Andrea loves to try different DIY recipes for beauty and skin care. She is always looking for better products that are affordable.
Pepto Bismol for Skin Care
The trend has been around for years. TikTok users brought it to light again. A Victoria Secret Model swears by it.
Pepto Bismol can be used as a skin care hack. It can help fight against acne, give your skin a noticeable glow, and make your skin softer. I'm going to walk you through how to use it on your face, what are the pros of the pink liquid, and what are the cons.
It's important to know what you're getting yourself into before smearing it all over your face and leaving it there like a goon. I do encourage reading what dermatologists have to say about this, and I am not a dermatologist.
How to Apply Pepto Bismol to Your Face
The first time I heard about the Pepto Bismol skin trick was from my roommate. She discovered it through Pinterest about ten years ago. She tried it that night, and she was happy with the results.
I tried it that same week and was also happy. I don't regularly use Pepto Bismol on my face. Every once in awhile I remember the skin hack and do it. I don't recommend doing it day to day as it is pretty messy.
I recommend putting on Pepto Bismol on your face before you take a shower or bath. Just don't make the water too hot as this will encourage dryness.
You can put it on your face or your shoulders and arms while you're in the shower or bathtub. I do recommend putting this stuff on after you have taken off your clothes and maybe wrapped yourself in a towel.
- You don't want to get Pepto Bismol on your clothes as there is a chance it could ruin the fabric or stain it.
- Pepto Bismol has red dye in it, and it doesn't necessarily come out of things too easily.
If you have never tried this before, I would recommend putting a small amount of the pink stuff on you. You don't want to put Pepto Bismol all over your face and then have an allergic reaction to it.
Try putting a small amount on your less dominant arm. If you like the results, then a couple of days later put a small amount on your face. Compare that part of your face to the rest of your face. Consider what it did to your skin.
- Slowly try more Pepto Bismol on your skin.
- Don't use the whole bottle on your skin in one go.
- Don't put Pepto Bismol on sensitive body parts.
- Don't drink Pepto Bismol for fun. It could make you constipated.
- Don't wash your hair in it.
- Don't leave it on too long or use it frequently. Pepto Bismol can dry your face.
Lightly dab your face with it. Rub it into your skin. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, 3-5 minutes in my opinion. I don't think it's a great idea to leave Pepto Bismol on your face for 20 minutes. I also don't think you should use Pepto Bismol on your face outside of the shower. It's not a relaxation mask.
- You could use a makeup brush to apply Pepto Bismol evenly onto your face. This may help prevent making a big mess.
- If you use a brush for Pepto Bismol, you should clean it regularly and not use it for other applications.
- Warning: if you do use the brush for other purposes the red dye might still be present.
Before washing off the Pepto Bismol, wash your hair like you normally would or do a couple of hygiene things in the shower. This should give you enough time to let the pink stuff do its job.
Make sure you scrub it off really well. One problem area will likely be your neck: make sure you clean it off real good.
Why do you really need to make sure you get Pepto Bismol off your skin? Because of that red dye I previously mentioned. It can temporarily change the color of your skin. It can leave it pink. This is also why I wouldn't frequently use this product for skin care.
After using Pepto Bismol, don't use other skin care products on top of it. Take note of how your skin looks for the next 24 hours.
Pros of Using Pepto Bismol as Skin Care
Cheap Acne Product
Pepto Bismol is cheap. Though it has come up in price since I first started using it, you can still find the pink liquid for under $5. Compare that to the following recommended acne medicines:
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser: $15
- Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads: $10
- First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads: $30
- Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment: $9
Pepto Bismol is comparatively cheaper, and it's multi-functional. It doesn't just treat acne. It makes your skin softer and gives it a glow. Not to mention it works as medicine for a long list of digestive issues. You can't use those above acne medicines that way.
If you're living on a budget or in college, Pepto Bismol is a smarter choice financially. If you don't like what it does to your skin, you don't have to throw it away. You can use it for it's actual intended purposes.
Effects Are Instantaneous
You don't have to wait seven days to start seeing results with Pepto Bismol. You should in the same day notice changes to your skin.
- I have used it on both dry and oily skin, and it's gentle with both. At least for me.
- It pushes back on pesky acne.
- It makes your skin softer.
- It has skin clearing and pore tightening ingredients: salicylic acid and aspirin.
- Aspirin can also help reduce inflammation, which might be why it feels relaxing to use Pepto on your skin.
- It also has beta hydroxyl acid which helps unclog and tighten pores.
- Tighter skin = a healthy supply of collagen and elastin to stay firm. Pepto Bismol helps prevent pores from stretching out.
- When you tighten your pores, you're preventing the development of wrinkles.
- Bismuth salts have a mattifying effect on skin when applied topically to oily skin.
- The antacid used in Pepto Bismol is relative to salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, a common exfoliating ingredient. It is used in many over-the-counter skin care products. It helps unclog pores and promotes cellular turnover.
Cons of Using Pepto Bismol for Skin Care
If you are allergic to aspirin or any of the other ingredients found in Pepto Bismol, then this isn't the right skin care trick for you. Adding it to your skin could cause it to breakout in rashes or hives.
If you don't think you have an allergy to the ingredients, you should sample a small amount on your skin before going wild with it. I highly encourage using a small amount of it if you have sensitive skin.
The Red Dye
Pepto Bismol can temporarily change the color of your skin. If you use it frequently or don't clean it off well, you could have some pink coloration. It could take some time to get off your skin if you let it dry. Pepto Bismol won't permanently change the color of your skin.
Wash your eyebrows really good. Pepto Bismol is sneaky. I find it likes to hide in my eyebrows and neck.
It's Really Messy
Pepto Bismol can get everywhere in your bathroom. You'll likely have to clean up your bathtub and shower. This is the number one reason I don't like to use it. It can take elbow grease to get Pepto Bismol off some surfaces.
It drips off your face, it can come out of the bottle funny, and it really likes to get on stuff. If you want a clean bathroom because people are coming over, then skip the Pepto Bismol skin care trick.
Dries out the Skin
You don't want to use this product frequently or for too long because yes, it can dry out your skin. You have to be careful with any product you use for acne because many of the products will dry out your skin. You also don't need to use Pepto Bismol on your face daily.
- As someone who has used acne products before and felt like they were too strong, I can't say Pepto Bismol has ever made me feel that way.
- I have never felt a burning sensation with Pepto Bismol like I have with certain acne products.
How do you know if it's drying your skin? You'll feel a strong need to scratch your face, your skin feels irritated, and it may even feel hard. Your skin might start peeling if you get it too dry. I've never had any of these problems, but there are dermatologists online (if you do a quick Google search) who warn of this.
My recommendation: drink plenty of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated has a number of benefits for your body. Drinking water is excellent for your skin; it helps prevent dryness.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 20, 2021:
Well that's something new.
I don't personally think I want to mess with all that stuff dripping everywhere though.
Maybe it helps, but just remember that whatever we put on our skin absorbs into the body.
So, I'd be a bit cautious.
Interesting article though.