1. Toothpaste as an Acne Treatment
Admit it. At some point in life, you found yourself with a giant, surprise pimple (with no acne cream on hand) and dabbed toothpaste on it to dry out the blemish. It’s OK—we’ve so been there, too. And, while you may think this home remedy is one of those unsung skincare heroes, you’d be very wrong. Sorry.
There’s a reason toothpaste has the word “tooth” in it and not “acne”. Yes, the stuff can work to dry out skin, BUT it can also cause serious irritation and redness. And, it is not proven to be more effective than any other acne cream or medication on the market, so save yourself a headache and some serious skin issues and stick to tried-and-true acne products. We recommend a product like The Body Shop Tea Tree Targeted Gel that will zap a blemish without over-drying skin.
2. School Glue to Remove Blackheads
We know, this is a weird one. But people are actually swiping thin layers of Elmer’s glue over their noses, allowing it to dry and then peeling it off to pull out blackheads. Besides the obvious gross-factor, this does NOT work. Period.
You will not get the satisfaction of seeing your blackheads on the thin film of glue. Why? Because it’s glue and it’s meant to make flimsy things like paper and dried macaroni stick together—not remove embedded blackheads from your skin. So, there you have it.