If you’re part of any girl group, there has to be that one friend that believes in “totkas” or “DIYs”. But, some totkas can actually be really bad for you – case in point: toothpaste on pimples. So if you notice the beginnings of a pimple that is ready to spoil your beautiful face, do NOT reach for the toothpaste.
It can irritate your skin:
Do not forget that toothpaste is essentially formulated for your teeth. Your teeth, unlike your skin, are not THAT sensitive. While the chemicals used in the toothpaste might be good for your teeth to keep them pearly white, they are too strong for your face. Toothpaste has a basic pH [level]… and can irritate healthy skin, which has a naturally acidic pH. Upsetting your pH with too much baking soda could lead to rashes and burning.
Sodium lauryl sulfate, another ingredient often found in toothpaste, may be too harsh to be used on blemishes. It’s been known to irritate skin on some, depending on your sensitivity.
Over-drying your skin with toothpaste could also lead to acne:
Even if you manage to avoid irritation, there are other possible bad reactions. For instance, if your skin becomes too dry from using toothpaste, that could cause more acne.
So we suggest, that if you’re acne prone, head over to a dermatologist and get proper medication for your acne to manage it better. But do not, we repeat: DO NOT use toothpaste on your pimples.