20/01/2015 12:12 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Urine Can Combat Spots. Wait, What?

We all get those skin breakouts that make us feel like the worst version of ourselves and we've all tried every spot-fighting trick in the book, from toothpaste to tea tree oil.

But what about applying urine (actual human wee) to your face in order to treat bad skin?


Sounds gross, right? But actually, urine therapy or urotherapy has been a medicinal and cosmetic treatment since way back when (it was used in ancient Egypt, China and India) and in recent years, the benefits of drinking your own urine have been explored.

Nutrional consultant Martha Christy is the pioneer behind this trend. In her 1996 book, Your Own Perfect Medicine, Christy outlined the significance of urotherapy and its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

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Christy's research found that urine can be applied topically to the skin to aid/prevent acne, eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections. (So that's where Eddy's famous Absolutely Fabulous line, "It's urine therapy darling; it's not to be sniffed at," originates from.)

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However, despite claims that the urea component of urine can treat bad skin and has an anti-cancer effect - experts at the British Dietetic Association reveal that there is no scientific evidence to prove this. And apparently, its safety has not been established yet.

Plus, while urine is made up of 95 nutrients - surely everyone's urine is different? As in, it's dependent on diet?

That said, there are clearly women and men (Bear Grylls) drinking it with good intentions. Hell, Madonna is partial to taking urine baths.

While we're all for any product that combats those break-outs, adding urine to our face cream is just never going to happen.

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