Women (myself included) have been known to go to extreme lengths for skin that is clear and radiant. From bird poop to placenta to semen facials, when it comes to addressing acne, people are willing to try some pretty strange things. But, apparently, none of them worked for one woman who has been gaining a lot of attention lately for her nauseating home remedy — dog pee. What kind of sick joke is this, you ask… It’s not one.
In a video brought to you by Vice’s Desus & Mero, the unnamed woman shamelessly reveals her secret to clear skin. “Many of you have asked me how I always look so good, how my makeup always looks so perfect, or how I always have this natural glow,” she says before bending over to collect her pup’s pee. Then — you guessed it — she drinks it like it’s a glass of water.
“Until I first drank my dog’s pee, I was depressed, I was sad, and I had really bad acne,” she continues, claiming the urine has vitamins A and E and 10 grams of calcium. And it turns out, she’s not completely crazy. Urine therapy is an ancient Eastern tradition believed to heal external ailments. In most cases nowadays, it refers to topical application, but as you see here, there are some devotees who promote the consumption of pee.
As you know, urine is byproduct of the body, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not toxic once excreted. It contains vitamins, minerals, salts, antibodies, and enzymes that many believe may benefit the skin. Specifically-speaking, urea, one of the main compounds found in pee, is said to exfoliate and hydrate for a healthy glow. You’ll find it many products formulated to treat skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, keratosis pilaris, and acne.
Still, there isn’t enough evidence evaluating the use of urine in skin care, topically or orally, so it’s hard to measure the true effects. What’s more, drinking dog pee is potentially dangerous. “Herbicides have been detected in dog’s urine, likely from herbicide-treated lawns, antibiotics, and hormones, so I really don’t know that it’s the safest choice,” Joy McCarthy, a certified holistic nutritionist, explained to Allure. So, yea, we’ll stick to charcoal.
If you aren’t disgusted yet, check out the video below.