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Toothpaste for pimples

Submitted by marylou q

Use toothpaste to get rid of zits or pimples apply a little over night or if you already took your bath apply to the pimple.

The following was sent in by EvanLeviBlinn

Please people, what is with all of the miss-spelled words and abbreviations? No slang or jargon is to be written on websites!

Many of you do not follow PRECISE DIRECTIONS!

  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, or water.
  2. Make sure you have PASTE not GEL. Apply to the acne and surrounding areas.
  3. Leave the treatment on for 30-60 minutes depending on your skin type.(if you feel severe burning STOP! and DO NOT leave in over night!)
  4. Wash your face with lukewarm water. Make sure that you remove all traces of acne for if you miss some it could burn your skin!
  5. Pat your skin dry. DO NOT RUB!!!
  6. Get a moisturizer and apply in a circular or left-to-right motion to your ENTIRE face.
  7. Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep and in the morning, your acne will be reduced (NOT CURED!)

Good Luck! :D

Visitors comments

i did the toothpaste and it helped REALLY good the times i used it but 2 days ago i used mint toothpaste on accident and now i hav the really ugly brown marks on my face. They are REALLY annoying soo yah dont use mint toothpaste just stick with the whit one lol
IT WORKES!!!!!!!!!!!! Comments By: Anon on 2010-10-30
omg i am so glad i found this article!!! i have been putting toothpaste on my pimples every week for about 2 weeks and i only leave it on for 2 hrs. it cleared my pimples right up!!!!!
Surprising Solution Comments By: Laine on 2010-11-02
I have had years of suffering because of acne. I have seen countless doctors that ranged from dermatologist, to your regular physician. I tried almost everything - Proactive, Nuetrogena, Acne Free, etc etc even other homemade cures like yogurt masks or probiotics. THey either wouldn't work or would have little effect, and then my skin would build a tolerance. I nearly gave up until my sis told me what she discovered. I used toothpaste for my pimples before, but she recommended I wash my entire face with it and let it set for a couple minutes before complete removal. I thought she was insane.

I am happy to report that I have used it for 2 weeks now and have seen a dramatic improvement :) I have really a really oily complexion so toothpaste works perfectly. Aquafresh keeps new pimples from forming, reduces the size of existing pimples (and even my pores!) and because of its exfoliating properties, pretty much vanquished the acne scars I had!!

Personally - Toothpaste keeps my skin at a perfect moisture level, though I do apply a mild oil free moisturizer with spf 15 in the morning. I wouldn't suggest, however, to keep it on ALL night because it dries the skin out soooo well.

Keep in mind, this is my PERSONAL acne fighting regime. For some, this may be too intense or even not enough. For others, this may not work at all (if your skin tend to be sensitive). Test on a SMALL area and figure out YOUR OWN toothpaste treatment that your skin can handle :D

EXTREMELY Comments By: Eric H on 2010-12-01
this is so fukn cold on my face right now. my brother just attacked me with the tooth paste i got from the dentist office(those tiny ones) and so i have a big globb(yes theres 2 b's, deal with it) i feel like my face is ice x_x
So so Comments By: roxanna on 2010-12-03
I used toothpaste for my chin and around my mouth i used the minty kind its worked on some parts but i guess i put too much on a little part so first it was kind of blue( the color of the tooth paste) then i washed it again and its starting to turn brown and dry..what to i doooo???? ohh yeah it kind did work though the redness went down. im going out tommorow night i want to look good!!
it works, use common sense, be PATIENT Comments By: voltairine on 2010-12-26
Okay, look. Let me explain from the perspective of someone who is 43 and has had acne now for like 20 years.

I didn't have acne during my teen years. My skin was clear in high school, just to lull me into a false sense of security. My 3 sisters and 1 brother, however, all had bad skin in high school. My younger sister's bad skin started around age 9. But I did not escape, it was just delayed in my case. In my 20s then I started to get bad acne, too. I believe it's totally genetic, as we all get the same or similar acne – very large, under-the-skin cyst-like acne, which often never comes to a head, you can't pop them (unless you REALLY) want to f--- it up for WEEKS to come, trust me!), and they just have to go away on their own. Collectively, we have tried EVERYTHING that is out there. And we have gone to dermatologists since the 1970s (my 2 older sisters) until the 00s (my younger sister).

In the 1970s, the dermatologist told my mother that acne was caused by fatty foods, and gave her a list of foods my older sisters couldn't eat (such as nuts, chocolate, fried foods, etc.). In the 90s, my dermatologist told me that diet was irrelevant, acne was caused by hormones and heredity. In the case of the 5 of us, heredity and hormones seem to be the case: my brother's acne cleared up after he was no longer an adolescent, and his skin has remained clear throughout adulthood (maybe 1 zit in 15+ years). In my and my sisters' cases, we break out monthly related to menstrual cycles.

Collectively, my sisters and I have been put on every medication that dermatology had to offer acne sufferers. The sulfur medicatons and soaps in the 70s; the oral and topical antibiotics and benzoyl peroxides in the 80s; the Retin-A, Different, etc. retinoid gels/creams/lotions in the 90s. I had one dermatologist prescribe me exactly the same regimen as my younger sister whose acne started at age 9 and who has incredibly oily skin, even though my acne didn't start until my 20s and I have very dry skin. We were both using alcohol-based topical antiobiotics, Retin-A gel, and benzoyl peroxide lotion with a special antibiotic soap. Needless to say, her skin cleared up somewhat – while mine was completely fried, my face turned beet red like a bad sunburn/windburn combination, and was dried out and burned so badly that it began to crack and ooze. And I STILL got the huge, buried, under-the-skin, cyst-like zits. Clearly, when you see all problems as a nail, you solve them all with a hammer... even if you went to medical school. Yay, critical thinking.

As you can imagine, after that I was done with dermatologists. I began to do my own research. I found the web site and it basically saved my life. My acne didn't clear up completely, but it was vastly reduced just by following Dan's simple regimen – AND, most importantly, I didn't have to burn or fry my skin to clear it up. The regimen (any regimen) requires discipline, good habits (ALWAYS wash your face before you go to bed, but DON'T wash your face too much, and use only MILD soap or cleanser) and perseverance, but it works. (Incidentally, Paula Begoun recommends basically the same regimen at I have used her products, but now I find them overpriced. She does have a nice moisturizing wrinkle serum, though, and one tube lasts a long time.)

But still, I broke out every month due to hormonal cycles. I would get at least 1, sometimes 2 of those deep, large, painful under-the-skin zits. And they would take weeks to go away. Nothing seemed to stop them, but the NUMBER of zits I got per monthly cycle was vastly reduced by following the acne regimens.

Then last summer, I had a bout of stomach flu that left me unable to drink milk anymore. Anytime I drank milk or ate cheese, I got terrible cramps, diarrhea, bloating and awful gas. That didn't happen with butter (on toast), yogurt (for breakfast), or cream (in coffee), just the milk and cheese. So I stopped drinking milk and eating cheese – no more pizza, etc.

In four months, my skin cleared up tremendously. For 2 months I had NO ZITS at ALL. It was amazing. I realized it was a combination of what I ate *and* hormones *and* heredity (all of which makes sense). Paula also recommends using a mask of milk of magnesia periodically, and this helps calm down my skin, although it also dries my skin, as my skin is dry and sensitive. But, as long as I make sure I use only 2.5% benzoyl peroxide once a day, wash once a day with a very MILD cleanser (Cetaphil or store-brand knock-off), and moisturize, my skin is as clear as it is ever going to get.

Then I made a fatal mistake. Our Christmas party for work was at an Italian restaurant. They served pizza. Knowing in advance, I brought lactose-intolerance supplements (brand name: Lactaid, but I brought the generic pills) with me, so I could eat some pizza and baked manicotti. Big mistake. Less than 1 week after eating the pizza, my skin broke out horribly with 5-6 huge, under-the-skin, cyst-like zits. A couple came to a head, but most did not, they just stayed red and swollen, distending my chin and cheek.

As it is Christmas and I didn't want to look horrible, I thought about the toothpaste and zit thing. I had tried it years ago and it didn't work for me. But since it was Christmas and I felt and looked horrible, I was desperate. So I dabbed some toothpaste on my 4 biggest cyst-like zits (one which had come to a head and I popped, although not everything had come out). But I wanted to know *why* toothpaste would work, so I went on the Internet and Googled “why does toothpaste work for pimples?" And this Tipking web site came up.

As I read through people's experiences, the toothpaste on my zits tingled and burned. I got more and more nervous, reading about people whose faces were burned with black or purple marks from leaving it on overnight, or using Crest. I couldn't remember whether my toothpaste was Crest, or Colgate. I finally read one horrible experience, and jumped up like a shot and ran to wash the dabs of toothpaste off my face. (It turned out I used Colgate Sensitive, which has potassium nitrate to dull sensation in the teeth – I have sensitive teeth, and this was a small sample tube of toothpaste from my dentists – and also sodium fluoride as the active ingredients.) Then I applied some of my anti-wrinkle serum to the zits where the toothpaste had been, hoping I could stave off a burn. Then I dabbed milk of magnesia over them, which always seems to calm my skin.

Well, it's about 20 minutes later. I washed everything off and the zits I dabbed the toothpaste (then moisturizing serum, then milk of magnesia) on are 90% smaller than they were – in 2 cases, they are basically invisible now, *including* the one that partially popped.

SO, I think we can all conclude here that toothpaste will probably work, IF you are careful, use common sense, and use good judgment. Don't put it all over your face; just put it on the zits you want to clear. Don't leave it on for hours or overnight – you feel a burn for a reason after all: it IS burning! Leave on for a short time, maybe 10 minutes, then wash off. Moisturize afterward. Be gentle with skin afterward. DON'T OVERDO IT, should be your guiding principle. If you follow all these guidelines, you should have a good experience without any of the negatives.

I understand about wanting ALL your acne to go away YESTERDAY. I understand about wanting a super-quick fix because you're supposed to attend a big social event tomorrow/tonight/in 2 hours. I understand how these f------ zits can pop up out of nowhere, very quickly, and ruin you day/evening/date.

I also understand how you can scar your face by picking them, piercing them, popping them BEFORE they are ready to pop on their own, and just generally fussing with your face. The problem is, it's very hard to keep your hands off your face when it looks like hell; you just can't stop messing with it because you want to do something, *anything*, to speed up the process of getting better. Unfortunately, 9 times out of 10, all your fussing, cleaning, picking, popping, dabbing, etc. just makes the pimples worse, or infected, or scabbed and then scars.

Most importantly, the best way to learn to keep your hands off your face is to get your skin to clear up. In 20 years of having acne (and now, having to fight acne *and* wrinkles at the same time, argh), the only thing that has worked for me was the regimen at (I even bought the book, used, via Amazon), modified a bit by the regimen at, and cutting out milk and cheese from my diet. My younger sister follows the same regimens, but recently went low-carb and cut all gluten from her diet. That cleared up her skin for *her* and she still drinks milk and eats cheese. (Since it's the holidays, she had some cookies and desserts with flour/gluten, and her face then broke out a bit – see what happens when you break your regimen?) So even though we are related, and clearly our acne is very hereditary, it is still different for each of us.

Toothpaste DOES work. Be sensible, be cautious, use common sense, don't try to fix 1, 3, 5 or 10 years of acne problems in one night. ONLY put it on the zits, leave on for 5-10 minutes, wash off, moisturize, and leave it. If it's a few hours before your social event or yearbook/class photo, try the toothpaste solution ONCE MORE, wash off, and then LEAVE IT and let your skin heal! The human skin is an amazing organ with amazing regenerative powers, if you keep it hydrated, properly nourished, and don't excessively dry it out or aggravate it. Good luck everyone! With PATIENCE it will work! Remember, it was the tortoise who won, not the hare – slow and steady wins the race!

SOS!!! NOTHIN!!!! Comments By: patty on 2010-12-30
It doesn't work. It didn't make the pimple smaller or less redder. It looks the same from b4. And I rlly dunno wut 2 do..I have 2 go bak 2 skool in 3 more days..:( I used Crest (whiteing) & nothin happened. I'm just supper mad & disappointed. Well...good luck ladies & gentlemen
not for everyone Comments By: Anon on 2010-12-31
This isnt for everyone obviously, but when I use a medium thick layer of toothpaste every night, in the morning its fine! but I wouldnt recommend using it when your sick because I did and it just made it much worse.
i like it... Comments By: Anon on 2011-01-09
I havent finished but it doesnt really burn, just a little, im just going to keep it on for about half on hour and see what happens, my skin isnt to sensitive and ive heard it works very well. i hope this works, because i have mutiple pimples on my forhead, and they are red, if anything i hope it justs makes them less red :p ill get back to you
Hmm. Comments By: yupyup on 2011-01-19
Well, I used it, not really knowing if it'll help or not, and it does seem to, tho I never leave it on overnight (toothpaste all over my pillow? No thnx...).

I have fairly sensitive skin, too. :|

better than toothpaaste Comments By: Shawndrekka :) on 2011-01-20
oooomg toothpaste does work buht heres something easier buht you probley dont want to do
1. Go to your local pharmacy
2. Order birthcontrol
3. Take it and dont miss a day
I know you dont want to take birth contorol but its better than putting toothpaste on your face buht just try. Birth Control takes away acne not black heads so when your acne is gon use the toothespaste for the blackheads you can ask dr.oz if any questions email me [email protected]

DOESNT WORK Comments By: Katie on 2011-01-31
Toothpaste does NOT work for me either! I wish that I would have known the downsides to it because it seems to be working for everyone else. I now have a bunch of dry spots on my face, that I can't seem to get rid of! And they are huge. If I would have not slept in the toothpaste, and just left it on for a few minuted, I probably would'nt have this problem. Any suggestons about how to get the dry spots to go away? PLease help!!!
Works For Me Comments By: Haley on 2011-02-02
I tried this about 5 years ago and have been doing it ever since. I found a way to spice it up, I guess you could say. I take a bit of toothpaste and cornstarch and mix together in the palm of my hand. This makes a thick paste perfect for a mask. It dilutes the toothpaste a bit, but not so much that it's ineffective. Leave it on for about an hour or until the tingly feeling is gone. Wash it off with warn water, rinse your face with cool water to close your pores up a tad, this reduces the risk of funk from getting in after their clean, and then pat dry. It always works for me, but I have tough, and very oily skin.
It works. Comments By: Me(: on 2011-02-03
I use toothpaste 3 times a week. It really helps. If you have sensitive skin don't use it overnight. It works well. It doesn't matter if it is mint or not. Also, drink LOTS of water.
Works for me! But... Comments By: A 14 year old smarter than the rest of you on 2011-02-06
OH COME ON PEOPLE I am thoroughly amazed at the level of stupidity our society has reached. You're not supposed to spread it ALL over your face [email protected], just dab a tiny bit on the zit itself. Geez. -.-
Not sure yet Comments By: Jonathan on 2011-02-10
Ok, so I am trying it now... but I am amazed at how many people complain at things they did that the directions specifically said not to do. For instance, Direction #3 says specifically, "DO NOT leave it on overnight" and yet people are ranting that they got burned and it's all because of their own recklessness. Geez people, READ THE DIRECTIONS, and most importantly... FOLLOW THEM!
mint toothpaste Comments By: anthony on 2011-02-14
what if you have mint tooth paste and you use it couldnt you take it off earlier so that your skin dosnt get hurt and your zit free

It Worked Like a Charm! Comments By: Amanda on 2011-02-21
This cheap and easy acne remover worked like a charm for my skin. Although I'm not really sure about my skin type, I think even sensitive skin can handle the toothpaste as long as you only leave it on for a short amount of time.(10-15 mins.) I would recommend 30-60 mins.(NOT OVERNIGHT,IT WILL DRY OUT AND BURN YOUR SKIN) with regular skin. My steps exactly: #1- I personally washed my face with Aveeno facial cleanser, but any mild face wash should do. #2- I gently pat-dried my face with a clean towel. #3- I applied a small amount of toothpaste onto the infected area. (I personally used Sensodyne toothpaste because that was the only paste that I had) I would recommend a mint-free,(flavoring is okay, just not the actual ingredient) white paste(whitening is okay) #4- I left the toothpaste on for 45 minutes. (It tingled for about 3 minutes and then calmed down; but if it burns or tingles for more than 10 minutes, rinse it immediately.) #5- I rinsed my face with warm water(you begin to notice a big difference) and then cold in order to close the pores to block bacteria form entering. #6- I patted dry with a towel and went to bed. I hope this remedy works for you; just remember to follow these steps to avoid burning of the skin.*** The reason toothpaste removes acne so well is because it dries out the skin in that particular area thus reducing swelling. ***
swallon lip Comments By: Key on 2011-03-15

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