Does Toothpaste Get Rid Of Blemishes?

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Throughout the years in magazines and on line, you’ve probably heard this tip before: applying toothpaste as a spot treatment to blemishes can help it and make it go away faster. So I decided to investigate the ingredients and see for myself if this was really true.

Here are the ingredients in a tube of Aquafresh toothpaste:

PEG-8 – binding agent, stabilizer and emollient

Sorbitol – thickening and slip agent

Sodium Saccharin – gives flavoring

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – cleansing agent…

Calcium Carbonate – chalk with absorbent action

Sodium Benzoate – preservative

D&C Red #30- dye to give color

FD&C Blue #1 – dye to give color

Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium- thickening agent

Calcium Carrageenan – thickening and binding agent

Sodium Monofluorophosphate – fluoride

Titanium Dioxide – thickening and whitening agent

Hydrated Silica (gel) – dehumidifying and dehydrating agent

Based on the ingredients alone, the three ingredients that have some potential properties that could help a quicker recovery for blemishes are: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a detergent-based, cleansing agent (that I avoid in all my gel cleansers since it is too drying), Calcium Carbonate, a chalk that does have an absorbing effect that could offer mild oil and bacteria-reducing action, and Hydrated Silica, a dehydrating ingredient that may also have an oil-absorbing, bacteria-fighting effect.

I then tried it myself on my own blemish and while it didn’t have a profound drying effect, it can confidently say that it did help a little. If you’re in a pinch, I think it could be helpful but if you’re looking for something stronger that will deliver faster results, you’re better off with specifically-formulated spot treatment products.

Do you have an at-home remedy for drying blemishes?

Here are the Renée Rouleau problem skin treatments:

Night Time Spot Lotion – For drying out blemishes fast

Daytime Blemish Gel – For use under makeup

Anti-Cyst Treatment – For healing stubborn cystic blemishes that develop deep within the skin

Post-Breakout Fading Gel – For fading red or dark marks leftover from blemishes

Read: How Renée Uses the High Frequency Device to Clear a Blemish Fast

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  1. Very insightful!

    Posted By: Amy  | 


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