'Penis Facial' Uses Circumcised Infant Foreskins & People Are Furious


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From "vampire" facials to skin treatments that involve actual fire, there's seemingly no end to the weird things people will do in their quest for eternal youth and beauty. But the latest in beauty treatments sounds like something straight out of a pornographic movie. People are now getting "penis facials" -- and the procedure might actually be even creepier than it sounds.

  • A penis facial doesn't involve any touching of penises. Instead, it requires special serums made from ... circumcised foreskin.

    Dermal fibroblasts -- skin cells responsible for generating connective tissue -- are taken from the circumcised foreskin of infant penises and then used as a culture for growing new stem cells. The cells are then used to make a serum that is applied to the face as part of a specialized facial.

    The procedure costs $650 and is offered at the Georgia Louise Atelier in New York City, and has reportedly become a go-to among celebrities, like Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

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  • In a recently deleted Instagram post, actress Kate Beckinsale reportedly admitted she got one of the penis facials.

    “After a long flight I do like to lie down and be covered in a mask of liquified cloned foreskins-frankly who doesn’t?” she wrote, according to People. “Thank you @georgialouisesk for an amazing facial. I especially liked you reassuring me it would be ‘light on penis’ as it was my first time x.”

  • Beckinsale's post was likely deleted due to resulting backlash from people horrified at the idea of using foreskins as an expensive facial treatment.

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    In the comments on the London Evening Standard Facebook page, people expressed outrage at circumcision itself and that the resulting amputated foreskin would be used for something so frivolous.

  • Some said the reaction would be totally different if "the genders were reversed."

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  • Georgia Louise, the facialist who came up with the treatment, also posted about Beckinsale's procedure on Instagram and was flooded with hate.

  • One person even called the facial "child abuse."

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    According to the London Evening Standard, the cells and peptides used in the facials are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. And circumcision is still a legal procedure in many places in the world, including in the US.

    Still, many view circumcision as unethical in all circumstances because infants cannot consent. Circumcision has been banned in public hospitals in Australia and is illegal for boys under 16 in South Africa, barring medical or religious reasons. And, here in the US, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that while the potential benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks, the benefits are not great enough to recommend the procedure for all baby boys. Given the strong feelings so many people have about the procedure, it makes complete sense that a strange and unnecessary beauty treatment that seems to take it so lightly has generated massive reactions.