Medical Mythbuster: Does Toothpaste Help Get Rid of Pimples?

People find pimples so annoying that they will reach for almost any solution to deal with them – including toothpaste. Although typical white toothpaste does contain some ingredients that can help it dry out pimples, chances are, you won’t find a dermatologist who recommends using it. That’s because toothpaste is designed for teeth, not skin, and can cause irritation including redness and peeling. So you are better off using a treatment made specifically for acne that contains either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which can be applied directly to the pimple. These solutions can also help prevent new pimples from forming too.

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