Pimples, Zits, Acne, or whatever you want to call those nasty things on your face can be annoying and they sometimes come at inopportune times. Pimples have caused so much pain and humiliation for many people that a
website has ranked it as the fifth most prevalent reason for teenage depression. Yes, that is how serious having pimples is for many of us; not only in the United States but in the entire world. Being plagued by pimples is not simply a medical condition, it has become a determinant of your social status too. Kids with pimples are losers and outcasts… they are at the bottom of the high school food chain.
Pimples are caused by an accumulation of things; such as excessive oil production, hormones, clogged pores, and bacteria. Because of that, there are also a lot of treatment options for this condition. Two of the most common chemical treatments for pimples are salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide. Yes, they are effective but many people just want something that they can find at home. Besides, we also need to be flexible and creative when it comes to pimple treatment.
Speaking of creativity, have you ever heard of using toothpaste for acne? It may sound crazy but do not be too quick to judge because a lot of people attest to the healing powers of toothpaste; and yes, I am talking about regular toothpaste, the kind you use to brush your teeth. So, does toothpaste get rid of pimples?
Does Toothpaste Get Rid of Pimples?
In one way or another, toothpaste can help get rid of pimples. However – and let me be clear on this – it cannot cure the condition. Because toothpaste is usually high in sodium content, it dries out your pimples. Most toothpaste does not have ingredients that directly control acne breakouts or kill the bacteria-causing pimples. Therefore, this treatment is only best for overnight or “emergency” purposes. Let’s say there is a huge pimple sitting comfortably on top of your nose the night before a very important date. You can take a pea-sized paste, spread it on top of the pimple and let it dry overnight. Or you can simply leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it off.
Most people only use toothpaste for spot treatment because it is so powerful, but some people report using toothpaste as a facial mask by evenly spreading a very thin layer on the face. Let the paste dry for 10-15 minutes and wash it off. Do not let it stay for more than 30 minutes as it can absorb all the moisture in your face. You probably shouldn’t do this very often (once a week at the most). Most people don’t recommend using toothpaste as a mask because it can really discolor and try out your skin.
There you have it; toothpaste is one of those “treatments” that do not necessarily treat pimples. They only lessen the pain it causes. It’s easy to try out, but you should probably only use it for spot treatment.
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