Know your skin

Know Your skin

Here’s Why You Should Never Use Toothpaste For Acne.


If one tries to find the uses of toothpaste, you may not find ‘pimple remedy hack’ listed under it but people sure do love to recommend it as one! 

Everywhere you look, be it the internet or a neighbourhood aunt who seems immune to any sort of pimple problem recommends toothpaste on pimples as a sure shot hack to make them disappear overnight… But should you trust this claim just because everyone seems to swear by it?

The answer to this isn’t as simple as just a yes or no. If you’re curious about debunking this claim once and for all, read on to find out more about why toothpaste isn’t the ideal solution for pimples. (And how people collectively decided to try it for whatever bizarre reasons!)

Let’s unpack, shall we? 

Firstly, talking about how the trend started – the plain logic behind this is that toothpaste has several ingredients that can tackle bacteria and one of the main culprits behind acne is the bacteria that builds up on your skin.

While this seems like an ideal solution on paper, it can potentially cause allergies, irritate and dry out your skin due to ingredients like fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, flavouring agents like cinnamic aldehyde and preservatives like sodium benzoate among others.

Let’s not forget that this ‘hack’ gained popularity before the time we had spot treatment creams, which are specifically made for acne, suitable for your skin, and aren’t as abrasive as toothpaste.

And one of the main ingredients that acted as an effective antibacterial in toothpastes was triclosan, a drug that has since been banned by the Food and Drug Administration due to its potentially harmful health effects as an endocrine disruptor. 

Instead of going for overnight hacks, like applying toothpaste on pimples, that could do more harm than good, you should focus on developing and maintaining a long term

One of the most crucial steps in an average skincare routine should include cleansing your face well twice a day with a good face wash to avoid excess build-up of dirt and bacteria on your skin’s barrier.

When it comes to only using products specifically formulated to tackle acne, make AcneStar face wash, formulated by AcneStar Research Institute, your go-to solution for pimple problems that has 5 expert solutions which help battle acne effectively.

A medically safe skin care routine is the way to go if you wish to have acne-free skin. A good dermatologist should be able to help you tackle acne the right way.

The bottom line to keep in mind before trying baseless remedies is that you never know how safe they are for your skin. Especially using something like toothpaste on pimples is a big no-no as it is a product made for your teeth, the hardest substances in the human body – meaning its formulation is way too strong for an organ as delicate and sensitive as your skin. 



Categories: ACNE

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