Acne can make you go bananas—in a good way

August 6, 2018

On average, Americans feel they experience five bad skin days each month, based on findings of a recent study of 2,000 adults sponsored by CeraVe and conducted by OnePoll. That means that in a single year, the average American will suffer from 60 terrible skin days.

It’s enough to make you go bananas—but in a good way.

Strange, but true: Anecdotal evidence shows, many who suffer from acne, oily skin, psoriasis, eczema——even warts and skin discolorations—have found that rubbing the inside of the skin of a ripe banana (one with dark spots) on your face can bring relief from the redness, inflammation, pain and number of occurrences of the problem.P

You cut the banana skin up; then, rub a piece of it on your face very gently. Leave it there for half an hour, after which you can wash it off with cool water. (You also can leave it there overnight, for good results.)

Among the hundreds of positive posts on the site,, are the following—many of them, from former skeptics and cynics:

  • Outstanding result: Last week, I saw the reviews about banana peels and I have started to use [to use the peels on my broken out facial] skin. OMG. The amazing results appeared. So what does it do to my skin? (1) Reduces inflammation incredibly. (2) Heals pimples greatly. (3) Empties blackheads from pores. (4) Gently exfoliates. [I recommend that} … you leave it on your skin throughout the night. Choose, use it, and love it. Toby_boy
  • Shook: To say I was skeptical of this is undermining how I really felt. I was just have a bad breakout week, as well as a rash from a medical. I was desperate and nothing else was working, so I … rubbed a banana peel on the spots for a minute; then let it dry and went to sleep.(Others did this three times  day, but I only had time to do it at night.) … Woke up [with] a significantly less red face and shrunken pimples. I continued this for three more nights and my skin is 60% better and [the] facial redness/rash is gone .… So give it a try! It can’t hurt and it’s natural! Serena_95
  • I am so [darn] happy: Really, my acne was [so] bad that I [was] depressed and didn’t even wanna leave my house. I refused to look in people’s eyes because I [felt] like they were judging me. Acne covered my cheeks and I have oily skin, so I [felt] very dirty and I had tried every single product, but no improvement .… And this works so amazingly! I have only been using this for two days, and it works. How I use: Pick a yellow banana peel and massage gently over my entire face and sleep with this. Remember, it’s just my skin and you are different … but I hope it works for you guys, too. Mooniey

Why does it work? According to the site, Live Science, a wide variety of health benefits are associated with bananas. They are high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber, said Laura Flores, a San Diego-based nutritionist. They can also be a good way to get magnesium and vitamins C and B6.

“Bananas are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain,” Flores told Live Science.

“Bananas also are high in antioxidants,” she said, “which can provide protection from free radicals, which we come into contact with every day, from the sunlight to the lotion you put on your skin.”

And here’s another plus. If you are upset about your acne, bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression—”due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter,” Flores said. Plus, vitamin B6 can help you sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles. Additionally, the tryptophan in bananas is well-known for its sleep-inducing properties.

Eaten in moderation, there are no significant side effects associated with eating bananas. However, eating the fruits in excess may trigger headaches and sleepiness, Flores said. She said that such headaches are caused by “the amino acids in bananas that dilate blood vessels.” Overripe bananas contain more of these amino acids than other bananas. “Bananas can also contribute to sleepiness when eaten in excess due to the high amount of tryptophan found in them,” she said.

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