Sure you can laugh, but don't dismiss it until you've tried it.
I have (no, had) severe cystic acne, blackheads, whiteheads, red bumps, dark purple bumps, every type of pimple ever named, and a whole lot of scarring. Like so many others here, I would say I’ve tried everything, from salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur ointments, Proactive, everything you can buy OTC, Retin-A, every which type of prescription retinoid creams, doxycycline, clindamycin, cortisone shots-- everything short of Accutane…because, Accutane. Over the course of my life, I've seen more than seven dermatologists.
Urine therapy is that thing I had been hearing quite a bit about but always passed on. I don’t think I need to explain the dread and reluctance. Finally, desperate and at that point of no return, the dark night of the acne-ridden soul, I decided I would forego personal dignity and just do it for three months to see if it’d get me anywhere. If not, then I’d go for the Accutane.
Every morning after cleansing my face, for the first pee, I’d double sheets of toilet paper, fold it, soak it with mid-stream urine, and then dab it on my face. I did that daily. That’s right. Every morning. On days I didn’t leave the house, I’d do this topical urine dabbing three times a day. When I was on my period, I’d wait until the stream cleared of any blood, then collect the urine for topical treatment.
In three months, all existing acne was completely gone, I wasn’t getting any new ones, and all I had left to do was clear the scarring. But bear in mind that for the first month, I really didn't see any noticeable results. Good thing I didn't give up and persisted. It wasn't until the third month that my skin exponentially jumped in improvement.
I also found my skin to be softer and suppler than it had been my entire life (I’m now in my late 30s). My face was noticeably radiant and by the five-month mark, I went from pounding on thick layers of expensive full coverage foundation you could cut with a knife and still not touch skin to just some light dabs of concealer. Cystic bumps had cleared, I looked more youthful than ever, and at the five-month mark, still my only concern was just leftover scarring and minor pigmentation. I literally went from being one of those people you’d look at, cringe, and say sympathetically, “Oh, I’m so sorry,” to genuine remarks of, “Wow, your skin is beautiful! You’re so lucky! What’s your secret?” (By the way, I never tell.)
I never ended up having to go on Accutane. Topical urine therapy can work wonders. Just remember that it isn’t overnight magic, so you do need to be patient and persistent with it. Though urine is mostly water, it contains trace amounts of urea and creatine, both considered miracle ingredients for skincare. Tons of high-end Korean and Japanese beauty products contain urea and/or creatine. Then there’s sodium chloride, which is an astringent and anti-septic, and potassium helps bring electrolyte balance to the skin.
I will say that your diet makes a noticeable and measurable impact on the efficacy of topical urine therapy. When I’m eating a mostly vegetarian, dark green leafy dominant diet with lots of fruit and plenty of water, those weeks of urine therapy are borderline miraculous on my face. When I slip and eat mostly junk food and fast food, I’ve found that urine therapy still keeps the acne away, but my skin will be a little oilier, I start to get some blackheads and little white bumps, but again, the cystic acne, dermatitis, and red bumps are totally kept at bay.
In addition, be diligent with cleansing your face. I learned that I had to avoid oil-based cleansers and coconut oil, no matter what the makeup gurus said about it being okay for acne-prone skin. I continued using a toner for acne-prone skin, which before didn’t really work all that well, but now supported by topical urine therapy, went the extra mile for keeping me clear.
If you’re still reluctant about trying urine therapy, look, I get it. I really do. I think everyone here gets it. But if you’re experiencing that dark night of the acne-ridden soul and nothing else seems to be working, you’re sick of spending so much money on junk or popping pills that just keeps you on that hamster wheel, and your dermatologist is out of options for you, then give this a try. It’s totally free and you don’t have to tell anybody about it. Hell, I haven’t.