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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.

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104 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!

    1. İtumeleng says:

      Hi,im 19 years old and have this black spots on my face so i was asking if it is not risky to use toothpaste to remove them at my age?

  2. Vivi says:

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

    1. Ruby says:

      Only use oral b blue toothpaste it is so much easier and you have no worries about a creamy pus it all just comes out on its own but wash your face and toner in the morning it will work like a charm X

  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?

    1. Abby says:

      Have you tried olbas oil in boiling water in a large bowl put your face above with a towel over your head the stem will clear the spot just don’t put your face in the water

    2. Pls how do i go about the process

    3. kayla says:

      Hi! I know another effective way, Use nappy rash cream- it doesn’t dry out skin, it makes skin soft and it clears the spot in one night!

    4. rhema junior says:

      you can use lime or honey…rub on it overnight

  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?

    1. Alisha says:

      Yes it is narural, but if it keeps burning I wouldnt recommend it it is very bad if it only stings a little I take it as it’s working

    2. Kylie B says:

      I woke up this morning with a ton of red spots beside my nose up to my eye. It stings but it’s seeming to wear off. I hope it works!

  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?

    1. RD says:

      U could use lemon juice or banana peel and rub it in ur face

    2. RD says:

      put foundation on or councellir (makeup)

  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?

    1. Jade says:

      I have exactly the same problem, one growing right in between my eyebrows! Did the toothpaste work for you?

  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.

    1. Cho says:

      David you’re kind,, 😉

  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. julie says:

    I’ve got a massive lump/spot above my eye size of a marble tryed everything I can think of so this is my last hope trying it now as I type fingers crossed it will srink as it’s killing me 🙁

  20. 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

    1. Beth says:

      I have struggled with the same problem for a number of years so I feel your pain. If you are looking for a home remedy you could try a honey and lemon face mask which you make by just mixing the two together to create a face mask like mixture. These two ingredients are oxidising and will help reduce your spots. But to be honest go to your doctor and they will give you something that will work. Spots around the mouth region tend to be hormonal so you might be best taking a tablet for that. Also, there is no need to feel self conscious about your spots, everyone gets them and remember they go eventually and don’t stay on your face forever. Spots do not define you, the most important thing is to smile and remember your spots WILL go.

  21. Reuben says:

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

  22. niamh says:

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

  23. Kerrie says:

    Trying this right now!! I have spots developing all over my face and I put a small dollop of toothpaste on each one. I look so stupid, so I hope it’s worth it!

  24. Emily says:

    Hey I’m 14, I have my 1st day back at school tomorrow and I have spots covering the majority of my face I tried some sort of cream and it seems to be working but the larger spots are still really big. I’m already the ugly girl I don’t wanna be the ugly spotty girl too. I’ve rarely use the toothpaste method unless it’s a time where it’s really important to me that no one sees my spots and now is that time. Ik it works no matter how much it burns. I’m praying it’ll work its magic again…

  25. Izazzzz says:

    Tonight i’m trying to it and tomrrow i’ll do comment here that how’s my acne spot ALLAH help me

  26. sathsarani says:

    thanks for web site .i have dry skin.Now my skin perfect.

  27. Jess says:

    First day of an art course tomorrow, obviously with lots of people I’ve never met so I don’t want this disgusting spot under my nose! Trying it now- I hope it works!

  28. jummy says:

    Yeahh itzz work little bite on pimple I have a very less acne on my left cheen like 4 spots bt they not heal with toothpaste

  29. jackie says:

    If your spot is deep under the skin, apply a hot compress for 5 minutes (just before bed ) and when you awake you will have drawn all the pus to the surface of your skin… then you can pop it…. apply sudocrem or toothpaste and in 2 hours all redness will be gone

  30. Saph says:

    I have a pea size dark red spot between my eyebrows, at school everyone takes Mick.
    I have got toothpaste on it now and it is stinging well bad, I’ve done think plenty of times but I do hope it works

  31. R says:

    this didn’t make any difference but at least my forehead now smells of toothpaste… thanks

  32. Casey says:

    I used toothpaste and it works a lot then I tried clear skin which was expensive but worked a lot thank u.

  33. Casey says:

    I used toothpaste and it works a lot then I tried clear skin which was expensive but worked a lot thank u. The website was called works with water

  34. Danii X says:

    Hey everyone, for the people who are saying it’s stinging it may be you’ve put too much on perhaps? Only put a tiny blob on.
    Hope this edvice helps..

  35. Misan says:

    i use to have dark spots on my face but by using toothpaste i’ve been able to eradicate it, thanks

  36. grace says:

    Well, I’m a 13 year old girl and I have acne like a few bumps on my forehead and I just saw 2 on the side of my cheek and I just put a dab of toothpaste on the area for over nite cause I have a school Tuesay and I will update y’all tomorrow morning ????

  37. Lisa says:

    Is it normal for it to sting ?? ????????

  38. Hey I’m 20 years old girl and like I have sports on my forehead and my left side of my face and some on my right face and on my chine as well and like I’ve tried every sport cream on my face and at the minute I’m trying toothpaste but I’ve not been wearing make -up and like I feel so in embarrassing to go any where with sports all on my left and right and forehead and chin and I’m trying my bested to get rid of them but it simes it doing the job and I want to look beautiful without having sports on my face and I want to start wearing makeing-up agen but I just feel so so horrible ????

  39. millie says:

    I used the toothpaste as you said all of my spots are fading away!THANKS!????????????????

  40. millie says:

    I have put the toothpaste on my spots and they are fading! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  41. Maria says:

    I am tryin this an my spots seem to be less sore so i am going to leave it on over night see what its like when i wake up in the morning but stinging a little but its better than a big red sore spot on my face

  42. Cynthia says:

    I have used toothpaste on a blind pimple. Leave it on overnight. It’ll come to a head. If the pus comes out gently push the rest out, but you’ll have to get the solid creamy color plug out.

  43. Macey says:

    Trying it now ???? Hope it works I once made a face mask with toothpaste didn’t know it dries your skin????????
    Hopefully this gets rid of my pimples. And the spot on my forehead

  44. Abhi says:

    I have a small pimple on my nose and I have popped it very strongly so that a round black spot occurred.
    I looks very bad. It is not clearing fastly ..

    What to do to get rid of this quickly
    can you tell me methods to have a clear nose

  45. jasmine says:

    i have put toothpaste on about 5 min ago and its starting to burn. should i be worried?

  46. robert banda says:

    i have pemple on my face and i want remedy to cure me please, which type of remedy can i use

  47. Kampamba David chiti jr says:

    My whole face was covered in viscous acne/pimples and when i tried the toothpaste, overnight method, i saw some speed results.. Thank you so very much

  48. Emma says:

    Hi, I have this spot, it hurts when I touch it. I have put toothpaste on it and the pain has gone now, why does it hurt when I touch it???? And does toothpaste really work ???

  49. Emily says:

    Any1 looking through the comments rn trying to see if this works… HELL YES… my spots have now reduced, but for those of u who r trying this- don’t use the toothpaste too much as it might cause an allergic reaction. Also, it is perfectly normal 4 the toothpaste to sting and ur eyes 2 water, but its worth a try. Besides it stops stinging after a while and ur eyes stop watering.

  50. pillar says:

    Retinoids are a powerful form of vitamin A proven to speed up cell turnover – which you need to get rid of dark spots. It helps your complexion looks smoother and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. The most potent form I use is in the Lady Soma Renewal Serum – I buy it online. Anything stronger, you will need a prescription from your dermotologist – but anything stronger will make your skin flake. The Lady Soma Renewal Serum does not make my skin flake, and in about 3- weeks, I have way less dark spots.

  51. regaan says:

    I have a fave full of spots can this help me ???

  52. I usually use the white side of toothpaste before going to my bed at night to get rid of my pimple. Applying toothpaste on pimple is very effective for mine. But one thing you must follow that you have to avoid picking and squeezing in your skin before applying the toothpaste.

  53. Hjm says:

    25 and still suffer with breakouts. Absolute baine of my life. Trying toothpaste on stop as we speak. Find gers crossed

  54. Isabella says:

    So I accidentally put to much toothpaste on and it ended up being extra whitening, and now my face is red, how do I get rid of the redness? Please someone help me

  55. charity says:

    i am 28yrs old pliz help I have dark spot in my face wat can I do to clear up my face …….

    1. Sandra Bailey says:

      Always use ice for 20seconds and them vitamin E oil

  56. MK says:

    The best ance treatment for both blackspots and acne is Apple Cider Vinegar…. I got alot of compliments for my face..Try it!

  57. Jodie says:

    I’m a 12 year old girl and has a spot on my nose it’s been there for a while and I put toothpaste on it and it’s faded away and it’s gone that small you can’t notice it anymore X

  58. Malak says:

    So ive just got my face waxed, do clean my face from all hairs. It worked amazingly, afte maybe like four min is tarted to see acne growing. I have heardd about people who try this methos and the say it works. I really doemt lnow because some other people say it dosent work, i am going to use it and wish me luck!!

  59. Lilly says:

    Hi is it possible I get my stops from sweating

  60. Ruby says:

    I’ve found the best thing to do is first wash your face (to remove excess sebum and dirt), then pull the skin either side of the spot, which unlike pressing inwards will stall further irritation – this pops your spot gently. If it doesn’t work it’s not ready to be extracted. When you do this, it won’t bleed. (You don’t want it to bleed because infection will be more likely to get in this way, and it will become angrier and further irritated.) After this, put a little bit of toothpaste on with a cotton tip. Leave for a couple of hours and see the difference. I discovered this through trial and error – it seems to be the best way.

  61. Sundas says:

    I used toothpaste on a spot it dried it but now left a dark dry patch ,I am worried..will it go away?please tell me some solution for it plz plz plz

    1. young breezy says:

      toothpaste works I tried it and it removed all my pimples

  62. Pauline says:

    I have had spots since u was 13yrs I’m 50yrs now and still have them. Any ideas how to get rid of them for good

  63. norma says:

    I have put the toothpaste on my spots and they are fading! THANK YOU SO MUCH
    thanks for the sharing

  64. It’s nice when we can use toothpaste on our spots but be careful! I once used it and it didn’t work well with me. I just got more spots!

  65. Hailey says:

    I’m a 14 year old girl and I’m starting to get a lot of little bumps on my forehead. Will putting toothpaste on the bumps help get rid of them?

  66. Chloe says:

    I have a lot of huge spots round my face a lot on my chin and near my lips they are very sore and I’m not very confident so I don’t really like leaving the house that much. I just want them to be gone so I’m going to try the toothpaste method tonight and I’m praying it works but this was very helpful to find out thankyou and please help ???? I need fresh skin

  67. Sam says:

    I’ve put toothpaste on an itchy persistent rash on my bottom and it worked with in two days it reduced in size and I stopped itching as well been good so far

  68. Jaimie Frank says:

    I have put the toothpaste on my spots and they are fading! THANK YOU SO MUCH

  69. Justin says:

    Really like Dermalmd Acne Serum. Helps a ton with redness and irritation, but without the drying that usually happens with these products. I use it morning and night, but I see the biggest improvements from overnight use. Quick results with consistent use!

  70. Millie says:

    I have a few spots in my face (forehead, side of my nose and chin) if I put toothpaste on it and let it stay on overnight will it go away? I’m worried it’ll dry my face out 😩 Hope the tooth paste remedy works. 👍

  71. emeka says:

    Please help me I have natural black spots which continous increasing in number with my age what can I do pleas

  72. rhema junior says:

    rub lime….or honey and leave overnight

  73. rhema junior says:

    rub lime….or honey and leave overnight but u can also try to vitamin C foods as well

  74. Alanna says:

    Hi I’m using it right know hope it works thanks for the tip xx

  75. Alanna says:

    Hi I’m using toothpaste right know hope it works only 12 years old thanks for the tip my spot is swelling up so I hope it works

  76. Perfectly pent written content, Really enjoyed looking at.

  77. Aneela says:

    I have applied in my skin but I got so much of irritation and the skin became very dry and black what I have to do now

  78. Trina says:

    I have a red spot on the tip of my nose sometimes it’s darker than other days. I have used toothpaste on pimples and it works they go away but this red spot will not go away. I’ve had it for over. A year now.
    What else can I do

    1. Sandra Bailey says:

      Definitely use ice every 3-5hrs at least to make redness go away. Then use a pinch of Vitamin E oil that way skin doesn’the dry out. Stop eating Dairy products. Vitamin E also helps with aging spots and scars

  79. Gem says:

    Which remedies do you all prefer?

  80. Hena says:

    At any age dermalmd blemish serum really works out,repair any pimples instantly well overnight, next day you wake up as beauty queen. Works out at any age, my teen son thinks is incredible.

  81. I’m not so sure of toothpaste, but honey and cinnamon can be very helpful.

  82. Amanda says:

    Very informative article! I really like the info shared by you. Thanks and keep sharing.

  83. Lisa says:

    I tried toothpaste but it didn’t worked for me!

  84. Your blog has very unique information for unique topic which you have written. thanks for sharing with us good information.

  85. This is the first time I know that toothpaste treat spots. The only thing I know is that it temporary cures burn.

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