Acne is one of the biggest menaces ever that a teenager will ever come across.
This menace is often limited to adolescence only but in certain cases it may extend to adulthood as well. Though there is no definite treatment for acne however, there are a number of over-the-counter medications as well as home remedies available for the treatment. Toothpaste is one such home remedy that helps to get rid of acne. It is one of the most inexpensive spot treatments for acne. Most toothpastes use triclosan, an antibacterial ingredient that helps to fight against bacteria. Silica and sodium pyrophosphate are the other ingredients found in toothpaste, which makes it an effective treatment for acne.
Toothpaste also contains baking soda and astringents that helps in absorbing the oil and drying the skin. This treatment may be effective in some people and in some, it might worsen the condition. However, until you try it, you will not know it. If you are thinking of using toothpaste for the treatment of your acne, then there are some things that must be kept in mind. These are:
1) Do not paste your face with it. Use it sparingly. Before you ultimately apply the toothpaste on your face, it would be wise to take a pot test first to see the reaction if there is any.
2) How long should you leave the toothpaste on, is still debatable. Some would say to leave it overnight and some would suggest washing it off after a short while, when it dries up.
3) Know the sensitivity level of your skin. If the skin around your mouth turns red after brushing your teeth, then probably the toothpaste treatment is not meant for you.
Apart from this, it would be a good idea to educate ourselves with the effects of the toothpaste treatment as well for safety measures. Toothpaste also contains ingredients that may irritate the skin. In case of moderate to severe acne, instead of treating the acne, it might irritate the skin and cause more redness leaving behind a burnt zit with all the soreness. So, the toothpaste treatment is meant for treating mild acne only. This treatment might not be for everyone.