Weird stuff Urine clears blemishes and brighten skin

The idea of ingesting your pee or applying fresh urine to your skin is really intriguing

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But what exactly is urine therapy?

According to Monica Schadlow, M.D, a board certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

"Urine therapy special skin treatment actually use real urine to cure skin woes''

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Urine isn't really a toxic by product, but rather a distilled liquid, filtered from the blood, containing water and excess nutrients your body didn't really need at the time they were ingested. "Urine itself is sterile, unless you are ill and have a urinary tract infection, and there are other electrolytes and hormones excreted in the urine," says Schadlow.

The idea of ingesting your pee or applying fresh urine to your skin is really intriguing, but you don't have to use your own pee to reap the rewards of urine therapy, according to Schadlow. "The benefits of topical application are not clear, however, the benefits of urea the main active ingredient in urine have been well-established," she says.

Urea is incorporated in many skin creams available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms,” Urea it's a water-attracting molecule that helps the skin hang on tight to hydrating H2O. It also has "keratolytic effects," which simply implies that cells are less sticky. This allows them to be broken up easily, enhancing cell turnover and it's also why urea can be used to clear blemishes and brighten skin.

But actually using your own urine on your skin? Probably less effective. The amount of urea you'll grab from your own urine isn't that reliable, and ultimately depends on the time of day and your level of hydration at a given moment.

"Today, there are so many choices of creams with known concentrations of urea that are not cost prohibitive and are more palatable," says Schadlow.

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