If we had a dollar for every time someone said toothpaste gets rid of pimples, we’d be sunning ourselves in Tahiti right now. Below, five of the most common spot treatment myths, busted – and what to try instead.
It sounds good in theory: toothpaste is drying, so it must dry out your breakout, right? Sadly, wrong. Toothpaste isn’t designed for the skin, nor is it designed to be left anywhere for long (hence why we rinse). It contains multiple ingredients like hydrogen peroxide that can irritate our faces, leading to dryness and redness. Save it for your teeth.
Delicious on toast, not so great for your skin. Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik once told Allure she swears by the stuff as a makeshift spot treatment, but the experts aren’t on board – in fact, vegemite could make your acne even worse.
3/ Anything expensive
It’s tempting to think the more expensive a product is, the more effective it must be, but that’s simply not the case. Speak to any dermatologist and they’ll often advocate a ‘simple is best’ approach when it comes to both the number of products you’re using and the ingredients they each contain.
4/ Popping it
So you’re addicted to Dr Pimple Popper videos on YouTube? Don’t try that at home. As appealing as it is to simply pop it and run, in inexperienced hands it can lead to infection and scarring. Instead, slather on a bona fide spot treatment instead: try the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Blemish Stick or Tea Tree Medicated Gel For Acne, both of which penetrate deep into the skin to dry out pimples and reduce their occurrence, thanks to the natural anti-bacterial properties of tea tree.
5/ Coconut oil
It’s the cure-all of our generation, with claims that it promotes shiny hair, glowing skin andwhiter teeth. But when it comes to clearing your skin, steer clear: coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it can clog your skin’s pores and lead to breakouts. If you have oily skin, stick to lighter, non-comedogenic oils like jojoba (for hydrating) and tea tree (for clearing) instead.
This article originally appeared on marie claire.