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What Is an Egg White Mask?

By B. Leslie Baird
Updated May 17, 2024
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An egg white mask is a natural skin treatment that can be easily used at home. The basic method uses nothing more than the clear, or white, liquid portion of an egg. Egg white is also called albumen. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein, and can provide numerous skin benefits, like deep cleaning pores, soothing red areas, and exfoliating.

Egg white masks are a natural facial treatment that is low in cost and readily available in most kitchens. As with many skin care routines, application of the mask should be avoided in the eye area. Its use is not limited to the facial area, however, and may also be applied to the shoulders, neck, and other areas in need of treatment. The basic mask does must be washed off with warm water, as it is not designed to peel off like some other products.

Making an egg white mask at home requires no special equipment. A user needs only to gently crack an egg into a bowl and separate the egg white from the yolk, or yellow portion. The yolk may be saved separately for other uses. The liquid egg white can be applied directly to the skin or beaten slightly to create a frothy mask. Application can be done with a cosmetic sponge, facial brush, or just the fingertips.

The benefits of egg white masks include cleansing and exfoliating the skin. This type of mask can also reduce acne and associated redness. Egg white is an astringent and can provide a temporary tightening of the skin and reduction of wrinkles. Some users also report that this facial has mild skin-lightening properties. Users may also find a slight reduction in the appearance of acne scarring.

Creating personalized versions of an egg white mask allows the user to address other skin needs as well. Some mask recipes include the addition of a small amount of lemon juice, rose water, or warm honey, all of which act as a toner and can help with oily skin. Oatmeal flour, cornmeal, and even commercial acne scrubs may be added to the egg white for additional exfoliation benefits.

Another variation of an egg white mask involves the application of a thin layer of the liquid applied to the face. Small pieces of thin tissue are then applied over the egg layer. A second coating of egg white is then applied over the tissue. This mask is allowed to dry and then gently peeled off. Users report this to be an effective way to remove blackheads.

Egg white masks can be left on the skin for various lengths of time. Recommendations range from 15 to 20 minutes, and some suggest over one hour. Some users report that they even leave the mask on overnight. When first trying an egg white mask, one should use it for a short time to see how the skin reacts.

One egg white will work for more than one facial treatment. Unused egg white can be covered and refrigerated for subsequent use. The container should be marked with an expiration date to prevent the product from spoiling. This date can be as long as if the whole egg were still in its shell, but most people try to use it for another facial within a few days.

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Discussion Comments
By ddljohn — On Sep 13, 2014

@stoneMason-- Yes, egg white mask is good for pores. It can reduce their size and appearance.

If you don't want to use real eggs and make the mask at home, there is a facial mask product made with egg whites that I know of. It belongs to an Asian skincare line. I've not used the mask, but I've used the face wash. It made my skin feel so soft and my pores did look better after using it.

If you want to save money and if you don't mind dealing with raw eggs, it's better to make the mask fresh at home. Adding some raw honey or lemon juice will improve the scent. Adding honey will also make it easier to apply. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties. It's also hydrating and soothing so it's a great ingredient to add to this mask.

By stoneMason — On Sep 12, 2014

Will using an egg white mask regularly reduce the size of pores? I have very large pores and I want to shrink them. I heard good things about this mask but I'm kind of grossed out by it. Putting raw egg on my face doesn't sound very good. I think the scent will be repelling. But I'm willing to try it if it shrinks pores.

By bluedolphin — On Sep 12, 2014

I tried the egg white mask that uses thin sheets of tissue to make it into a peel off mask. I was hoping to get rid of blackheads that way but it did not work. It made my skin soft, but that was about it. The blackheads remained.

I even tried a homemade gelatin mask for blackheads but that didn't work either. I'm looking for an easy and affordable alternative to blackhead strips that are so expensive at stores. Unfortunately, an egg white mask isn't it. I think the mask has benefits in general, it's just not effective for blackheads.

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