Garlic for pimple? Beauty guru claims it gives instant results
"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." Those are famous words from the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, often called the father of Western medicine. Beauty vlogger Farah Dhukai has taken this very seriously and using ingredients from her kitchen for quick beauty fixes. While the benefits of garlic are said to include easing sore throats, cleansing and a natural antibiotic, for most rubbing a bulb of the pungent plant on their face would be a step too far. Dhukai from Concord, Ontario, has claimed she uses garlic as a miracle cure for pimples and urged her followers to do the same. In a video demonstration posted on Instagram, Farah shows how to make cuts into a peeled garlic clove, extract juice and rub onto pimples and whiteheads. In the short clip she pinpoints a pimple, gets a garlic clove, cuts into it with a knife and rubs it onto the zit. The vlogger, who has more than half a million followers on Instagram and nearly one million subscribers on YouTube, then goes to sleep, wakes up and the pimple has miraculously vanished. 'RUB the garlic on any pimples that you may have. If you have a whitehead like me - itll be gone INSTANTLY and wont come back,' she wrote in the video caption. 'If you have a larger pimple beneath the surface, rub the garlic on it and leave it on over night. You'll wake up with it GONE!' Treats Acne This herb may not be found in acne products’ list of ingredients, but it can serve as a natural topical treatment to get rid of blemishes. Allicin, the organic compound in garlic, has the ability to stop the damaging effects of radicals and kill bacteria, according to a 2009 study published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. In its decomposed form — sulfenic acid — allicin produces a fast reaction with radicals, which makes it a valuable herb for treating acne scars, skin diseases, and allergies.