It’s no secret there’s no real cure for acne. And while certain products are designed to target blemishes, no one can say for sure what works best. Even Accutane, the potentially dangerous drug that’s known to combat acne permanently for many, isn’t a catch-all cure.
According to one woman, however, there’s one thing those with skin issues need to start trying — though the approach is unlike anything you’ve heard of before. Here’s what she advises
A woman posted a video claiming dog urine cured her acne
Would you ever drink your dog’s urine for the promise of beautiful skin? While most of us would say no, one woman claims it’s the secret to her clear complexion.
CBS Seattle reports the woman said, “Until I first drank my dog’s pee, I was depressed, I was sad, and I had really bad acne.” She then goes on to add the health benefits of her dog’s urine, adding, “Dog pee also has vitamin A in it, vitamin E in it, and it has 10 grams of calcium, and it’s also proven to help cure cancer.”
One expert weighs in on drinking canine urine
Joy McCarthy, a certified holistic nutritionist, discussed the practice of drinking dog pee with Allure. McCarthy notes “urine therapy,” which is the act of drinking urine, has actually been around for hundreds of years as a holistic health practice. And it’s actually made up of water, creatinine, electrolytes, trace proteins, and enzymes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should try it yourself.
“My take on this is that there are far better ways to get healthy than drinking dog urine,” McCarthy said. “For instance, drinking lemon and water to stimulate the gastric juices for better digestion or apple cider vinegar in water has been touted for everything from weight loss to detoxification effects.” She added that these other liquids are far better tasting than urine, too.
This practice comes with plenty of risks, too
While apple cider vinegar and tap water will give you the same benefits as urine, they’re also far safer options. McCarthy explains that herbicides have been detected in dog pee, which is most likely due to dogs trailing through herbicide-treated lawns. Antibiotics and hormones have also been found in dog urine — so you’ll be ingesting those, too.
“The only instance I can see when you may want to drink your dog’s urine is if you were on an episode of Ultimate Survival Alaska and you couldn’t find any safe drinking water,” McCarthy added.
What about helping with acne?
Drinking urine might be hazardous to your health — but it could actually help your skin? The woman in the video touting the benefits adds the vitamin A and E in the pee are combatting her issues the most. And actually, there’s research to back up that these vitamins may be useful.
Healthline explains topical vitamin A products are commonly prescribed to those with acne. Retinoids stand as one of the most effective treatments for acne-prone skin, as they help to regenerate the skin. And Accutane is derived from vitamin A as well, which has given many dramatic results in as little as a few weeks.
But ingesting vitamin A on its own won’t necessarily make a difference in your skin — and it can actually be quite dangerous. Vitamin A is fat-soluble, and taking in too much via supplements can result in toxicity.
As for vitamin E, the relationship to acne isn’t as well-studied. Though Healthline notes some studies have shown that those who had acne did have a deficiency in zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin E — so it may help to eat more foods rich in these vitamins and minerals.
Try these alternatives for treating acne-prone skin
If you’re looking for a non-prescription alternative to treating your skin from the inside out, you don’t have to start drinking your pup’s urine — we promise. Keeping hydrated is one of the easiest ways to combat skin issues, as it helps your skin cells shed more effectively, making it harder for pores to clog.
Eating foods high in zinc, like whole grains, poultry, and nuts, can also greatly help acne, Healthline notes. Remember — vitamins from food are often better absorbed than vitamins from supplements, so eat clean and you’ll notice a massive difference.
There are also foods that can make your acne much worse without you knowing it. Healthline explains refined grains, sugar, and dairy products can all cause inflammation in the body, which can show up on your skin. Fried favorites and foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids are also a no-go — and unfortunately, the Western diet is full of these foods that can induce an acne breakout.
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