Is It Okay To Put Toothpaste On Pimples?

By Easha Azad
2023-09-25,14:43 IST

Pimples are annoying and we want them to go away as soon as possible. Applying toothpaste on pimples is a popular home remedy. But does it work? Let's fact-check.

Why toothpaste?

Toothpaste has a cooling sensation on the skin. It also reduces the pain and redness of a pimple.


Some toothpaste contains an ingredient called triclosan, which might work on pimple-causing bacteria.

Side Effects

However, the temporary relief isn't worth the side effects. Apply toothpaste on pimples can backfire.

Disrupts pH

Toothpaste is a base while our skin is acidic. Applying toothpaste can disrupt our skin's pH and cause irritation and inflammation.

Dries Out Skin

Applying toothpaste can also cause over-dryness to your skin. This can lead to more acne breakouts.


Instead of toothpaste, you can use tea tree oil or over-the-counter acne treatments. Both are inexpensive as well as effective.