As sexually active individuals, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say we’ve either given or received a sperm facial at least once or twice in our life. Of course, all of that is in a sexual context. Could sperm facials actually be good for your skin?

It became the talk of the town early last year after Gwyneth Paltrow’s facialist suggested that using sperm for a facial. She claimed that it had a compound called spermine that acts as an antioxidant that treats blemishes, smoothens skin, and reduces wrinkles. But does it really?

Strictly speaking, sperm does have nutrients. In an interview with Health, Michael Reitano, MD, of the men’s health service Roman said that sperm has fat, sodium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, lactic acid, fructose, citric acid, calcium, ascorbic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B12, as well as proteins that number in the hundreds.

As to whether those nutrients are any good for the skin? A Los Angeles dermatologist says no. Talking to Cosmopolitan, dermatologist Will Kirby says that there aren’t enough proteins in sperm and semen to make a difference. Kirby also adds that all the nutrients found in sperm doesn’t really have a measurable benefit on one’s skin. It doesn’t have any bad effects either, unless you happen to be allergic to semen, which is an actual condition called human seminal plasma protein hypersensitivity.

Of course, if you enjoy the sensation of someone jizzing on your face, you’re free to go out there and indulge in it. Just don’t expect to get clearer skin from it.

We’d like to hear about your best sperm facial experiences — obviously in a sexual context. When and where did it happen? Was it just one guy or more? Share it with us in the comments section and feel free to be as detailed as you want!

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