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Your Toothpaste Might Be Causing You To Break-Out

Your toothpaste may be causing you to breakout

Your toothpaste could be causing you to break out with little red dots around your mouth. These red dots look similar to acne, but the correct name for them is Perioral Dermatitis. If you have tried acne medication but the acne around your mouth is still persistent it might be time to change your toothpaste. Or if you have recently tried a new toothpaste and suddenly have a breakout you may want to switch back to your old one.

People with sensitive skin can have a reaction from as little as brushing their teeth once with a toothpaste that causes an allergic reaction in them. If you notice this may be your problem always remember your own toothpaste when traveling.

While there is not one ingredient that everyone is allergic to, common ingredients that cause reactions are propylene glycol and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). If you are using a gel toothpaste, you could try switching to a paste variety and vice-versa. If that doesn’t help here are a few other options to consider.

  • A gentle children’s toothpaste
  • Biotene toothpaste
  • Change brands
  • No whitening toothpastes/ hydrogen peroxide
  • Products without SLS
  • No fluoride
  • No propylene glycol
  • Avoid toothpaste with added colorants
  • Try washing your face after brushing
  • Try to not touch your breakout, causing further irritation

80% of people with Perioral Dermatitis are females. Toothpaste allergies are a common cause but it is not the only cause. Other known causes are birth control, makeup, cosmetics, steroids, strong winds and UV lights.

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