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Snail slime cures acne

July 15, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments

Bioskincare is rather coy about the active ingredient in its acne treatment cream called Bioskinforte. We are told only this:

It is a biological serum created by a living creature with skin similar to human skin but who never suffers from skin infections. It acts as an adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, trigger of skin repair and skin regeneration, and dissolves blocked pores.

A living creature, with flawless human-like, but not quite human skin? A few weeks ago that could have been Michael Jackson. Could be Joan Rivers, perhaps.... Nicole Kidman's looking a bit weird these days....While you think of your own snarky examples, I will solve the actual mystery of Bioskinforte. It's snail slime.

Helix Aspersa Müller Glycoconjugates is the posh name for the active, supposedly an antioxidant as well as acne cure. According to Andes Natural Skin Company, the complex nature of the serum cannot be replicated under laboratory conditions, which is why the natural secretion of the snail has to be harvested in a natural and organic manner. Otherwise known as slime scraping.

For acne sufferers, snail slime apparently works on scarring by softening and dissolving existing scar lesions and damaged tissues, as well as rebuilding collagen and elastin back up to levels that existed before the scars took effect. The company even claims the products have an effect on heavy scarring, including ‘ice-pick’ acne scars, hypertrophic scars and post surgery scarring. This is due to a process known as hydroxylation, which helps to clear out dead material from the scarring tissue and open up the vascular system to allow for skin cell regeneration.

I would have been tempted to relegate Bioskinforte and its terrestrial gastropods to the Dept of Daft, but I know better. Snail secretions contain glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that tightly bind copper peptides. Understanding why this should be a good thing, requires a quick diversion on GAGs and copper peptides.

Copper peptides promote the degradation of abnormally large cross-linked collagen (the one found in scars and, to a lesser degree, in wrinkles). Most of the research on copper peptides relates to wound healing and there is evidence that they stimulate the production of “regular” collagen found in normal skin. In one small study, copper peptides stimulated collagen production in the intact skin and produced a stronger stimulation of collagen sysnthesis than tretinoin (Retin A, Renova) or ascorbate (vitamin C).

All of which is a roundabout snail's pace way of saying that this might just work on acne scars.

  • July 4, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Claire, I thought you'd be amused by this $399 face mask and it certainly makes your DIY option preferable for the pocket. I do love the name Escargot de Peau, though, and the fact that the farmed snails are fed ginseng is priceless:

  • June 27, 2016

    by Claire angel

    Hi Marta, I am very interested in this and have read quite a few articles.No snails are harmed(the slime is milked every day) I am keen to try to make my own preparation..I think if you feed the snails nice greens for a few days before milking they will be quite clean.If they are clean enough to eat, putting slime on your face cant be that harmful I am guessing.I will test a small patch of skin first though.Apparently one treatment involves allowing them to crawl over the face,could be an interesting sensation!Have you tried any of the korean creams with slime in them?Gonna have to find a better word than slime....

  • April 24, 2016

    by Hector

    It works miracles, my forehead lines and tire eyes are going away.

  • November 2, 2015

    by Alexa

    will any snail's slime work for the cellular and skin tissue regeneration? Or is there only some specific individual apt for this?

  • February 19, 2014

    by cresentha

    Hello I have bad acne problem I tryed everything n ntn is working bt I want to try the snail gel I knw its gona work 4 me I reali need help 4 my acne its gtn bad everyday sometimes I tell myself wish I won't born + I drink lots of water I eat healthy I look after my face its been 4yrs suffering with this problem.

  • February 2, 2014

    by nancy

    How is the slime collected? Are snails killed for their slime?

  • July 9, 2010

    by Charmaine Sacayanan

    I very much enjoyed your blog. Great content. Please keep posting such good cotent.

  • November 25, 2009

    by Kathleen

    I just got done looking closer at their website at and it sounds legit. The before and after pictures are amazing. I've heard of using snail slime before with great results. According to their website, their products use all natural ingredients, which means you won't have any side effects, so it sounds like the only thing you have to lose is your acne scars.

  • July 19, 2009

    by marta

    Joon, you could look at this or at other copper peptide products- it's the CP that heals the scars. You could also look at <a href="" rel="nofollow">Skin Biology's Super Cop</a>

  • July 18, 2009

    by Joon

    Do you think its worth to try this? I have some pitted acne scars that i've lived with for 7 years and i just want to get rid of them!!!!

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