Toothpaste is a pretty popular little home remedy people use to get rid of ugly pimples and acne.

It’s really inexpensive and it’s a product every home has. I think just about everyone has thought about trying it, or at least entertained the idea when they heard of it.

So can toothpaste get rid of pimples? It sure can. It can also reduce the redness of pimples, shrink the appearance of pimples, and make the time for pimples to go away even shorter.

Toothpaste isn’t made for pimples, obviously! But it can be a good cheap substitute if you are in a pinch for something that can work right now, or you just want to try a new way to get rid of acne and pimples.

A lot of people use toothpaste as a quick fix type of remedy for pimples, however, It’s not a real acne or pimple product. It’s for keeping your teeth clean as you know. If you have serious pimple or acne problems, you’re better off using dermatologist approved products on your face – it will be better for your skin.

But, if you want to try toothpaste on acne or pimples, this article is for you!

Below, I’ll go over how to use toothpaste for pimples and tell you about the right kind of toothpaste to use for pimples (not all toothpastes are good for pimples).

Can toothpaste get rid of pimples fast?

Toothpaste can definitely help get rid of pimples or dramatically reduce the appearance of pimples. Toothpaste works by drying out the skin. When you apply toothpaste to a pimple, it dries out the skin directly where the pimple is, which can help get rid of pimples and reduce the time it takes to heal.

However, it doesn’t always work. Everyone has different skin, and it’s possible to make your pimples worse when you apply toothpaste to it. You can actually make your pimples more red and irritated (toothpaste is irritating to the skin).

If you would like to try using toothpaste to remove pimples, I recommend trying it on one pimple as a tester first. I’ll show you how to use toothpaste for pimples a little later in this article. Just follow the steps and assess how your skin reacts to it. If it’s working then great! As long as it’s not harming you then toothpaste is a very cheap way to get rid of acne and pimples.

Main benefits of using toothpaste on pimples and acne:

  • reduces redness of pimples and acne
  • reduces swelling of affected areas
  • great for “spot treatment” for quick fixes
  • great to use when appearance of pimple is coming on, and you want to stop it from growing
  • very very inexpensive pimple solution
  • very easy to apply and clean up
  • can shrink zits as quick as 1 hour

Possible problems with using toothpaste for acne and pimples

  • can burn your skin
  • can make your skin more sensitive and irritating to other products
  • can dry your face excessively or make your skin peel
  • may not work for you, no matter what toothpaste you use

When should you use toothpaste for acne and pimples?

A lot of people like to use toothpaste for their acne while they sleep. They put it on before they go to bed and wash it off in the morning. I DO NOT recommending doing this the first time you try using toothpaste to get rid of pimples. The last thing you want is to wake up with super red overblown pimples because your skin didn’t react well to toothpaste.

If it’s your first time then try the toothpaste acne/pimple treatment during the day so you can monitor it. And maybe don’t use it before a big night where you need to look great :P.

How to apply toothpaste on pimples (4 easy steps)

Apply toothpaste to pimples or acne is really easy. I’ll walk you through step by step below and give you helpful tips along the way.

1. Wash your face – clean your face with whatever product you normally use before applying toothpaste remedy. You don’t want to apply toothpaste to greasy skin because it can likely interfere with drying out your pimple. You also want to make sure your face is dry before applying toothpaste.

2. Apply toothpaste to your pimple – Grab your toothpaste and squeeze some onto your pointing finger. You don’t need a lot of toothpaste, it’s very strong on your skin. You just need a little dab of it. Once it’s on your finger, apply the toothpaste directly on top of your pimple/acne. Don’t massage it in or perform any rubbing motion of any kind. You only need to dab it on top and that’s it. You also want to dab it on directly on top of your pimple. Try not to get too much extra toothpaste on your skin that surrounds the pimple. You only want to dry out the pimply skin.

3. Let the toothpaste do its work – Now you can go do something around the house or lol on Facebook. You need to give the toothpaste time to dry out your acne or pimple. The time it takes to dry out a pimple can vary dramatically.

If it’s your first time using toothpaste on pimples, I recommend checking it after about an hour. You will want to wash off the toothpaste and then wait another hour before you check it again (it will likely be red because of the irritating nature of toothpaste).

However, if you want, you can leave it on your face for a few hours or even overnight. This will give the toothpaste enough time to dry out your pimple. It’s just the off chance the toothpaste you are using will make things worse by irritating your pimple even more is what I’m most concerned about, and it’s why it may be better to “test” it on your face first by leaving it on for an hour only.

4. Wash and rinse your face – After the toothpaste has done its magic, you can wash it off. All you need is water to wash it off. You can run water on your hands and splash it on your face while rubbing the toothpaste off gently. Alternatively, you can also grab a soft cloth, wet it, and rub the toothpaste off with the cloth.

Hopefully, after you’ve washed the toothpaste off your face, you will notice your pimples or acne are much less red, if it’s red at all, and the size of it has been reduced, and your skin tone looking much better overall. Fingers crossed!

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Best toothpaste for pimples

Not all toothpaste are created equal! You don’t want to buy just any toothpaste to clear your acne and pimples. Some will contain ingredients that are more likely to irritate your skin than help.

Plus, certain toothpastes have better acne and pimple fighting properties than others. I’ll go over what types of toothpaste to buy below:

According to Wikihow, the best types of toothpaste to buy to get rid of pimples are toothpastes that are white in color. Don’t buy any toothpaste that are any other color besides white, or have other colors combined with white, like green, red or blue. The main ingredients that make pimples and acne go away are contained in the white part of the toothpaste (ingredients like baking soda, alcohol, witch halez, triclosan, and hydrogen peroxide). The colored parts of toothpaste can contain ingredients that will irritate your skin.

Don’t use teeth whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste tends to be harsher on your skin because they will have ingredients that bleach, as teeth whitening toothpaste is meant to bleach your teeth to help them look whiter. It’s better to avoid these types of toothpaste for facial acne/pimple treatment because it could seriously irritate and burn your skin.

Don’t use gel toothpaste or toothpaste with high fluoride content. These toothpastes can irritate your skin more or don’t have the proper ingredients to effectively get rid of pimples. Basically, just stick with the white toothpastes that’s not too high in fluoride content.

3 Toothpaste for pimples & acne recommendations

Now you know what types of toothpaste you should be using for acne, here are 3 toothpaste recommendations you can use. If you aren’t sure how to pick out the right toothpaste, you can try with any of the follow three. I can’t guarantee they will work for everyone but they are a good bet!

Crest toothpaste (this particular version here)

Arm & Hammer toothpaste

Tom’s Toothpaste

Good luck! If you have any questions hit me up in the comments below.

And if you have had success with toothpaste for pimples & acne or even failures, let me know about it I’d love to hear more about how others are using it!