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Does Toothpaste Help Acne? Here's The Truth Behind the Myth

Jenna Jolls

Why You Should Never Use Toothpaste To Treat Acne

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 do way more harm than good for your skin and why you should never use toothpaste to treat acne.

Does Toothpaste Help Acne?

We hate to admit it. More than once, we've been caught applying toothpaste to a pimple. While we're not proud to admit it, believing the old home remedy myth of toothpaste as an acne spot treatment seemed about right when dealing with cystic acne.

After all, everyone talked about how it could reduce redness, kill acne-causing bacteria, and even say some toothpaste ingredients had drying agents and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It seems like the perfect acne treatment, right?

Well, here's precisely what happens when you apply toothpaste to your pimples.

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 toothpaste, 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 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 the 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

Instead of waiting for your skin to react to all the side effects of using toothpaste on your pimples. There are many skincare 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 the 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 be challenging to resist temptation. Still, when you pop a pimple, you run the risk of pushing some of what's inside (such as pus, dead skin cells, and bacteria) more profound 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.

You can also see if your dermatologist might recommend essential oils like tea tree oil or maybe witch hazel to treat your acne. It all depends on your skin type and acne issues.

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. Designed for sensitive skin, you won't find harsh ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, a common ingredient in most popular toothpaste.

Step 1: Cleanse

Formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water, our Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser removes impurities without stripping. 

Step 2: Clarify

Our Prebiotic Acne Lotion contains salicylic acid and a powerful pre- and postbiotic 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.

Want to join in on our 30-day challenge? We're so confident that you'll love the results you see with The Difference. We guarantee satisfaction or your money back with our 30-day happy skin guarantee.

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