Does toothpaste really work on pimples?

trending 16/11/2016

Let's be honest, we've all done it... but does putting toothpaste on your pimples reaaally work?

Short answer, YES. It does work.

According to a New York dermatologist, toothpaste has a "drying effect on pimples which can help reduce redness and inflamation," which in turn shortens the life cycle of pimple. 

"Toothpaste contains certain ingredients — baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, triclosan — that cause pimples to dry out.’ However, he notes that ‘there are no ingredients in toothpaste that make this method more effective than conventional treatments.’ He also warns that ‘over-drying and even burning can occur on skin from applying it to pimples."

She went on to say, "Many people use home remedies and try anything in their medicine cabinet to clear their face."

"Toothpaste will irritate the skin, and the pimple will probably eventually disappear along with the irritation, but toothpaste is in no way a primary treatment for acne. Over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid work great to clear acne — and help prevent it, as well."