If you wish, you can do another treatment with honey and ground oats straight afterwards. Cover all the pimples with a thin layer of the mixture of toothpaste and honey and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Before you rinse it off, perform a gentle massage with your fingertips, then remove the remains of the paste with warm water.
Alternatives For Sensitive Skin
If your skin shows signs of irritation and redness or if you notice any other allergic reaction symptoms after the patch test, you can’t use toothpaste in the treatment of your acne. However, there are various alternatives that might be as effective as toothpaste and may reduce the inflammation, swelling and redness of the areas affected by acne and pimples.
Benzoyl Peroxide is available without prescription and may be used in various forms, like lotions, gels, creams and cleansers. It has strong antibacterial properties and may be very helpful in the fight against acne. If you use it in the form of a lotion – which is the most popular version – apply it with a cotton bud on the pimples. Don’t use it on the whole face because it may cause skin dryness.
Leave the benzoyl peroxide on the skin for 10 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Make sure it doesn’t get into your eyes. You can repeat the process once a day in the case of a more advanced acne and reduce it to two to three times a week once you see the initial reduction of inflammation.
The products based on salicylic acid or the salicylic acid itself have not only very effective anti-bacterial properties but also help exfoliate the skin. At the same time they are not as harsh on the skin as many other anti-bacterial products, so they can be used even on sensitive skin.
What’s more, salicylic acid soothes the pain in the case of a more advanced stage of acne. It’s usually sold in the form of a clear lotion and can be applied on the skin with a cotton bud. Even though it’s gentler on the skin that benzoyl peroxide, use it only on the affected areas and wash it off after 15 minutes with warm water.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in many antibacterial creams and lotions. It has various beneficial properties for the skin because it kills bacteria that causes the acne, helps exfoliate the skin, boosts the blood circulation in the skin cells and accelerates their rejuvenation process. Tea tree oil cannot be used undiluted as a home remedy for skin problems. It is normally so concentrated that it would cause strong irritation and redness.
However, if you mix it with a carrier oil, like jojoba, coconut or olive oil, it makes a great remedy for the pimples and acne. Mix five drops of tea tree oil with half a spoon of a chosen carrier oil and apply the mixture on the affected skin areas. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. You can repeat the process once a day while treating acne and do it once a week on the areas with tendencies to pimples as a means of prevention.
Acetylsalicylic acid, better known as aspirin, has been used as a home remedy to fight acne for years. It exfoliates the skin, reduces the inflammation, soothes the pain and has anti-bacterial properties. In order to make use of all these beneficial properties, take four aspirin tablets and crush them in a mortar and pestle. Add a few drops of water, but only enough to turn aspirin into a smooth paste. You can also use jojoba oil or olive oil instead of water. The oils will give you the extra benefit of skin hydration.
Apply the aspirin paste on the pimples and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off and pat dry the skin with a clean towel. The good new is that this mask – even though it might dry out the skin when used too often – can be applied on the whole face and other areas affected by acne. You just need to increase the amount of both ingredients accordingly in order to get enough aspirin paste to cover the desired area.
Controversies About Toothpaste As Remedy For Pimples And Acne
The opinions of dermatologists about the use of toothpaste as a remedy for acne and pimples are divided. In fact, very few specialists recommend this method as a solution for skin problems. Many claim that toothpaste is too harsh for delicate skin cells and its repetitive use may lead to serious skin irritation and dehydration.
There is no doubt, however, that toothpaste contains ingredients which help reduce the symptoms of acne and their mixture has anti-bacterial, exfoliation and pimple-drying properties. It’s very important that you use it according to the indications and make sure that this treatment is suitable for your skin type by doing a patch test described above.