Monday, June 6, 2011

Yogurt Face

In my semi-ridiculous quest to be more of a foodie, I recently decided to try my hand at making pico de gallo.

Only, it turns out the seemingly innocuous green vegetables in the picture above harbor a horrible, terrible ingredient called capsaicin.

Capsaicin, according to its Wikipedia entry, is an irritant found in peppers that "produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact."

It's also the active ingredient in pepper spray.
So there I was, chopping away at peppers and tomatoes, when all of a sudden my face starts burning. I guess must have touched it while I still had pepper juice on my hands.

Not knowing anything about capsaicin, I tried to rinse it off with water, which only made the burning spread into my eyes. At this point, I was screaming in pain, so my brother looked up serrano peppers on Google and found out milk fat can calm the burning.

Since we only buy skim, I resorted to spreading expired yogurt all over my face just to make the burning stop.

Stylish, right?

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