Firstly, it’s for your teeth and gums… but ok ok ok we’ve all been there - a spot catches your attention before bed, you’ve seen someone else post a picture with toothpaste dots all over their face, and so you give it a go yourself, only to wake up with the same spot, possibly bigger and more inflamed wondering why your great idea of going to bed looking like dot to dot didn’t do the trick...⠀
Toothpaste contains many ingredients that benefit dental health, such as: glycerin, sorbitol, calcium carbonate, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) - however, many of these ingredients are too harsh to use on our skin. People may find that toothpaste irritates or dries their skin out. This effect could be particularly dangerous for those with dry or sensitive skin.⠀
Having overly dry skin can stimulate excess oil production, which could, in turn, trigger further breakouts of spots. Having a new pimple pop up the night before a big event or experiencing a stubborn breakout that lingers for weeks on end can be frustrating. ⠀
However, before reaching for your toothpaste, you may wish to consider the following alternative remedies instead.⠀
Use an active AHA or BHA based cleanser ⠀
Use a facial mitt to remove your cleanser ⠀
Incorporate Salicylic Acid ⠀
Avoid harsh exfoliants ⠀
Make sure your products are fragrance free⠀
ICE your pimple⠀
Do not squeeze!⠀
Reduced cortisol levels will help reduce inflammation (check out my previous blog posts for ways to reduce inflammation)
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