I love these inexpensive facial mask and pore strip recipes, as they really help bolster my dry and sensitive skin.
Dealing with acne breakouts can really hurt your self-esteem. Luckily, there are books out there on how to cope with acne at any age and how to feel better about yourself. Acne self-help books are really great for learning the cause, the remedy, and the ways to hide acne with makeup until you can rid yourself of the breakouts.
Other than researching about how to cope with acne, however, there are also some home remedies you can try in your search for clearer skin. The ones I have settled on are an egg yolk facial and egg white pore strips, recipes for which I provide below.
Rather than going to the nearest Sephora or department store to spend money on new facial products in the quest to find what works on your skin, just take a little trip over to the refrigerator.
Eggs Are Great for People With Dry and Sensitive Skin
As it turns out, egg yolk masks work just as good as any product for acne on the market in my opinion. Plus, eggs are inexpensive and have no side effects. Especially if you’re like me and have dry and sensitive skin, you will be thankful for these homemade remedies, since so many commercial treatments for acne are harsh on the skin.
I wish I had discovered this treatment as a teenager with acne. It would have saved a lot of heartache from low self-esteem.
How Can Egg Whites Benefit Your Skin?
According to Acne Talks online magazine, egg whites can act as a mild astringent, making them an excellent toner for a third of the price. You can even use them as pore strips for your nose to get rid of those pesky blackheads.
Egg whites treat the affected area as it dries on the skin. They help to clean the surface by lifting the dirt and debris from the pores and absorbing the extra oils that sit on the skin’s surface, which is the leading cause of clogged pores, blackheads, and acne.
How to Make Egg White Pore Strips
To create egg white pore strips, follow these easy steps:
- Remove any products that might be on your face: makeup, lotion, oils. You get the most effective results with a clean palette to work from.
- Take an egg and separate the yolk from the white. (See the video below for how to do this.)
- Beat the egg yolk in a separate bowl, and set it aside for the facial mask later.
- Beat the egg whites with a fork.
- Gently coat your nose in the egg whites, being careful not to get any in your nose holes!
- Take a two-ply piece of tissue and separate it. Then press it against the egg on your skin. Allow it to dry to a papier-mâché-type texture.
- Gently peel if off your nose as you would a blackhead pore strip.
You should be able to see little hair-like pieces all over your egg white pore strip. Those little hairs are the dirt and debris that was clogging your pores—the same results, if not better, from one egg that you would get from a $10 box of Bioré Pore Strips.
How to Make an Egg Yolk Facial Mask
To create an egg yolk facial mask, follow these easy steps:
- If you did not do a pore treatment prior and you are starting with this step from scratch, be sure to remove any products that might be on your face: makeup, lotion, oils. (If you used the egg white pore strip prior to this, skip to Step 4.)
- Take an egg and separate the yolk from the white. (See the video above for how to do this.)
- Beat the egg yolk with a fork.
- Gently coat your face with the egg yolk, paying attention to avoid the eyes, nose holes, and mouth.
- Allow it to dry on your face for a few minutes. It will become obvious once it's dry, as you will find it difficult to move your facial muscles—don’t try, or you will crack your egg yolk facial mask. There may even be tightness to your face with a pulling sensation, as well as a brighter yellow tone to the egg mask.
- Once dry, wash away with soap and water.
Egg Yolk Facial Mask Results
Your skin should show signs of the treatment immediately in the smoothness of your skin. Note: If you have acne and are not just using the egg yolk facial mask as a moisturizer, then it may take a few treatments before you see any visual changes to the acne.
Unlike most facial treatments, there is no specific timeframe in which you should use the egg yolk facial. You may wait an entire month to apply if you like, or you can use it as often as a few times per week.
Those with acne should strive to use the egg yolk facial mask every other day or twice a week to see noticeable results. For really nasty acne breakouts, use the egg yolk mask every day, or just use a spot treatment for acne flare-ups. (Use the same instructions, but just apply the mask to one portion of your face.)
Note: There will be leftover egg yolks and egg whites after the facial and pore treatment. You can safely store these in separate containers in the refrigerator for up to three days. This means that you can get at least two treatments out of them if you do not use this daily.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
EL on November 14, 2019:
Thanks for the info, i will try this one more time. I tried it when i was young and gave up quickly, i have been battling with acne for 20 years now, i hate my face so much. It took away my self esteem
Chukwuebuka Uzoma on April 25, 2018:
I want to know if am supposed to continue using the cucumber and egg white which I have mixed
trekkiechiq on March 24, 2018:
My mom has done this for years, like years. Only she mixes the egg yolk with corn starch, which I find helpful in absorbing the excess oil in the skin, but you should replace some of your oils by using a lotion afterwards. On a side note, I used potato starch because that's all I had one time, and it worked just as well (my daughter said I smelled like mashed potatoes though...).
Kanwa on February 25, 2018:
I was suffering with my rossacea for than 15 years and I have been trying to many products on market but nothing works. Egg yolks is “my life saver” . I use 1 egg yolk with 2 drops lemon and haft teaspoon of honey and apply for 10 minutes . Use a dam facial tissue wipe as gentle to remove a yellow until you see you skin and leave the rest to overnight, you will see a amazing result in the morning.
davisisabella308 on May 17, 2017:
I have had too many acnes and I have used Rejuvoderm to clear my skin and Zero problem acne spot treatment. I use Rejuvoderm now too and acne Zero problem when I need it, but that is rare, just when I have my period and have some acne problems. I've found products that suits my type of skin face and body, but I think that suit all skin types, because they are neutral and gentle, and yet achieve a targeted effects. Slovaderm products for face and body are my favorites.
Teena on May 12, 2017:
great work! I love this, it's very cheap to practice. I knew egg white to be effective, but never knew egg york to be also effective.
@ Prashant Agarwal, adding natural honey to the egg white or egg york, will reduce the chances of it encouraging the growth of bacteria & other microorganisms. honey is an anti bacteria
Susan ify on September 06, 2016:
Egg yolk is doing wonderful.
Thanks for sharing this article.
Tk on August 23, 2016:
Best ever article for blackheads ...keep it up
Tammy on August 11, 2016:
Thank you very much for the information, the egg mask helps especially for oily skin.
But can anyone help on home treatment for eczema???
ipshita on March 01, 2016:
egg yolk made my skin very dry...what could be the possible reason for this?
Debra Hargrove from North Carolina on February 16, 2016:
I have never tried this type of mask. I will try it because it may be a great way to save money and also get a great skincare result. Having acne can be a real pain in the butt. Especially when you like for your skin to look nice.
craftybegonia on November 08, 2015:
I love natural face masks because, of course, I know exactly what goes into them, and one can control things to avoid any allergens. Thank you for sharing!
Prashant Agarwal on May 12, 2015:
Raw eggs or egg yolks can be a fertile breeding ground for bacteria & occasionally carry salmonella themselves. This could create havoc for acne patients.
A better alternative to acne management is the use a protein free egg lipids or oil fraction (Oleova). My daughter used this for two weeks and not only the acne but also the scars were completely gone with very smooth skin texture.
poetryman6969 on April 08, 2015:
I had only seen someone put raw egg on their face recently. I did not know this kind of treatment existed.
Susan Trump from San Diego, California on February 21, 2015:
M. Winters from United States on February 19, 2015:
I love the egg white face mask. It makes my face feel all tight, like I am fighting aging!
Cynthia Hoover from Newton, West Virginia on February 19, 2015:
Great infomation and instructions! I have struggled with random acne outbreaks all my life. I look forward to trying this! I am going to pin it to my health and beauty board!
Stephanie (author) from Canada on November 10, 2014:
Thanks everyone for the great responses!
Ruthy: I don't reuse the egg that I used on my face because once it dries it's not able to be spread on the skin at all. Eggs are fairly cheap so it's not too bad economically to use a new egg each time. For the egg that is left over in the container? You can store that in the fridge for up to 3 days. At that point it needs to be discarded. For one egg using this method you can get about 2 treatments in that 3 day period (unless using daily).
Jose: At this time I don't know of a good home treatment for eczema, but if I find one I will let you know. As a sufferer myself, I'm always looking for a quick fix ;)
Neetu: I am not a medical professional to say there isn't any side effects, but in my experience I personally have had no adverse reactions to it and had only positive experiences.
Neetu Rana on November 10, 2014:
I will use both i mean i will add both yolk or white is there any side effect of it.......or it is good for skin......??????????
jose powell on October 15, 2014:
Hi i have been spending thousands at the dermatologist, for my acne and eczema but when i stop using the product my skin get worst now I'm planning on using the tomato and egg yolk but what can i use for the eczema i also have it on my scalp
BillieLA on October 14, 2014:
I needed something to get deep into my pores for blackheads, which seemed to never go away, also to control excess oil. The Citrus Clear Pore Mask did the trick! I was advised by a dermatologist that the mask does a wonderful job clearing blemishes. It helps control oil and shine even after going all day with a full face of foundation and concealers. I have combination skin and this mask doesn't dry my skin out at all. It's great for spot treatments too.
acneskincareonlin from India on September 07, 2014:
very useful updates on acne. It is a new treatment for me.
Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on July 22, 2014:
Hello miss neinahpets. I like your mask treatment. It is wonderful how you explained the eggs recepy for the skin . The skin looks great after the mask for the face or the entire body. Thank you for sharing your beauty secret. You are wonderful. I like your hub.
Ruthy on July 13, 2014:
Hi. After the first use of the egg face mask, how long can you keep the egg for another use or is it a one time egg use per mask?
Janice Horner on July 05, 2014:
What a very interesting article! Acne is a problem for anyone who suffers with it.
You have gone to great depths to produce this article which I think is first class.
I will be book marking because I know several people who will want to try these methods of reducing the appearance of acne of their face.
Have a good day!
Stephanie (author) from Canada on December 18, 2013:
Dawn: Thank you very much for your professional input! Great advice on the sunscreen and moisturizers to avoid a burn on top of the DIY chemical peel burn! Thanks so much again!
dawn on December 16, 2013:
Hello I'm dawn the cosmetologist :-) I thinkvthe reason the tomato works along with citric fruits is the acid in it. This makes it a chemical peel. Peels burn off the top layer of cells on the epidermis .... because of this you look fresh. I wouldn't this too often but it also depends on your skin type. I would also of course put my creams on such as moisturiser and sunscreen if I'm going out because it would be like going out getting another sunburn over a sunburn.
Stephanie (author) from Canada on June 09, 2013:
younghopes: I have never thought of using tomatoes, thanks for sharing!
Shadaan Alam from India on June 09, 2013:
Tomato is one of the best when it comes to acne treatment, i have tried it and it works
Stephanie (author) from Canada on February 01, 2013:
@rajan jolly: Thank you so much for your kind words and votes. I really appreciate your sharing my hub with your readers. Take care!
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 01, 2013:
Stephanie, this is one useful and simple natural remedy to deal with acne and remove black heads. The egg yolk mask is great to get an instant face lift.
I'm putting a link to this hub in my hub on home remedies for acne and pimples. Also voting it up, useful and interesting.