Toothpaste for Acne

Toothpaste for Acne : How to Use This Wonder Hack for Fighting Pimples

One of the most commonly used remedial hacks for acne all around the world happens to be something that is totally unconnected with acne at all – the toothpaste! Yes, if you haven’t heard of it or used it already, toothpaste is one of the most common anti-acne remedies ever. It has been found out that toothpaste can heal the stubborn acne, pimples and zits over your skin more effectively than many acne medications or natural remedies.

The side effects are almost negligible too. Why and how do we use toothpaste for acne and pimples? We elaborate on the same, so go and give it a read before you try out this wonder remedy for acne.

How can toothpaste fight acne?

Why is it that an unusual remedy such as the toothpaste has become so popular for healing acne?  Apparently, it is rich in chemicals which have got properties that make it good for fighting pimples. Let us look at how this happens.

  • Nearly all the toothpastes that we use are made of this chemical called as Triclosan which is anti-bacterial in nature and fights the bacteria that could possibly be causing acne.
  • A toothpaste dries up as soon as we apply it on the pimples and this makes it absorb all the sebum and the dirt that gets clogged up in the pimples. This makes it shrink the pimples very soon. This is what makes toothpaste such a popular remedy in ridding us of acne overnight.
  • Toothpastes also have got a little amount of bleach which makes it whiten the teeth. This can be useful in healing the scars that are left behind by acne breakouts.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties that the toothpaste is seen to posses can calm the inflammation and the redness that we usually see in the acne-inflicted skin.

What Kind of a Toothpaste Should We Use for Acne?

Toothpastes come in a whole lot of types lately. The best ones for acne are those which are traditional ones which are white in colour. They should be rich in triclosan and moderate in bleaches and fluorides. Here is what your acne toothpaste should NOT have.

  • Too many artificial colours as they could irritate the skin.
  • It should preferably not be a gel toothpaste as the traditional, white one works best.
  • Make sure it does not have any of the excess ingredients such as bleaches, artificial flavours, preservatives so that they are safe on the skin.

Natural based toothpastes which are made with some essential oils, herbs and spices are the best for use against pimples as they do not have too many harmful chemicals.

10 DIY Methods to Use Toothpaste on Pimples

Applying toothpaste over your acne-inflicted skin is in fact quite a simple process. You can mix it up with various other ingredients and experiment out on which works best on your skin. Here are ten such DIY toothpaste mixes that you can make in simple procedures.

1. Toothpaste

After you pick the right toothpaste, using it on your zits can be quite a simple task. However, you should be careful not to use too much of it or to use it the right way. Here’s how you do it.

Step 1: Wash your fingers thoroughly with a disinfectant hand wash.

Step 2: Take some toothpaste onto your index finger.

Step 3: Rub it gently over your pimples and the skin around it.

Step 4: Leave it on for about 15 minutes.

Step 5: Rinse it off with water.

2. Toothpaste + Lavender oil

Toothpaste can be used with a mild essential oil like Lavender oil for showing a quicker and more efficient action on the acne. Lavender oil is anti-microbial and healing as well as moisturizing in nature which helps fight the acne. Here’s how you use the two of them together.

Step 1: Take some toothpaste into a bowl.

Step 2: Add some Lavender oil into it (by a few drops) and mix it thoroughly with the toothpaste.

Step 3: Using your index finger (which was properly cleaned), apply this mixture of toothpaste and essential oil over your acne and leave it on for about 20 minutes.

Step 4: Wash it off with warm water.

3. Toothpaste + honey

Honey can be a good ingredient to use along with toothpaste for acne, especially if you’ve got dry skin as it protects the skin from drying up because of the use of toothpaste. It can also act as an anti-microbial and disinfectant fighting the pimples in its own right. Here’s how we use them together.

Step 1: Take some toothpaste into a bowl.

Step 2: Add a teaspoon of honey to it and mix the two of them well.

Step 3: With your index finger, apply this mixture over your pimples and leave it on for about a 20 minutes to half an hour.

Step 4: Wash it off with warm water.

4. Toothpaste + Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a commonly used spice against acne and works well because of its astringent and anti-microbial nature. Together with toothpaste it makes for a great acne cure. Here’s how you use them together.

Step 1: Take some toothpaste into a bowl.

Step 2: Make a paste out of cinnamon powder and water and add this to the toothpaste.

Step 3: Mix the two of them together so that the mixture is uniform.

Step 4: Apply this mixture with your index finger over your acne inflicted skin.

5. Toothpaste + Lemon juice

Lemon juice has always been deemed as a good natural remedy for acne for its many benefits. It kills the bacteria that cause it and clears the skin of excess oil and dirt that gets piled up in the pimples. Using Lemon juice and toothpaste on your acne can therefore be highly effective in clearing acne quickly.

Step 1: Take some Toothpaste into a bowl.

Step 2: Add some lemon juice to it and mix the two of them thoroughly.

Step 3: Using your finger, apply this mixture over the pimples and the skin around it.

Step 4: Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

6. Toothpaste + salt

Salt, or sea salt is often used on acne as it can be a safe and effective remedy in healing pimples. When we add salt to toothpaste, this can enhance its properties of fighting pimples on your body. There are some toothpaste in market which already have some salt in them. In case you can’t find such toothpastes, we show you how to make and use it at home.

Step 1: Take some toothpaste into a bowl and add salt to it.

Step 2: See to it that there are no lumps and mix it uniformly.

Step 3: Apply this over your acne with your finger or a cotton swab.

Step 4: Leave it on for about 15 minutes to half an hour before you wash it off with warm water.

7. Toothpaste + Basil Oil

Basil is a spice which is highly healing for many skin ailments including acne apart from its culinary uses. We use basil essential oil along with toothpaste as a natural remedy for acne here. It shows some great anti-acne benefits along with enhancing the acne fighting abilities of toothpaste as well. It is mild enough on the skin to not cause much damage. Here’s how you use them for pimples.

Step 1: Take some toothpaste and add a few drops of basil to it.

Step 2: Mix this with your finger (a cleaned, sanitized finger) and using the same finger, apply the mixture over your pimples and the skin around it.

Step 3: Leave it on for about 15 minutes to half an hour without disturbing it.

Step 4: Wash it off with warm water and use a face wash after that.

8. Toothpaste + Baking Soda

Using baking soda for acne has become something of a norm for the numerous benefits that it has to offer. In this case, we use toothpaste and baking soda together on pimples to get rid of them soon and with ease. However, since both the ingredients are strong and tend to dry up the skin, we should be careful not to leave it on for too long and to make sure that we check for redness or itching. Here’s how you use this remedy.

Step 1: Take some baking soda and dissolve it in water to make a fine paste.

Step 2: Add this paste to toothpaste and mix the two of them together.

Step 3: Apply it over your acne with a cotton swab or a clean finger gently.

Step 4: Leave it on for about 10 minutes to 15 minutes.

Step 5: Wash it off with warm water.

9. Toothpaste + apple cider vinegar

Among Apple cider vinegar’s many uses are its great acne fighting properties. It can be hydrating for the acne inflicted skin as well while also absorbing all the oil and the dirt that gets piled up in the skin and the pimples. We use it along with toothpaste so that they can together fight pimples quickly and effectively. Here’s how we do that.

Step 1: Take some toothpaste into a bowl.

Step 2: Add some apple cider vinegar to it and mix the two of them together.

Step 3: Apply this mixture over your pimples and leave it on for about half an hour.

Step 4: Rinse it off with warm water and use a face wash to cleanse it further.

10. Toothpaste + Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is used very often for its many medicinal purposes for curing the ailments of the skin. While some toothpastes are already made with Eucalyptus oil, we make this mix of toothpaste and Eucalyptus oil so that it can heal acne faster and with much more efficacy. Here’s how you use it.

Step 1: Take some toothpaste into a bowl.

Step 2: Add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to it and mix it well.

Step 3: With your finger or with a cotton swab, apply it over your pimples and leave it on for about half an hour.

Step 4: Wash it off with warm water and use a face wash later on.

Precautionary Measures While Using Toothpaste on Pimples:

Although toothpaste is not particularly harmful, there are some precautions you should keep in mind when you are using it as a remedy on your skin as it can be harsh at times.

  • Toothpastes have got chemicals that may not be entirely suitable for sensitive skin types and therefore, when you notice any possible adverse reactions, you should immediately stop using it and consult a dermatologist before you go ahead.
  • Toothpastes also tend to dry the skin up. If your skin is already dry by nature, you should not leave it on for a very long time and be wary of any side effects.
  • A patch test done elsewhere on the skin is recommended before the use of toothpaste on your pimples.
  • Each time you use toothpaste, don’t forget to wash your skin thoroughly after you are done using it so that it is completely washed off the skin.

With such negligible side effects, there is nothing that could possibly be stopping you form using toothpaste for your acne. Do try out these toothpaste mixes for acne and let us know just how well they worked in getting rid of your pimples!

Sources:

  • http://www.wikihow.com/Apply-Toothpaste-on-Pimples
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025360/

 

 

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