TikTok is a huge platform for beauty tips, and videos about skin care rank among some of its most popular content.
Dr. Muneeb Shah, a dermatologist with 6 million followers on TikTok, told his followers including chlorophyll in your diet can have some health benefits, but people should question the claims being made on social media.
Shah told Insider the actual benefits of drinking liquid chlorophyll are minimal and debunked some of the TikTok claims. He also recommended products to use instead to clear acne and diet changes that could help heal skin.
Liquid chlorophyll is not proven to clear acne or reduce redness
Some TikTok users say drinking liquid chlorophyll in your water can give you clearer skin, with less acne and redness.
While some small studies indicate topical chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll that you apply to your skin, can cut down on redness, there is no data to suggest that liquid chlorophyll can do the same, Shah said.
Even though it isn’t a magic solution for acne, Shah said you may see slight changes if you try it anyway.
“Liquid chlorophyll has not been proven to have any effect on acne or redness, but given its anti-inflammatory properties, it could have some benefit,” Shah told Insider.
“Also, users are drinking more water as a result of this liquid chlorophyll trend, so adequate hydration may also be playing a role.”
Rather than drinking chlorophyll, eat your green veggies like broccoli and spinach
Shah advises people to be careful when consuming liquid chlorophyll.
In some rare cases, consuming too much liquid chlorophyll can lead to “‘pseudoporphyria,’ a blistering rash that develops upon exposure to sunlight. The risk is low but still possible,” Shah said.
If you’re looking to reduce acne, Shah recommends starting with four ingredients: retinoids to reduce aging and acne, benzoyl peroxide to fight acne-causing bacteria, salicylic acid to gently remove dirt, and exfoliate the skin, and azelaic acid to reduce red and inflamed skin.
Overall, drinking liquid chlorophyll is a fairly harmless beauty trend, but it may not give you the results you’re looking for.
“I don’t think it’s a bad option – I’ve certainly seen worse,” Shah told Insider.
“However, I personally recommend people just increase their consumption of green vegetables like broccoli and spinach.”
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