Women Are Rubbing Garlic on Their Faces to Fight Acne -- but Does It Actually Work?

The Internet is a never-ending source of bad advice, but sometimes, the weird stuff you see out there actually has some value. The latest trend of rubbing garlic on acne to make it disappear overnight has us stumped, so we turned to a dermatologist to give this hack the yay or nay.


But first, the trick: 

GET RID OF PIMPLES OVER NIGHT! ð���ð��½â�ªï¸ï¿½ð��� GARLIC will flatten your pimple and get rid of it overnight, if not instantly! ð��� ð��¦Take a clove of garlic and make some cuts in it to extract some garlic juice ð��¬RUB the garlic on any pimples that you may have â�ªï¸ï¿½If you have a whitehead like me - itll be gone INSTANTLY and wont come backð���ð��½ ð��´If you have a larger pimple beneath the surface, rub the garlic on it and leave it on over night. Youll wake up with it GONE! â��Try this out.. it REALLY works to flatten the pimple and make sure it doesn't come back! #hudabeauty #wakeupandmakeup #vegas_nay #diy #makegirlz #byefeliciapimple *disclaimer - if you have sensitive skin, do a test patch first. If it starts to string or you feel discomfort rinse off immediately*

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What you're seeing is an Instagrammer make tiny cuts in a clove of garlic to release the juices and rub it right on a pimple -- which then disappears forever.

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Looks too good to be true, right? Well, maybe not.

"Allicin is an organosulfur compound responsible for the aroma of garlic and is thought to hold antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal properties," explains Dr. Heidi Prather, a dermatologist from Austin's Westlake Dermatology. "While garlic has been show to stimulate your immune response, clinical and case control studies that demonstrate an improvement on acne are lacking."

Basically, that sticky garlic juice might be full of goodies that'll kill the bacteria in acne and then reduce the redness and inflammation. Wahoo!

But Prather warns that though there's really no danger in trying it, there's a chance it may not work.

"The antibacterial effects of food ingredients is increasing in clinical awareness with potential uses," she says. "However, the potency and stability of these extracts can vary."

So go forth, ladies. Rub garlic on your face. Just don't be THAT surprised if it doesn't actually do anything.


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