The argument is really that toothpaste is used to kill the bacteria that start the infection in the first place, and protects the sore while you’re doing your thing; living. Most people put toothpaste on their skin before they go to bed because nobody wants to be walking around with huge white dots all over them.
So, does toothpaste actually work for spots?
The answer is very unclear, unfortunately. There are some reasons why it does work and others which say it does not. The main argument is that toothpaste kills off bacteria, which was in fact true at some point at least. At one point in time, almost all toothpaste contained “triclosan”, which kills bacteria. You’ll be disappointed to know that triclosan was found to affect thyroid health and most toothpaste these days do not use them.
The Bottom Line
In some ways, toothpaste does work for pimples, but there may be unwanted side effects that could make everything look worse.
Rather than using toothpaste, there are actually products that can help reduce the appearance of spots and will help to reduce unwanted redness and swelling. These can be found online very easily and can be purchased at a similar price to toothpaste itself. Don’t be silly and put toothpaste on your face like it is the 1940s, try a purpose-made cream instead.