This is why women are rubbing raw garlic over their faces
Published 15/04/2016 | 13:33
Garlic has many uses, from food to medicine, vampire repellent and aphrodisiac and now it can add beauty treatment to its versatile CV.
The latest beauty trend to sweep Insagram sees women rubbing raw garlic over their faces.
It comes after vlogger and Youtube star, Farah Dhukai, claimed that raw garlic can be used to cure pimples.
"Garlic will flatten your pimple and get rid of it overnight, if not instantly’ the Canadian beauty guru wrote on her Instagram page.
Farah showed how to make cuts into a peeled garlic clove to extract the juice and rub onto pimples and whiteheads.
"Take a clove of garlic and make some cuts in it to extract some garlic juice. Rub the garlic on any pimples that you may have. If you have a whitehead like me – it’ll be gone instantly and won’t come back.
"If you have a larger pimple beneath the surface, rub the garlic on it and leave it on overnight. You’ll wake up with it gone' she explained to her 500k followers.
The effects of garlic on the skin haven't yet been studied so the advice may not be legitimate.
However, allicin, the active ingredient in garlic, has anti-inflammatory properties so it's possible that applying garlic to pimples may reduce swelling and redness.