Babies' Foreskins Turned Into Beauty Products

Circumcisions also result in skin grafts for burn victims
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2010 3:25 PM CST
Updated Nov 14, 2010 6:44 PM CST
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(Newser) – On the off chance you've ever wondered what happens to the leftover foreskins from babies' circumcisions, Christie Haskell at Cafe Mom has three words for you: "Penis wrinkle cream." Turns out the foreskin—"or more accurately, the fibroblasts from the cells of the foreskin"—can be turned into an array of skin byproducts such as a collagen, which is used in beauty care products. "Oprah's beloved SkinMedica product? Yup! Foreskins!"

But it's not all frivolous: Another use "is to create bio-skin grafts for burn victims and ulcers and other large-area open wound sites," Haskell writes. Also, cosmetic companies—which shell out thousands of dollars for a single foreskin because it can grow thousands of fibroblasts—test products on the resulting pseudo-skin rather than on animals. All this may complicate the debate over circumcision, but "there's got to be a good common ground somewhere," writes Haskell. Click here for more.

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