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Last year, a close friend and I discussed our winter skin care regimens as we walked to the subway. As we traded tips and annoyances about our favorite products and their costs, my friend mentioned a bizarre method her favorite podcast host uses to minimize pimples—her boyfriend’s sperm.

I immediately yelled, “Girl, stop playing” and my friend casually responded, “You know some people will try anything.” I chuckled at our rigid judgement but was left wondering, “well sh-t, does it work?” Since then, I never gave the idea much thought. That is until yesterday when I came across Redbook’s article about a beauty blogger who claims semen helped cure her rosacea. In her video tutorial,  Tracy Kiss explained what rosacea is and how it affects her skin. Afterward, Kiss revealed the step-by-step process she uses to help control her skin condition with her weapon of choice.

Kiss uses semen from her friend who delivers it (freshly) in a takeout sauce tub. In order to ensure she is receiving quality semen, Kiss monitors what her friend eats and drinks. If her friend decides to smoke, drink or take drugs, she makes sure to not use semen from him. Once she receives the sperm, Kiss applies it immediately on her face, rubbing it using circular motions so it absorbs into her pores. Afterward, she leaves the fluid on her face for 20 minutes then washes it off, claiming , as a result, her skin feels smoother and has a nice glow.

As the video ends, Kiss explained why she’s hooked on using semen instead of drug-store products:

“I think a lot of people are concerned with the thought of putting semen on their face, but actually it’s a very natural and healthy thing to do. I know exactly what goes into this. I know there are no added chemicals, no harshness. It’s as active and live and natural as you can possibly have.

“Semen builds babies, they come out very soft and have beautiful skin, and it leaves my skin nice and soft.”

Although Kiss swears sperm helps improve her skin issues, dermatologist Dr. Doris Day revealed it may have the opposite effect and irritate skin, plus some semen facial donors may unknowingly have STIs and of course no one wants to spread that on their face.

Another dermatologist, Dr. Kirby, told  Bustle, “There have been a number of cases where a woman developed an allergy to one or more of the proteins in semen which result in allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) that is manifested by temporary erythema (redness) and by mild edema (swelling) on the skin areas to which it is applied.”

Although over-the-counter products can cause skin irritation as well, Tracey Kiss says users should determine how often they use the sperm facials based on how their skin initially reacts to it.

When I asked my friends what they would do, some felt it was a good excuse for their man to do the “money shot” and others said it was simply out of the question. To be honest, I think semen is (biologically) fascinating but not enough to put on my face. Most important, some men have bad tasting semen no matter what they eat, so imagine how your skin would react or the smell you would have to endure as it seeps into your pores.

Not all beauty tips are worth the pain — or stench —  in my opinion. Nevertheless, would you use  your man’s semen for tighter, softer skin?

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