Snails may hold the key to hiding bunion surgery scars
Bunion surgery has a tendency to leave behind thick, unsightly scars, but could snail slime be the answer?
An article in the Daily Mail reports that snail slime is emerging as a trend in cosmetics due to its apparent healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
The unconventional ingredient is being used as a wrinkle-fighter, an acne remedy and as an ointment to heal scars, according to the news source.
"Snail slime - or, technically, Helix Aspersa Müller Glycoconjugates - is a complex mix of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin that nature has developed as a way to protect snail skin from damage, infection and UV rays," wrote author Daisy Dumas.
Several products that contain the slime are currently available.
WebMD recommends keeping wounds clean and covered to ensure minimal scars. Additionally, individuals should avoid picking at scabs, which can make scars larger and possibly lead to infection.
If all of this sounds downright gross or painful to you, it may be best to avoid bunion surgery altogether. Luckily, bunion splints or orthotics may help to non-invasively reduce the appearance of bunions.