A couple of weeks ago I posted a snippet from the book, “Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?” As mentioned in that post, the authors are behind the blog The Beauty Brains.
Today I’ll share another gem from the book for discussion here. The question:
My grandmother always told me that putting saliva on my pimples before going to sleep was the best way to get rid of them. Although a lot of people said it was an old wives’ tale, it always worked for me. Is there any science to back this up or was I experiencing a placebo effect?
Can saliva cure acne?
The answer is: Yes, possibly.
Imagine my shock and slight disgust at the thought, but here’s the explanation:
…research from the department of oral biochemistry at the University of Amsterdam has shown that human saliva contains different chemical agents, known as histatins. Using an in vitro model for wound closure, the researchers demonstrated that histatins speed healing.
The authors further write:
This study is focused on wound healing, not pimples. But since acne is caused by a type of bacteria, it is plausible that histatins could be attacking zits at their source. So there is at least a potential scientific explanation for the anti-acne properties of spit.
Your thoughts? Are you going to be dabbing your pimples with your saliva?