True or False: Does Laxative Work as a Primer?
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As a long-time acne sufferer, I was interested to find out whether this trick would work. Had I been wasting my time all these years with benzoyl peroxide and Proactiv? I used Colgate Total Advanced in my test because a) it's what I had on hand and b) my Internet research informed me that for this tip to be effective it's important not to use a gel-style toothpaste.
While I understand the science that backs up this tip -- toothpaste kills bacteria, which are a leading cause of zits -- I'm sad to report that this at-home trick was not overwhelmingly effective. It didn't cause a breakout, but it didn't make my acne better, either. Plus, the strong mint smell made my eyes water. My recommendation? Keep the toothpaste in your mouth where it belongs.
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