Is sperm good for skin or hair? and 10 other faqs

Medically reviewed by Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., CNE, COI — By Lauren Sharkey — Updated on December 23, 2019

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You may have heard certain influencers or celebrities raving about the skin care benefits of semen. But YouTube videos and personal anecdotes aren’t enough to lớn convince experts.

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In fact, there isn’t any scientific evidence lớn back up the idea of putting semen on your skin.

Aside from doing little to help your complexion, it can also result in allergic reactions and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Read on lớn find out the truth about so-called semen facials.

The acne-fighting potential of semen is a bit of an urban myth.

It isn’t clear where the idea came from, but the topic regularly pops up on acne forums and beauty blogs. How it can help acne is also unknown.

A common belief is that spermine — an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent found in sperm và cells throughout the human body — can combat blemishes.

Again, no evidence exists khổng lồ confirm this.

If you’re looking for a proven acne treatment, you have a few options, including trang chủ remedies.

Over-the-counter products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are recommended for mild acne.

Cystic acne, however, usually requires something a little stronger. Oral contraceptives can help clear the skin. Isotretinoin is another effective pill method.

You can also try a number of professional procedures, including:

What about its supposed anti-aging benefits?

Spermine’s lớn blame for this one, too. Its antioxidant status means some believe it can smooth fine lines.

A slightly more scientific liên kết exists here. Spermine derives from spermidine.

One study published in Nature Cell Biology found that injecting spermidine directly into cells can slow down the aging process. But little is known about the effects of applying it topically.

Stick lớn what has been proven instead.

When it comes to anti-aging, serums containing a high concentration of vi-ta-min C & retinoids should be your first choice.

You can also invest in a moisturizer full of ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.

And don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun. This alone can be a big contributor lớn premature aging.

It’s high in protein, right? Surely that counts for something?

More than 200 separate proteins can be found in semen. It’s true.

However, the amount — which is on average 5,040 milligrams per 100 milliliters — still isn’t enough khổng lồ make a noticeable difference.

If you put that figure in dietary terms, it equates lớn around 5 grams. The average female needs 46 grams of protein a day, while the average male requires 56 grams.

It isn’t going to bởi anything for your diet, and it’s unlikely to lớn have any effect on your skin, either.

Proteins found in skin care products usually come in the khung of peptides. These amino acids help keep skin firm & wrinkle-free, but they can be ineffective unless combined with other ingredients.

A much stronger source of protein is food.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that a diet rich in plant-based protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can promote healthy cellular aging.

Items lớn keep in mind for a plant-based diet include:

What about its zinc content?

Semen contains 3 percent of your recommended daily zinc allowance. But this figure can vary from person lớn person.

It’s recommended that females consume 8 milligrams a day, while males should consume 11 milligrams.

Zinc has numerous skin care benefits. Its anti-inflammatory effects on acne are widely studied, as well as its cell repair & collagen production abilities.

This has led some to lớn believe it can help with signs of aging.

However, the best results are produced when taking zinc orally along with applying it directly to the skin.

You can take zinc-based supplements, but adding more of it into your diet via nuts, dairy, & whole grains may be more worthwhile.

Be sure khổng lồ talk to your healthcare provider first before starting any supplement to lớn learn about any potential side effects or potential negative interactions with medications you’re currently taking.

Or urea content?

What is urea? Well, it’s a waste hàng hóa created when the liver breaks down proteins.

It usually leaves the body toàn thân through urine or sweat, but a small amount can be found on the outer layer of the skin.

It’s known to hydrate, gently exfoliate, và help the absorption of other skin care products. But beauty brands use a synthetic version, rather than the real deal.

According khổng lồ a study published in Journal of Andrology, semen houses 45 milligrams of urea per 100 milliliters.

Just like everything else, it isn’t a high enough dose lớn produce the effect you’re looking for.

So there really aren’t any demonstrated skin benefits?

Aside from some YouTubers showing before and after photos, there are no grounds for dermatologists to recommend semen as a skin care product.

So the next time someone hits you with that kind of line, you know khổng lồ immediately shut them down.

If that’s true, why vày salons offer semen facials?

Actually, the main salons that used to advertise such treatments appear khổng lồ have closed.

New York’s Graceful Services spa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp once offered a spermine facial that could allegedly encourage collagen production, heal skin, & calm redness.

The spermine used was completely artificial và was mixed with a bunch of other ingredients, including rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil, and vitamins E và B-5.

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It’s these ingredients that are likely lớn have produced results. For example, rosehip seed oil is an effective hydrator.

Jojoba oil can also keep moisture in the skin, while vi-ta-min E is an antioxidant that may benefit acne.

What about OTC creams containing spermine?

Two Norwegian brands — Skin Science and Bioforskning — were best known for including artificial spermine in their skin care products. But neither appear khổng lồ exist anymore.

Skin Science’s claim that its products could reduce aging by đôi mươi percent seemed impressive. But the list of ingredients contained more than spermine.

Natural compounds taken from salmon were also featured. Together, these supposedly boosted collagen production, assisted with inflammation, & removed dead skin cells.

In this example, the benefits were probably coming from the other ingredients. It’s likely lớn be the same story for any other OTC spermine product.

What could happen if you DIY?

In short, a few not-so-nice things. Applying human semen directly khổng lồ your skin can cause anything from a severe allergic reaction khổng lồ an STI.

Atopic dermatitis

It’s possible lớn develop an allergy khổng lồ the proteins found in semen. Known as human seminal plasma protein hypersensitivity, it’s pretty rare. Though, in extreme cases, it can result in anaphylaxis.

Milder allergic reactions can also occur. Atopic dermatitis, for example, shows itself in red, dry, or swollen skin that can feel incredibly itchy.


Semen can transmit such infections to lớn another individual by passing through mucous membranes found in the lips, nostrils, & eyes.

STIs such as herpes, chlamydia, và gonorrhea can be transmitted in this way.

The eyes are particularly vulnerable. Ocular herpes, for example, can cause inflammation and even vision loss.

Chlamydia conjunctivitis is less severe, with symptoms such as a burning sensation, redness, & discharge.

What about hair health? Any truth to lớn that?

Spermidine may stimulate human hair growth, according lớn one study published in PLOS One. There’s also a belief that the protein contained in semen can condition hair strands.

A conditioning treatment using bull sperm và the protein-rich katera plant was developed in a London hair salon.

As with the skin care claim, it’s the other ingredients that are more likely to lớn be effective in hair treatments.

The bottom line

There are many ways to lớn treat skin concerns that don’t involve semen.

If in doubt, look at the science. When it comes khổng lồ semen, there isn’t any evidence to tư vấn any claims of effective skin care.

Last medically reviewed on December 23, 2019

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Medically reviewed by Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., CNE, COI — By Lauren Sharkey — Updated on December 23, 2019

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