Category Archive: Acne treatment

Peanuts Cause Zits?

My mil roasted some peanuts several days ago and I have been nibbling on them. After 2 days, zits started to appear on my chin and forehead. The Chinese say that peanuts are very ‘heaty’ and may cause zits but some people say it’s only a myth. I really do think peanuts are ‘heaty’ and whenever I eat too much, I can be rest assured to see zits popping up on my face. If you are a peanuts lover too and if these nuts are causing you zits, click here to get help!

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Zits But No Acne Treatment Just Yet

For almost 2.5 years during the hiatus of my menses, my hormones were rather calm. Now that my menses has resumed again, those raging hormones are wrecking havoc in my body again at different times of the month. I would have some zits on my chin and forehead towards the time of the month when I am about to get my menses. But fortunately those zits are not serious and I don’t need acne treatmentjust yet!

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Treating Acne With Toothpaste

During my 3 pregnancies, I did have that glow on my face like some women would have. Though I was still slim except for the belly, my face had acne outbreak during the first trimester. I dared not apply OTC pimple cream like Oxy 5 on my face and only relied on toothpaste to treat the pimples. I dabbed a small dollop on the pimples and within 2 days, the pimples would dry up. The down side of using toothpaste is that it will make your skin sting and dry up your skin, making it red and ‘withered’. Nonetheless, I still used toothpaste as it’s safer than using OTC pimple creams with potent ingredients in them. I figured that if it’s safe to put into your mouth, it’s safe for your skin too.

I read that you can also use tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar (ACV) instead as they won’t dry the pimple out as much.

If you want to use toothpaste to get rid of pimples, look for a true toothpaste, not a gel, and if you can, find one with minimal additives. Natural or organic toothpastes are a good bet, since they usually have a short ingredient list. Apply a small dab to the acne spot in question, leave it on overnight, and rinse in the morning.

Avoid popping pimples, no matter how tempting it is (sometimes I can’t resist popping them too!), because you can actually make the situation worse by causing a deep infection with your fingers that may have germs.

Here’s an article on treating acne with toothpaste from acne.about.com :

Toothpaste is often thought of as an inexpensive spot treatment for pimples, but this is one home remedy you don’t want to try. Although some swear toothpaste dries up their pimples quickly, most people will find the toothpaste leaves their skin red and irritated.

The idea to use toothpaste as a spot treatment is probably due to the fact that many types of toothpaste contains triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient often added to personal care items like soap, deodorant, and body wash. Triclosan effectively kills bacteria. It is actually a common addition in acne treatment products, although as a preservative and not an active ingredient.

But toothpaste also contains ingredients that can irritate the skin, especially the delicate skin on the face. Using toothpaste on an already inflamed pimple can cause more redness and irritation. Many unfortunate souls say toothpaste burns really badly when applied to a zit, and leaves the skin feeling sore for days afterward. Bottom line: Toothpaste can make your pimple look worse instead of better.

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How To Keep Acne At Bay

From my personal experience, the best ways to keep those zits and acne at bay are to drink lots of plain water (water flushes out toxins from your body), eat lots of fresh fruits that are high in vitamin C, get enough sleep, keep your skin clean, exercise, move your bowels everyday, pop Vitamin E, eat a healthy diet and keep stress at bay (though this is difficult at times!). Thank God I am blessed with a flawless skin and don’t have to rely on anti-acne creams like proactiv to beat the zits.

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