There are millions of teenagers and maybe nearly as many adults who suffer from acne. For many people, common acne products fail to do the trick, while other fancy treatments can be out of the question, for different reasons. And in circumstances like these, it comes as no surprise that people often turn to DIY home remedies for treating annoying pimples, and among them, egg whites. Eggs are cheap, effective, easy to use and combine greatly with other natural ingredients to cure various skin conditions.
The egg white is full of vitamins, amino acids, and proteins that help in cleaning the skin cells by drying up quickly and soaking up the excess oil. Rich in lutein, eggs can provide hydration and elasticity to the skin. The enzyme called Lysozyme, contained in the egg, annihilates the acne-causing bacteria. Additionally, egg whites act as a mild astringent that prevents further breakouts. Packed with the protein compound albumin, this superfood helps' smoothen the skin, reduces redness, minimizes pores, and helps the skin retain moisture and glow. And no, we’re not finished, egg whites also help with skin tightening, which slows down the effects of aging on the skin.
For acne-prone skin, using only the egg whites is highly recommended - the yolks are mostly made up of water and fats. Incredibly nutritious, egg yolks might work wonders for dry or flaky skin, but not for acne. The high amount of fats in the yolk is a great water-binding agent that traps moisture into skin cells - and that can be really counterproductive for oily, blemished skin.
We all know that large pores make our skin more prone to acne breakouts. Some studies have found that the natural enzymes and amino acids in egg white masks help fill those pores and shrink them down significantly.
People have found that using egg whites on your face can have another surprising effect - after using egg white masks for a couple of weeks, some people have reported fewer acne scars and blemishes on their face. In addition, research shows that egg whites, containing over 69 amino acids, help the skin rejuvenate naturally by powerfully penetrating through the skin layers to remove tough, stuck-in dirt, and grease deposits.
Most eggs we encounter in the markets are safe and free from disease-causing microorganisms. You should be careful not to use raw eggs though, because of the slightly increased risk of them containing salmonella. Apparently, the longer the egg stays with the hen, the bigger the chances are of infestation. Buying fresh eggs and using them shortly after is a great way to be safe against disease.
And, yes, egg whites are safer than egg yolks. Richer in iron, the egg yolk is more prone to bacteria that feed off the iron. This is why you should be careful and always separate the yolk from the white before preparing your mask.
The lysozyme, a component great for fixing skin discoloration is also responsible for triggering allergies. However, if you have never had an allergic reaction to eggs before, it’s unlikely you’ll suffer from an allergic reaction when applying egg whites on the face.
Needless to say, if you are allergic to eggs when consuming them, do not use eggs on your face!
The only thing you need to do to prepare this mask is to carefully separate the egg white from the yolk. Whites from around two eggs should be enough to cover your whole face. Take an application brush and gently apply on the face, and spread it evenly on the surface of the skin. If you don’t have an appropriate brush, you can also use your hand. Be careful to clean your hands right before handling the mask. Dirty fingers can only do more damage, causing new breakouts. After you apply the egg white, let it completely dry off. Finally, wash your face with warm water and pat it dry. Use this egg white mask once or twice a week.
For this mask, you will need one egg white and one tbsp of honey. Use a small bowl to mix both ingredients until you get a smooth, thick paste. Again, use your fingers (if cleaned) or an applicator brush to apply a solid layer on the face. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. When you start to feel that the masks is tightening, rinse off with warm water. For best results, repeat the procedure every week.
The egg whites will remove clogged pores, dirt, and makeup residue from the skin’s surface, while the honey will reduce redness and inflammation because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
One of the most powerful, natural-ingredient combinations would be egg whites with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Add two tbsp of lemon juice in a small bowl containing one egg white. Mix them together until the paste is frothy. You can use a cotton pad or a brush to apply the mask evenly all over your face. Leave it on until it dries completely, which can take up to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the layer you applied. After that, wash your face with room temperature water and pat it dry. Repeat every five to seven days.
Next time your avocado is ripe, put half of it aside for the benefit of your face. It will be hard, but worth it! Mash half an avocado in a small bowl and add two egg whites in it. Blend well. Apply the mixture to your face, and wait for it to act - 20 to 30 minutes. After that, rinse off with cold water. You can repeat the procedure once a week.
Apart from the benefits of the egg white, which we already know, the avocado is a great source of Vitamin E and A, antioxidants, and other nutrients that nourish your skin and protect it from damage. The avocado also helps the skin to retain moisture, which tricks the oil glands into producing less sebum.
Make yourself one cup of green tea, but instead of drinking it, mix it together with one egg white. Blend it until the two ingredients fuse completely. You will need to use a cotton pad since the consistency of the mixture will be loose. Leave it to act on the skin for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry. You can repeat this remedy twice a week.
To make this mask, mix two egg whites with two tbsp of baking soda. Whisk thoroughly until the ingredients are fully blended. Apply the mask evenly on your face and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. After it has dried off, wash it off with cold water. Repeat every week.
In a small bowl, mix two egg whites with one tsp of fresh, unflavoured yogurt. Mix well until the ingredients completely combine. Once you get a smooth paste, take an application brush and apply evenly all over your face. Wait for 20 to 25 minutes for the mask to dry off, then wash it off with cool water.
It is also known as the skin lightening mask since the ingredients have powerful bleaching properties and are used for treating discoloration.
In a small bowl, combine one egg white, 1 tbsp of orange juice and 1 tbsp of turmeric powder. Whisk the egg white and orange juice until frothy, then add the turmeric powder and continue blending. When you get a smooth paste - apply evenly on the skin in circular motion for deeper penetration. Be careful not to put the mask on your eyes. Keep the mask on your face for about twenty minutes before washing it away with warm water.
The combination of egg whites, oatmeal, and honey acts as an excellent scrub for the skin. You will need one egg white, one tbsp of oatmeal, and one tbsp of honey. Blend the ingredients together in a bowl and then apply on the face using a circular motion. The oatmeal acts as a natural scrub, so do not rub the mask against your skin. Be gentle. Leave it on for twenty minutes and then wash off with warm water.