Using toothpaste on my skin helps my acne: truth or myth?

Using toothpaste on my skin helps my acne: truth or myth?
Using toothpaste on my skin helps my acne: truth or myth?

It’s tempting to try just about anything to get rid of an unsightly spot, so when home remedies like toothpaste are suggested, it’s easy to rush to the bathroom and apply a layer onto the offensive bump, but is it really a good idea?


How does using toothpaste affect skin and acne?

Toothpaste does dry out spots and skin, but is that really a good solution for acne-prone skin? Elements within toothpaste such as hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, triclosan and baking soda have a drying effect but it’s worth remembering that toothpaste was designed for teeth, not skin. Be warned, skin getting too dry can cause redness, peeling and even burning sensations! So you might end up with a result worse than the original problem.

“Although toothpaste does have drying agents, it’s also true that it’s an irritant and potentially allergenic. It’s always best to stick to cosmetic products intended for working on acnen” says Dermatologist Dr Laurence Renard.  

It’s also a good idea to note that different types of toothpaste will have different effects, ranging from the organic to the blue gel type paste or the whitening paste so it’s necessary to know just what is in each tube. And, let’s face it, who is going to read all those ingredients and do the research? Suddenly a quick fix, is becoming a lot more time consuming!


So why do so many say it works?

It could date back to when toothpaste contained zinc that is beneficial for skin, but since this is no longer the case, that argument is long gone. Some ingredients are helpful for oily skin included calcium carbonate to absorb oil but is it worth the gamble?  Not likely! Don’t play games with your skin, it’s too fragile to take chances with.