There’s only one way to say this: People are rubbing pee on their faces. Proponents claim that urine helps cure acne, boost energy, and reverse aging. And that’s just the beginning of the wild world of “urine therapy.”
People have been drinking their own urine and applying it topically for centuries now — and not as an emergency procedure. Instead, they believe it helps them fight disease, lose weight, and boost overall vitality.
Recently, though, these off-the-wall beliefs have drawn more attention. It’s the age of YouTube, where fringe practices like this are capable of taking off in no time.
One YouTuber, Julia Sillaman, claims that urine has cured her acne, improved her digestion, and helped her lose 25 pounds.
“I was breaking out badly in acne, but I was hesitant to see a dermatologist,” the 26-year-old painter told the Sun.
That’s when she met Christo Dabraccio, a 49-year-old meteorologist who says drinking pee makes him feel “like Superman.”
Julia says she saw how healthy Christo looked, so she decided to try it for herself.
“The day after I started massaging [urine] into my skin, the inflammation went down and my skin smoothed out.”
Julia fasts in addition to drinking her own pee, which experts say is a dangerous approach. Urine is not a replacement for food — shocking, I know.
In fact, there’s no evidence of any benefits to drinking your own urine. Your pee isn’t toxic, but it’s not exactly nutritious, either. It simply consists of the fluid, minerals, and salts that your body has already filtered out.
“The point of urination is to rid the body of excess,” urologist Dr. Zaki Almallah told Marie Claire. “Why would you want to re-absorb that?”
There may, however, be some benefit to applying urine topically. Urea, a chemical compound in urine, is used in skin care products to help with acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Still, though. Ew.
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