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Does Toothpaste get Rid of Pimples?

Mary McMahon
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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The answer to this question is: it depends. Some toothpastes contain ingredients which can help get rid of pimples, while others do not, and in some cases they can actually irritate the skin. Given that there are numerous other acne remedies available, toothpaste should really only be viewed as a last resort. It also usually requires an overnight treatment to work effectively, so don't depend on toothpaste for emergent zit crises.

There are two ways in which toothpaste can work to get rid of pimples. In the first sense, toothpaste can act like a mask, drawing impurities out of the skin; it may also dry the skin slightly as it does so, which can reduce the size of a pimple. In addition, some toothpastes contain menthol or alcohol, two compounds which can dry the skin, although they can make your skin too dry, which is not desired.

If you want to use toothpaste to get rid of pimples, look for a true toothpaste, not a gel, and if you can, find one with minimal additives. Natural or organic toothpastes are a good bet, since they usually have a short ingredient list. Apply a small dab to the acne spot in question, leave it on overnight, and rinse in the morning. Your mileage may vary, depending on the toothpaste, your skin type, and the pimple.

If you want to get rid of pimples, there are a number of home remedies as well as over the counter medications which can help; if you have a severe case which has developed into acne, you may want to consult a doctor for stronger medications. Avoid popping pimples, no matter how tempting it is, because you can actually make the situation worse by causing a deep infection. If a pimple gets truly upsetting for you, head to a cosmetician who specializes in extractions; he or she has received special training in handling pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes. A dermatologist may also be willing to pop it for you.

Some home remedies to get rid of pimples include aspirin, which can be ground into a paste with water and applied overnight, as well as applications of lime or lemon juice and potato wedges. Over the counter medications can also be used to target trouble spots. More importantly, keep your face clean and grease-free, and use water based moisturizers for your skin care to help avoid the development of pimples in the first place.

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Discussion Comments

By anon343225 — On Jul 28, 2013

How to get rid of razor bumps is a big question that I hate! I have a tool that can get rid of them fast coming out soon.

Razor bumps occur when a newly shorn hair grows back to re-enter the skin. As it continues to pierce and embed itself into the skin, a bump will appear as a sign of injury.

To get rid of razor bumps rapidly, keep the part free of sweat and germs. Wash the regarded area with antibacterial cleanser. Development of bacterium can exacerbate the precondition and prevents skin’s power to reclaim the bumps.

By anon339525 — On Jun 24, 2013

I used normal Colgate paste. I first applied and left it for about 50 minutes, but it didn't work. Nothing happened. The pimple is just as clear as day. I repeated it, but this time left it overnight with same result and ice also had no effect. I think I am going to pop!

By anon338922 — On Jun 18, 2013

I've been using Crest Pro Health for three stubborn pimples on my chin area. It worked like a charm! I was kind of surprised because toothpaste has never worked for me before. I keep it on for a little bit and then wash clean. I then use my face cleanser, so my face doesn't dry out.

By anon317024 — On Jan 31, 2013

Nope, it really burns. Don't try if you have sensitive skin.

By anon304283 — On Nov 19, 2012

So I just got a pimple right on my forehead and it's huge! It's my first one in a long time and I tried a lot of things to make it go away.

This is what I tried. First, I put honey on my face and it worked a little. Second, I used ice. It kind of worked but only dabbed it for 20-30 seconds

and finally third, I used these ingredients for a face mask. It's a home remedy. I used an egg yolk only and herbs with honey and some milk. Then I rubbed it on my skin and left it for 20 minutes, only and that's how long it should be on and when it's on your face, you can't move or else it'll leave marks on your face so you have to be still.

Anyway, good luck.

By anon289786 — On Sep 06, 2012

I put toothpaste on my acne a long time ago because a friend suggested it, and it left it a little dry, but not all the way and it reduced my acne. Right now I'm using a product called AcneFree and it took away all my acne! I really suggest that and also to put ice on it and a hot wash cloth always helps quicken the process and reduce the swelling and redness.

The other day I mixed four Advils with some peroxide and baking soda into a paste and it took away all my pimples and redness. It was really smooth. Just make sure that you moisturize right after you clean your face because after about an hour it will dry up so that's one of the best things.

By anon282636 — On Jul 30, 2012

I just turned 13 but was one of the first kids in my grade to get acne. I got it from my parents. A little over a month and a half ago, I got three pimples on my chin that still haven't gone away. I'm going to the toothpaste method tonight. I will post tomorrow if it worked or not. --Linda

By anon277902 — On Jul 02, 2012

Do not use this if you have sensitive skin. It burns. I used crest pro health gum protection but it was a waste of time. I did a mask and now my eye is swollen and it hurts terribly. I did this just for a minute and all this happened. Please don't use this toothpaste if you have sensitive skin. It ruins your face!

By anon273115 — On Jun 05, 2012

I use toothpaste (crest) every morning on my face as a mask. I usually let it sit on there for about 30 minutes and I know it may sound crazy but it keeps my face feeling great. My skin has this refreshing feeling after I take it off and it keeps my skin glowing and soft as ever.

I also put it on before going to bed, not as a mask but usually on just the main parts of my skin that have zits and what not and by morning my face is clear and if not, then it's very close to getting there. This all may sound crazy, but believe it or not, I have been doing this for about two weeks now and my skin has never felt or looked better. So I would really recommend it!

By anon270278 — On May 22, 2012

I have used toothpaste, the whitening one. At first it was good, but my skin is really rough. Should I progress on with the paste or what?

By anon261049 — On Apr 13, 2012

I don't have acne on my face but on my back, which is really embarrassing because I dance and the leotards show all my pimples! I'm trying the toothpaste thing right now. I tried it accidentally with whitening toothpaste for 10 minutes and it didn't burn at all. It did leave my skin a little red but reduced the size of my pimples. Now I'm using regular colgate toothpaste so I'll see how it works.

By anon259851 — On Apr 08, 2012

I did this last night because I had big pimples and I wanted to get rid of them. I put colgate whitening toothpaste on my pimples, and I have sensitive skin. When I woke up this morning, I took it off and I had something like a dry, bruised scab on my cheek. It's really big and it hurts when I smile.

Does anyone know how to get rid of it? I have paw paw ointment on it. Toothpaste doesn't help!

By anon251698 — On Mar 02, 2012

I just did that last night! I put on toothpaste and left it on overnight, and I just washed it off!

I think it reduced the size and redness of the pimples. I put it on pimples on my face and my back. I hate acne.

By anon247696 — On Feb 14, 2012

Don't do this toothpaste technique overnight. It has damaged my face. I woke up with a chemical burn on my face and spent loads on products trying to fix it. It's not worth it, guys. And my spot/pimple is still there, even after leaving it overnight with a band aid. I had huge scabs which were like brown and black, on my face, which took a week to heal with several trips to doctors, hospitals and phone calls to skin specialists. Now I'm left with a wrinkled under eye and a small scar on my cheek.

This was the biggest mistake ever and I so regret it. Don't make that same mistake I did.

By anon243334 — On Jan 27, 2012

Yes, toothpaste is one of the best choices to heal pimples.

By anon239938 — On Jan 11, 2012

I used toothpaste and it has been working for me! Of course my acne hasn't completely gone but it helps reduce pimples! What also helps putting honey on your face like a mask and leaving it for 30 minutes. Works for me too!

By anon229878 — On Nov 16, 2011

I was looking for a way to make my large pores appear less noticeable. I tried toothpaste yesterday. I could see my pores going small soon as I applied it.

I wonder why you people keep it on for a whole night or a whole day, even for 30 minutes. I just applied it and rinsed one minute afterward. The result was smooth skin. Follow with a good moisturizer and you are done.

It's strong you don't need to put it on for a whole night. Of course it will burn if you do that.

Use it as a face wash morning and night and leave it only for 30 minutes on large pimples.

By anon223160 — On Oct 18, 2011

I used Colgate toothpaste and it dried out my pimples within three days of using it. Colgate seems to be very mild and soft, just a mild minty sensation on the pimple but 100 percent worked for me. I never had acne before I heard of Colgate helped my husband when he was a teenager and he passed the tip to me I'm so happy because it's embarrassing when you have to go to social meetings and your jaw has bright red pimples. It works. Don't use crest toothpaste because it irritates the skin and will make the pimples very painful.

By anon220469 — On Oct 07, 2011

does this really work?

By anon219781 — On Oct 04, 2011

can i use active salt colgate?

By paulspnao — On Sep 15, 2011

Nice information. Eat a healthy diet. This step is often overlooked by many people but skincare experts will tell you that there is a lot of truth in the old saying that “you are what you eat”. Some good ideas for healthy eating include consuming lean healthy meats, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and avoiding excess amounts of processed foods wherever possible.

Consider using an over-the-counter acne medications as a supplemental strategy for getting rid of pimples. A full explanation of all of the available over the counter medications for acne treatment is beyond the scope of the short article, but if you have any questions, be sure and consult with your dermatologist.

By anon208950 — On Aug 24, 2011

I hate acne. I wish we didn't have it on our faces. It's so embarrassing, I just want to cry. So I'm going to try proactive. I hope this works.

By anon204021 — On Aug 07, 2011

I have to agree: colgate is the best. you can see an improvement the next day!

By anon203333 — On Aug 05, 2011

Okay So when i applied Colgate toothpaste, i blow dried it (put it on low, and cool mode. Not hot. It burned real quick, and that's the feeling you need to have, because that's the feeling of killing pimples. Well, my pimples reduced in like an hour. So I'm happy.

By anon203198 — On Aug 04, 2011

Toothpaste is a gift from God for use on one or two zits. I don't know if it's a good idea for full facial acne, but for an indie zit, gone in one night.

By anon199174 — On Jul 22, 2011

does it work if you use pepsodent toothpaste?

By anon197196 — On Jul 16, 2011

"Colgate Total Clean Mint Paste" as a spot treatment, left on overnight really works for me.

The gels do not work at all for me, and anything that says "whitening" will just irritate my skin.

By anon194304 — On Jul 07, 2011

My acne is really driving me crazy lately! I am planning on trying to use toothpaste but am afraid it won't work, but rather will irritate my sensitive skin!

By anon189347 — On Jun 22, 2011

I use toothpaste as a sort of mask. A dab of toothpaste plus water and leave it on for a minute. It dries out your skin and the pimples so it works best if you use a moisturizing cleanser afterwards.

By anon189006 — On Jun 22, 2011

please tell me which toothpaste is best for it.

By anon183061 — On Jun 03, 2011

I'm 13 turning 14 in a month or so. My skin reacts really weird. I've tried everything from mint mask to my mom's hindu home remedies. They all work for a while then later become ineffective, which is really frustrating

. Sometimes my skin gets really oily and at other times really really dry. I'm about to enter high school and i want to get rid of this pimples and scars asap! I hope this works. I'm praying it does. Does anyone else have any surfire methods that would work. If you do, please tell me!

By anon183060 — On Jun 03, 2011

Im 13 turning 14 in a month or so. My skin reacts really weird i've tried everything from mint mask to my moms hindu home remedies. They all work for a while then later become ineffective. Which is really frustrating ><. Sometimes my skin gets really oily and at other times really really dry. Im about to enter high school and i want to get rid of this pimples and scars asap! I hope this works im praying it does lol! Does anyone else have any surfire methods that would work if you dopleasetell me!!!! :)

By anon182936 — On Jun 03, 2011

Okay so i messed up and used gel tooth paste! You're supposed to use paste. So I'm going to try the paste now and see if it works because the gel does not work! --Maddy

By anon182755 — On Jun 02, 2011

O.K., so I'm 12, and pretty much all my sixth grade year i had really bad pimples, and I'm in summer school for seventh grade and they are still really bad.

I wash my face with cleansers. I put alcohol on it, I wash it with bar soap, but nothing is working! Oh and popping: don't do it! it just makes it way worse. I am using Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste. It's blue and it barely burns. I'm going to leave it on overnight and hope it helps me! i will post tomorrow to tell you if it works! --Maddy

By anon181406 — On May 29, 2011

I'm 11 soon 12 i have a medium white head pimple over my mouth. I heard about toothpaste and i applied it. i hope it works. *fingers crossed*- Angel

By anon178633 — On May 21, 2011

I have a red spot just below the corner of my mouth, and we have school photos tomorrow and I look like I freak with it! Anyway I tried the toothpaste method. I just applied it to the spot, left it for a couple of hours then washed off with hot water, and then splashed my face with cold water. I can't really see much of a difference, but at least I'm not left with those burn marks like other people.

By anon177533 — On May 18, 2011

Going for the toothpaste now. I have Colgate Total, hope it works because I've got these really bad zits on my chin. Every time I shave, I break out, like within 30 minutes! And it lasts for a month or two. Can anyone help me out? Thanks - Chris

By anon176582 — On May 16, 2011

I'm a Female,normal human being, struck down with acne. I hate it, seriously. It is destroying my self-esteem!

By the way, I'm only 15, turning 16 this year. I have scars on both sides of my cheeks.

Imagine me shying away from others, but they still can see the other side of my face.

Searching web information frantically, i thought i was saved. Unknowingly, it's a online buying thing: books, etc., "Acne no more," "The last acne solution," blahblah.

Just now i just tried the toothpaste method. Mine's colgate advanced whitening, which causes a little burning at first, but now it has subsided. I hope it works!

By anon175479 — On May 12, 2011

so i used this treatment, toothpaste. I'm 15 years old, female, and it made my zit so much worse. it made it burn even when i touched it. therefore i could no longer put my face wash on it because it burned so much! i just stopped putting things on my face, and it went away on its own within three or four days. i did this about three weeks ago.

now I've been using a remedy that works great! my science teacher brought it up in class one day. i have two sinks in my bathroom. i fill one up with the extremely hot water, and the second one i fill with extremely cold water. i put a washcloth in both. i start with the hot sink, take the washcloth and hold it on my face, and i repeat this about six times, then move onto the cold sink and do the same. this process leaves my face feeling tight and clean. i haven't gotten bad acne since I've started this, and it's simple and you can get it at home, no products. hope you try it and it works well for you!

By anon171342 — On Apr 29, 2011

i tried this with the Crest Pro Health toothpaste for 10 minutes, but then found out it was whitening! They hid it on the container! So now i put a really small amount of CVS brand -- no whitening to be seen -- and will wait for 30 minutes. I have sort of sensitive skin, but I'm using extra sensitive toothpaste. So, wish me luck!

By anon171334 — On Apr 29, 2011

Well i have really bad acne on my forehead and I've tried everything else. I'm using colgate total advance whitening, because that's all we have.

I'm kind of embarrassed to ask my mom to take me to the drug store to buy me a different brand because then i would have to tell her why! i haven't applied it yet but I'm going to do it right before I go to bed because i don't want to walk around the house and having my brothers look at me like I'm crazy. but if they say and the next day i was acne free. i would really like to see their faces!

By anon169854 — On Apr 23, 2011

so i just put colgate toothpaste (it's blue) onto my forehead where i have a pimple. i haven't had a large pimple like this in almost six months, so I'm hoping this really works!

i tried it once like two years ago and i don't remember if it worked well or not, but I'm hoping it did. No, i did not smear the toothpaste all over my forehead/entire face. i only dabbed it onto the infected area. It's 10 a.m. right now, and I'll write back later tonight or tomorrow to tell you guys if it has worked well for me!

By anon169726 — On Apr 22, 2011

I'm trying this right now! hope it works for me.. -tori

By anon164744 — On Apr 02, 2011

So far it has done nothing for me.

By anon163874 — On Mar 29, 2011

I've left it on for two hours and nothing has changed!

By anon160331 — On Mar 15, 2011

it worked fine. i used aquafresh 0-3 milk teeth. - Luke

By anon160135 — On Mar 14, 2011

I'm going to try this overnight but do i sleep with it on, because i sleep with on my belly and it might smudge. --luke

By anon158974 — On Mar 09, 2011

Have always found toothpaste reduces the size of spots and sometimes makes them disappear altogether. I've used many different types and they all seem to work, but some of them do produce a burning sensation.

By anon154168 — On Feb 20, 2011

I'm using the toothpaste method right now, its been about 25 mins since I've used it, and i can see that the pimple is clearing and getting smaller! it's actually really good! try using it.

By anon150791 — On Feb 08, 2011

Going to go get the toothpaste! i hope this works. i get acne on my forehead and on my nose. not on my cheeks though.

By anon150372 — On Feb 07, 2011

Is this a legit product though? Like really, toothpaste?

I'll give it a go, but hopefully it won't irritate my skin!

Wish me luck please!

By anon146715 — On Jan 27, 2011

i have a farewell function tomorrow. I don't know what to do. I have this pimple on my forehead. Please suggest any remedy except the toothpaste one, because I am really scared of scars. please help.

and i personally feel that every thing you do has pros and cons. Applying toothpaste may not help everyone, so it's always better to leave it as it is.

By anon146590 — On Jan 26, 2011

so i was breaking out and it was driving me nuts. I put on the toothpaste 30 minutes ago and just took it off. The only thing is i used a whitening one (only one i had). Well, when i took it off, most of the pimples were reduced in size and aren't as noticeable if i put on cover up! but since i read that you're not supposed to use the whitening kind i took it off early and put moisturizer on. I'll see how it ends up in the morning! wish me luck!

By anon145610 — On Jan 24, 2011

Okay so I've had this zit on my upper lip which really did not look nice and I had college the next day and I was afraid people were going to think it looked like herpes or something so I started freaking out.

First, I tried using a cinnamon and honey paste but that did nothing except make my skin soft.

but then i tried toothpaste and i let it be for about 30 minutes and when i went back to the toilet to wash my face, i saw that it did nothing and i was a bit disappointed. So anyway, i washed my face and gently patted the area of the zit and used a wash cloth to wipe my face gently. When i looked again the zit was completely gone!

So just in case, i applied the toothpaste once again so it could get all the germs out once and for all. I can't believe it actually worked!

By anon144643 — On Jan 20, 2011

I just put toothpaste on my pimples and it feels like it is really working. I've tried proactiv and it did not work for me. That was kind of disappointing because of the price. Well anyway, I'm anxious to see the results of toothpaste on my face.

By anon144484 — On Jan 19, 2011

I tried it and it got some of them out! I forgot to not rub it all over the pimples but I did. It does help!

By anon142579 — On Jan 13, 2011

I was searching how to get rid of pimples last night and I came across this website. I was sort of scared since half the people said that using whitening toothpaste causes scars and burns but that was all I had. So before bed I put a big dab of Colgate Total Advanced Clean plus Whitening on my pimples. It burned very slightly after about 10 minutes but honestly it didn't hurt at all. It felt good, cool and tingly.

When I woke up for school (I'm a 13 year old girl) and I wiped it off my pimples had decreased in size about halfway. Considering that I've tried so many things, this was amazing. I popped the whiteheads, rinsed my face with hot water, dried my face, then reapplied it. This time it burned and hurt much more than before. I wanted to take it off but I'd take the burn over zits any day. And if your like me and your zits won't go away, you won't care either, trust me.

It's the afternoon now and I'm about to go apply it again for about half an hour, then I'll put ice on them.

If you want to get rid of your pimples, don't be afraid to try this. It really works.

If you're afraid of burns and scars, try it on one small pimple at first and see how it goes.

By anon140870 — On Jan 08, 2011

I once got a large, noticeable zit beside my face, and I was going to school the next day. So, I picked at it until it popped and some white stuff oozed out of it (my mom said it was pus), and the next day, the zit was gone completely! I don't know if it leaves any scars, because I can't see any right now, but if zit-popping leaves scars, somebody stop me!

By anon139468 — On Jan 04, 2011

it depends on skin type. toothpaste leaves scars on my pimples. what works for me is get sweaty from the gym or exercise and wash off with cool water. i have to wash my face constantly to prevent pimples. if you see your forehead shiny, go wash it.

By anon138868 — On Jan 02, 2011

O.K., this really hurts, but if its worth getting my face back to newborn baby clear, I'll do anything right now because the two huge red mountains on my face, aren't so pleasing.

By the way: i used colgate, a white toothpaste. Do not rub, itch, scratch, or pick at it while using toothpaste

P.S. Do not rub! Add only a dab of it on the areas where there is redness and the pimple alone.

Once again, do not rub. You will regret it, been there and trust me, it won't give you a scar but it will irritate it and make it bigger!

By anon138083 — On Dec 30, 2010

I tried using the toothpaste last night. I was kind of scared because I heard a lot of people saying that it makes it worse and others said that it works fantastic, so tried it last night with this zit I had on my cheek. I left the toothpaste on only for about 30 minutes because I was not so sure about leaving it on overnight.

After 30 minutes of having it on I went to rinse my face, and I was kind of amazed to see that it reduced the size of the zit, but now I wish I could go back in time and didn't do it because it actually gave me more a black and red mark, and I was pretty upset because I have many of those.

Oh yeah I used the toothpaste called Crest that has baking soda and peroxide with tartar protection and its blue. If I were you I would use it if you're broke and it's the last thing you could think of to get your acne to go away.

I hope it works on you if you tried it but please listen to me: You will be shocked in the morning by seeing a black scar which can stay there for months or years! But, oh well. Everyone has different skins and probably the way it worked for me would not work for you.

By anon136615 — On Dec 23, 2010

I'm trying this right now, and i hope it works. i have had acne for as long as i remember.

i am 18 years old, and at first it would pass off as adolescent acne due to my irregular menstrual cycles. But now, its gotten to be more than that. i have tried every home remedy, i have tried oriflame (which worked temporarily before i broke out again), proactiv (do not try it) and neutrogena.

i really need these to disappear. It didn't do me much good last week as i was attending a family reunion and it looked terrible (after actually improving in between, bummer!) and i have a date with my crush next week, and i don't want a blotched up face. hope this works *fingers crossed.*

By anon136568 — On Dec 23, 2010

toothpaste does not work for me! i left it overnight and now I've got a burn mark around my pimple and now it looks horrible! and i do not know what to do about it! just don't do it!

By anon135863 — On Dec 20, 2010

I'm using toothpaste right now. I hope it works. Mine aren't that big but I'm light skinned so any bump looks bad, so I'll post again to update you all.

By anon135532 — On Dec 19, 2010

No, toothpaste does not work. I put it on my face overnight and it gave me a big scar that I'm living with right now. It is ugly.

By anon134554 — On Dec 15, 2010

I'm 17 and my face is full of pimples, but i want to try the toothpaste, but I'm scared it will give me scars and i already have many scars on my face now.

By anon133949 — On Dec 13, 2010

Arm and Hammer (Sensitive) works very well for me. Smells good, tastes great, and works amazingly on pimples. I'm a college student, which means an unsteady diet, no steady sleeping schedule, no sleep, and loads of stress; all of which isn't good for the skin. But this toothpaste remedy really works. Also a baking soda mask 1-2 times a weeks works like magic.

By anon132974 — On Dec 09, 2010

I actually have some dermatologist stuff called Differen (the strength is .3) It works slowly but okay, though it dries out my skin anyway.

So I just put some blue-green globs of toothpaste on my forehead and decided to read what I could online. (Though usually with drugs and other things I like to research it before I try it haha. Oh, well.)

I used Aim, a toothpaste that costs 99 cents. No whitening because I have braces.

I haven't had really bad acne for awhile, but there are two huge zits on my head and I have a meeting with my dermatologist today. typical right?

If I remember, I'll post back later telling everyone the results. Good luck dear friends on the quest to becoming zit free and tired of crap!

By anon132359 — On Dec 06, 2010

i just applied some toothpaste on my spot. i hope it works. it was burning at first and my eyes were watering but now the burning stopped. I rarely get spots but they come when I'm on my period most the time.

By anon130985 — On Nov 30, 2010

I have toothpaste on my zit right now (seems weird to be researching after trying) and I can actually feel a little burn. My fingertips also smell like mint, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is that I'm pretty sure it's working. I use Colgate (just because it's all we have).

By anon130519 — On Nov 28, 2010

I used this last night on a really big zit I have, and I was surprised by how effective it was. I'm sure it only works on certain types of blemishes, but all in all I was rather impressed.

By anon130204 — On Nov 27, 2010

Guys, it's as easy as this. The internet says that toothpaste is the last resort, and so does any pharmaceutical person or whatever, because if they make it publish and announce how good it actually is, especially for oily faces, then all the " acne " product markets will crash.

So I'm just very lucky to have discovered this easy, cheap, and always there product.

By anon130101 — On Nov 27, 2010

I've searched everything and done everything, basically, but I've never tried toothpaste so I'm going to try it tonight and see if it works. now lots of you may be from america but I'm from australia and it's very different here.

By anon129901 — On Nov 26, 2010

I can just see you all smearing toothpaste all over your faces. Lol. One kid said he's going to start smearing mayonnaise all over his face and wash it off with milk. Just use "face" wash.

By anon129731 — On Nov 24, 2010

i put on cavity fighting toothpaste all over my face, kind of like a mask, and leave it on it for about two to five minutes then wash it off. i can barely even see my pimples in the morning. i left it on overnight once and my face was really dry.

but if you don't want to use toothpaste, you can use natural yogurt as a mask and let it set 20-25 minutes. they both work! for me anyway.

By anon129713 — On Nov 24, 2010

Is there any other household item i could use to help calm acne? -loslocosporvida

By anon129517 — On Nov 23, 2010

I recently got out of a gang and I'm so stressed,and i noticed i have a few white heads. could stress cause zits?


By anon129283 — On Nov 22, 2010

I live in east los angeles. do you think the weather or pollution could affect my face and cause acne? Please respond. -eastlos47

By anon129282 — On Nov 22, 2010

Mmy friend has a few zits on his face right now and i had told him about the toothpaste thing and this website. he said he will try it and wants to leave a comment! Thumbs up to this website.

By anon129266 — On Nov 22, 2010

I'm using toothpaste right now and i had whitening toothpaste on and it was really burning but i read these posts and people said they used whitening toothpaste and it burned and that it messed up their skin.

So i changed the toothpaste and it's not burning as much. is it still going to work?

By anon129008 — On Nov 21, 2010

I'm have crest on my face right now it worked last night,so hopefully it works overnight. I'm 13 and i hate zits or pimples. I get about 2-3 pimples a month. --lakerchika123

By BriiNicolee — On Nov 21, 2010

I am a 12 year old girl and I have school tomorrow and I have acne on the left and right side on my chin -- a few tiny ones on both of my cheeks and some on my forehead.

I was thinking about putting toothpaste on it but I was reading about how some people said it made it bigger and it burned it and scarred it. And they say that whitening tooth paste does not work and that is the only kind that we have but it is the colgate kind.

So, I did something else that worked before : you put mayonnaise on your face for how ever long you want. I usually do this for about 30 - 45 minutes tops! And then when you are all done, wash it off with milk. So I will apply the toothpaste to a small area on my face and see what happens but if that does not work I will use the mayonnaise trick.

By anon127805 — On Nov 17, 2010

First of all, it won't leave a scar. what happens if your brushing your teeth and it drips onto your chin and you don't notice and leave it there. are you going to scar? no, i don't think so!

I did this: i put ordinary toothpaste on my chin where i have the most pimples and left it on for a few hours so it hardened. i washed it off and in the morning my pimples were hardly recognisable. it's a great method. just don't use whitening toothpaste.

By anon127632 — On Nov 16, 2010

It's actually proven what you eat doesn't affect pimple production.

By anon124821 — On Nov 07, 2010

can anyone tell (with experience) which toothpaste is the best to use?

By anon123807 — On Nov 03, 2010

I have a really big spot but i don't have a serious case of acne -- just a couple of spots that come near my nose and it's really a big problem because you can see the pus and it looks really gross.

I put toothpaste on it, but it started burning so i don't know whether to leave it on or just wash it? What shall i do? Please help me.

By anon121056 — On Oct 22, 2010

Do not use any type of whitening toothpaste. I wanted to try this method and hadn't read up on it enough, because I used my whitening toothpaste. It did feel like it was burning but other acne products have the same feeling sometimes so I thought it was normal.

I woke up the next morning and I have a huge scar, which I now have to wait for it to scab over. It burned my face where the pimple was, and it's much harder to cover up with concealer when it's like this. All of my friends made fun of me in school, and I'm hoping the scab will go away soon. So basically, do not use whitening toothpaste!

By anon117999 — On Oct 12, 2010

My friend uses toothpaste because she is allergic to any acidic things (like lemon juice etc.) touching her face so it's her only resort and now she hardly ever gets any bad spots! You know just a couple of small things here and there no one really cares about?

It does depend on your skin type though.

I would avoid it if you get really bad spots or have super sensitive skin. If it's just an average "Oh no it's huge!" (red but not too big) problem then feel free. Colgate and aquafresh work best but make sure it says toothpaste and not the fancy gels. Look at the ingredients, as well.

P.S. Don't cover your face in a mask of it. That can give you burns. Just cover up the spots

By anon117993 — On Oct 12, 2010

I've only tried it once but I did the completely wrong thing with it! I don't get bad spots very often, only tiny little skin coloured things on my chin. I got a few really bad ones a week ago and they won't go away! I'm going to try it and hope it works.

By anon117422 — On Oct 10, 2010

I tried it. I just used normal cheap-ish toothpaste, nothing fancy or expensive. And it worked. I only had about 2-3 small spots, and I kept the toothpaste on for about 30 minutes, washed it off and went straight to bed. When I woke up and looked in the mirror, the spots were either gone or just very small! Toothpaste is a great spot remover!

By anon115825 — On Oct 04, 2010

I've had acne for too long, I am trying this method because I simply have nowhere else to turn. I have been trying everything.

I've also been trying the hot water and cold water method. It's when you are in a bath or shower and just before you get out of the bath, run boiling hot water through your shower and on to your face, it may be painful but you have got to be strong. Then immediately run cold water and do the same thing.

The hot water opens up your pours and cleans it, and the cold water closes it. It feels lovely and it helps your skin.

By anon113766 — On Sep 25, 2010

I have Crest Baking Soda Whitening with Tartar protection on my acne and it's not burning one bit.

I don't know if it works but it's blue, and I'm kind of scared that it's going to be a gel, but I heard that baking soda was supposed to be good for your acne, so...

If it works, then I'll post again tomorrow.

By anon112612 — On Sep 21, 2010

i putting it now overnight. hope it will work. please.

By anon112336 — On Sep 20, 2010

I had it on for about 30 minutes and it started to clear up. i have on my second mask of it and it feels great, no burning, my eyes aren't watering. i love this! Best part is I'm a 16 year old guy who's about to go to a dance and have had terrible acne for three years now. I'm so excited to be zit free this year!

By anon110032 — On Sep 10, 2010

Wow! yesterday was my first time trying the toothpaste thing. i got really scared, though, because mine has whitening in it. I thought my face was going to burn off!

I had pimples all over my cheeks and chin and forehead, so i kept the toothpaste on for like 30 minutes then i took it off and my cheeks were clear except for one pimple, but it's so small now and i only have a little on my forehead and no pimples on my chin.

This really worked for me. hope it works for you guys, too.

By anon109605 — On Sep 08, 2010

These pimples ruined my summer! I hope this works because I have tried everything (and I mean everything) to get rid of them.

By anon107368 — On Aug 30, 2010

I've had acne for about nine months now. It's not severe, but i do break out quite a bit. I've been using proactiv for about six months and it doesn't seem to be working for me, so I've recently started to use (about a week ago) two products from the Seacret range, all their products are fully natural and won't irritate your skin.

It's not made fully for "acne" but it does treat your skin fully naturally, you will only need two products instead of using three from proactiv. Now I'm not saying proactiv doesn't work, it just didn't work for me. Okay so the 'secret' products I'm using are,

Enriched facial mud mask. Use it once a week or once every two days.

Purifying peeling mask. Use it every day, twice a day. This cleans your skin without making it dry, removes oils and dirt and unclogs your pores.

These products really seem to be helping my skin. I've noticed that my skin is a lot smoother and feels so much better. when i first started using it i broke out for about two days but keep using it and you will definitely see results.

Be patient and keep positive! everything you do to get rid of your acne is getting you a little bit closer to fully getting rid of your blemishes.

By anon106769 — On Aug 27, 2010

Colgate works for me. I haven't noticed any burning.

By amypollick — On Aug 14, 2010

@Anon103827: If you have really severe acne, you might want to go to the doctor. Sometimes, antibiotics will help clear up especially bad acne.

Alternatively, go to the drugstore and get some (hydro)cortisone cream, with 2 percent cortisone. It won't completely erase the pimples overnight, but it will help them look less red and inflamed, which certainly makes them less noticeable. Good luck.

By anon103847 — On Aug 14, 2010

I'm using colgate for one week now and guess what? my pimples are gone. Thanks to colgate.

By anon103827 — On Aug 14, 2010

I've read everywhere and even gotten this advice from family and friends saying to use toothpaste to get rid of a zit quickly. They said to leave it on overnight, so I did. I woke up the next morning and the freakin thing was bigger and hurt worse than it did the night before.

I don't care about the burning. I just need something to get all my acne off. I'm so self-conscious about my acne. Please, anyone who has idea on how to get rid of zits without having to wait a week to a month for results, help me out. Thanks guys. Glad it worked for you!

By anon103336 — On Aug 11, 2010

I have some on right now, and it didn't burn but it made my eyes water. This is the first time I've done it and it feels like it's working.

By anon101326 — On Aug 02, 2010

i have toothpaste on a zit and it barely burns.

By anon101322 — On Aug 02, 2010

i have severe acne on my forehead and I'm not sure if i should try toothpaste because some people said it burned their face. I'll try it anyway.

By anon98546 — On Jul 23, 2010

I'm 16 male i have done this a lot and trust me, it does help. The burning stinks but you have to get through it. I did this for a whole week one month and then i didn't have a pimple until today so i think it really does work.

By anon96258 — On Jul 15, 2010

Okay well the reason your whole face is burning is because you are only supposed to use on one zit or small areas of skin. This is also my first time to use it so hope it works. I've just done my research on it. that way nothing screwed up happens to my face.

By anon96240 — On Jul 14, 2010

I put Colgate or Crest toothpaste every night all over my face for about 20-30 min. It works great!

By anon94467 — On Jul 08, 2010

I've also tried the whole toothpaste thing in the past. I believe it depends on one's skin type. It did reduce the size of my blemish but it didn't completely disappear. I don't break out ever. So I tried it because I couldn't believe I had gotten one. Anyway just wash your face with a good daily regimen and you'll be fine.

By anon93795 — On Jul 05, 2010

toothpaste was horrible for me. i put it on and my face now is burned and red and i have five burn spots on my face now and it hurts and it looks wrinkly! It's horrible! I'm really pretty and this makes me feel so ugly. What can i do to make the burns go away quickly? Someone, please help!

By anon93616 — On Jul 04, 2010

i have grads the next day and my friend told me to use toothpaste, but i have extra sensitive skin. I'm feeling the burning right now. I just hope it does not irritate my pimples more.

By anon92928 — On Jul 01, 2010

using toothpaste was good for me. it worked but not for blackheads and small pimples, but to make big pimples subside. one should try this for some time. if the result is OK, then that's fine. otherwise, don't use.

By anon92534 — On Jun 28, 2010

Toothpaste has worked for me. I saw it online and I decided to try it overnight. I used Colgate White Paste. When I woke up the next morning my face was clear! But I'm black so that's why it maybe worked for me. I recommend this for black people, only not too sure for if you are white. If your pimples are really big and bad I don't recommend toothpaste. If they are not so bad and not that big, try it.

By anon92530 — On Jun 28, 2010

I'm typing with toothpaste on my face right now. it sucks. Whenever I get my period I break out. I'm trying to get rid of it because I'm going to a movie before it premiers and I will feel self conscious.

Well the good news is that it kind of stopped burning and when I've done this before it worked. my grandmother recommended it. Also you can try vitacilina -- that's a cream that also dries out pimples. It's kind of embarrassing because my litle sister has friends over and they look at me as if I was a freak. I hope it clears up soon. wish me luck and good luck to all of you out there.

By anon91560 — On Jun 22, 2010

Use toothpaste with caution. It definitely can work. However, avoid using anything with whiteners in it. I would also avoid gels. A lot of the incidents of people with burns can be related back to a whitening toothpaste which tends to have peroxide in it. Hence the chemical whitener is what actually burns the skin.

Also, if you have sensitive skin I would not advise use. The best thing to do if you are considering using this method is to test the toothpaste on a small area of skin (preferably a spot that is not readily visible should a reaction occur) to see if you will have a bad reaction.

Also, do not use this as an overnight mask. It's just asking for bad results.

Please note that if you are using other acne products, be careful as you do not know how the chemicals in each will react to each other. Basically, use your common sense.

By anon91322 — On Jun 21, 2010

it doesn't work! i've tried it so many times and it does nothing.

By anon91300 — On Jun 21, 2010

last night i was reading ways to get rid of my acne and i saw on here that toothpaste worked. so i took a dab of toothpaste and covered it up with a band-aid and went to sleep.

well i woke up this morning and my face is so sore from where i had it and the pimples look worse! it was probably the worst thing I've ever done. i recommend not doing the toothpaste idea.

By anon91039 — On Jun 19, 2010

I'm not sure if toothpaste works, but we will see.

By anon89552 — On Jun 10, 2010

I use Tea Tree products. Best thing to use is tea tree oil or calamine lotion. Apply that stuff before going to bed and your spots will go in the morning and there is no trace of it!

And also drink water before going to sleep. Detoxing yourself is the best way. Last week I had Burger King or McDonalds every day for lunch. My skin was so messed up and i ended up with loads of pimples. Always eat healthy foods and drink loads of water.

By anon89431 — On Jun 10, 2010

my face is really burning like hell. I don't know if I should remove it.

By anon89292 — On Jun 09, 2010

Umm well I'm using Colgate and my pimples are getting smaller! Yay, right? Oh and yeah, it does burn a bit but you get used to it. i guess it just depends on how sensitive your skin is. p.s. my skin isn't dry, so double yay!

By anon88655 — On Jun 06, 2010

I've got some colgate toothpaste on my spots right now. When i put it on it kind of stung and burned but hopefully that means it'll work. So I'll find out if it worked in the morning.

By anon88428 — On Jun 04, 2010

I feel the toothpaste burning. it's burning so bad that it's making my eyes water. if this does not work I will be very disappointed after i wasted some good toothpaste. I guess we'll see.

By anon87830 — On Jun 01, 2010

Guys go use oxy clean face wash with 10 percent peroxide. it's the only thing that's works for me and I've been looking for years! It comes in a black stand up bottle with a red label.

By anon87001 — On May 27, 2010

Listen up, people! You are not supposed to smear toothpaste all over your entire face! Of course it'll dry it all out! You are just supposed to put it on a small area or one zit. Use some common sense, guys.

By anon86614 — On May 26, 2010

I tried toothpaste last night and was hoping that zit will go away or at least reduce, but it didn't. I used colgate toothpaste as well, and it burned so much and this morning when I went to wash it off my whole face was stinging. it's gotten bigger and redder and I'm so depressed. what else works?

By anon85679 — On May 21, 2010

I've got some colgate in my nose right now, it's an under-skin pimple, that is quite frankly, bleeping huge. I hope this works. the pain just gets unbearable sometimes.

By anon83205 — On May 09, 2010

last night i used natural and organic toothpaste on my face without using facial care and this morning when i looked in the mirror, I saw my pimples are getting smaller! Wow! I'm pretty excited to meet my new classmates and teachers next school year without covering my face. but technically my mouth is a little bit kind of breath taking. too bad.

By anon82598 — On May 06, 2010

it does work. and i know stuff that does, too. honey helps a lot. slower but healthier.

By anon82589 — On May 06, 2010

i used toothpaste last night and it kind of reduced my pimples, but i also used honey which i heard works well, and it had the same result as the toothpaste.

Those of you who are having problems with this, you should check what type of pimple you have. The pimples that hurt usually aren't affected by toothpaste.

Olive oil is very good for the skin. it very slowly reduces your pimples but it makes the face clear and the skin smooth.

By anon81576 — On May 02, 2010

I'm using the honey method right now. hope it works. we'll find out in the morning. Wish me luck!

By anon81329 — On May 01, 2010

i used a crest toothpaste, i think, and actually i think the more it burns the better it works. When i go to take a shower and i have a pimple i dab toothpaste on the pimple, and rub it, then after it starts to sting a lot, i wash it off.

I close my eyes because it starts to hurt too, then the little pain goes away, and the next morning the pimple is gone, and all is left is the little dried pimple, which you just rub off, or pick off.

By anon80756 — On Apr 28, 2010

Toothpaste does work. This is my second night using it on this huge zit I got on my nose, and so far it's gotten smaller. I just hope it goes away before the 'big day' -- a date with this guy I've always wanted to go on a date with. Wish me some luck guys.

By anon80615 — On Apr 28, 2010

Well I'm using Arm & Hammer baking soda and peroxide toothpaste. It burns. But I think it's working.

By anon80608 — On Apr 28, 2010

wow i'm nineteen and i just got my first pimple yesterday. it stinks. i felt so dumb in front of everyone i saw. you can tell they were looking at it. i felt so embarrassed. i read everyone's posts and was like half the people said it works so i might as well try it. i hope it does work because i have work and the week has just begun. hoping it works. thanks people.

By anon77790 — On Apr 15, 2010

i have colgate toothpaste on my face right now as I'm typing. i hope it works, though. my face feels like it's burning right now, but i hope it works anyway. wish me luck.

By anon76092 — On Apr 08, 2010

I have toothpaste on my face as I'm typing. and, i popped a juicy whitehead. and instead of waiting for all the pus to come out. i put toothpaste in it about three times in two minutes and it was all clean. i hope this works overnight because i have school tomorrow.

By anon75459 — On Apr 06, 2010

OK so i have toothpaste on my face right now as I'm typing. i look like a clown with but i have never used it before but people say it really works but then other people have said it burns your skin? ouch!

By anon75203 — On Apr 05, 2010

i have severe acne and i use pro-crest health night toothpaste so I'm going to try the band aid thing on my back with the toothpaste! if it doesn't work, then it doesn't matter because it's on my back! wish me luck!

By anon74991 — On Apr 05, 2010

You guys have got to be kidding me!

Well, what kind of colgate did you use because i also tried colgate brand toothpaste.

I put it on last night and decided to wash it off in the morning and guess what? It doesn't work!

What i got is this bigger zit on my nose and foolish me, it's a school day today. My friend was laughing about it all day.

But after reading all your comments, i decided to try it again, but this time I'm going to be more careful.

And guys, please, oh please tell me what kind of toothpaste you guys used and where can i easily get it. Thanks.

By anon73525 — On Mar 27, 2010

man sure sure is a lot of positive feedback here. i just put some crest toothpaste with baking soda and peroxide and it's burning so we shall see next day.

By anon72361 — On Mar 22, 2010

Well I put some normal white Colgate on my red and swelled pimple for about 20 minutes and then I read about people getting their skin burned off from the toothpaste.

So I washed it off and my pimple kind of reduced in redness! I wouldn't recommend putting it on the night before school. Do it on friday nights so you have time to fix yourself up if it doesn't turn out well. good luck!

By anon72146 — On Mar 22, 2010

toothpaste does work. try it. mine were gone in a day or two.

By anon71359 — On Mar 18, 2010

I heard that toothpaste was good for pimples so I put some on the zit on my check that had been there for about a week. The zit on my cheek got even more red and all the skin fell off. The skin scabbed and than the scab fell off. And guess what was under the scab? That same pimple!

It's been about a month now and that zit just won't go away, but it's not infected because it doesn't hurt or anything. I tried soaking a piece of toilet paper in hot water then putting it on the pimple. It works well.

Anyway, I recently just got two zits on my forehead so I put toothpaste again and the same thing is happening. My forehead has two dark spots on top of each other that look like burns. If you know a way to get rid of those burns as quickly as possible please tell me! My goal is to get rid of them by next week because I'll be seeing my crush next week and I look like a freak right now! Please, please, please, please help me!

By anon71035 — On Mar 17, 2010

I don't know if I should do it. I just have one little infected area on the side of my mouth. But I'll try it anyway. hope it works and I don't have to see my girlfriend with a messy face. If any one has recommendations I'd like it if you told me.

By anon70528 — On Mar 14, 2010

i'm typing this rite now with toothpaste all over my face and by the way i used aquafresh and it feels cold and everything and it doesn't burn. is it working? because all i read was it will feel like it's burning but unfortunately, it doesn't burn.

By anon70521 — On Mar 14, 2010

Today I found out that toothpaste can really get rid of pimples. I'm not that much of a believer, but I'm sure it will help in some way.

I have this pimple right on my nose and I needed to do something overnight so that the pimple will be gone when I wake up the next day. Well, right now I'm using colgate toothpaste, and I hope it works by the morning. Good luck to you all! ~Ziggy

By anon70516 — On Mar 14, 2010

im going to use aquafresh right now! i wish it would work because i've been using acne-free but it doesn't help me so wish me luck.

By anon70257 — On Mar 12, 2010

i am going to use it now. i hope it works.

By anon70234 — On Mar 12, 2010

Does crest regular paste work? Its whitish bluish and doesn't look like paste. Please help me! I have a date tomorrow and my face looks like crap.

By anon69153 — On Mar 06, 2010

i have one like under my mouth but above my chin. It hurts badly. i knew i was getting it. I popped it yesterday night. But i still put toothpaste on it. i hope it works. i got today and tomorrow. is that enough? -julie

By anon68810 — On Mar 04, 2010

Toothpaste did not work for me. As I'm sitting here, my face is dry and burned. When I put it on my acne last night i thought the burning sensation i was feeling was a good thing. i thought that that meant it was working. But when I woke up in the morning my face was horrific. i didn't even want to go to school because my face was burned.

Now i have to buy some benadryl to get my face back to normal. Never again will i use toothpaste on my face. Maybe it works only for people who have those once in awhile pimples and who do not have bad breakouts or acne all over.

But me, i have acne all over both my cheeks and that's why it didn't work! Ugh. I feel so ugly right now even though I'm very pretty!

By anon67940 — On Feb 27, 2010

toothpaste has worked for me a lot. before i used it my acne was a pain in my butt and i didn't know how to get rid of it. but as soon as i started using toothpaste (non minty) it worked but it's not a replacement to my differin gel that the doctor gave me but the toothpaste and differin gel work great together!

By anon67651 — On Feb 25, 2010

Toothpaste really works! as long as you have concealer, you'll be just fine.

By anon65612 — On Feb 15, 2010

I just put some crest on my zits. they're not that big, but they make me feel insecure. I'm hoping this method will get rid of them. Wish me luck.

By anon64334 — On Feb 06, 2010

it works.

By anon63132 — On Jan 30, 2010

I have toothpaste on my face right now. I've used it before and it didn't really make a difference.

By anon63120 — On Jan 30, 2010

I tried the toothpaste and all it did was shrink them a little, but my acne is kind of severe.

By anon62998 — On Jan 29, 2010

i haven't tried it yet. but, would crest cinnamon rush work? (i'm scared to try it because i'm scared it might make my face break out and get all red and rashy. :[ )

By anon60358 — On Jan 13, 2010

so i got a pimple on my lip and i knew it was a pimple because it was getting white so you could pop it. then i did and it was red so when i got home i put toothpaste to dry up the rest to make it go away and now it's just dry and a bump but it's gotten smaller each time. what should i do because i haven't even done nothing or kissed anyone in the past two months.

By anon59174 — On Jan 06, 2010

Toothpaste can work quite effectively, but the problem is it also contains things that irritate your skin further. Generally you can tell its irritating by the burning sensation it causes, though not always.

These kinds of paste will make the skin look even redder and worse than just the pimple. As such, it's best to use this method when you don't intend to be seen in public the next day - at least for the first time you try a particular toothpaste.

If you can, stick to a weaker non-gel paste (colours other than white are all gels). Once you've experimented, you'll be able to see if your toothpaste irritates your skin, and use it more effectively in future.

By anon58854 — On Jan 04, 2010

I have always been using toothpaste on my zits and it works like a charm! I use aquafresh. My face feels strangely minty.

By anon58795 — On Jan 04, 2010

My mom told me that if i use toothpaste on acne, she said the tooth paste will suck everything out! so i have applied tooth paste to my acne spots, i do feel it burn, but its not like that bad, but it sure does burn. I really do hope this works! :D

The toothpaste is on my face as i am writing this! LOL

By anon58275 — On Dec 31, 2009

Toothpaste works well. Crest does. I had a huge pimple on my chin and I had a date the next day so I put so,e toothpaste on that night. It dried it up and it worked. Everyone should try this -- it's great and it works fantastically!

By anon58224 — On Dec 30, 2009

this is so much better than paying $10 for some cream that might not work. i would definitely use toothpaste rather than a pimple cream. i tried proactive. it cost to much and took to long to work. clean n' clear worked better, though but not as good as toothpaste.

By anon57896 — On Dec 28, 2009

I used normal Colgate, and i started using it, because my mom said to. So i put some on for like 10 minutes and the next day my acne was still there but dried up.

I tried it again the same day, and the next day my acne dried up and it was gone, but i am still getting other pimples but I'm going to keep trying.

By anon57249 — On Dec 21, 2009

I've had mixed results with toothpaste. i get really painful ones on the inside of my nose, whose life can be shortened with a healthy dose of toothpaste, but then moisturizer a day later, as the skin often peels. generally i would only recommend it at the first signs.

By anon56681 — On Dec 16, 2009

i want this to work. i have a date.

By anon56476 — On Dec 15, 2009

This worked for me, had a massive spot on my nose. the best thing I found to do was to pick it a tiny bit (just enough so a tiny bit of skin is moved off the top of it), then put the toothpaste on over night.

It does burn but by the morning it had drawn all of the stuff out of it, it was like it had drained it so all the pus was on the outside of the spot. Try doing it this way. It definitely works.

By anon55990 — On Dec 11, 2009

i think it will work. i have dabur red paste. can i use it? Will that paste work for me?

By anon55014 — On Dec 03, 2009

I have a huge, lesion-like pimple in my ear.

Hurts like hell, and no matter what I do, it won't pop. So I'm trying this with some generic brand white toothpaste. It burns a little in the beginning, but it should be okay. Wish me luck.

By anon54549 — On Nov 30, 2009

I put toothpaste on a zit i had on my butt. it didn't work, but later i found out it was a hemorrhoid. It stung and got inflamed. I had to miss school two days.

By anon54396 — On Nov 30, 2009

a dab of honey, cover in a band aid, sleep, wake up, and ta-da!

By anon54185 — On Nov 27, 2009

No! it didn't work for me, and i got a really bad rash a couple of days later. i had to go to the doctor and get all this medication. it was a nightmare! I recommend clindamycin and dove. they work on the whiteheads really well. but clindamycin you have to get from your doctor.

By anon54163 — On Nov 27, 2009

i hope this works!

By anon53849 — On Nov 24, 2009

Well I haven't tried toothpaste yet. hope it works.

By anon52747 — On Nov 16, 2009

if you're going to use the toothpaste method (which i am right now), it's best to put the toothpaste in the middle of a bandaid and put it across the pimple or the pimples. that way the chemicals stick to the skin and does its job faster and if you go to sleep with the toothpaste on it doesn't get all over your pimple. :)

By anon52148 — On Nov 11, 2009

It works if you use it in 15 minute intervals or less, but once I tried it overnight and I had this horrible red, scab-like mark.

It felt like i had burned my face and it didn't go away for more than a month, even with daily applications of neosporin and scarzone.

By anon52129 — On Nov 11, 2009

this works well.

By anon51426 — On Nov 05, 2009

I love it! It only burns a little. On other sites it was talking about how it can burn your skin but i highly doubt that! I put it n once in the morning, at night, and when i get home from school.

By anon49263 — On Oct 19, 2009

For the record: this really works. I don't get pimples very often. But when I do I get them on my nose because it's very oily. As soon as I feel it coming I put the toothpaste on all night before I go to bed. I try and wait for it to dry so I don't get it all over my pillow and sheets. This time around I was a little nervous because I thought I waited too long to put the toothpaste on, but I went ahead and did it anyway. It burned *really* bad, almost to the point that I wanted to take it off but I tolerated it. I actually put it on overnight and washed it off in the morning and reapplied and kept it on all day. To my surprise my pimple is gone. Now the downside is that my nose is peeling and dry, but I'll take that over a pimple any day, a little moisturizer and I should be fine. Oh and also I used Colgate toothpaste, not gel with baking soda and peroxide!

By anon48746 — On Oct 14, 2009

i've used every product for acne from Clean & Clear, Proactive, Clearasil, Oxy, i've used the acne cream the acne oil the acne lotion and non of them work. my dad says he had bad acne too and he put on lemon juice which he said stung really bad but it got rid of his acne and all. i'm not really going to use lemons yet. i'm going to use the whole toothpaste thing and see what happens. i was also using this acne product that had apitcut in it and it worked but then more pimples came :/ hope the toothpaste works!

By anon47320 — On Oct 03, 2009

Well im going to try the toothpaste I hope colgate is okay. : / we will see in the morning.

By anon46700 — On Sep 28, 2009

is crest toothpaste any good?

By anon43570 — On Aug 30, 2009

will colgate maxfresh with mini breath strips work? Please tell me! :)

By anon42743 — On Aug 23, 2009

i used my toothpaste all over my face because i have acne all over. my skin was so dry and cracked and none of my pimples went away so with my skin like this i used a&d and my skin went back to normal but I've had pimples for two years and I'm sick of it so I'm using toothpaste mixed with a&d and will see if it works.

By anon42468 — On Aug 21, 2009

does arm and hammer peroxi-care (baking soda and peroxide) work on pinples?

By anon42422 — On Aug 21, 2009

I'm starting now. Hopefully it will work because my face looks a mess. -Mahard johnson-

By anon42266 — On Aug 20, 2009

i am trying it right now as we speak. i am going to rinse it off in a few minutes and hope it works! :]

By anon42067 — On Aug 19, 2009

toothpaste has also worked for me :) i apply it at night and leave it on my face overnight. i use colgate.

By anon41228 — On Aug 13, 2009

I'm trying it right now.

By anon41106 — On Aug 12, 2009

has anyone used colgate? well it works, but I don't know about using it overnight. people say that it ruins your skin if it's on overnight. is that really true?

By anon40956 — On Aug 11, 2009

Im pretty sure it works for pimples but what about whiteheads?

By anon38276 — On Jul 25, 2009

I heard from my best friend/brother that it worked when he called me and told me, i was like, oh well, i've got a huge BBQ tomorrow. i guess i'll try it. i put some on overnight and i woke up and it was like *magic*! I used Crest Pro-Health.

By anon37263 — On Jul 18, 2009

Toothpaste does work. If you sleep with tooth paste on your face it will peel the skin. Otherwise don't sleep with toothpaste on your face. If your acne is bad try to do the toothpaste treatment once a day to get your zit or pimple clear.

By anon37051 — On Jul 16, 2009

i used crest toothpaste. it had baking soda in it! which i heard baking soda helps a lot so i used it but not overnight! but i wash my face daily, morning and night and the next morning my face was smooth and clear! i recommend crest toothpaste with baking soda and peroxcide!-ME!

By anon27911 — On Mar 07, 2009

I've used toothpaste in the past and it worked, however once i fell asleep with it on and i had horrible results. My face was burning and my skin remained dry and it peeled for a few days. I wouldn't recommend overnight treatment unless you have weak toothpaste.

By kerrybaby — On Feb 11, 2009

i used toothpaste. *it works*!!

By kerrybaby — On Feb 11, 2009

well i used aim toothpaste, its blue, is that considered a gel?

By anon24146 — On Jan 08, 2009

My friend uses toothpaste to get rid of his pimples but i don't know if i should use it and on google it says toothpaste is the last resort to use. But i tried it anyway and it actually works it doesn't make your skin dry and it is safe 100%! The best toothpaste is aquafresh it works the best and the fastest. :]

By jennifers — On Apr 06, 2008

Toothpaste has always worked for me! Use the white paste kind of toothpaste - nothing fancy or expensive, and definitely not gel. Put a little on your pimple and it dries it up really fast. The worst part about it is that you'll get toothpaste on your pillow if you do this right before bed, but that is a small price to pay to be zit-less the next day!

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