If expensive commercial acne products aren't making the grade, put them away and treat your skin to a natural egg white facial mask that you can whip up in your kitchen for only pennies. Protein-rich egg whites will act as an astringent, absorbing your skin's excess oil that causes acne. Egg whites also help to even out red, blotchy areas, leaving your skin smooth and fresh. An acne facial can safely be used once or twice per week.
Break one egg white into a small mixing bowl. Whip the egg white with a hand mixer or a stick blender until the egg is frothy. If your skin is oily, add 2 drops of lemon or lime juice.
Wash your hands with soap and water, then wash your face with a cleanser appropriate for your skin type. Dry your face with a soft towel.
Smooth the egg white facial over your face, avoiding the tender area under your eyes. Allow the facial to remain on your face for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the egg white dries and begins to feel tight.
Rinse the facial from your face with warm water. Allow your skin to air dry and apply an oil-free moisturizer.
If you don't have time for a complete facial mask, you can treat individual pimples with an egg white. Break an egg white into a bowl and whip it with a fork. Wash your face, then use a cotton swab to apply the egg white to problem areas. Leave the egg white for 15 minutes, or overnight. Rinse with lukewarm water.
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.