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Have you ever been traveling or in a situation when you develop a zit or blemish and have absolutely nothing available to treat it? Well, I have! If I’m at home I have a cabinet of emergency skin supplies to deal with it (I will share these emergency items with you in future posts!). But when I’m traveling, I’m limited by what supplies I can bring because I never check baggage anymore and my space is limited. So in an emergency pimple attack, use toothpaste! It really works at drying up a pimple in an emergency situation. ☺

We dermatologists do not totally understand why it works, but it does seem to do the job. Now, ideally dermatologists would like to prevent pimples and acne, not treat them once they are there. So, I do not recommend this as routine acne treatment. You cannot prevent pimples with toothpaste. And toothpaste is quite drying and irritating to the skin, which is why I recommend only keeping the toothpaste on for an hour or two the first time you try this trick. If you have dark skin, too much irritation from toothpaste can cause increased pigmentation, so again don’t leave it on too long if you haven’t ever tried this. You can always reapply it if necessary. You can put it on at night before you go to bed and sleep with it too, but if you are one of those women who easily develops dark spots on your skin after a pimple is gone, the toothpaste can accentuate this so I wouldn’t recommend keeping it on that long. Put it on in the morning when you wake up and while you drink your coffee or tea or eat breakfast. But don’t forget to wash it off, obviously, before you put on your sunscreen, and make-up. ☺