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Toothpaste for pimples

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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

it all depends on the person Comments By: Jake on 2008-02-03
look, basically the results depend on the soul individual. i've tried it and it has helped to control my acne problem.
if you wash and scrub your face before you apply toothpaste, not the mint gel stuff, and leave it for a period from say, 1 hour or overnight, it can help to clear up your face; it just depends on the individual. to test it, apply it to a small part of your face overnight. see what happens.

Just use your brain... Comments By: Tom on 2008-02-06
I'm trying this as we speak. I'm using toothpaste with flouride and it has a slight minty tingle as I'm wearing it but it doesn't burn and I've had it on for about 20min now. It just depends what type of skin you have I guess. I'll see when I wash it off if it did anything (good or bad!).

Just a recommendation:
USE YOUR BRAIN! I read a lot of people on here complaining in that they left it on all night for two nights straight: WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?! Yes, I can see that you want results, but people you have to remember that your skin is a living organ of the body. You have to slowly introduce things to it.

I GOT TOOTHPASTE ON RIGHT NOW Comments By: ShAi on 2008-02-07
Terrible Comments By: Gary on 2008-02-10
So the debate has been started and it is clear to me that using toothpaste, while in the short term is beneficial, long term it is quite devastating. More often than not, toothpaste will cause intense drying of the skin which leads to more breakouts. Although the original pimple is gone, short after you can expect more to follow. In conclusion I do not recommend toothpaste because long term your face will suffer with more embarassing pimples than before.
I lesson learnt!!!!! DONT USE ON NOSE!!!! Comments By: anon on 2008-02-18
I have always used a little toothpaste on spots that have appeared on my chin so thought that using on my nose would be no different. How wrong was I!!!! After waking in the morning to a bright red nose that even makeup can not hide! Have had this for over 4 days now and the skin looks swollen and burnt. WARNING do not use toothpaste on sensitive parts of your face if you do not want something even worse than a pimple!!!!!!
A week to clearer skin Comments By: Allie on 2008-02-23
Toothpaste can help the pain of a big pimple, but not clear it.

Set up a bowl, add water and baking soda and make a paste. Dab on the pimples and leave over night for one week. This should clear the skin, and then to mantain it drink loads of water and fruit and vegetables. Wash your face with an oil free cleanser morning and night. Try not to touch your face, as it makes it all the more oily. Keep your hair well washed and off your face at all times.

Hope it works for you

ouchhhh Comments By: matt on 2008-02-25
everyone I'm using the toothpaste method right now. I'm a 14 year old kid using the regular colgate 12 hour tartar protection toothpaste. I'm using it on my pimples although theyl dont have heads yet and I'm using them on my blackheads on my nose. It hurts like crazy. It hurts really bad actually. I'm only leaving it on for like 30 minutes though. Dont sleep with toothpaste on your face. But I got to go take this off....it hurts so bad. Wish me luck.
PLEASE Comments By: JA on 2008-02-26
I am going insane. My face is braking out and it is PAINFUL! I want to use something that will work over night... i don't know about this toothpast thing, but i am going to try it. Any other tips for me, please post
Too easy to be simple Comments By: Dr Feelgood on 2008-02-29
You are only supposed to leave it on for 15 minutes, no more no less wihtout factors like irritation, an unexpected knock at the door, etc.

Just a dab, big enough to cover the affected area

DO NOT SKIP THIS COMMENT Comments By: Dan on 2008-03-01
Zits are skin infections caused by bacteria getting in the skin poors and finding food (dead skin/dirt particles etc.) to live and infect the skin.

Just like any infection, the only way an infection (like a zit) can go away is if all the bacteria dies.

A. From antibodies in your body fighting the bacteria off from inside your body (or under your skin)
B. From using products that kill bacteria without harming flesh from outside your body (or the surface of your skin).

Problem with toothpaste is it kills living skin cells as well as bacteria...
Think of how we use peroxide to disinfect a cut. It is essential to use on it on cuts so all the bacteria dies before you close the wound so it won't cause internal infection. You're better off using peroxide than toothpaste. Its thinner and will work deeper into the poors.

In some cases when you have a zit, using toothpaste is effective because the zit is close enough to the surface where it can get to the core of the zit where all the bacteria is. Toothpaste isn't made to be sensitive to your skin because its made for killing bacteria living in BONES. You're mouth can take burns MUCH better than the surface of your skin and is only exposed to it briefly. Toothpaste is only effective for those more "surfacy" oily zitts and NOT for deep not-so-oily ones because toothpaste is just not going to go deep enough to kill bacteria. If you use toothpaste when the infection is deep it won't get to the bacteria to kill it, the toothpaste will actually just create more dead skin cells for the bacteria to feed off and chemically irritate the skin. Toothpaste kills some living skin cells as well, creating dried skin/dead skin which bacteria feed from)
so using toothpaste all depends on how deep and bad the infection is.
If you think your zitt is deep and just no possibility of popping it, then don't use toothpaste because you'll only create your zit to dry at the surface and possibly chemically irritate the skin depending on how long and how much you put on.
Toothpaste can work a little for some people because it has gotten to a little of the bacteria because it was close enough to the surface of the skin...
Toothpaste can completely eliminate zitts for others because the zit was at the surface of the skin where the chemicals can kill all the bacteria.
Toothpaste makes some zitts/infections much worse because you've now chemically irritated your skin which probably just doesn't react well with the chemicals in toothpaste.
Bacteria living in the skin is bad enough for your skin, do not put toothpaste on it unless your zitt is close enough to the surface where those chemicals will surely be able to get to the bacteria and kill them.


Got a huge deep zit?...
sorry to say you need to wait it out and let your body fight it from under the skin...

Got a surface zit?...
Go ahead and try toothpaste lightly and you'll just have to live with the dryness and white puss (which is dead bacteria waste product)

Not too sure?...
Its a gamble and go with your intuition.
Your best bet is not to gamble cause if you're thinking it might be a little too deep but your not too sure, then it probably is...
These are the cases where people don't really see any change or very little...

Works. Comments By: duan on 2008-03-04
The toothpaste trick is actually working. When I put the toothpaste on my zit, it kinda sting a bit. But it feels refreshing(maybe the mint). The next day, not only my pimple has lessen, but my scar is like fading away. Bravo!
works great! Comments By: tessa on 2008-03-07
I think it works great! I just read this and put it about 10 minutes ago. I'm only going to leave it on for a little while and not overnight because I don't want it to burn my skin. I have these 2 huge zits on my nose that are very sore. I put it on them and they are already not hurting anymore. WARNING though, don't put it on zits that you just popped. It will only sting very badly and make it worse. Believe me I just tried it :) Oh and just use regular toothpaste not gel or mint.
SLS = BAD! Comments By: Johnny on 2008-03-09
Read on a website that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate an ingredient in many toothpastes causes pimples near the mouth...

I JUST put on some TP that has that in it cuz ppl on here swear it does miracle...

*sigh* I'm just going to mix up a batch of baking soda

It works. Comments By: :D on 2008-03-21
It works incredibly but only if you do it right!
If you still dont see results the best thing thats always worked for me is Proactive.
Sure it not inexpensive but if you want great looking/feeling skin its for you.

OMG DO NO DO THIS Comments By: JOSPHINE on 2008-03-29
it kinda works Comments By: radhika on 2008-04-04
by mistake i used mint toothpaste =( but in the morning my cheeks were red and i think it was blood or somthing? the few pimples on my face did seem to be more less and i guess it worked but it will work more once i apply it more nights on! thx
DO NOT TRY THIS! TOO BAD THERE ISN'T A 0 RATING! Comments By: Anna on 2008-04-04
I tried this about two nights ago. I put the toothpaste on and was going to leave it on overnight, but after about... an hour maybe? It burnt so bad I had to take it off! The next day my face was all red and shiny, and now the redness got a litle better but it's PEELY AS HECK! I had to go throught teh whole day of school like this, and it was so embarassing! DO NOT TRY IT!
It works Comments By: Mark on 2008-04-13
The toothpaste thing works for me. I have pretty fair skin (oil wise) but i do get acne and i used the toothpaste on my zits one every other night and it works great. Also, if you get your face to dried out, i suggest Johnson's Baby Oil it works miracles for dry skin.

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