A Consultant Dermatologist has warned against the practices of washing the face with urine to cure acne.
A dermatologist with the Federal Medical Centre Abuja, Dr Haroun Adamu spoke about this in an exclusive interview with PUNCH HealthWise Toluwalope Kareem.
Dr Haroun said that it washing the face with urine is unhealthy. Also, he explained that there is no scientific backing to this claim.
“Scientifically, I am not aware that washing your face with urine can cure acne. People who do that should best avoid such practices.
The dermatologist also advised those dealing with acne to meet with professionals for treatment.
He continued, “some dermatologists are trained in the care and treatment of acne.
“If you have acne, you should see a qualified and trained dermatologist to manage your acne.”
Dr Haroun stressed that “there is absolutely no proof of that and I don’t think it is healthy.”
He further advised that “people should deviate from such practices.”
According to him, “urine is a waste material from the body and should not be used as a treatment for acne or any other medical condition.”
On the best methods to treat acne, the doctor revealed three. They are:
- Topical creams.
- Topical or oral antibiotics.
- Hormonal tablets.
“Sometimes we combine these treatments with chemical peels or we use light therapy. Acne is treated on an individual basis, based on severity. Some are mild, some are associated with pigmentation, some are associated with scars and some develop keloids as a complication,” he explained.
The doctor noted that all forms of acne are treatable, however, some can be challenging.
He distinguished the challenging acne to be related to:
These among others that cannot be treated except through:
“You can hardly find a type of acne that is not treatable,” he emphasized.
“There can be challenges with the treatment of some types of acne, especially if for one reason or the other you are not able to use one or more of the forms of treatment that we have. In that case, it can be a challenge. For instance, if you react to a certain tablet because of some medical condition, you are not able to take a tablet or use certain creams because you have sensitive skin. With the service of a professional and trained dermatologist, you’ll be able to overcome the condition,” he explained.
On the duration of treatment, he said it takes at least four weeks to get it treated. “It can be shorter, but the usual period is four to six weeks to see improvement. It can also take up to three months. It is highly variable depending on the severity and nature of acne,” he concluded.