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Got Mouth Acne? Here's Some Help.

Got Mouth Acne? Here's Some Help.

Mr. Bella has been all up in my business lately. "You have to write about the toothpaste!" he keeps saying. "The toothpaste!" Lest you think he has a weird dental hygiene fetish, let me explain. He has fairly sensitive skin, and for the longest time, he used to get recurring acne right around his lips. So he did a little research and found out that sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in body-care products, is often irritating to skin. And after switching out his regular toothpaste for a SLS-free one, guess what? No more pimples.

If you have had similar problems with acne or irritation, you might want to try switching toothpastes. It may take a while to get used to them, simply because they aren't quite as fast to foam up. The flavors also might be less bold than what you're used to, but I find that after about a minute of brushing, they become more intense. Here are a few that might work for you.

Jason Sea Fresh Toothpaste ($5.49) is a vegan gel that's made with algae. I know it sounds gross at first, but its minty flavor is surprisingly enjoyable, and it gets teeth nice and clean. It doesn't have fluoride, though, so be sure to use a fluoride rinse to keep cavities at bay.

For two other options,


I haven't tried Tom's of Maine Clean & Gentle Care ($5.29), but I love the fact that it comes in a fennel flavor. So hippie-chic, you know? Unlike the Jason toothpaste, this SLS-free formula does contain fluoride, so that saves you one extra step. Truth be told, it's been years since I've used Tom's of Maine—the gels always felt unpleasantly gummy—but I'm willing to give ol' Tom another whirl.

Finally, there's Denblan ($20), the whitening toothpaste from Darphin. Unlike the other two mentioned here, this is a paste rather than a gel, and I prefer it. The flavor is a mild minty-herbal blend, and every time I use it, my teeth feel like clean glass. Twenty dollars is a lot for a toothpaste, but if you're dealing with mouth acne, it's $20 well spent.

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BKNYGal BKNYGal 9 years
I use the Jason's mouthwash and I love it! I break out with really bad canker sores if I use crest with scope in it. I'm going to try this toothpaste..Thanks! It seems that people are starting to realize how many different types of chemicals are used in our every day products...scary.
xoxov14 xoxov14 9 years
BELLA! oh my goodness this is so weird that you just wrote this post because I was about to send you a message about my research on toothpaste! the other day I got this rash on the side of my lip and I've always had dry patches around my mouth so I researched the effects of toothpaste on the! I read numerous stories of people having terrible side effects from WHITENING toothpaste. swollen tounges & lips..acne...rashes...even sending them to the emergency room! I ditched my Simply White toothpaste for my Tom's and my rash went away and so did the dry patches! I'm so happy you got the word out!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
JASON has some really good products.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Interesting. That's always something good to know, there are just so many chemicals in everything.
Amelie074 Amelie074 9 years
I am very sensitive to SLS too and use the Jason's toothpaste. Love it! I no longer get canker sores in my mouth and my teeth and gums feel so much better. Those of you wanting to try Toms of Maine, do be careful - most of them still have the SLS in them. Read the ingredient labels carefully. :-)
cocomademoiselle cocomademoiselle 9 years
SLS and SLES are everywhere! Shower gel, shampoos, bath products, soaps...! I have a hard time finding products with less irritating agents.
literatured literatured 9 years
The Denblan sounds good and I don't even have mouth acne.. hmm
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Reading this I might try either Jason's or Tom's toothpaste. Maybe it will help.
amityaurura amityaurura 9 years
My boyfriend was reading about this recently, and trying to find a toothpaste that does NOT include SLS. Heads Up~ another product VERY commonly including SLS is Shampoo! My man tells me that original Head&Shoulders is one that does not have SLS. Thanks Bella!
eastsidesunset eastsidesunset 9 years
I have so many food and cosmetic allergies that switching was the only option for me in order to clear up my constant chin and lip break outs. I tried the all natural toothpaste, hated it, and went back to my Crest, and needless to say I got all bumpy again. I'm using Nature's Gate Cherry toothpaste with fluoride, and while it does has SLS in it, I haven't had a problem yet. Whole foods has a pretty good selection of natural toothpastes, but given that I'm allergic to mint and spice flavoring, I couldn't use 90% of what they had to offer.
Historygal3 Historygal3 9 years
I love that Target is now selling Tom's!
scissorz scissorz 9 years
one of my co-workers told me about this too! i switched fm crest to toms and even though i cant say that my skin has TOTALLY cleared i mean it does seem to have helped!
Professorluv Professorluv 9 years
OMG! I have pimples around my lip! Thanks Bella!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love my Tom's. :)
EllasMom EllasMom 9 years
I really love Tom's of Mine baking soda toothpaste!
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I use Tom's of Maine spearmint gel and love it. I was surprised when, after using it for about 6 months, my dentist commented on how healthy my mouth was! Took my husband awhile to get used to the flavor - it's not nearly as sweet as colgate/crest/etc (which all have SLS in them), but now he loves it too!
Critty Critty 9 years
I use the Tom of Maine's fluoride-free toothpaste in Apricot and it is yummy. I am allergic to mint and may chemicals so this toothpaste works perfectly well for me. And the fruity flavor is great!
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