While many report that using egg white masks help to reduce acne breakouts, animal fats have been known to clog pores. Removing the yolks also removes many of the vitamins and minerals associated with eggs.
Acne affects most people at some point in their lives. In fact, acne related skincare products are a multi-million dollar industry, with everything from celebrity endorsed acne cleansers to dermatological peels and masks dominating the market. While these products serve their purpose, and maybe useful for those with extreme acne cases, you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to enjoy acne free skin. There is one treatment which may help clear breakouts, make the skin look and feel younger, and moisturize the skin using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
What is an Egg White Mask for Acne?
A egg white mask used for acne treatments is just what it sounds like: a facial mask made to reduce and heal acne blemishes. Most egg white masks contain additional ingredients, such as honey, lemon juice, yogurt, or even avocado. Each of these ingredients has its own purpose when it comes to brightening and enhancing skin tone.
How do Egg White Masks Work?
The egg white acne masks most people use work in numerous ways. For one, egg whites naturally reduce the size of pores, according to Livestrong. This is due to the high levels of protein found in egg whites. Smaller pores create small areas for bacteria to breed. Egg whites may also help slow down the production of oils and sebum, both contributing factors in breakouts Eggs are also high in vitamin A, which is commonly used to heal the skin of lesions and reduce the appearance of scarring. This is especially useful for those suffering from acne scars due to past breakouts.
While egg whites on their own are good for the skin, especially when you add in the additional vitamins and minerals found in eggs, most masks contain additional ingredients to help fight acne. Honey is often added due to its natural moisturizing effects and its anti-bacterial properties. Yogurt will smooth the skin and introduces beneficial bacteria to the face, while lemon and orange juices are natural astringents that lighten the skin, remove oils, and help prevent discoloration.
How to Make Egg White Masks
Most masks requires you to only mix the desired ingredients together and smooth onto the face (or other acne effected areas). Leave on your face for 10-30 minutes while the ingredients work their magic, and then rinse. Follow up with a moisturizer that won’t clog pores. Avocados and honey are also natural moisturizers, so these ingredients may hydrate skin as you clear acne.
Who Should use Egg White Masks
Opinions of using egg white masks is divided. Reviewers on the site acne.org give the masks generally favorable reviews, stating that they help to reduce the severity and number of breakouts. Some skin care experts aren’t so sure, however. For one, most of an egg’s vitamins are found in the yolk, rather than the whites. Removal of the yolk also removes many of the purported benefits involving vitamins and minerals. Animal protein, versus plant proteins, have also been known to actually clog pores, which is obviously not the effect acne sufferers are hoping to achieve. Additionally, some have concerns about the potential for raw egg products to contain e. coli, salmonella, and other potentially harmful bacteria which could worsen skin infections, or even lead to serious illness (note: studies have shown the risks of eating raw eggs is overstated, with only one in every 20,000 eggs containing the bacteria. Refrigeration prevents spread of disease even further, with most egg related illnesses being linked back to improper egg storage methods).
The verdict? Try egg white masks with knowledge of the risks in mind. Anecdotal evidence suggests it may help treat acne in many people. Just remember to get your doctor’s blessing, especially if you have a severe case. The effectiveness of treatments may also depend on the ingredients added. Additionally, making a mask using other natural ingredients, minus the egg whites, is also an option.