Tuesday, 2 August 2016

How I burnt my skin using toothpaste!?


Even from the title this post sounds like a weird one, because to be honest it is quite weird. I've been undecided on whether to do this post for a while now but I've finally decided to just bight the bullet and go for it. This is going to be a story time / advice post because whilst I'm telling you what happened to me, I really don't want you to go and do the same thing too. I'm just going to warn you as well that there is going to be pictures of my 'injury' in this post too so if you don't wanna see that then you might not wanna read on. I don't think they are too bad to look at but others might disagree and I don't want anyone to be like "eww you didn't tell us there would be pics of your flaky skin in this" because I've warned you now!

So it all started one night when my face was looking particularly spotty, I had about three big red blemishes appearing down by cheek and I just knew in the morning they would look horrendous. So before I went to sleep I decided to put some toothpaste on my spots to hopefully dry them out overnight and make them look better in the morning. This wasn't the first time I'd put toothpaste on my spots, but unlike the other times I'd done it, I used a lot of toothpaste this time. (this was the big mistake...)

When I woke up the next morning I went to the bathroom to get the dried toothpaste off my face and noticed the skin underneath where I'd had it was red raw and had almost wrinkled up like it had been burnt. That was when I realised I had probably overdone it with the toothpaste, but I was sleeping at my friends that day so I did my makeup like usual and managed to cover up the redness with what was going on underneath only being noticeable if you touched the skin and felt how dry and wrinkled it was.  


The next morning when I woke up at my friends I looked in the mirror and saw that the skin on the side of the cheek by my nose was flaking off, looked red raw and was sore to touch. After doing a bit of googling and reading a few stories of Yahoo Answers (ahhh I love that site) I realised that I had given myself some sort of acid burn from the amount of toothpaste that I'd put on my face. I also read some people suggesting to put aloe vera gel on the area because not only is aloe vera good for helping with burns, but it also helps to reduce the chance of scaring.

So on the way home from my friends my dad stopped in at boots and got me a bottle of aloe gel which I immediately put on my face. I squeezed some of the gel out on to a cotton pad and as soon as I applied it to the burn I already started to feel the coolness from it. I did this twice a day for the next seven days until the skin covering the burn healed over. By about day four the skin had stopped flaking off (which I was glad about because it was kinda gross) and by day seven the skin felt dry but it had grown back.


I kept up my use of the Aloe vera gel for a bit longer an then started applying some Laroche-Possay Effacla duo+ to my skin to also help with scarring and any further blemishes I would get around that area. So whats my skin like now, four months on from this little incident you might be wondering? Well thankfully nearly all traces of it are gone unless you look really closely at my face and  then you can notice a slight red patch near the side of my nose. I've added some pictures to this post to show you what my skin looked like for the first three days afterwards. Again I'll say that you might find this kinda gross but I've warned you and I don't think the pictures make it look as bad as it actually was.




So I guess the moral of the story is if you have a spot, don't put toothpaste on it! Stick to sudocrem or something that's actually supposed to tackle spots. I'd also say that the Aloe vera gel was the main reason why it healed so well, so if you ever find yourself in a situation like this or you've just got a bad burn from something else, then put some aloe on it and it works a treat! Thanks for reading.
Kate Rose xo











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  1. Thanks for the tip!

    Mia | my-world-vibes.blogspot.com

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  2. I used to put toothpaste on my spots and never knew something like this could happen. Thank's for the tips and advice, and I definitely won't be putting toothpaste on my spots anytime soon 😧

    Erin ✨ theroshabeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely be cautious if you continue to use toothpaste on spots but to be honest I'd just avoid using it all together. x

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  3. Ouch, great tips. I'll be steering clear from the toothpaste on my spots from now on! Beth x
    www.ohsoaugust.com

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    1. Please do! Sudocreme or something that's actually supposed to treat spots is a much better option! x

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  4. oh wow, great tip. I have never tried it but after reading that I dont think I will ahah xox
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    1. Please don't, its really not worth it! x

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  5. Seriously thank you sooo much for this! Back last year I had really bad skin (it's still bad now tbh haha) and used toothpaste one night and the exact same thing happened. My skin was so dry for ages afterwards. I always see people recommend toothpaste for spots and feel like screaming at them haha! So sorry it happened for you, but well done you for sharing it! Xo
    rachelramblingon.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm sorry it had to happen to you too but I'm glad I know I'm not the only one this has happened too. It really wrecked my skin and I just want to tell everyone toothpaste on skin is a bad idea!!x

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  6. Oh my goodness! I know whenever I have a bad breakout, I try everything I possibly can find on Pinterest. I once tried putting some toothpaste on my skin, but it didn't do anything for me. I like to just dry my skin out with alcohol and benzoyl. It works like a charm. Lovely post, Kate! I found it super helpful. xx

    https://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you found it helpful and I'll definitely check out alcohol and benzoyl as a way of treating spots so thanks for sharing! x

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  7. This is really helpful! I am never going to put toothpaste anywhere near my skin xx
    blossomofhope.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you think so Laura, and please don't! x

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  8. Nice post! You poor thing, it looked horrible. I remember reading somewhere that toothpaste doesn't actually help get rid of spots. I'm glad you shared your story with us.
    Róisín
    totallyro.blogspot.ie

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    1. Other than drying them out it really doesn't do any good! Thanks for reading! x

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  9. Such a genuine post! I loved reading this post next time I put toothpaste on my spots I will not over do it, thanks for sharing x
    http://thepastelstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, and please don't! You don't want this happening to you. x

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  10. I can't believe toothpaste did that to your skin!! I used to use it when I broke out but definitely won't be doing that again XX

    The Fashion Road
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    1. To be honest nor can I, who would have thought something you brush your teeth with could do so much damage. x

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  11. I won't be putting toothpaste on my spots now! Hope that your skin is all better now ahah!
    Chloe X
    www.thoughtfulclouds.blogspot.com

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    1. Good and yes its much better now thank you! x

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  12. Aw no way, you poor thing!! I'm always sceptical about putting tooth paste on my spots, as I always hear it scars or burns like it has in your case. So weird how that happens though xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It is a strange thing! I would never have thought it could have happened until it did. Oh well, it's a lesson well learnt! x

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