Does toothpaste help against acne or not?

18 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Does toothpaste help against acne or not?

© Tessa Gorgosz Does toothpaste help against acne or not?

Everyone sometimes suffers from a pimple, some more often than others. We prefer to get rid of it as quickly as possible and therefore also try everything to make it disappear. All kinds of DIY solutions can be found on the internet, such as applying a dollop of toothpaste to the spot. But does this really work?


Toothpaste is an extremely irritating agent. Most formulas are filled with ingredients such as alcohol menthol, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. All things that can indeed dry out a pimple, but at the same time there is a risk that your skin will be affected. When your skin is damaged, it goes into overdrive and produces too much oil to compensate for dehydration, causing clogged pores, pimples, blackheads and oily skin.


Even if you only have one put a little bit on your pimple, that blob can spread, making the rest of your skin irritated faster. Enne, that ultimately causes even more acne. Moreover, the 'drying out' of your pimple does not cause it to go away. It simply dries out the top layer of your skin without killing the bacteria in your skin. All in all a pretty bad solution.


If you are dealing with cystic acne (painful, swollen pimples), then unfortunately you cannot do much. Staying off is a golden rule. If you regularly suffer from acne, then a dermatologist can help you.