Snail mucus is produced in large quantities within a gland located at the foot of the snail. Highly concentrated compounds of glycosaminoglycans were found during examination. Furthermore, in another analysis of the snail mucus was found to contain seven of the most natural, precious ingredients for the production of cosmetics and dermatological skin care products:
- glycolic acid,
- natural antibiotics,
- specific peptides, etc
The “Review by the International Society of Dermatology Pharmacology» (ISSPJ) published a study showing the actual regenerative properties of mucus.
Additionally, studies carried out by scientists of Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, showed that the mucus contains crystals of calcite, the more stable forms of calcium carbonate, which hardens very quickly and which is anticipated to be used in medicine as a kind of adhesive for bone fractures.
Another study, from the Health Innovations Research Institute in Melbourne, demonstrated that mucus contains natural anesthetic substances which they use to immobilize their victims.
Since ancient times, the snail mucus has been used for many aesthetic purposes, such as fighting wrinkles, treating burns, stretch marks and in the fight against herpes. During the middle Ages, snail mucus was used to heal wounds and treat hernias, vision problems, and bleeding. Today snail mucus has a range of pharmaceutical uses.
Some of these include the following: In snail mucus the presence of substances with regenerative forces for the skin (protein and allantoin) have been observed.
Recent studies found that the use of snail mucus in mice wounds causes a natural process of healing. There are drugs made of snail slime on the market today which are designated for the treatment of burns and scars.
There are also a number of cosmetic creams based on snail mucus excipients on the market. It has been clinically proven in different medical schools that it can remove skin marks. It’s a natural antibiotic. It is also used as an effective treatment for acne in adults and adolescents and for skin infections. Its use prevents irritations and possible side effects from other medicines. It is used against burns and for anti-wrinkle and anti-aging. It removes dead and damaged cells (peeling) and fights free radicals. Improves elasticity of the skin and leaves it soft and silky, restoring the renewal process of the skin by enhancing stem cells. It also fights oily skin.
Some studies show that snail mucus has properties that kill gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, but only in the stages of their development. In some drugs, snail mucus is often used as a mixture for some lung conditions.