Few weeks ago, my maid told me that instead of wasting my money to go to doctor and buy for an expensive cream (which honestly it doesn’t work), I should use toothpaste to treat my acne. What? She gotta be kidding me! I said to myself. Toothpaste to treat my acne? What about if it gets worse? And why on earth should I believe my maid, who barely could read? Where did she get the information from? It’s weird!
Despite the fact I asked such a question to myself, I started to do some research in the internet, be it in Indonesian or English. And surprise… surprise! I found a lot of article about the benefit of toothpaste for our face especially if you have acne problem.
It was said that WHITE toothpaste such as PEPSODENT or COLGATE, can help to dry out the acne. But you must not use white toothpaste with blue or pink line or even gel toothpaste such as CLOSE-UP. It was also said DO NOT use WHITENING toothpaste because it contains high levels of hydrogen peroxide that may irritate or burn the skin. So please the ingredient before you buy or apply the white toothpaste in your face!
According to the article that I read, it said that “Toothpaste contains certain ingredients — baking soda-which can be used as a skin exfoliation-, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, triclosan -which is an antibacterial ingredient that cause pimples to dry out.”
White toothpaste mask works just a clay mask. It reduces the excess oil and control the sebum production. But it needs to be noted that it is actually suggested to apply it on the acne only (NOT WHOLE FACE). Why? It is because toothpaste can dry out your skin and cause irritation.I have been using the toothpaste mask for three weeks in my whole face. I am really satisfied with the result because my skin is smoother, less oily and I don’t have as many acne as I used to do.
So does it mean that I should stop going to dermatologist to treat my acne problem? Honestly I have spent millions rupiah to treat my acne for more than 5 years and it didn’t work, be it in Indonesia or Singapore. I bought any kind of acne treatment product, it also didn’t work. Surprisingly enough that it works with white toothpaste. But I guess lets see how it works within a month or so.