Fact or Myth: Toothpaste Can Get Rid of Your Pimples


Sharanya Karanam, Reporter

Have you ever experienced getting a pimple before picture day or a really special event and you realized you ran out of zit cream? Is there a better solution to this problem than just popping it. There’s a myth where if you put toothpaste on the pimple it will shrink and disappear. How helpful can that be since you can find toothpaste anywhere and toothpaste is much cheaper than other acne products.

before you start making your face all minty let’s understand why toothpaste gets rid off your pimples. Toothpaste contains ingredients like baking soda, peroxide, and alcohol which are ingredients that dry the skin and the ingredient triclosan helps fight bacteria. So the toothpaste you put on your toothbrush every morning also gets rid of pimples but it doesn’t mean that it is good.

Toothpaste isn’t meant for your skin. your skin is more delicate than your teeth are. Although toothpaste helps get rid of pimples it wasn’t made for your skin causing it to become dry and brittle. toothpaste also includes ingredients like menthol and fluoride that gives your skin irritation, especially for sensitive skinned people. there are also plenty of products that help twice as much as toothpaste does.

In the end, only use toothpaste if you really have to like before picture day or a piano recital.  toothpaste isn’t good for your skin and causes a lot of irritation.  In the end, just use products that are dermatologist recommended because you know that you can trust them and they won’t let your skin breakout and have even more acne.