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Waking up on the day of a big event to find a big, angry pimple in your face is no fun. But realizing you don’t have any acne spot treatment for it makes it that much worse. So what about that hack we’ve heard about - using a dab of toothpaste to clear it up - does that really work?
According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai hospital, it used to be a legit solution. “Toothpaste has been used as a home remedy to treat pimples because many toothpastes used to contain an ingredient called triclosan, which is an antimicrobial that helps kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin," he explains.
But triclosan is a questionable ingredient so a lot of toothpaste doesn’t contain it anymore. According to the FDA, triclosan has been linked to hormone disruption in studies, so better safe than sorry.
Zeichner says toothpaste could still calm your pimple in a pinch because most of the formulas are made with drying agents like alcohol and baking soda. So use it as a last resort, but he advises sticking to traditional acne medication over toothpaste, if you have that option.
Source: Women's Health
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