That’s why you should apply a very small amount of toothpaste on an area of skin that is not very visible, for example behind the ear or on the inside part of your wrist. Leave the toothpaste on for 15 minutes and wash it off. If you experience no itching or burning sensation, you’re good to go. Some minor tingling may occur of you are using a toothpaste that contains menthol. However, after you wash it off, there should be no sign of redness on the skin.
Toothpaste Remedies For Pimples And Acne
After you’ve done the patch test and you know it is safe for your skin to undergo the toothpaste treatment, you can use it on its own or mix it with some products you most probably have at home. Every mixture will have different properties, so choose the one that suits your needs best.
One of the simplest and quickest ways to get rid of pimples through the use of toothpaste is to apply it directly on the spot. Wash your skin first and pat dry with a clean towel. Wipe the face with an antibacterial tonic and apply a very thin layer of white toothpaste onto the spot. Don’t rub it in and don’t massage the pimple. Leave the product on for up to two hours. Wet your fingers and remove the paste from the pimple with circular motions.
This way you will also get rid of the dead skin cells in this area. Wash the remains of the toothpaste with lukewarm water and pat dry the spot. Finish off with an antibacterial cream. People who have tried the toothpaste treatment various times and have never noticed any adverse effects may leave the product on overnight.
Toothpaste with Cinnamon
Cinnamon has antibacterial properties and stimulates the skin rejuvenation process. Therefore, a mix of cinnamon and toothpaste may help dry out a pimple and boost the skin cells regeneration process. Take one teaspoon of white toothpaste and mix it with half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Once the ingredients blend well, apply the paste locally, on the spots. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. You may experience some tingling sensation during the treatment, but it’s natural when cinnamon gets in contact with the skin. You can use cinnamon oil instead of the powder, in which case you need to follow the same procedure, but add three drops of the oil to one teaspoon of toothpaste.
Toothpaste and Salt Scrub
Toothpaste mixed with salt makes a great home-made scrub for problematic skin. Use fine salt rather than sea salt for this. Mix a tablespoon of white toothpaste with a teaspoon of fine salt. Apply it on the pimples and perform a gentle massage of those areas with your fingers. Leave the scrub on for 10 to 15 minutes so that the ingredients of toothpaste have time to dry out the spot. Salt will give an additional antiseptic effect.
Rinse the toothpaste and salt scrub off with lukewarm water and finish off with an antibacterial cream. Use this scrub only on the problematic areas instead of on the whole face, like you would do in the case of regular scrub. It may cause skin dryness if you apply it to areas not affected by excessive sebum production.
Toothpaste and Baking Soda
Soda is an ingredient commonly used in many kinds of toothpaste as it’s a very effective cleaning agent. When you apply it on the skin, it works like an antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties. To boost its efficiency, add some soda to the toothpaste and apply a thin layer of the mixture on the pimples. Lave it on for at least 10 minutes. If you know that your skin is not very sensitive, you can prolong the treatment to 15 or 20 minutes.
After that time rinse it off with warm water and pat the skin dry. You can repeat the process once a day to reduce the inflammation and swelling of a pimple. Once you see initial results, do it only once every two to three days. Remember that this mixture is too harsh on the skin to use it as a prevention means against acne so only resort to it once you have a skin emergency situation.
Toothpaste and Garlic
Garlic works like a natural antibiotic and for many years has been used in various products designed to fight acne. It’s best to use organic garlic for any home treatment that involves this product. Take one garlic clove, peel it and crush it with a mortar and pestle. Add half a teaspoon of white toothpaste to it and mix well.
Apply the paste on pimples and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and pat the skin dry. Remember to finish off with a moisturizing cream as the mixture dries out the treated areas and without any extra moisturising, it may become red or flaky.
Toothpaste and Honey
Honey not only has anti-bacterial properties but also boosts the rejuvenation processes of the skin and helps remove the dead skin cells. It soothes the pain that the pimples cause and reduces the redness and irritation on the skin. To make a mix of toothpaste and honey, use equal amounts of each ingredient and mix well in a small bowl. You might be tempted to apply it on the whole face since honey has so many beneficial properties, but use it only on the problematic areas.