helen-mirren-skin-careSometimes we hear about new beauty treatments that use inexpensive items in our kitchens already, and we almost always want to try them. This is not one of those times.

New research out of Stanford University indicates that household bleach can reduce inflammation and treat certain skin problems. In particular, it appears to be potentially useful in treating the large, painful, red sores that appear on cancer patients being treated with radiation. It also has significant potential as an aging treatment.

According to the BBC, giving mice a bath in diluted bleach for two weeks made their skin younger. The skin was thicker and showed signs of more skin cells being produced.

But this is just an initial trial using heavily diluted bleach, and the researchers are adamant that nobody go off and try to rub bleach on themselves as some sort of ill-advised home remedy.

“I cannot emphasize enough that it is very important that individuals with inflammatory conditions do not apply bleach directly to their skin,” said Dr. Graham Johnson of the British Association of Dermatologists. “We often see patients with severe reactions to even mild bleaches, and I would recommend that people with inflamed or broken skin avoid contact with bleach in those areas.”

So go ahead and slather yourself in apple cider vinegar, avocado, olive oil, mashed bananas, or anything else in your kitchen. But please, please, please do not rub bleach on your face. You will end up like the crazy racist girl who burned her face off on Nip/Tuck.

Via BBC/Photo: WENN