Can saliva cure acne?

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?

Ew, please don’t lick my face

Book: Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?

A few weeks ago I came across this book at a used book store: Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?
I couldn’t resist and bought it.  I’ve read most of it now and while there’s a lot of just common sense advice “Do curling shampoos really work?” (no) or “Is it safe to use lipstick on your cheeks?” (yes), I also learned a few things. Today I’m sharing this one about the infamous Aspirin mask.

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