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Using toothpaste on your face?

 Using toothpaste on your face?

I get a fair few people asking me if it’s a good idea to use toothpaste as a masque for pimples or even as a full-face treatment (ouch!). Here’s all you need to know about using toothpaste on your skin:

  • Used overnight on pimples, toothpaste can reduce the size of them or even dry them out thanks to the combination of drying alcohol and soothing zinc. The menthol can help to dry them out too but it can also irritate your skin if you’re particularly sensitive.
  • Having said that, it’s not to be used on large areas of the face as it’ll irritate your skin and make it very raw/red. If you are going to use toothpaste on a pimple, avoid the gel-based ones.
  • You can use toothpaste as a spot treatment in a pinch but there are lots of better alternatives out there like sulfur-based masques, aspirin and everything listed here.

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Interestingly enough, toothpaste can often be the cause of breakouts around the mouth and chin as well as dry lips. The reason being that some people are sensitive to the SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) that’s in most toothpaste. If you tend to break out around the mouth or have found that you’re suddenly breaking out in that area – try switching toothpaste to an SLS-free one for a few weeks to see if it improves. Same goes for mouthwash.

Some good SLS-free toothpastes include:

  • Sensodyne toothpastes: Pronamel (the regular and kids version) and Iso-Active Whitening.
  • Rembrandt Canker Sore Toothpaste.
  • Toms of Maine toothpastes.
  • Biotene Toothpaste.

So, before you reach for that tube of toothpaste; look for alternatives, make sure you’re not applying it to a large area, don’t use a gel-based one and make sure it’s not the cause of your acne to begin with!

 
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  1. Katie Sunday - 12 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Greta post Dill - Always wondered about whether there was any truth in that!! x
  2. Katie Sunday - 12 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Meant to say "great post" clearly I have Sunday brain!!!
    • admin Sunday - 12 / 09 / 2010 Reply
      Hahah, thanks Katie!
  3. Lee Monday - 13 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I had heard about this also but wasn't sure if it was true. Thanks for clearing it up. Recently, I heard that people also use milk of magnesia (the 'Phillips' brand) to clear up their face of acne. I think that should be your next investigation post :) An investigative series on face care myths would be awesome!!
  4. The Very Simon G Sunday - 19 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Hmmm I considered using toothpaste the other day on a spot, but then opted for the tea tree. Might try it next time though! x
  5. Dapo Monday - 27 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I'm impressed as always with your information on SLS free toothpaste Great research. Well Done
  6. shaver Monday - 18 / 04 / 2011 Reply
    A near companion and I've been discussing this for awhile now. According to a handful of from the tips that you've got place forth I'll will need to possess the capacity to show to her that I"m suitable. She's heading to owe me a drink or two. Thanks! :)

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