Toothpaste is not an ideal pimple remedy and its ingredients can lead to skin irritation, depending on the formula, according to KidsHealth. Other more conventional treatments, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, are better choices to help to clear up acne breakouts. If they do not work, seeking professional treatment may be necessary.
Though some toothpastes may have anti-bacterial components that might be helpful, in most cases it will only aggravate the condition, making it worse. When experiencing a breakout, always use products that are specifically formulated for one's skin to avoid unwanted side-effects. Other treatments for acne include light therapy, systemic treatments, prescription medications and chemical peels. The most effective treatment depends on the type of acne.
Keep in mind as well, at home acne treatments can take four to eight weeks to work, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Even after the acne clears up, proper skin care is necessary to prevent or minimize future breakouts.