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Does toothpaste actually help clear pimples?

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Dr. Robert Keller
Emergency Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Fun question. Toothpaste dries out and pulls off the dead skin layer when you remove it. It exfoliates the skin and removes some of the acne plug. One of the old wives tale which does work; however, there are better ways to zap a zit. In fact, take a look at the zit zapper.
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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 12 years experience
No: I have not heard this. The best way to treat acne is with very clean water and a mild soap without any chemicals, dyes, or perfumes. Wash the face several times a day this way. Also benzoyl peroxide is effective but tends to dry the face really bad. Maybe try benzoyl peroxide only once a day. See a dermatologist if your acne is getting out of control.
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Dr. Gilberto Nunez
Cosmetic Dentistry 19 years experience
Yes: It helps but not the best method, try other products made for that.
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Dr. Alice Urbankova
18 years experience
Do not recommend: Toothpastes have many ingredients that can actually cause new skin problem that one already has - blackheads, or pimples. Burning the skin with toothpaste is often a complication.
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