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snail extract

When snails are agitated*, they excrete a thick fluid as a means to protect themselves. This fluid is supposedly packed with nutrients like hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial and copper peptides, and proteoglycans. Snail extract may alleviate redness, treat pimples, speed healing, repair sun damage, even skin tone.

Snail allergies have cross-reactivity with dust mite allergies!
In a study, only 30% of the people allergic to dust mites were also allergic to snails.

“Cross-reactivity between terrestrial snails {Helix species) and house-dust mite {Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus),” I. In vivo study http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1398-9995.1998.tb03862.x/abstract
“Cross-reactivity between terrestrial snails {Helix species) and house-dust mite {Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus),” II. In vitro study http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1398-9995.1998.tb03863.x/abstract
Barefacedtruth has a few posts re: snails and microneedling (tl;dr don’t apply snail creams after microneedling): http://barefacedtruth.com/2015/07/06/snail-growth-factor-allergy-microneedling-tiny-problem/

Clinical trials on Snail Extract

One of the main difficulties in conducting clinical trials on the benefits of snail slime is that the market has not fully figured out how to guarantee the results of testing. After all, if snail creams are to be effective, then the slime has to have a consistent concentration of the various chemical compounds, but this is difficult to guarantee. Because the success of trials leans heavily on the quality of snail extract used, the concentration of slime and the way it is excreted and processed, test results can sometimes be misleading. Some companies that manufacture snail creams do choose to keep a steady supply of their own snails so they can better regulate the extraction and formulation of the slime.

Snail Extract Cream in burn scars and grafts
The Derm Review

The effects of filtrate of the secretion of the Cryptomphalus aspersa on photoaged skin

Snail allergies have cross-reactivity with dust mite allergies; something to consider if allergic to dust mites and want to use snail creams from SkincareAddiction

*Vegans: decide for yourself if this is something you’re comfortable supporting.

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