Chlorophyll For Skin: Benefits, How To Use, & Potential Risks

Know how you can use liquid chlorophyll to soothe inflammatory ailments of the skin.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sonam Jeswani Ramrakhiani, MBBS, DDV
By Arshiya Syeda

It is said that there are numerous benefits of chlorophyll for skin health. Would you believe us if we told you that this is true? Some experts even claim that consuming liquid chlorophyll can help you get rid of acne. This popular beauty fad has gone viral on social media. Jump on board if you are captivated by this latest trend. This article will debunk all you need to know about chlorophyll for skin care, including its benefits, hazards, and applications. Keep reading!

How Liquid Chlorophyll Combats Acne: A Science-Backed Perspective

Chlorophyll acts as an effective anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant agent, making it useful for treating various kinds of skin inflammation (1). Another study claims that chlorophyll, when used in combination with photodynamic therapy, can reduce acne counts, acne severity grades, and sebum levels (with minimal side effects) (2).

Note: Apart from the studies mentioned above, little research has been done to prove chlorophyll’s ability to treat acne directly.

Let us now understand the advantages of liquid chlorophyll for skin.

Can Chlorophyll Water Actually Help Your Skin?

Supplementing your skin with chlorophyll water cannot directly treat acne. However, when you consume it, the chlorophyll is believed to attract sunlight to your skin, helping curb the eruptions. This concept is also known as photodynamic therapy.

Here is how the photodynamic therapy process works:

Step 1: A photosensitizing chemical substance is added to the skin.

Step 2: The skin is then exposed to blue/red light.

Step 3: This light kills the acne-forming bacteria.

Note: Consuming chlorophyll can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and may cause sun rashes/sunburn. Also, there is not enough research to suggest that chlorophyll water can actually treat your skin woes. Hence, consult your doctor before using chlorophyll.

We will now look at the benefits of chlorophyll for skin health.

What Are The Benefits Of Chlorophyll For Skin Health?

1. Helps Improve Skin Appearance

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Participants with mild to moderate acne and large pores witnessed an improvement in their overall skin appearance after applying a chlorophyll-based cream (3). Since acne comprises dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil, chlorophyll doubles up as a powerful anti-acne and anti-inflammatory agent.

2. May Help Reduce Skin Aging

A skin gel containing sodium copper chlorophyllin complex showed significant improvements in certain aging parameters (4).

3. May Help With Wound Healing

Chlorophyll possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties (5). These properties may help with wound healing, though more research is warranted in this regard.

4. May Act As A Natural Cleansing Agent

The antioxidant properties of chlorophyll may allow it to cleanse and purify your blood and skin. Some believe these properties may help reduce fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles that occur due to oxidization and sun damage. However, more information is warranted in this regard.

It is believed that the magnesium in chlorophyll may reduce skin redness and itching. But limited information is available in this regard.

These are the few major benefits of chlorophyll for skin health. In the following section, we will see how you can make liquid chlorophyll.

DIY Recipe To Make Liquid Chlorophyll

Ingredients

  • 80 grams of picked parsley leaves or one cup of raw spinach (which contains about 24 mg of chlorophyll)
  • 6 cups of water

The Method

  • Wash and dry the parsley leaves properly. Ensure all the dirt is washed away.
  • Blend the leaves in a blender with some water. You should get a bright green liquid in the end.
  • Strain the liquid through a fine sieve and transfer it into a saucepan.
  • Keep the stove on low heat and stir slowly and constantly till you notice small green particles rising to the surface.
  • Pour this mixture into a container with ice cubes and store it in the fridge.
  • Once cold, pour the mixture through a muslin-lined sieve.
  • Discard the water.
  • You should get about two tablespoons of chlorophyll.
  • Scrape the remaining green paste from the muslin and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • You can use this mixture for about a week. Do not store it beyond a week.

You can add this liquid chlorophyll to your juice. You may also have one teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll as it is. Ensure you consult your doctor first if you have any concerns.

DIY Face Mask Recipe: Antioxidant Green Moisture Mask

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Here is another antioxidant-rich moisturizing mask with chlorophyll that you can use to give your skin that natural glow.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon organic avocado
  • 1 probiotic capsule (the contents)
  • 1 tablespoon organic olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • ½ a teaspoon organic matcha
  • ½ a teaspoon chlorophyll

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Apply the mask and massage gently into the skin.
  • Let it sit for about 15-30 mins.
  • Wash it off in the shower.

Though chlorophyll has certain benefits, it may pose some risks too. Let us explore the same in the following section.

What Are The Risks Of Using Chlorophyll On Skin?

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Consuming too much chlorophyll can have adverse effects on your skin:

  • Your skin may become more sensitive to the sun because of chlorophyll’s photosynthesizing effects
  • Photosensitive rashes with blisters
  • Stained teeth
  • Gastrointestinal problems and diarrhea, often accompanied with chlorophyll supplements
  • Skin itching or burning
  • Discolored stool (green, yellow, or black)

Note: Pregnant and lactating women should not consume chlorophyll in any form.

Chlorophyll water also tested unhealthy in mice. It was harmful to the embryos (6). Hence, please consult with your doctor prior to consuming chlorophyll water, having it as a supplement, or using it in any other form.

In the next section, we will deep-dive to understand the different ways in which you can use this green, natural pigment and make the most of its proposed benefits.

What Are The Different Ways To Use Chlorophyll?

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There are numerous ways to use chlorophyll – be it applying topically or consuming orally as a liquid or a supplement. Chlorophyll comes in varied forms such as tablets, ointments, and sprays.

The recommended dosage of chlorophyllin supplements seems to range between 100 and 300 milligrams (mg) per day over three divided doses. Please consult your doctor for more information regarding the dosage, as it may vary among individuals.

There are pre-bottled options of chlorophyll water, chlorophyll capsules, or liquid chlorophyll drops that you can simply add to your own water. You can also go for antibacterial soaps, ointments, and other products that contain chlorophyll.

Additionally, chlorophyll is also found naturally in foods such as spinach, wheatgrass, asparagus, green cabbage, arugula, leeks, green beans, peas, broccoli, marine algae (like seaweed), and matcha tea. You can also easily add chlorophyll powder to juices, smoothies, sauces, and salads and make it an integral part of your daily wellness routine.

Infographic: Top 5 Health Benefits Of Chlorophyll

Apart from the numerous benefits of chlorophyll for skin health, it has many potential health benefits. The use of chlorophyll helps us in several ways, including treating inflammatory conditions and reducing the risk of cancers. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of chlorophyll are attributed to the several benefits it possesses.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the health benefits of chlorophyll.

top 5 health benefits of chlorophyll [infographic]

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Using chlorophyll for skin is no more an unknown fact. It is a popular beaut fad that has several benefits for your skin. Chlorophyll is an anti-inflammatory and anti-acne agent that helps improve skin texture, heal wounds, reduce the appearance of aging, minimize itching, and cleanse and purify your blood. You may use chlorophyll as a face mask with the DIY recipes shared here or orally.

However, consuming too much chlorophyll can also have side effects like itching, burning, and photosensitivity. Try adding this to your skin care routine for a more natural and organic skin care approach.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does liquid chlorophyll do for your skin?

Liquid chlorophyll acts as an antioxidant and helps fights numerous skincare issues such as acne and damaged skin. It also may help heal wounds.

Does liquid chlorophyll make your skin clear?

Liquid chlorophyll helps ward off free radicals that occur when the skin is breaking down or is damaged. It is especially useful in treating inflammatory acne. It helps make your skin clear.

Key Takeaways

  • The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of chlorophyll may help in wound healing.
  • The photosynthesizing effects of chlorophyll may turn the skin sensitive to the sun.
  • Chlorophyll is also found naturally in spinach, green cabbage, arugula, leeks, green beans, peas, and broccoli.

Sources

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  1. Chlorophyll Revisited: Anti-inflammatory Activities of Chlorophyll a and Inhibition of Expression of TNF-α Gene by the Same
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10753-011-9399-0
  2. Photodynamic therapy using chlorophyll-a in the treatment of acne vulgaris: A randomized, single-blind, split-face study
    https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(14)01535-7/fulltext
  3. Pilot Study of Topical Copper Chlorophyllin Complex in Subjects With Facial Acne and Large Pores
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26091384/
  4. Efficacy and Tolerability of an Acne Treatment Regimen with Antiaging Benefits in Adult Women
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6011872/
  5. Chlorophyll revisited: anti-inflammatory activities of chlorophyll a and inhibition of expression of TNF-α gene by the same
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22038065/
  6. Effects of chlorophyllin on mouse embryonic and fetal development in vivo
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/tcm.10042
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