Can Drinking Chlorophyll Water Really Get Rid of Acne?
The truth behind the latest TikTok beauty trend.
You don't need to keep up with wellness trends to know chlorophyll water is currently trending. The swamp water "supplement" has become a staple in beauty TikTok's morning routines.
TikTokers are dropping chlorophyll into their morning glass of H2O, and then claiming that the naturally-derived substance responsible for giving green plants like spinach their pigment is clearing up their acne in a week, or even as little as a few days.
Currently, videos by TikTok creators with the hashtag "chlorophyll" have over 210 million views. In one clip, @madibwebb shows her two-month skin transformation, saying that chlorophyll water made a drastic improvement in her hormonal acne in just a week.
If drinking your way to clear skin seems too good to be true, I'm just as skeptical as you are. So I checked in with Dr. Sheila Farhang, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics in Oro Valley, AZ to set the record straight on whether chlorophyll water can help treat acne and improve overall skin health.
The short answer? As a known anti-inflammatory that also has antioxidant antibacterial properties, chlorophyll could be beneficial for acne-prone skin, but studies have shown it effective when used in conjunction with in-office light therapy.
"With many things in health and diet, products full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce skin issues that are inflammatory such as acne," says Dr. Farhang. "One thing that is great about chlorophyll versus just drinking orange juice (also an antioxidant) is that is essentially what is in leafy greens so ingesting it doesn't come with a price of high sugar, processing, etc."
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So, should you add a few drops of chlorophyll to your water everyday? Dr. Farhang says you shouldn't have a problem doing so once a day, but it's more beneficial to look at the bigger picture by eating a balanced diet and seeing a board-certified dermatologist when you're experiencing acne.
"Like anything, too much of a good thing can actually have potential side effects. If someone finds that it makes them feel good, energized, and happens to also help their acne, then great," Dr. Farhang adds. "But if someone if suffering from severe cystic acne, drinking more chlorophyll will most likely not help it and they should see a dermatologist."
The bottom line? While chlorophyll is relatively safe, like with any new supplement, it's always best to consult with your doctor before following medical advice from 60-second videos on social media.