Myth Busting: An Expert Look at Rumored DIY Acne Treatments

Stacy Smith

January 19th, 2015

The Internet can be a treasure chest of useful information, but it’s also guilty of spreading misconceptions and ill-advised recommendations. When it comes to DIY acne solutions, we’ve seen everything from toothpaste treatment to banana peel therapy promoted. In this post, I’m setting the record straight by busting myths about how to treat acne.

Don’t try these at home:

  • Extreme Fasting: As juice cleanses and elimination diets gain popularity, it’s important to remember that fasting requires careful planning to ensure your body is receiving necessary nutrients. Extreme fasting—removing all sources of protein, fats and vitamins—in the name of “purified” skin is not recommended to cure acne breakouts. When treating acne, keep your overall health top-of-mind.
  • Banana Peels: Despite rumors, there is no medical evidence that pressing a ripe banana peel against your pimples will help soothe irritated skin and diminish the visibility of zits.
  • Toothpaste Treatment: Toothpaste does contain certain ingredients that can cause pimples to dry out; however, the ingredients are meant for your teeth and mouth. As such, toothpaste can irritate the skin and result in redness and peeling from over-drying. If you are looking for a spot-treatment, stick to creams and gels specially formulated to be applied to the skin and treat blemishes.
  • Tanning Acne Away: While you may think red blemishes are less noticeable with a tan, soaking up loads of UV rays will not cure an acne breakout. Extended, unprotected sun exposure can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancers.


Fads come and go and rumors spread quickly. Always seek out information from medical experts in the field and credible news sources. Even better, look to see if the recommended treatment is backed by clinical research! As always, consult your physician before starting any new treatment.


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