Please, Please Stop Using Toothpaste For Your Pimples

Middle school called, it wants its acne hacks back.

There were a lot of things I did in middle school that I thought were pretty smart—like using a code word when writing poems about my crush, having a different-colored binders for every single class, and dotting toothpaste on my fresh zits to make them go away faster.

Some things, like bad poetry, are best left behind in seventh grade. Yet for some reason, lots of us (myself included) still swear by a dab of toothpaste as a pimple treatment. Which begs the question: Is it even a legit way to deal with acne?

One catch: The concentrations that work for your teeth are harsher than when these ingredients are formulated for your face—which might irritate or dry out your skin.

And that could create a really unpleasant chain reaction. “Acne-prone skin will react to dryness and irritation by producing more acne,” Kenneth Howe, M.D., at Wexler Dermatology, previously told Women’s Health. So ironically, by using toothpaste on one zit, you might get even more of them down the line.

WomensHealthMag.com June 2018

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