You'll be surprised at what this old wive's tale trick can do to your skin...
In a bid to work out the most effective way of how to get rid of spots, we’ve tried almost everything. We’ve whipped up homemade face masks in our kitchen, squirted lemon juice on our skin, cracked egg after egg to smear their whites over our face and lathered on the best acne treatments out there in the hopes of zapping our zits. And yet, the one trick we always resort back to is good old toothpaste. But, does toothpaste work on spots?
According to New York dermatologists, Dr. Rebecca Baxt and Dr. Neal Schultz toothpaste has a drying effect on pimples which can help reduce redness and inflammation, shortening the life cycle of a blemish. Speaking to Huffington Post, Dr Schultz said:
‘Toothpaste contains certain ingredients — baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, triclosan — that cause pimples to dry out.’ However, he notes that ‘there are no ingredients in toothpaste that make this method more effective than conventional treatments.’ He also warns that ‘over-drying and even burning can occur on skin from applying it to pimples.’
So, what’s a girl to do? Try it? Or use it only for it’s purposes?
‘Many people use home remedies and try anything in their medicine cabinet to clear their face’, Dr Baxt tells Huffington Post. ‘Toothpaste will irritate the skin, and the pimple will probably eventually disappear along with the irritation, but toothpaste is in no way a primary treatment for acne. Over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid work great to clear acne — and help prevent it, as well.’ In fact, if you want the perfect product to get rid of spots for good, try this quiz here.
Well, that’s that, then. Save toothpaste for your teeth, not for your skin. It might work to reduce the redness of your spots and dry them out, but there are safer alternatives, like baking soda or witch hazel, which will do the trick without wreaking havoc.