How to Get Rid of Acne Fast with Toothpaste
Popular lifestyle and women's magazines have been touting the power of toothpaste as an acne fighter for years, as the mint found in most toothpastes can help dry out the skin. Using toothpaste properly can make all the difference between drying out your skin and seeing little results, and waking up with your problem blemish vanished.
Choose the right kind of toothpaste to get rid of acne. Gel-based toothpastes are less effective; and paste-based toothpaste will work the best. Also, make sure to choose a formula with the least amount of fluoride possible. HealthCentral.com notes that fluoride can cause irritation and skin eruptions.
Wash your face carefully with a gentle cleanser before you go to bed to rid your face of the dirt and oil that could cause acne, and to clean your skin in preparation to applying the toothpaste to your skin.
Dab a small amount of toothpaste gently on the blemishes with your little finger. You need only enough to visibly cover the area. Check the time, as you should leave the toothpaste on your skin for a short time as suggested by AcneAssassin.com. Any longer could irritate or dry out your skin too much. Never leave the toothpaste on your skin overnight.
Wash the toothpaste away after 10 to 15 minutes with a gentle cleanser and water. Avoid touching the acne any more than your have to, as you could transfer excess oil and bacteria from your hands to your face.
Watch for signs of irritation, redness or worse acne forming. Those with sensitive skin or dry skin may find that toothpaste adversely affects their acne, so it's important to try this remedy on one pimple at a time, as opposed to covering your whole face. Once you know how toothpaste affects your acne and if it works on your particular acne, you can try a more aggressive approach to getting rid of all acne on your face with toothpaste.
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