Snail slime: does it have any contraindications?

Possible side effects of snail slime cosmetics

In recent years, snail slime has become an increasingly sought-after cosmetic ingredient due to its nourishing, hydrating, protective and soothing properties.

The substances it contains, such as allantoin and collagen, make it an excellent active ingredient to support anti-aging and hydrating treatments.

But does the use of snail slime have any contraindications? Can everyone usesnail slime serums and creams , or is it necessary to be careful before applying them?

In this article we will answer these questions exactly, so that you can make the best choice.

Potential side effects and contraindications of snail slime

Among the reasons why snail slime is so requested and loved in cosmetics we find the low presence of side effects following its use.

Most cosmetics based on this ingredient are dermatologically tested on sensitive skin in order to obtain an evaluation of the tolerability of the product, obtaining excellent results.

Generally, cosmetics companies invest in this test precisely to give people a safety index even before use (as well as to protect themselves if the cosmetic were to cause adverse effects, requiring changes in the formulation).

However, there are some people who should avoid using snail slime cosmetics.

Who shouldn't use snail slime products?

Not everyone knows it, but snails are gastropod molluscs, that is, the only class of molluscs that we also find on land.

Consequently, it is strongly recommended to avoid the use of serums, creams and any other snail slime products if you suffer from an allergy to molluscs and crustaceans .

allergy to snail slime

This type of allergy is very widespread and potentially dangerous, because those who come into contact with molluscs and crustaceans can develop various symptoms, including:

  • Hives resulting in itching and redness of the skin
  • Swelling of the face, throat, tongue
  • Breathing problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems (in case of ingestion)
  • Fainting
  • In the worst case scenario, anaphylactic shock

If you fear you are allergic or allergic to snail slime (or other components present in cosmetics), it would be better contact your doctor to show the INCI of the product and, under his authorization, test the cosmetic on a very small part of the body to check the skin's reaction.

Read also: " What does snail slime contain ?"

Can snail slime be used during pregnancy?

Snail slime creams, serums and other cosmetic products have no contraindications during pregnancy.

Indeed: being rich in collagen and elastin, the secretion of the snail can be useful for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy , making the skin softer and more elastic.

However, if you are pregnant and suffer from hypersensitivity to cosmetics , it would be best to ask your gynecologist or dermatologist before starting to use this new ingredient.

Can snail slime be used in case of dermatitis?

Some scientific studies suggest that snail slime may be useful for promoting skin regeneration and alleviating dermatitis and erythema.
(Rashad M, Sampò S, Cataldi A, Zara S. Biological activities of gastropod secretions: snail and slug slime. Nat Prod Bioprospect. 2023 Oct 23;13(1):42. doi: 10.1007/s13659-023-00404-0 .PMID: 37870705; PMCID: PMC10593653.)

However, in case of skin problems it is always advisable to speak to a trusted professional.

In conclusion

Snail slime has no known contraindications and proves to be a versatile cosmetic ingredient, suitable for anti-aging, hydrating and regenerating treatments.

However, you should avoid or limit the use of creams, serums and other products containing snail slime in case of allergy or hypersensitivity to crustaceans and molluscs, because the snail is a land mollusc.

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