Ever hear the urban legend that sperm is good for your skin? It’s been doing the rounds for longer than we can remember, so we decided to use the lowdown on whether not it’s actually good for your skin…
WHAT SPERM CAN DO FOR YOU
If the idea of using semen on your skin seems foreign, especially if you don’t swallow or like to keep cum on your body after getting down and dirty with your man, you might wonder why in the world someone would put semen on their skin. There are a number of urban legends around using semen topically. According to some people, semen can:
- Moisturize your skin
- Fight off wrinkles
- Add protein to your skin
- Act as an antioxidant
- Tone skin with urea, one of its ingredients
- Provide general anti-aging benefits
Some people also show that sperm contains ingredients such as oxytocin and prolactin that can act as mood boosters. Yes, that’s the same oxytocin as released when cuddling. According to research, women who absorb semen vaginally reported less issues with depression than women who had sex with condoms. This is due to the presence of chemicals such as endorphins, estrone, prolactin, oxytocin, thyrotrpin-releasing hormone, and serotonin in semen, which contains only 3% sperm, that’s absorbed vaginally..
IS SPERM GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN? THESE PEOPLE SAY “YES”
Most of the proponents of semen being good for your skin are not doctors or scientists. They’re simply celebrities looking for 15 (more) minutes of fame. Among the list of people who have made such a claim are actress Heather Locklear, who manages to look amazingly young even though she’s older than half a century, singer Liz Phair and Tracy Kiss. Tracy is infamous for writing about how she uses semen as a facial mask to combat stress of being a mother, aging and even a form of rosacea.
According to Tracy, who wrote a long blog post about her weekly facials, she prefers semen as an organic and cruelty-free option to harsher skin products that strip layers of cells as well as moisture from the skin. She mixes lavender essential oil and egg whites to create the mask. After massaging it into her skin, she lets it sit for 15 minutes and rinses with warm water.
Tracy reports receiving many comments and positives thoughts from other people who already used semen as a skin treatment or were encouraged to do so after reading her site. However, these are all anecdotal reports.
Even TV show Nip/Tuck, which is about doctors who perform plastic surgery on patients who want to stay young forever, talks about a fictitious beauty product that contains semen.
Finally, the Norwegian company Bioforskning, which makes Spermine, make extreme claims that their product can reduce aging of the skin up to 20%. They also claim that Spermine is 30 times more effective than Vitamin E, which you might already use to fade marks on your skin and keep it soft and moist.
It’s easy to wonder “Is semen good for your skin?” with so many people willing to sell us this story, but like many sex questions, you’ll want to do your research first!
IS SEMEN GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN, REALLY?
In a Vice study, testing the hypothesis that sperm is good for your skin, the female participant did report skin that seemed moist; however, that wasn’t the only effect of using semen on her skin. It also caused her to break out. This is likely because of the testosterone content in the semen as testosterone contributes toward acne.
It’s unlikely that you’ll be okay with unsightly blemishes on your skin just for a little moisturizer, especially when you can use products that will keep your skin moist and toned without causing breakouts or while actively fighting acne if your skin is prone to breaking out.
In fact, one doctor replied to probing questions about the benefits of a semen facial by expressing doubt that there are any benefits at all and warning against the negatives that can happen if you decide to try this skin regimen. Despite this, both teenagers and adults frequently ask Dr. Kirby whether semen can be beneficial to their skin.
Dr. Kirby worries that the type of STIs that can be spread through contact to bodily fluids could be spread via absorption through the thin membranes in the face. We’re not just talking about cold sores caused by herpes Simplex 1. Even your eyes could become vulnerable to chlamydia.
Another concern is that any person who treats themselves with semen could have or develop a reaction to some of its ingredients. This happens commonly enough that there’s a name for the condition: human seminal plasma protein hypersensitivity. Dr. Kirby goes on to explain that while some of the ingredients in semen are generally good to eat, slathering them on your skin doesn’t necessarily produce desirable effects.
Does this mean you should be swallowing your man’s cum to reap the benefits for your skin? Not so fast! Just Ask Alice explains how you would need to swallow gallons of that stuff every day to see any perks, and you’re better off eating a healthy diet, instead.
Even if semen somehow was an adequate source for those ingredients, it would be nearly impossible to estimate their measurements because each man’s state of health and ejaculate differs. Ultimately, there’s a reason why only outlandish celebrities and fanatical personalities online and in the tabloids boast about the health benefits of semen for their skin – because no professional will put their name on the line when it comes to such dubious science.
The myths aren’t just about cum, either.
So the reality is that any negatives from using semen on your skin probably negate or outweigh the positive, but this shouldn’t stop you from getting a splash of your man’s cum on your face if you find that hot. You don’t need a reason to perform oral, however! Do it because you love it.
If you do want to try a semen facial, that’s up to you. Just be prepared to deal with breakouts and potential reactions if your skin doesn’t like being covered in someone else’s cum. Remember that the oxytocin and other chemicals released during sex already have skin benefits.
On the other hand, science shows estrogen can be beneficial to wounds and skin tone when used topically, and your man can get plenty of that by spending time between your legs!