Maine skincare startup using lobster glycoprotein launches first product for eczema, dermatitis, dry skin

Marin Skincare Eczema Cream

For Immediate Release – October 12, 2020
Media Contact: Patrick Breeding,

Portland, Maine - Two recent University of Maine biomedical engineering graduates, Amber Boutiette and Patrick Breeding, launched Marin Skincare, a skincare startup using a glycoprotein found in lobster as the key ingredient in products for people with eczema, dermatitis, or generally dry, aggravated skin.

The idea for the company and the product was inspired by a very personal need: Amber had struggled for years to find a solution for her own eczema. While working towards his degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Maine, Patrick was involved in finding new biotech applications for sustainable marine resources. Working with some of Maine’s most experienced marine resource industry experts, he discovered the surprising properties of glycoproteins found in lobster for use on the skin. These naturally abundant glycoproteins help repair and protect the lobster outer barrier and inner tissue from physical and environmental stressors, while playing a critical role in balancing the internal health of the lobster. When applied to our skin, they help protect the skin’s barrier, while locking-in hydration and minimizing skin moisture loss, which happens when skin is damaged from issues such as eczema.

From that initial discovery, it was a short entrepreneurial leap to begin the work of developing a skincare product that would calm Amber’s eczema flare-ups.

“It was amazing to discover this new ingredient, it’s sustainably-sourced and naturally active. Our third ¬party lab studies demonstrated this product is safe and non-irritating, a critical feature for people with sensitive, temperamental skin,” said Breeding.

The team paired up with industry renowned skincare chemists and manufacturers to develop their first product, spending months to perfect the formula to ensure it not only worked, but felt soothing going onto skin. After perfecting the formula, the pair needed to find a sustainable source of lobster glycoprotein. Patrick had heard of Luke’s Lobster and gave Luke Holden, its Founder and CEO, a call. Immediately, Luke and Patrick were collaborating to develop a method of sustainably and ethically collecting the glycoprotein.

“We were more than happy to work with Marin Skincare on developing this product,” said Luke Holden, CEO & Founder of Luke’s Lobster. “This type of collaboration fits right into our mission to use every part of the lobster, which has an array of sustainable uses, and remarkable properties, in addition to being delicious to eat.”

After developing a new supply chain for the glycoprotein, completing product testing and manufacturing, they were able to launch their first product this past week. Termed ‘Soothing Hydration Cream’, the cream blends their marine glycoproteins with skin hydrating and protecting ingredients (including hyaluronic acid, squalane, shea butter, coconut oil and Vitamin E) and is now available on their website

“I’ve gone through countless steroid creams that only made my skin angrier, and we’ve finally found a way to keep it at bay. After years of suffering with dry, irritated skin, we made it our mission to bring this relief to others”, said Boutiette.

The team is excited to continue to release products to help address dry, aggravated skin. You can follow the company on Instagram at @MarinSkincareUS and on Facebook at @Marin Skincare.

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  • Very glad to see young entrepreneurs starting businesses based here in Maine sourcing local materials etc. This is exactly the ingenuity and business sense Maine’s economy needs. Best wishes to you, Amber and Patrick! Success!

  • Does this cream help the dry, flaky, plaques of psoriasis?

    Christine LaPorte
  • Can people with an allergy to shellfish use this product?

    Sean Horgan
  • Same question as Kristen from Nov 20…scalp use??

  • Saw you on 207 last night and I’m excited to try this product. Can you use it on your scalp?


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Based on 938 reviews
Soothing Hydration Cream
Martha Townsend

I have not tried ghe product because I bought it for a Christmas gift!

Awesome cream

Quite by accident I found Marin skincare and I’m so glad I did. I read the background of how and why it was developed. I liked what I read and saw, took a chance, rest is history. It’s everything that was said. Love supporting small businesses!

Mari::So far so good!

Have Bloody pimple breakouts from Lyme (for which I take herbs). The Marin cream resolves this skin issue (closes the skin breach) much faster than others I have tried and its not greasy. As a former Biology/Chemistry major, I appreciate that nature has provided many beneficial compounds for health and healing--Ed Goodwin Canton, MA

works great healing rosacea

I have mild rosacea and this is the first natural product that has worked in healing and erasing the red spots left behind. No more prescriptions for me. Thanks for such a great product.

Love it!

Helped my very dry skina lot! Non greasy! I really like this!

Love this cream!

With the older weather coming, so do chapped hands. This hand cream does not disappoint. Just a pea size works on both hands and feels great while rubbing in. Wait just a couple of minutes and you are good to go. I bought one for myself and one as a gift- the recipient will love it!

Going to be a Xmas gift

Really looking forward to giving it as a gift; my daughter suffers from terrible eczema in the winter months. Your results look so promising! Full review to come.

My skin is actually healing

This is hands down THE BEST hydration delivery cream by far. My feet, hands, elbows, face are all different in just one week. There is a slight funky scent but DONT CHANGE A THING. I almost don’t want to share how good it is because I don’t want these guys to sell to a larger company or change a single thing. Medicinal, healing, my absolute favorite

Great product

I’ve been struggling with lingering skin issues stemming from a bad staph infection. After a few days of using this product I noticed a significant improvement.

Customer service

Awesome customer service. Haven’t used the lotion yet since it’s a stocking stuffer. 🤞it’s as good as it claims.

So far, great!

I was very intrigued by this product when I read about it and all of the research that went into making this. I also read many of the reviews and their experiences and I decided to give it a try. I highly recommend you do the same! I do have some eczema that pops up on my arms and elbows randomly throughout the year and it had gotten pretty bad when I bought this. After the first time I applied it, it was significantly improved, almost gone. After the second time/application, it was gone the next day. I’ve also been using this on my face and I’ve noticed that many of the dark spots/hyperpigmentation has started to fade. You can’t go wrong!


I bought the cream as a Christmas present for a loved one who suffers from psoriatic arthritis. I hope it will give him some relief.

Soothing Hydration Cream
Valerie McGonigle
Great product

I recently saw a segment on Chronicle about your product so i ordered some. I like to shop local and support small business when i can. I don't have any skin problems but it's winter so a good moisturizer is a must.. I like this product very much!! I wouldn't say it's totally fragrant free when first applied but the scent does dissipate. It reminds me of summer days on the beach. Happy times!!
i will definitely buy this again. Valerie McGonigle

So far so good

I really like the texture and thickness of this lotion. It isn't greasey and it makes my skin feel wonderful. I'm interested to see if it helps with my rosacea and eczema (when it flares up next) and I will report back.

Using it on pre cancerous peeling spots on face and it has calmed them down.

Got it for my sons eczema . Hope it works well

Will let you know after xmas

First time user

My wife and I tried the cream for a couple of days now and really like it. We will be ordering more.

Good quality good product

I have not been using it long enough but it seems that it will be good. The only thing that I really dont love is the lobster smell, but it also corroborates that it is the real thing.

Soothing Hydration Cream
Kathy McGonigle

I have had eczema since I was a kid. To the point that I have a scare on my arm. I’ve tried all kinds of OTC and RX medication only for temporary relief. It’s only been a week and so far Marin is working!
It does have an odd odor to it and I would suggest a mild fragrance could be added.

Soothing Hydration Cream
Kathleen Pelton

Even though I have small areas to cover, it’s such a relief to find something easy to obtain. It provides quick relief from the burning and itch. Thank you for Marin! My fingers love it! My face loves it,Every spot loves it!

Soothing Hydration Cream
Catherine McDougall

I've had psoriasis since high school. I'm 68 now and i have tried everything to control it. After a week using this incredible product I see signs that this is working. I will continue to use this for the rest of my life..Thank you.

New Marin User

I’ve only had Marin for a couple of weeks, but I really like it so far. It cleared a rash under my chin in just a couple days.


Perfect product

Soothing Hydration Cream
Marc Chadbourne
hands, dry & cracking

I have dry, cracking skin on my hands to the point they can bleed when active working and playing sports. This Marin hand cream has cleared my hands of all dryness and cracking. Amazing!

Soothing Hydration Cream
Betsy Broughton
Relief from psoriasis

I received my Marin cream just before Thanksgiving. My psoriasis is mainly on my hands and feet. My hands take quite a beating with all the cleaning, dishes, water and dish soap leaving stripped, sore skin. I put it on before bed and my hands literally are 90% healed this morning. I'm not usually this impressed by any product. This is a very pleasant surprise.