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One of the most common old wives’ tales is that individuals can use toothpaste to get rid of acne overnight with no side effects. Though it seems ludicrous that something used to remove plaque from bone could be used as a safe and reliable skin care solution, there is actually a good deal of truth in this advice. With the right kind of toothpaste acne treatment, individuals can help eliminate blemishes within a matter of hours.
Applying the Paste
Once the face has been washed and dried naturally, individuals can apply toothpaste as a spot treatment to blemishes at night before bed. Using clean fingers, dispense and apply a pea sized amount directly to the surface of the blemish, coating the acne spot and the area immediately around it. As the toothpaste dries, it will tug on the skin and may tingle a small bit. This is natural and means it is working. After five to ten minutes, wash the toothpaste away with warm water, and then pat dry with a clean cloth. The blemish should be noticeably smaller by morning. Repeat as necessary to help dry out the pore and help remove oils and bacteria that may be causing inflammation.
Using the Right Toothpaste
The best types of toothpaste to use for acne treatment are those that are high in triclosan and that are closer in consistency to a paste than to a gel. Classic formulas and natural or organic options are the best because they avoid irritants like minty flavor, tartar control, whitening chemicals, and gels. Also avoid brands that high in concentrated fluoride, especially as the chemical can cause extreme skin irritation for those allergic to the chemical leading to inflamed bumps and an intense burning sensation. Consider Arm and Hammer’s baking soda toothpaste or Tom’s Organic Toothpaste which both work to effectively dehydrate the area around the blemish and kill the bacteria safely.
Avoid Gels and Fortified Toothpastes
Of course, not every kind of toothpaste is ideal for topical application and some may even exacerbate certain skin care problems if used regularly. For instance, most gel toothpastes are ineffective when dealing with breakouts. Instead of drying out the area, they simply gunk it up even more with sweet tasting substances that could attract even more bacteria. Also, toothpaste that is fortified with extra fluoride can cause skin irritations. Some individuals report that using certain brands of toothpaste can cause further irritation, inflaming the area around blemishes, and causing minor burns to certain types of breakouts. Always do a spot test on less delicate skin before using toothpaste on the face.
Though toothpaste is an inexpensive and effective spot treatment for individual blemishes and the occasional breakout, it is insufficient as a long term solution. Frequent use of toothpaste on the face can lead to irritation, and if it is not fully washed away, it can actually attract more blemish causing bacteria. Only use this acne treatment method occasionally, and only as an addition to a more thorough health and skin care regimen.