The truth is, it depends. There are toothpastes with ingredients that can help remove pimples while other just irritate the skin and not really help at all. There are a lot of alternatives to pimple treatment, and using toothpaste should be the last on your list. If toothpaste will even be effective for you, it will require overnight treatment and therefore will not be beneficial during emergency situations.
Toothpaste works in two ways to get rid of pimples. First, it works like a mask that can draw impurities out of the skin. Second, it can dry the skin a bit because of alcohol or menthol content and this will potentially reduce pimple size. It might cause the skin to become too dry, which you wouldn’t want to happen.
If you choose to use toothpaste to dry your pimples out, use a paste-type brand with minimal additives. Refrain from using gel-type brands. Organic or natural toothpastes are a good choice. Apply a small amount onto the pimple or acne spot and leave it overnight. You can rinse this upon waking up. This method may or may not be effective based on your skin type, the condition of the pimple and the type of toothpaste used.
There are a lot of home remedies available for getting rid of pimples. There are also over-the-counter medications and pimple cream that can be bought. For severe cases, you might prefer to consult a doctor for the appropriate medications. Popping pimples is a big no-no because you might make the situation worse and cause infections. If you are really tempted to pop a pimple, seek assistance from a cosmetician or dermatologist who is professionally trained in handling pimples, blackheads and other skin blemishes.
Aspirin can also be used to get rid of pimples. Ground some aspirin and mix with some water to form a paste that can be applied overnight. You can also apply lemon or lime juice and even potato wedges to your face. Keep your face clean and oil-free and use water-based moisturizers. Facial hygiene is first and most important step in order to prevent pimple formation.