Of late, beauty influencers have been posting videos claiming that chlorophyll drinks or liquid chlorophyll have helped them deal with breakouts and aggressive acne. While the idea caught everyone's fancy, we talk to experts to decode this new internet craze and figure out whether the benefits of chlorophyll look good only in theory or can be applied in real life too. Read on...
Understand what you are drinking!
"Influencers claim that because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, ingesting chlorophyll water gets rid of acne, clears the skin, increases RBC count, detoxes the liver and helps in weight loss. However, what you are actually drinking is not the chlorophyll that plants use to make food, it is chlorophyllin, a compound that is extracted from chlorophyll. There has been no study to prove the effectiveness of drinking chlorophyll every day," stresses cosmetic dermatologist Dr Rinky Kapoor.
It can benefit the skin, but indirectly...
Celebrity cosmetic dermatologist Dr Chytra Anand says that although it might help the skin with its detoxifying property, it does not work directly on acne. "Chlorophyll water or drinks or pellets (which are added on salads and fruits) are different ways of taking it. It is an antioxidant and it protects one's body against free radical damage that is typically a detox mechanism for the body. It is not going to give you direct acne relief but by helping reduce free radical damage and help the body detox, it helps clarify the skin pores. It has an indirect way of acting against acne," she adds.
Switch to green leafy vegetables instead
Experts advise caution and also urge us to get our eating habits right. Starting with a good amount of greens. "If one looks at the amount suggested, it is said that around 15 ml of extracted chlorophyll daily has anti-acne and anti-aging properties. Well, that's around 10 cups of spinach or any greens, daily," points out Dr Shoba. "If you are eating a good amount of greens, then you don’t need this supplement. While chlorophyll water does not do any major transformations, it will not harm your body either," says Dr Rinky.
Does liquid Chlorophyll work for the skin?
Dr Shoba says that research is still going on around this and it doesn't look like chlorophyll has a direct effect to clear acne, apart from providing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.