22nd February 2020

Still Putting Toothpaste on Zits? 4 Acne Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Last Modified: May 5, 2023

It's estimated that there are around 645 million people in the world who currently suffer from acne in one form or another. This makes it one of the most prevalent diseases in the world.

Acne is extremely common but that won't stop people from coming up will all sorts of odd and interesting urban legends and home remedies. From putting toothpaste on zits to washing your face constantly, people will try almost anything to get rid of their acne.

But we don't want you to waste your time on things that don't work and aren't scientific. So continue reading and we'll walk you through the top myths about acne.

1. Putting Toothpaste on Zits Can Cure Them

Toothpaste on zits is one of the most common myths that dermatologists encounter. It's so popular because it's seemingly safe and very convenient. You don't have to pay for anything, assuming you already have toothpaste in the home.

The science behind this myth is a bit interesting. It is true that putting toothpaste on a zit will dry it how. However, it won't do anything to stop a future breakout from happening.

Also, toothpaste has several harsh ingredients, including sodium lauryl sulfate. This can clog your pores and actually make your acne even worse!

2. You Have Acne Because You Don't Wash Your Face

Acne is a complex disorder of the skin. It doesn't happen simply because you forgot to wash your face. In fact, washing your face too often can actually make the situation worse.

This is because you can end up drying out and irritating your skin, which may lead to more acne. However, we should point out that not washing your face can also lead to skin irritation and breakouts. A good rule of thumb is to wash your face twice per day with a gentle cleanser.

3. You Should Always Pop Your Pimples

Although you might not want to hear it, popping your pimples on your own can actually make things worse. This is due to the fact that after popping a pimple, bacteria are then released within your skin. Thus, you can end up breaking out even more.

You also risk developing acne scars. Instead of popping your pimples, consider spot treating the acne with a topical medication. Wearing a hydrocolloid bandage can also help.

4. Acne Only Affects Teenagers

It's easy to see why so many people think this. After all, it's estimated that around 85% of teens have some form of acne. Unfortunately, acne doesn't just go away when you become an adult.

Many people do grow out of acne but many others experience it well into their adult years. Although dealing with acne as an adult can be frustrating, consulting with a dermatologist is the best way to figure out how to resolve the issue.

The Importance of Knowing These Acne Myths

Acne is something that pretty much everyone goes through even though no one wants to. Because of this, many people may feel inclined to try unique and alternative ways to get rid of acne.

But no matter if you're putting toothpaste on zits or constantly popping your pimples, the best thing you can do is practice good hygiene and consult with your dermatologist. Microneedling and Skin Peels can be effective treatments.

Do you need help controlling your acne? Contact us today and see how we can help you

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 22nd February 2020
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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