It is rumored that egg yolks applied directly to the face of an acne sufferer provides positive effects on acne scars, pores and red blotches. Does it really work? Egg yolks contain vitamin A, which is great for the skin. Several over-the-counter and prescription acne creams and face washes are made with retinol, which come from vitamin A. The prescription acne medication Accutane also contains derivatives of vitamin A. Acne sufferers are advised to take about 1,000 mg of vitamin A per day.
To prepare an egg yolk acne mask, separate the yolk and discard the white of an egg. beat the egg yolk with a fork and add 2 tbsp. of water. Mix until thoroughly combined. Apply egg yolk mixture to a clean face with a clean brush or sponge. Using old brushes or sponges can spread bacteria. Leave on 15 minutes or until the egg is dry. Wash carefully with an oil-free cleanser and warm water.
Because eggs can cause salmonella, do not encourage bacteria growth by leaving yolk on your face. Do not keep this mask on overnight. If you have especially painful and large acne, cysts or legions, see a dermatologist and ask for prescription medication. Do not use egg yolk masks if you are allergic to eggs.