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Toothpaste on Spots - Does it Really Work for Acne?

3 mins

Sneha Chugh

Does toothpaste help with acne? The answer is no. Toothpaste can actually make your acne worse. Keep on reading to find out why!

All of us have grown up listening to our mothers and grandmothers about how different home remedies and kitchen ingredients can solve our skin problems, acne and pimples in particular. You must have also come across several videos and articles on quick hacks to treat your pimples overnight, or tips to get rid of acne within a week. Very often, among these tricks you’ll find applying toothpaste on pimples. But does applying toothpaste on a pimple help? Should you apply toothpaste to your pimples? Let’s find out!

Table of Contents:

  • Can Toothpaste Get Rid of a Pimple? - Tips for Safe and Effective Use
  • What Helps Acne Go Away Fast? - Expert Advice for Clearer Skin
  • What is the best pimple remover?

Can Toothpaste Get Rid of a Pimple? - Tips for Safe and Effective Use

If you have used toothpaste on pimples in the past or have been thinking about trying it out, here is both the good news and the bad news. The nice part about applying toothpaste on a pimple is that it helps dry it out. However, the bad news is that, if you use toothpaste this way, it can make your skin worse. 

People suffering from acne or breakouts (that ultimately lead to acne spots) desperately try various remedies to get clear skin and they often tend to believe (or rather they want to believe) random people suggesting weird remedies for treating acne. However, many of these remedies often do more harm than good. This is also the case with applying toothpaste to pimples. Toothpaste can actually trigger your acne and leaves you with dry, red and irritated skin. 

Dermatologists advise people against using toothpaste on pimples. Toothpaste formulas contain alcohol, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide that can make your skin dry. It might give you some temporary relief from a painful pimple, but it does not help in fighting acne-causing bacteria. Using toothpaste on sensitive skin can cause redness, peeling, irritation and inflammation. It might even end up burning your skin. 

One of the reasons why people believe that toothpaste can help get rid of acne is because some toothpastes contain an ingredient called triclosan, which is known to kill bacteria. Actually, there are also a few acne treatments containing triclosan. However, there is no scientific evidence suggesting that triclosan present in toothpaste can get rid of acne-causing bacteria. The formulation of a product is very important, and the formulation of toothpastes and acne treatments, while they both may contain triclosan, is entirely different. 

What Helps Acne Go Away Fast? - Expert Advice for Clearer Skin

Well, now that you know that toothpaste should not be applied to your skin, let's see some tips that are useful in treating acne and have no harsh side effects. 

Before you find the best solution for your acne, though, you should first figure out what’s causing it. Acne usually happens when impurities, oil and dirt clog your pores, boosting bacteria overgrowth. Other common reasons for acne are: hormonal disturbances, excessive dairy or sugar intake, scalp infections, dandruff, dirty pillowcases and phone covers, poor hygiene and unhealthy lifestyle, etc. Getting one or two pimples occasionally is common. However, if you are experiencing severe acne or frequent breakouts, one of the best ways to prevent and treat it is to religiously follow a healthy skincare routine. The quintessential element in your skincare regime should be an effective face cleanser that will gently remove the dirt and excess oil from your pores and unclog the follicles, preventing breakouts.

There are some other ways to help control your acne. An underrated tip that can work wonders in treating your acne is to stop touching your face and popping your pimples. By touching your face with dirty hands you transfer acne-causing bacteria to your face and you help spread the existing ones. So you should avoid touching your face. You should also wash your face twice daily with a cleanser to clear excess oil and remove bacteria. Do not forget to apply a light moisturizer after washing your face, even if you have oily skin. If your skin gets dry, your sebaceous glands will start producing extra oil. 

Moreover, you should make sure to change your pillowcases every few days. Also, if you apply makeup, remember to clean your makeup brushes every week. Avoid excess dairy and sugar consumption and keep your skin hydrated. If your acne remains persistent, go see a dermatologist to help you identify the cause and recommend the best acne treatment and, of course, the best spot treatments.

What is the best pimple remover?

Putting toothpaste on your face can trigger your acne rather than helping you get rid of it. No research suggests that applying toothpaste on pimples will cure them. You should always choose skin products that have been scientifically proven to be effective in treating acne. For instance, one such product that is effective in healing acne or pimples is apple cider vinegar. It contains citric acid that helps kill acne-causing bacteria, while also regulating sebum production. 

My reccomendation: use the WOW Apple Cider Vinegar face wash to treat your pimples and acne. It gently cleanses your face and removes all the dirt, impurities and excess oil present in the pores. The face wash comes with a brush that has soft silicone bristles to unclog your pores and remove acne-causing bacteria. It will brighten your skin and help you get an even skin tone.


Now you know the answer to ‘does toothpaste help with acne?’ It is just another acne myth. Toothpaste may dry your pimples, but will leave you with red and irritated skin, which can be even worse than acne. Keep in mind that there's no quick hack to get clear skin. It takes patience and persistence to get beautiful and healthy skin. Also, remember to not stress over your acne, as it will only make it worse. Last but not least, try to learn to love your skin just the way it is, even when it acts out.

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Sneha Chugh

Sneha is a law student and works as a freelancer. She has written content for various brands including upGrad, Bewakoof and more.

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