Semen is the reproductive fluid that the penis releases during ejaculation. Although there has been some anecdotal evidence that semen may provide skin benefits, there is little scientific evidence to support this.
While semen may contain ingredients that can benefit skin, the small quantity of these ingredients is unlikely to provide any benefit. Putting semen on the skin or consuming it also carries the risk of developing an allergic reaction and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Read on to learn more about the effect of putting semen on the skin and hair, as well as the risks this may carry.
The idea that semen may be beneficial for skin health largely stems from anecdotal evidence claiming that the nutrients within semen may help with skin health.
Although semen does contain nutrients that can be beneficial for the skin, there is little scientific evidence to support the idea that topical use of semen or consumption can improve a person’s skin health and appearance.
An older review exploring the properties of semen lists the following as some (but not all) of the nutrients found in semen:
This section will explore each of these nutrients and how they may be beneficial for the skin. But it is important to note that semen only contains small quantities of these nutrients, and as such, they are unlikely to have any effect when applied to skin.
Collagen is a type of protein that can be beneficial for skin health. A 2019 study Trusted Source highlights that a collagen supplement may be able to improve skin hydration and elasticity, and make it softer.
A 2014 studyTrusted Source reviewing the benefits of zinc for skin notes that it possesses antioxidant properties and may be able to help prevent skin damage from exposure to UV rays.