We all have to deal occasionally with pimples and almost 50 percent of the population experiences acne at some stage in life. If your skin is prone to spots and blocked pores, you might already be familiar with a wide range of home remedies or pharmaceutical cream and ointments that help reduce the symptoms of skin infection and allow get rid of pimples in the quickest way possible.
Sometimes, however, after trying numerous treatments that gave poor results we are ready to resort to some unusual measures only to achieve the smooth skin we are dreaming about. That’s when toothpaste comes in. Reportedly, using it in the therapy aimed at removing pimples and acne brings very good results, provided it is used in the appropriate way.
Causes And Symptoms Of Pimples And Acne
Pimples and acne occur on the face, neck, cleavage and back due to the blockage of the pores. The sebum produced by the skin cannot find its way out of the pore, gets accumulated inside and forms a pimple. Sometimes the skin gets infected, especially when we pop the pimples out or touch the sensitive area of skin with dirty hands. The bacteria spread out and soon we have large areas of skin covered with unsightly and sometimes painful pimples.
Some people are more prone to acne and pimples occurrence due to a weaker immune system, an unhealthy diet that leads to the accumulation of toxins, stress or hormonal imbalance. That’s why acne is so common among teenagers and women who ceased the contraceptive pill treatment. Acne may also occur when the level of testosterone in a woman’s body is too high, which boosts the production of sebum in the skin.
Skin problems can have a wide variety of symptoms and range from occasional blackheads through reoccurring red spots with white heads to large pimples filled with pus. In every case, they are highly undesirable, both for aesthetic and health reasons.
How To Prevent Pimples And Acne
If pimples and acne seem to be regularly bothering you, there are many simple steps you can take to prevent the problem from coming back.
Keep the Skin Bacteria-Free
First and foremost, keep your skin free of bacteria at all times by washing it with a gentle cleanser twice a day. You can also use a special antibacterial product for face cleaning. Resist the temptation to touch your face with dirty hands. And by dirty we mean not washed recently in warm and soapy water.
Just because your hands look clean, doesn’t mean they are not covered with bacteria. We touch hundreds of objects every day and unless you work in a hermetic laboratory, chances are that every single thing you touch adds more bacteria onto your hands. If you have the tendency to touch your face and you can’t actually control it, carry a special antibacterial gel with you and use it to cleanse your hands regularly whenever you can’t wash your hands in water and soap.
Twice a day cleanse your face with micellar water and wipe it with a cotton ball with a small amount of tonic. Two to three times a week exfoliate the skin with a gentle product. You can either buy an exfoliator or make one at home by mixing a tablespoon of ground oats with one tablespoon of organic honey. Apply the mixture on the skin and perform a massage with circular motions. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water. Finish off with a light, antibacterial and moisturizing cream.
What you eat directly affects how you look, not only in terms of size waist but also your skin condition. If you have skin problems, try incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, choose organic products to avoid a build-up of toxins and drink at least 1,5 litre of water every day to help the body and the skin flush them out.
Exercise and Reduce Stress
Mild exercise boosts metabolism and improves the blood circulation, which means that skin cells get more oxygen that is crucial for rejuvenation. You don’t have to hit the gym every day, but try to go for a brisk walk every day for at least 30 minutes. Remember also to look after the state of your mind, not just the body, and try to reduce the stress level. Meditate, do yoga and get enough rest. Excessive stress has a bad influence on all aspects of your health, including the condition and appearance of your skin.
What Toothpaste To Use For Acne And Pimples
If you need an emergency solution for a pimple or if you need a strong and effective home remedy for your acne after you’ve tried various methods, you can try one of the toothpaste remedies we suggest below. Make sure, however, that you use the right type of product. Otherwise, you won’t get the desired results and may cause damage to your skin.
Check the Ingredients
Not all types of toothpaste can be used as acne remedy because not all of them contain the necessary ingredients. Look for a toothpaste that contains at least two of the following: triclosan, baking soda, sodium pyrophosphate, menthol or hydrogen peroxide. Choose a white toothpaste as the products with colors may contain chemicals that will be too harsh for the skin.
Don’t Use Whitening Toothpaste
Effective as they may be for teeth whitening, toothpaste with bleaching agents is too harsh to use on the skin. They might cause irritation and discolouration as they react with melanin. You should be extra careful with those if you have very tanned or naturally darker skin.
Lower Fluoride Content Toothpaste
Nowadays almost all toothpaste contain fluoride, which is a good thing when you think that this product is supposed to strengthen your teeth. However, when you want to use toothpaste as a pimple or acne remedy, high level of fluoride can be dangerous to the skin. When fluoride contained in toothpaste comes in contact with the skin, it may cause a serious rash. Look for a toothpaste with as low the level of fluoride as possible. You may also choose to buy an organic toothpaste as these products are based mostly on natural ingredients and often contain little to no fluoride.
How To Prepare Your Skin For Toothpaste Treatment
People who already have tried to use toothpaste as a remedy for pimples and acne can skip this part and move on to the section where we talk about various ways to use toothpaste to get rid of skin problems. However, if you have never tried this before, make sure that you do a patch test before you proceed to the treatment. Toothpaste is a controversial product to be used on the skin due to the high probability of irritation occurrence.