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:
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:
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!