Hearing a lot about liquid chlorophyll for acne? Let’s talk about it.
The internet is officially obsessed with liquid chlorophyll. On the skincare side of TikTok, the #chlorophyll hashtag boasts more than 365 million views at the time of publishing.
According to viral TikTok users, liquid chlorophyll promises clear, glowing skin, odorless sweat, weight loss, and improved gut health.
So with all of this anecdotal success, is there any scientific evidence to support these claims? Is this just another trend that over promises and under delivers?
Can liquid chlorophyll finally squelch acne, and offer flawless skin? Let’s talk about what we know about liquid chlorophyll for acne.
Chlorophyll is the beautiful green pigment you see in plants. It’s what helps plants create nutrients from the sunlight in the process of photosynthesis.
Liquid chlorophyll is just one form of supplemental chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is not pure chlorophyll though, it is often in the form of chlorophyllin which contains copper instead of magnesium.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a green smoothie, a green juice, or a wheatgrass shot -- you’ve technically already tried liquid chlorophyll.
Liquid chlorophyll for acne is not well researched. But this is what we know about liquid chlorophyll and skincare.
Is important to note that most scientific research on chlorophyll for acne has been focused on the topical use of chlorophyll. At this point, claims of liquid chlorophyll reducing and curing acne are purely anecdotal.
Studies have shown that topically using chlorophyll-infused products may help reduce acne and help with accelerating wound healing.
It’s thought that topical chlorophyll is beneficial because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In the skincare world, these properties are also associated with retinoids and vitamin C.
Experts agree that when it comes to treating acne with chlorophyll, the best use of chlorophyll is topical use. The use of liquid chlorophyll for acne needs more rigorous research.
It is proven that orally ingested chlorophyll can help regenerate red blood cells. Some people theorize that this may help deliver more oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to organs -- including your skin.
While there is no concrete evidence that adding liquid chlorophyll to your water is going to clear up your acne, it can’t hurt to try.
With liquid chlorophyll, if you’re taking the correct dosage, you’re not likely to experience adverse effects.
Although it’s rare, you might experience diarrhea, discolored stools, or stomach cramps.
Oregon State University states that the average oral dose of chlorophyllin (what is found in liquid chlorophyll) is between 100 - 300 MG split up into 3 different doses.
Let’s be honest, are you drinking enough water?
An average adult woman should be drinking close to a gallon of water per day. (That’s a lot!)
If you’re taking 2-3 split doses of liquid chlorophyll a day in 16oz glasses, you might be doubling your standard water intake.
So, could this be contributing to increased skin health?
But, studies have not shown that increasing water intake can directly reduce acne but it’s possible that water can help the health of your skin.
We know that our diet plays a big role in the health of our skin. If chlorophyll might help keep our skin happier, it begs the question - why not go to the source, and just eat more vegetables?
Well, because you’d have to eat a lot of veggies to hit your standard dose of chlorophyll.
1 cup of raw spinach contains 24 milligrams of chlorophyll.
While a standard dose of liquid chlorophyll contains 100 mg of chlorophyllin (and you can take up to 300mg).
But, hey, why not do both?
Chlorophyll-rich foods include:
If you’re still left battling acne after trying this green water remedy -- it’s likely because acne is a notoriously tricky thing to treat.
Acne can be caused by bacteria, inflammation, genetics, slow skin cell turnover rate, fluctuating hormones and even, stress.
If you haven’t yet, consider trying prescription retinoids like tretinoin to help finally clear your acne.
Tretinoin works to clear out your pores (and keep them clear), it increases collagen production, and speeds up skin cell turnover rate. It’s been proven to significantly reduce acne, reduce signs of aging, and brighten up hyperpigmentation.
It’s so effective at treating acne that researchers have said retinoids should be considered the foundation of all acne therapy.
Learn more: Does Tretinoin Work for Acne?
It might take up to 12 weeks of tretinoin treatment in order to see clear skin, but tretinoin might be helpful for your acne woes.
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