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Will toothpaste get rid of zits?


A friend of mine said he uses toothpaste to cure zits. How does this work?

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Many people swear by a home remedy for acne that involves putting toothpaste on your face. While this remedy may work for some people, it is not recommended because, more often than not, toothpaste will irritate the skin, creating redness and rash that is far worse than the acne ever was. The reason why toothpaste may work for some people is due to the fact that many types of toothpaste contain triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial agent used in many different cleaners, including antibacterial soaps. Unfortunately, triclosan is not an active ingredient in acne remedies. Toothpaste contains a many more ingredients than triclosan, and it is these ingredients that irritate the skin. Pimples are bad enough on their own without getting further inflamed by toothpaste. It can also burn if left on the skin for any length of time.

Some people who continue to use toothpaste as an acne treatment claim that you have to use only a small drop directly on the pimple, with none on the rest of the face. This is claimed to reduce irritation. They also say that if your skin gets irritated, it is because you are using the wrong type of toothpaste. Personally, I would not take the chance with any toothpaste. It is much safer to use an actual acne treatment. The best acne treatments contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These treatments cost less than $10 and are sold in most every store with health products, including grocery stores and department stores. There should never be a need to use toothpaste on your face when legitimate products can be obtained so easily and cheaply.


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