Snail mucin history of use
Medical use began to snail mucin in ancient Greece, where Hippocrates recommended the use of crushed snails to treat inflammatory skin diseases.
After a thousand years, it was noted that Chilean snail farmers have soft hands due to the regular handling of snails on the French food market, and it was also observed that any wounds in their hands recover faster without any scars.
As noted by the Spanish oncologist, Dr. Raphael Abad, when he was treating snails with radiotherapy, it was producing a different type of secretion under pressure which helped them to recover from their wounds, and then this secretion was applied to the wounds of people who were subjected to radiological burns and observed a similar response to recovery.
Dr. Abad recommended in his patent for the year 1996 AD to use snail secretion to treat radiological dermatitis and all types of burns and to prevent ultraviolet rays, and he also suggested that it could be useful in treating wrinkles and stretching of the skin.
What is snail mucin?
It is a growth factor derived from animals. Growth factors are partial high-weight peptides that promote wound healing and tissue repair.
The chemical composition of snail secretion
It contains many different substances including anthene, collagen, elastin, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and natural antibacterials.
These snails contain eight different types of secretory glands that secrete four different types of gel, protein, calcium, dyes, and fats. The secreted gel depends on the way the snail is stimulated. For example, with natural stimulation, the gel produced provides lubrication.
The most beneficial foaming secretion for the skin is the snail secreted when it is disturbed or threatened.
The secretions secreted by the snail from the mucous gland have a restorative effect on the skin, while the albumin gland secretions provide a vital antibiotic effect, while the secretion caused by the salivary gland can help to exfoliate the skin and cleanse it deeply.
What are the benefits derived from snail secretion for the skin?
Topically applied growth factors have been shown to be effective in stimulating collagen and rapidly healing wounds. But growth factors are difficult to penetrate the stratum corneum of the skin due to its large partial weight, but if it enters the dermis through the hair follicles instead of the cornea, it stimulates collagen.
Snail secretion has the effect of exfoliation and penetration, as the growth factors present in it can be absorbed more easily due to the enhancement of penetration.
- It has the ability to moisturize and cleanse.
- It is also anti-irritation and has been used to treat and reduce scars.
- It works as a chemical scrub and has the ability to reduce premature aging, due in large part to stimulating collagen, improving the quality of elastic fibers, reducing pores and obtaining smooth skin.
- Also, topical glycolic acid increases the thickness of the epidermis, and reduces skin pigmentation due to its exfoliating effect, which accelerates the rate of skin cell turnover so that pigment can be lost more quickly.
- It helps to regulate the levels of skin hydration and the function of the stratum corneum barrier when applied to the skin, and helps to disappear fine lines and wrinkles.
- An antibacterial that basically destroys or prevents the growth or reproduction of bacteria. One skin condition that particularly benefits from topical antibiotics is acne.
In addition, antibiotics can help wound healing by preventing infection.
Benefits of cosmetics that contain snail secretion
In a study applied to 15 women, they were asked to apply 8% snail secretion every morning and formulate 40% snail secretion every night for 3 months. A significant decrease in pigmentation was observed by 40%, and the wrinkles were reduced by up to 30%. The majority of participants noticed that they had a smoother and more hydrated complexion, and the majority also experienced improvement in skin elasticity.
In another study, 120 women applied different snail secretion combinations of either serum or cream with added peptides and antioxidants twice daily for 12 weeks. After 40 days, they found a marked improvement in skin hydration, firmness, softness, elasticity, expression lines and fine lines. They found 91% improvement in skin hydration after 90-day treatment.
Snail secretion may be the cause of skin improvements and possibly a combination of three (peptides, antioxidants and snail secretions). Note that research indicates that snail secretion itself has antioxidant effects.