Yes, Facial Cream Is Made From Foreskins… Why, Does That Bother You?

23 months.

I love it when you Google easy questions that I can so easily prove the answer to with a few hyperlinks. I will now prove legitimacy to this outrageous, yet true, claim.

So to answer your question, yes, your facial cream very well could be made from human foreskins, which are sold by hospitals; thanks to circumcisions.

It’s really that simple. However, I would like to better illustrate this truth by sampling what other respectable blogs have to say on the subject.

Summer Minor, a contributor for Yahoo!, explains just how human foreskins are big business for cosmetics:

“Foreskin fibroblasts are used to grow and cultivate new cells that are then used for a variety of purposes. From the fibroblasts new skin for burn victims can be grown, skin to cover diabetic ulcers, and controversially it is also used to make cosmetic creams and collagens. One foreskin can be used for decades to grow $100,000 worth of fibroblasts.”

The article goes on to specifically name SkinMedica, selling for over $100 for a 63-oz. bottle, which was made famous by Oprah Winfrey.

An article called Top 10 Products You Didn’t Know Are Used in Cosmetics, featured on TopTenz.net, basically says the same thing, adding the estimation that one piece of foreskin from a baby boy can be used to create around 4 acres of new skin.

On Plasmatic.com, a review of SkinMedica confirms the foreskin myth to be true as well.

The question isn’t whether or not foreskins are used to make facial cream. The question is… do you care?

Let’s say you found out whatever brand of facial cream you use is made from foreskins, would that keep you from buying it again?

My guess is no.

The exception might be if you happen to oppose circumcision; in other words, you’re an intactivist. Then it might bother you.

But I predict if you’re okay with circumcision, you’re okay with what your facial cream might be made from.

As for me, a guy who happens to not use facial cream, I support a parent’s right to choose circumcision, especially for those who do so for religious reasons, and I believe in the importance of the separation of church and state, therefore opposing any attempts at passing laws to ban circumcision in our country. (Like in San Francisco last year. Not cool!)

So by default, I’m all for foreskins in facial cream. It’s better than just throwing them away or burning them in an incinerator.

Still to this day, I don’t know what ever happened to mine, back in 1981 when I was circumcised… Though I bet my mom tried to save it in a scrapbook.

 

Image credit: Portrait of beautiful spa girl, via Shutterstock.

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  1. by Ferne

    On November 15, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I feel like what I am about to say is going to make me seem incredibly insensitive. I’m not going to approach the abortion is wrong or circumcision is wrong, but as long as both are legal, I find it’s better that we at least use the outcomes to our advances in the sciences and medical fields. The soul doesn’t live in our foreskins. If we’ve passed, I suppose it doesn’t matter what happens to my body, since I’m no longer in it. If you want to make Soylent Green out of me, just do it and make sure I’m really down for the count first.

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    On November 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Well, I just had another thought, which is funny and ironic. I am totally anti animal testing for beauty products. You might ask how that’s different. To me, it’s different because these animals are bred for testing and tortured and left in incredibly inhumane conditions in many instances. Some of these animals have never seen the outside of a cage. Imagine if we bred babies for their foreskins and fetuses and left them in cages and tortured them. I don’t value animal lives over human lives by any means, but the circumstances leading up to the results in these cases are completely different. I do wonder though if we’ll be come desensitized to human suffering for the sake of science. Who knows. Oh, and I found this link from 2009 in the Washington Times. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/3/aborted-fetus-cells-used-in-anti-aging-products/?page=all, and then I followed up here on the Neocutis webpage. http://www.neocutis.com/categories.php?catid=90

  3. by Kim

    On November 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Dude I found out about the fish scales and switched to mineral make up. This is just ew.
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    On March 26, 2013 at 12:53 am

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