Zeichner. A dried up pimple definitely sounds more promising than an angry red zit. However, the catch is that concentrations of ingredients that work for your teeth are much harsher and higher than when formulated for your face so watch out, it may irritate or dry out your skin! One wrong move could trigger and create an unpleasant chain reaction.
For acne-prone skin, it’s best to stay away as your skin will most definitely react to the dryness and irritation by producing more acne. So ironically, by using toothpaste on one zit, it could cause an abomination on your face.
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To sum it all up, it’s still the wisest choice to use products formulated especially for dealing with pimples. If you’re dead desperate and toothpaste is your only option, make sure you’re using one without whiteners, mouthwash and coloring in the formula - all of these can seriously irritate your skin, this time leaving you with an angry red mob on your face! If anything, toothpaste should be your last resort
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