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Does toothpaste work on spots?

September 5, 2012 by Works with Water

So the other morning I woke up with Mount Vesuvius on my face and a meeting to go to… aargh! With a couple of hours before I had to head out I searched the house for something that would at least take the redness away. After a long look in the bathroom cabinet came up with nothing (that all important tea tree oil was missing), I glanced at the tube of toothpaste sitting on the sink… could this be my saviour? I’ve heard the tales about how it can help with spots and with nothing else to lose I dabbed a bit on and left to dry. After a couple of hours it didn’t look nearly so angry, so what is it about toothpaste that makes it work on spots? Read on and I will tell you…

It seems after researching the subject, that toothpaste has long been a favourite home remedy for spots, but I needed to know if it really works (or was I fooling myself?) and are there any other factors to consider before smearing tooth cleaner over your face?

The simple answer is toothpaste does work on spots, here is why…

The characteristics of toothpaste that help it to treat spots are its anti-bacterial properties, the cleaning properties and its ability to absorb oil. But you need to remember they have all been developed to treat the relatively hard surface of tooth enamel.

Also remember that by treating the spots once they have erupted you are only treating the symptom not getting to the cause of the acne or making any attempt to prevent further out breaks. For this you could try help: clear skin that works from the inside to fight the bacteria associated with skin breakouts.

All cautions accepted, toothpaste is a very effective treatment for individual spots and can dramatically reduce the appearance. The cleansing and absorption properties of the paste will reduce the size of the spot and the anti-bacterial properties will make a very noticeable difference to the inflamed redness that accompanies spots.

You first need to clean your skin with a gentle facial cleanser, then simply apply a small blob of toothpaste directly onto the spot. Try to avoid the surrounding skin, use a cotton bud for more accurate application . If it is the first time you have used this treatment clean the paste off with warm water after 20- 30 minutes and check for any irritation of your skin.

Once you are sure your skin is OK with the toothpaste treatment you can leave the paste in place for a couple of hours or even overnight if you don’t have sensitive skin. The toothpaste treatment is really only an emergency treatment for occasional use. Regular use will result in patches of dry skin, which is the reason for avoiding the skin surrounding the spot.

Never use toothpaste as a whole face treatment. I have seen advice given that suggests smearing a thin layer of toothpaste over the entire face for 20 minutes. This will cause skin irritation and will result in over dry skin and in extreme cases will stimulate the production of excess sebum ( the lubricating oils that are essential for soft youthful skin). Excess sebum will result in an increase of spots. – so use sparingly and with caution!

11 thoughts on “Does toothpaste work on spots?”

  1. lahdidah says:

    im a 13 year old girl and i have this enormous spot on my face its awful. i dont want to leave it like people say because, well, im no beauty queen and this mount vesuvius on my face isn’t helping me. so ive put on the toothpaste and i hope itll work! THANKS!

  2. Vivi says:

    I’m trying right now, and it seems to be working! Thanks for the tip :)

  3. C.Janice says:

    Thanks so much! because i am 13 and i have a lot of acne, i am suppose to be going to a learning journey trip with my friends and i’m not suppose to bring make up and my acne is so annoying.. Red spots all over my face.. I hope this Toothpaste remedy works <3 :)

  4. Leia says:

    I have a small spot just under my lip/chin region. I’ve tried popping it which led to it bleeding and oozing a watery substance. I tried putting toothpaste on it for about half an hour and that helped a bit and created a white head that allowed me to squeeze some pus out. But it’s still very much visible and I need it gone by next week! Please help! Are there any other ways to get rid of spots?

  5. gaby says:

    oh and water vapor also helps, having a cloth with cold water on the spot or ice cub (apply it directly on the spot), it will help the redness!

  6. Rose says:

    Thank you so much, I have a party this week and my acne is really bad! Hope it works in time for the party!

  7. Megan Bowles says:

    Is it normal for the our face to burn a little?

  8. Jenna says:

    Same here Leia. I have a spot under my lip, on my chin. I used the toothpaste trick but it didn’t work. If anything, it made it even worse. Extremely noticeable! :( Any other remedies?

  9. Stephanie says:

    I do this as an overnight treatment when I have angry pimples. As you said, it is really drying (I still have some dry spots from my last treatment). I think it is really good for the odd that time of the month spot!

  10. Cassandra says:

    Hi, its my sisters wedding in 4 days and I have this massive spot building under the skin right between my eyebrows! ghastly! its not broken on the surface yet but there is a bump which I know from experience means a spot is coming – is toothpaste a good pre-emptive strike? or does it only work after the spot has come up through the skin?

  11. LiviLu says:

    Hey guys, being a 15 year old girl I get breakouts around ‘that time.’ I’ve found another great trick is to crush and ibruphen tablet and mix with around quarter of a teaspoon of water, to form a thick paste. Lather it on the sport of the area of spots thickly, leave it on overnight and in the morning the spot will have reduced in swelling and redness, keep applying for a few nights and it works wonders! X

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