If you struggle with acne, you've probably found yourself desperate for relief at one time or another. Cue the endless black hole of Google searches for 'DIY acne hacks,' 'how to get rid of a pimple - FAST' and 'can you heal acne overnight?'
We know that acne can be painful, irritating, embarrassing, and frustrating -- and when nothing seems to be working, you'll try just about anything to beat stubborn breakouts.
Here we'll be exploring how one well-known beauty myth can actually do way more harm than good for your skin.
Toothpaste On Pimples Can Do More Harm Than Good
We hate to admit it, but back in the day, we too indulged in some skin care habits we're not too proud of. Chances are that you have too.
An old wives' tale of sorts, spot treating pimples with toothpaste is a bad beauty habit that has been around for years. However, this popular at-home solution is known to do more harm than good to the skin because of its potential to irritate and over-dry.
Toothpaste Can Irritate Your Skin
It's important to remember, first and foremost, that toothpaste is intended for your teeth and not for your skin. "Keep in mind that your teeth are ranked amongst the toughest substances in your body, and we're using toothpaste to clean them. Your skin, in contrast, is incredibly delicate. Using a cleanser that's meant for teeth can disrupt the pH balance of your skin and irritate it greatly," notes Dr. Rachel Nazarian, M.D. of Schweiger Dermatology Group.
Moreover, certain ingredients that are often present in large amounts in toothpastes, such as baking soda or sodium lauryl sulfate, have the potential to lead to rashes or burning and may be too harsh to use on blemishes, according to Healthline.
Toothpaste Can Over-Dry Your Skin
Toothpaste has become such a popular DIY acne treatment, most likely because people believe that it will 'dry up' the pimple and get rid of it.
Even if your skin doesn't become irritated, using toothpaste as a spot treatment could cause skin to become too dry and, in turn, result in more acne. According to Medical News Today, "when the skin lacks moisture, it becomes dry and scaly. To counteract the dryness, glands beneath the skin might produce more sebum. The excess sebum and dead skin can build up to cause acne."
What To Do Instead
There are many skin care habits that you can adapt that would be more beneficial and healthy to your skin than using toothpaste as a spot treatment.
1. Remove Your Makeup Before You Go To Bed
Sleeping in your makeup is a sure-fire way to cause blemishes and irritate skin. Choosing a gentle-yet-effective cleanser to wash your face ensures that dirt and environmental pollutants aren't trapped inside the skin.
2. Give Your Acne Treatment Time To Work
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, you will most likely need to use an acne treatment product for 6 to 8 weeks before you will see some improvement to your skin, while complete clearing can take 3 to 4 months - so be patient!
3. Don't Pop Or Squeeze Zits
It can difficult to resist the temptation, but when you pop a pimple, you run the risk of pushing some of what’s inside (such as pus, dead skin cells and bacteria) deeper into your skin - causing pain, more noticeable inflammation and acne scars.
4. Be Gentle With Your Skin
Try not to scrub your skin too hard, over-cleanse or over-exfoliate. You should only be cleansing your face twice a day at most. "Washing your face several times a day can further irritate your skin, leading to more breakouts," says the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
5. Find The Right Acne Treatment
Many traditional or drugstore products contain ingredients that scrub, peel and strip away all the good stuff off your skin. That's why The Difference: Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit aims to clarify skin while restoring your microbiome.
Why Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit?
The Difference offers a new and revolutionary way of treating acne. This 3-step system restores the skin microbiome for improved clarity and smoother, healthier-looking skin.
Step 1: Cleanse
Formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water, our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser removes impurities without stripping.
Step 2: Clarify
Our Daily Acne Treatment Lotion contains salicylic acid and a powerful probiotic blend to nourish and repair the skin microbiome. Dr. Neal Schulz, a New York-based dermatologist, says that "salicylic acid works great to clear acne -- and help prevent it, as well."
Step 3: Balance
Our patented AO+ Restorative Mist reveals glowing, healthier-looking skin by restoring an essential component, Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB), to your skin microbiome.
Results To Expect
The Difference: Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit works as a system to treat acne by rebalancing and restoring the skin microbiome - leaving your skin both smoother and healthier-looking.
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