You’d be hard pressed to find a teenager who wouldn’t do most anything to cure their acne, but putting their own pee on their face? You’d be surprised. Acne urine therapy is growing in popularity and millions have already tried it. So, big question, does urine cure acne?
Scientifically speaking urine has not been proven to cure acne. Urine contains water, metabolic wastes including urea, hormones, proteins and a variety of organic material varying by diet. In a situation where no clean water is available, such as the battlefields in the old days, it was and can be used to clean wounds because urine is in fact sterile. However, it is not an antiseptic. It will not kill infection or even fungus.
As a nice little toss in here urine does not cure athlete’s feet either. While urea is in urine and in many athlete’s feet creams, urea is not what kills the fungus. This belief developed out of the battlefield stories, people believed the urine was being used to prevent infection, and it was, by as stated cleaning the wound not disinfecting it. Who knows where urine acne therapy came from?
Acne urine therapy is the simple act of peeing in a cup in the morning when urine is strongest, dabbing a cotton swab in it and using your own urine like one would an astringent.
The argument in support of this urine method to cure acne is that urine is acidic enough and contains the right proteins to dissolve bacteria which cause acne.
The first thing wrong with this claim aside from your pee not killing bacteria is that urine is not acidic. A healthy human’s urine is neither acidic nor alkaline. Urine does contain proteins some of which may be healthy to the skin; however those same proteins are found in all sorts of things. They ended up in the urine as a product of waste from the body. You ate them.
If you look at the urine as a cure for acne claim from a logical stand point it is no more affective than washing ones face with sterile water. In fact for those with sensitive skin the urea in urine may actually cause a rash rather than a disappearance of acne.
The web is littered with claims that urine does in fact cure acne, and you are more than welcome to give it a try, but personally I’d say a four dollar bottle of witch hazel will do the same good as your pee and be far less unpleasant.