If you have ever gotten a huge and obnoxious pimple, you have probably turned to the internet for answers about how to get rid of it fast. The number one answer I have come across when searching is the famous toothpaste trick.
If you haven't heard of this, the toothpaste trick is basically the cheapest spot treatment you can find. All you have to do is dab a spot of toothpaste on your pimple and leave it over night. The toothpaste is supposed to dry your pimple out enough that it will disappear much sooner.
Although this technique is often talked about, you'll probably want to skip it and opt for something else next time you get a pimple and here's why.
Toothpaste does dry out pimples, but that may not be worth the other complications that go along with it.
It's irritating your skin.
There are many ingredients found in toothpaste that can be very harmful to your skin. It contains sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and sodium flouride, all of which can irritate the skin. These can also strip the natural lipids from the skin, sometimes worsening conditions like dermatitis.
It affects your pigmentation.
The melanin in your skin can be extremely reactive. So, when it comes into contact with irritating products, dark pigmentation can occur. This means that your skin will look uneven and darker in some spots than others, not a good look.
The worst thing is, this won't go away right away. Even after the irritation subsides, pigmentation can take much longer to heal.
Toothpaste may be the easiest option, but it's definitely not the best. Even when toothpaste doesn't irritate your skin, it still doesn't always work, and worse, it's nearly impossible to scrub off the next morning, (scrubbing irritates your pimples even more).
Try some of these different alternatives to get rid of your pimple quicker.