Here at PRAVENAC help: clear skin we get asked this question a lot! So, does toothpaste work on spots? The simple answer is yes, toothpaste can work on individual spots, BUT it’s not a solution for acne.
The characteristics of toothpaste that help it to treat spots are its antibacterial properties, the cleaning properties and its ability to absorb oil. But you need to remember they have all been developed to treat the relatively hard surface of tooth enamel…not your skin!
All cautions aside, toothpaste can be an effective treatment for individual spots. The cleansing and absorption properties of the paste appear to reduce the size of the spot. The anti-bacterial properties will make a difference to the inflamed redness that accompanies spots.
You first need to clean your skin with a gentle facial cleanser. Then simply apply a small blob of toothpaste directly onto the spot. Try to avoid the surrounding skin and use a cotton bud for more accurate application. If it is the first time you have tried this, clean the paste off with warm water after 20-30 minutes and check for any irritation of your skin.
Once you are sure your skin is okay with the toothpaste treatment you can leave the paste in place for a couple of hours or even overnight if you don’t have sensitive skin.
BUT… toothpaste is not the solution to fighting acne breakouts!
Toothpaste is really only an emergency treatment for occasional use. Regular use will result in patches of dry skin, which is the reason for avoiding the skin surrounding the spot. Never use toothpaste as a whole face treatment. This will cause skin irritation and will result in overly dry skin. In extreme cases will stimulate the production of excess sebum (the lubricating oils that are essential for soft youthful skin). Excess sebum will result in an increase of spots – so, use sparingly and with caution!
Also, remember that by treating spots once they have erupted you are only treating the symptom not getting to the cause of the spot. You won’t prevent further skin outbreaks. If you suffer from spots on a more regular basis, try adding a supplement containing Lactoferrin to your diet.
It’s also worth noting that if you get the occasional spot – and we’re not talking about acne here – it’s likely to go away within a couple of days, without covering it in toothpaste.
So keep the toothpaste for what it was intended for… That glowing smile!