Skip To Content
  • Poll badge

Would You Use Your Pee To Get Rid Of Acne? 'Cause It Might Work.

Urine for a surprise.

Believe it or not, urine is the hottest new beauty trend:


Serious, you guys.

Pee is having a beauty moment this year. Yes, pee.

Jupiterimages / Getty Images

This is probably not pee but isn't the possibility terrifying?

Women are using it as spot treatment for acne. Reports the Telegraph: β€œIt’s really good for sorting out spots. You just put some wee on a cotton pad and then press it against the spot for a bit. It dries it out. It works better than Sudocrem, or Aspirin.”

Cristi_m / Getty Images

Wait, what?


The science behind this idea isn't totally bogus... urea, a component of urine, actually has a long history in beauty.

Giphy / Via

It's clinically proven to help those with dry and scaly skin, because it is moisturizing and keratolytic (which means it is a peeling agent for the top layer of skin). It is a useful ingredient in moisturizers because it can bind and hold water, while exfoliating dryness away. It also acts as a preservative, so the other chemicals in your beauty products last longer. There are multiple versions of urea used in beauty products: hydroxyethyl urea, and diazolidinyl. The first is the humectant, and the latter is the preservative kind. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review β€” an association supported by the FDA β€” even released a 50 page report that gives urea the cosmetic thumbs up.

Urine was the main ingredient in mouthwash until the 18th century, actually.

Okea / Getty Images

Nowadays, you can find urea (a component of urine, but not, you know, your actual pee) in a lot of beauty products.

Urea found in skincare products is highly concentrated: skincare products will have 10-15% concentrations of urea, and your urine will have less than even 5%. So, basically, if you want the perks of pee, your pee isn't even the best option.

Besides: the urea found in cosmetics is synthesized, NOT animal derived.

Giphy / Via

So you can put those visions of animals peeing into your body lotion out of your head now.

This Maybelline concealer contains urea, in case you were wondering which products you have that might.

This Clinique BB Cream contains urea, too.

Instead of using a q-tip drenched in home-made urea, you could also pay money to be able to do that.

Ulta / Via

This acne treatment system by Bliss (who, to their credit, have amazing spas!) contains urea as a minor ingredient.

If you trust celebrity endorsements, Madonna apparently pees on her feet to prevent athlete's foot....

Robyn Beck / Getty Images
  1. But the question still remains... would you use urine in your skincare routine?

Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later
Looks like we are having a problem on the server.
But the question still remains... would you use urine in your skincare routine?
    vote votes
    Yeah, cut out the middleman. Why pay for what I produce?
    vote votes
    Get away from me. Don't even look at me.