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Toothpaste for Pimples

Using toothpaste for pimples? Scientists are baffled by the ways in which human skin behaves, and this is particularly true when things like acne and breakout prone skin is the subject.

While there are dozens of companies making a diversity of different treatments, medications, and programs designed to alleviate problem skin, millions of people actually rely on toothpaste for pimples too.

They will apply it to an acne breakout and within a matter of an hour or so they will begin to see impressive results.

The way they use it is fairly simple, they cleanse their face, apply a small amount of paste to the area in question and spread it around thinly. Most are sure to spread the paste a bit beyond the area of the breakout.

They then just leave it in place until it is completely dry (and some leave it on overnight too). They will then peel off the dried paste and wash the area with a damp cloth.

Just like with any other method for dealing with breakouts, when using toothpaste for pimples it is important not to intentionally rupture the pimple or pimples because this will cause permanent damage to the skin.

Instead, the paste is going to be used as a kind of mask that draw impurities, removes oils, and leaves the skin in good condition. Most skin experts also recommend the application of an oil-free moisturizer immediately after the skin is cleansed of the paste too.

What Toothpaste to Choose

Now, the thing that is most important about considering the use of toothpaste for pimples is that it must be the “paste” variety and not the “gel” variety.

This is because the blue or green dyes in the toothpaste will behave differently on your skin than they do on your teeth and gums. Additionally, the whitening agents and additional fluoride in such gels will cause an extreme amount of irritation if left on for any length of time too.

It is important to also understand that the body has a wide range of different skin types, and the skin on the face is going to become discolored by the food grade dyes used in the gel pastes. This means that your pimple or pimples may shrink in size and appearance, but you will be left with a distinctive dark blue or black spot on your face.

Additionally, many people find that the gel pastes are too abrasive or irritating to their skin as well, and this means that someone who uses this type of toothpaste for pimples may end up with bright red splotches of irritation along with blue or black areas of darkness from the dyes too.

Natural is the Best

The most appropriate toothpaste for pimples will always be the kinds that are the more old-fashioned white paste types. This is especially true when someone opts to use the organic or natural varieties as well.

For instance, if you compare a tube of traditional paste to a tube of “all natural” paste, you are likely to see that the natural one has a relatively short list of simple or recognizable ingredients.

Few of these ingredients are going to serve as irritants to the skin and this will make it the more appropriate toothpaste for pimples than the traditional kind that tends to be full of chemicals or whitening agents.

This is another thing to consider when looking to use toothpaste for pimples – the additional ingredients that may exacerbate irritation. We mentioned whitening agents and fluoride, but there are also things like menthol or alcohol added, and these can be extremely “drying” to the skin as well.

Toothpaste and Dry Skin

It is interesting to note that many people will use toothpaste for pimples simply because they do tend to pull impurities from the skin and to dry out oilier conditions.

This can be a great result, but if the skin is not already extremely oily, using toothpaste for pimples might make things even worse.

When and How to Use It

The best way to view the usage of toothpaste for pimples is to consider it as an emergency treatment for truly problematic breakouts.

For instance, you may not want to use your toothpaste treatments on a lengthy or ongoing basis, and would instead apply the materials to a pimple or pimples that are particularly painful, difficult, or unattractive in order to reduce their size and swelling.

This is the one thing that is consistently true about the use of toothpaste for skin problems – the white paste varieties really do tend to reduce the inflammation around a pimple and dramatically decrease the overall size of the blemish. This means that a few hours with the toothpaste treatment can really generate noticeable results.

For instance, let’s say that you are getting ready to attend a major event which is scheduled to occur the following evening. Before heading out that night, you notice a large pimple has developed on your chin.

You could rush out to the nearest pharmacy for a blemish cream, or you could actually just stay home and head to your medicine chest. If you have a tube of standard white toothpaste, without whitening agents, you could wash the affected area, and spread a thin layer of paste over the blemish. Once it is dry you could remove it, or you could head to bed to leave the paste in place overnight.

In the morning you would peel away the dried paste and wash the area. You would see that the pimple has been reduced in size and that the entire area of the inflammation has been reduced or eliminated.

Do a Test First

Before leaping into this type of treatment, however, you would want to just do a test of the paste’s effects on your skin. This is easily managed by putting a bit of it on a concealed area of the neck or even just a dab on an underarm area instead.

The flesh of the underarm is delicate and similar to that of the face, and if there is to be any negative reaction it is best to have it in a spot that is not visible to the naked eye!


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