Stop! Before You Dab Toothpaste on That Pimple, Read This

If you've ever tried this common home remedy, you might want to rethink how you treat acne.

pimpleyopinco/ShutterstockEach and every year, upwards of 50 million Americans suffer from some form of acne And each and every year, an even larger number of Americans have teeth. So, naturally, it comes as a relief that a remedy for acne would be found in something so readily available in the American medicine cabinet: toothpaste!

The common home remedy is touted online by some and brushed aside by others that totally don’t have a vested interest in the topic. But another argument against the unconventional topical treatment can be found right on the tube itself.

According to Men’s Health, it comes down to whether or not your toothpaste has a certain chemical in it. Triclosan, a bacteria-fighting agent that was more commonly found in soaps and body washes (and recently banned from most of those soap products), is the very ingredient in toothpaste that is frequently touted for its ability to dry out blemishes—but, it’s also been shown to cause hormone disruption, according to the FDA.

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, says that the toothpaste remedy “may, in fact, decrease the size of a red angry zit,” but “if you have access to a traditional acne medication…[use] that product over toothpaste.” 

Thanks, Doc. Keep the paste in your mouth, got it.

Source: Men’s Health 

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