Toothpaste has been on the list of DIY acne treatments for many. So is it effective for acne and pimples? The simple answer is yes it can. But it’s not that simple. Before you start to squeeze the tube on your face, there are some things you need to consider. Always Healthy Living outlines, in detail, the pros and cons of using toothpaste as an acne remedy.
"Toothpaste contains certain ingredients -- baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, triclosan -- that cause pimples to dry out," says Dr. Schultz. However, he notes that "there are no ingredients in toothpaste that make this method more effective than conventional treatments." While the formula does indeed have a drying effect, Dr. Baxt warns of the reactions associated with applying toothpaste to breakouts. "Toothpaste irritates the skin, so some may believe that it dries out pimples, but what it really does is irritate and cause redness and peeling." Dr. Schultz similarly warns that "over-drying and even burning can occur on skin from applying it to pimples."
While toothpaste does dry out skin, it's not a recommended method for acne spot treating due to the possibility of irritation, peeling and redness. It’s not recommended by dermatologists, and if you are looking for a treatment option that you can continue to use into the future it is best to look for a different remedy.