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Does toothpaste work on spots?

September 5, 2012 by Works with Water
Does toothpaste work on spots

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?

Does toothpaste work on spots?

The simple answer is yes, 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.

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 okay 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.

BUT… toothpaste is not the solution to fighting breakouts!

Toothpaste 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. 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!

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 outbreaks. For those of you that suffer repeatedly with your skin you need more than just remedies for the symptoms of acne. You need to start fighting that acne bacteria before it causes the breakouts and Works with Water’s clinically proven help: clear skin could be the answer to your problem.

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23 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. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

    1. Ellie says:

      Yes it’s normal .xx

  6. Megan Bowles says:

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

  7. 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?

  8. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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

  11. Kemmi says:

    Hey, as a 14 year old girl I have a bit of trouble with teenage spots. Last night I could feel bumps on my skin around my chin area and I knew from expierience that they were spots forming under the skin. Spots that are forming under the skin can be really painful and they always are for me

  12. Belinda says:

    I have a huge spot on the size of my nose by the corner of my eye. It is a red lump without a head which hurts without even touching it. A friend at work told me about this remedy and i have to say, it’s amazing! I left the toothpaste on overnight and this morning it was half the size, didnt hurt half as much and was a lot less angry. I have gone to bed with it on again tonight abd hope for good results tomorrow. I will leave it to heal itself then.

  13. Jack says:

    If you have the spare time and equipment, boil a kettle and pour water into the sink. Place a towel over the sink so no steam can escape. Place your head underneath the towel and above the water (AFTER a few minutes) and make sure the vapour hits your face and makes you sweat. This will get all of the bad stuff out of your pores and leaves only sweat behind, which is easy to get rid of by a simple face wash.
    tip: keep your head underneath the towel for around 10 minutes.

  14. David Anderson says:

    Wow nice post and white toothpaste works on dark spots. but it might be harm your skin if you have any allergy regarding it.

    But there are also some home remedies to remove dark spots from face and all of them are harmless. like lamon juice, cucumber, ice cubes, white potato slices etc.

  15. Emily says:

    I have a spot and I’m trying the toothpaste method tonight, my spot stings and I always accidentally pick my spots, can anyone help? thanks!

    1. AcneCenter says:

      Emily as the article states Toothpaste is not a long term solution but it should temporarily work but DO NOT pick your spots. That is probably one of the worst things you can do, it will only increase swelling and you would probably find a bigget zit the next day.

      So apply a pea sized amount of toothpase (if you do not have creams) before bed and leave it overnight to dry your skin.

  16. rose says:

    I have stop all over my face is it okay if the toothpaste stinks your face that it makes you cry

  17. roselakhi says:

    Does it really hurt with toothpaste on ya face, yes it does I was crying

  18. Brandy says:

    I’m interested in trying these tip as I have lately been struggling with acne myself. You are an inspiration. I look forward to visiting your blog again.


  19. Reuben says:

    Hi all, I have acne and I have tried tee tree oil, Facial wash, toothpaste etc. but NOTHING seems to be working. I’m feeling very embarrassed about it and I hate going to school with a face like mine. Even in photos I usually cover my face up. Any help at all will be appreciated

  20. Reuben says:

    And for some reason it affects my mouth region. Is there anything that causes this e.g. licking of lips????

  21. niamh says:

    I am trying this right now and it is stinging soo bad

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