Urine Facials As Acne Treatment: Does Washing Your Face With Urine Help Treat The Skin?

Crazy-sounding beauty treatments are popping up everyday, but the latest “urine therapy” craze might have validity to the treatment. As reported by Marie Claire, placing fresh, first-morning urine on your face can have a load of benefits. For those willing to get past the yuckiness factor of actually capturing urine and placing it on the skin, they might experience the benefits of the process. Those can include softer skin, and a face with fewer wrinkles that glows.

TV shows like The Doctors have experimented with urine therapy, so have the stars of the Botched after-show, which discussed the benefits of using urine, which is 95 percent water.

It’s a secret that French women have used since the 1700s, when some females indulged in urine baths as part of their skincare regimen. Though urine is mainly water, there is a component called urea that is touted as being beneficial, says Rachel Nazarian, M.D., at Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Urine therapy can reportedly help acne if you wash your face in it, so says the book The Golden Fountain: The Complete Guide of Urine Therapy. As long as there are no outstanding health issues like urinary tract infections and the like, cleaning your face with urine can reportedly help clear acne due to the antifungal and antibacterial properties contained within.

If folks thought washing their faces with oil was crazy, as reported by the Inquisitr, surely using the urea in urine to exfoliate the face must sound especially crazy. However, those desperate for smoother and softer skin add urine to their moisturizers in order to increase the moisturizing benefits.

The use of urine can also be beneficial if placed on cotton balls and dabbed on zits to help make them go away. Urine also has lightening agents to help decrease the appearance of spots and scars on the skin. Urine is also being praised as an effective treatment for “chicken skin,” which is a rubbery type of skin called Keratosis pilaris that can appear on the arms and thighs.

Beyond the facial beauty aspects of using urine, the liquid waste can also be used to treat athlete’s foot. Therefore, all that urinating in the shower might have additional benefits that those who sneakingly perform the ritual didn’t know existed until now.

Some swear by the ritual, however, such as those who claim putting urine in face cream makes the skin so soft, as reported by the Telegraph.

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