People gobsmacked as woman uses period blood as face mask – and doctor shares warning

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WARNING: Images contain blood – ‘Menstrual cycle educator’ Sarah Sol claims that period blood is the ‘ancient feminine secret to glowing young skin’ – but is this actually true? Doctors weigh in

A ‘menstrual cycle educator’ has taken the internet by storm after using her own period blood as a face mask.

Stomach cramps, mood swings and tiredness don’t exactly make ‘that time of the month’ an occasion to look forward to. But Instagram content creator, Sarah Sol, says we’re missing a trick, as she lathers menstrual fluids on her face while claiming it’s an ‘ancient feminine secret to glowing young skin’.

Speaking with her 11.5k followers (@onewildwomban), she said: “It is the same nutrient-dense blood that nourishes all human life on this planet… I have been putting my blood on my face for the last six cycles and my skin has improved drastically! It’s insane. How did I not do that all this time? Never wasting a chance again to get that glow.”

Unsurprisingly, the post was met with hundreds of gobsmacked comments, with many quick to say they would never put period blood near their faces. One person wrote: “That’s gotta smell bad,” as another chimed in: “The way my jaw dropped.”

While Sarah herself acknowledged people’s disgust, she stressed that periods contain irons, proteins, copper and selenium, which are all ‘super healthy for skin’. “If we learn to honour it and use it, instead of being ashamed and disgusted by it, our society will need less fillers and injectors,” the Egypt and Indonesia-based creator added.

But is this actually true? Dermatologists and doctors don’t seem to back it, with many claiming it’s just another ‘TikTok fad’ with no real scientific backing. Dr Lawrence Cunningham, a medical expert at UK Care Guide, told The Mirror: “Throughout my years, I have encountered many unconventional DIY remedies, but this one clearly lacks any scientific backing and historical reference.

“Historical treatments and ancient secrets often have some trace in historical texts or cultural practices, but this particular method does not appear in any reputable sources I’ve looked at. I assume that the appeal of such trends often lies more in their shock value and the virality potential on social media platforms rather than their actual benefits.”

Dr Cunningham’s views come as countless bizarre and often unproven anti-aging rituals have flooded the internet, with one woman last week even using breast milk as a form of ‘Botox’.

And while period blood is undoubtedly rich in nutrients, it contains a lot of bacteria too. Rubbing this on your face can therefore lead to infections or skin irritations in the worst of cases, with the nutrients only intended to support a potential embryo.

This was also backed by dermatologist Dr Hamdan Abdullah Hamed shared this warning with The Mirror: “I don’t think there are studies that prove that this trend is effective… Using menstrual blood on the face is not sterile. It can actually cause more skin infections because menstrual blood may contain bacteria and sweat, which can cause bacteria build-up on the skin. Thus, this may cause acne and other skin infections.”

If you’re still keen to try out more DIY skincare remedies in spite of this craze, both doctors recommend using natural ingredients like honey for the best results. Believe it or not, this substance is a natural ‘humectant’, which means that it attracts water and therefore acts as a great moisturiser.

Applying this just before you head to bed can be extremely beneficial for balancing problematic and acne-prone skin, while preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr Hamed continued: “I recommend doing face masks through DIY, which uses home ingredients.

“Some of the natural ingredients include avocado, coconut, honey, and oatmeal. These can reduce redness, address irritation, and lock in moisture on your face.”

Dr Cunningham also added: “More commonly, I have often guided people towards natural ingredients like berries or green tea. These components help fight stress in the skin cells, which significantly contributes to ageing.

“Masks containing these elements can be made at home and offer a safer alternative to experimental and unproven trends, as this TikTok one.”

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