Snail mucin for your skin?

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Snail mucin for your skin?

Besides the “yuck factor”, I wanted to see whether there’s any research to suggest that snail goop may be a helpful skincare ingredient given all they recent hype.

Turns out, the snail’s slimy secretion is hydrating and has antimicrobial properties. It also has some antioxidant properties.

One small study reported a significant improvement in fine lines and skin brightness.

There’s also a little research that shows it may be helpful in patients who have acne and even that it may protect against the most dangerous form of skin cancer (melanoma).

It is definitely safe to try.

There are questions as to whether collection of the slime is harmful to the snail. It is collected in different ways but snails must be stressed to produce mucin so there’s that to consider…

Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
drkuzniar@njnaturopath.com

Dr. Kuzniar is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is also a member of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a State of Vermont Naturopathic Physician license (as New Jersey does not yet offer licensing for Naturopathic doctors).