Does toothpaste really help with pimples

Toothpaste not only ensures clean and healthy teeth, but can also serve as a real all-purpose weapon in the household: whether tarnished cutlery, dirty sneakers or even holes in the wall - toothpaste helps. In addition, it is often said that the toothpaste should have unimagined powers in the fight against skin blemishes. The promise: Anyone who is surprised by a pimple on the face applies a thick layer of toothpaste to the affected skin area overnight and can look forward to smooth skin the next morning.

Why should toothpaste help against pimples?

Even if you don't want to hear it: Especially if you frequently have a large number of pimples, they should be treated professionally. Modern therapy concepts such as the one from Formel Skin ensure that you can get advice from the comfort of your own home and still be in personal contact with a dermatologist. Since a professional pimple or acne treatment always requires a certain degree of overcoming, you can find hundreds of tips on the net that should help with independent treatment.

It is no coincidence that toothpaste in particular is touted as a miracle cure for pimples in many forums and blogs. Because even if the active ingredients contained were originally intended for a completely different area of ​​the body, they can also have a beneficial effect on the skin. The aim of treatment with toothpaste is to largely dry out the pimples and make them disappear again quickly. This works because many toothpaste variants contain an active ingredient with the illustrious name sodium dodecyl polysulphate and thus have a strong oil and fat dissolving effect. In addition to the resulting dehydration, toothpaste ingredients such as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or triclosan have an active effect against bacteria and can therefore also do their part against the development of new pimples.

Toothpaste for pimples - what are the problems?

Toothpaste as a simple solution to annoying pimples - unfortunately this nice thought is quickly thwarted again. In fact, any dermatologist will advise against attempting toothpaste treatments in the fight against pimples. And there are good reasons for this: As already mentioned, the composition of the ingredients and active ingredients of the toothpaste was originally intended for a different purpose. And even if it makes teeth shine, it can quickly cause problems when applied to (sensitive) skin.

Above all, it is ingredients such as fluoride, flavorings (e.g. menthol) or sweeteners such as sorbitol that can affect the skin. Similar to soaps with a high pH value, the substances mentioned also help to weaken the skin's natural protective barrier. The result: germs and bacteria can penetrate the skin - and thus also the pimples - much more easily. In addition to dehydration, in the worst case scenario, the inflammation is much more severe and the originally harmless pimple can result in much more painful skin impurities.

Unfortunately, the antibacterial effect of alcohols, hydrogen peroxide or triclosan only sounds promising at first. In fact, these substances can be very irritating to the skin and upset the natural pH of the skin. In addition, many women have the problem that when they are applied to the skin, they react with allergic reactions (= contact allergies) to one or more of the substances mentioned. This means that in the end it is the toothpaste that leads to skin irritation as well as pimples or pimple-like symptoms on the face.

Another problem: Pimples usually occur when the pores clog and the sebum (skin fat) can no longer escape from the skin as usual. A thick layer of toothpaste, when dried, can quickly lead to the pimple being completely sealed and the sebum no longer able to escape from the skin at all. As a result, it is distributed underground in the deeper layers of the skin, which can also have very painful consequences.

What are the alternatives to toothpaste?

If you repeatedly develop several pimples, this can indicate a basic predisposition to acne. Fortunately, this can be treated very effectively with medication and adapted creams. You shouldn't allow yourself to feel ashamed here either, but rather seek advice from a dermatologist at an early stage.

In the case of isolated pimples, on the other hand, even minor adjustments in your everyday life can often have a major effect. If you have a general tendency to pimples, you should try to ensure that your care and cosmetic products do not contain any so-called comedogenic ingredients, as these contribute to clogging the pores. Common representatives in cosmetics are, for example, paraffins, silicones or olive and coconut oil. In addition, you can also try to make your diet healthier, quit smoking, do more exercise and observe the effects on your skin.

When looking for alternative home remedies for pimples, we recommend natural or herbal remedies instead of toothpaste or baking powder. Steam baths, aloe vera or even tea tree oil can be very effective against pimples, depending on the skin type.