We recommend 3 home remedies for acne:
1 – Egg whites
Oh how convenient it would be to make your morning omelet, slick a little raw egg on your face, and then go about your day with tightened pores and smooth skin. That’s the claim made by proponents of the egg white face mask.
Lowest-risk scenario: Any tightening benefits will wash down the drain when you rinse off the residue.
Most serious potential: A crack in the concept is that raw egg can be contaminated with Salmonella. By placing uncooked egg so close to your mouth, you run the risk of contracting a gastrointestinal tract infection.
A localized infection on the skin is also possible, and the danger is upped when applying to open wounds — like for instance if you’ve got a scratch from Kitty or a few healing blemishes.
Plus, the contaminant can hang around on surfaces for several hours, making your bathroom a health hazard.
However, contracting Salmonella from raw eggs is rare, especially if you’re using pasteurized eggs from the store rather than ones sourced straight from your backyard cluckers.
2 – Lemon or lime juice
A squirt of lemon or lime juice on an acne scar, or any hyperpigmentation, is said to lighten the blemish.
Lowest-risk scenario: You’ll feel a sting and maybe reap the benefits of a little fruit juice exfoliation.
Most serious potential: The use of citrus fruits on the skin could leave you with bigger worries, like a second-degree burn.
The psoralens in lemons and limes can cause a phototoxic reaction on your skin when it’s exposed to UV light. That means your attempt to fade a red spot could result in a big blister.
The rash or burn, called phytophotodermatitis, often appears one to three days after you’ve gotten some sun — and it could last for months. Talk about the juice not being worth the squeeze!
3 – Cinnamon
The “cinna-mask” gained notoriety after a beauty blogger, who goes by EnjoyPhoenix, extolled cinnamon’s purifying power. But this red spice may not play nice on your face.
Lowest-risk scenario: You’ll feel a tingling sensation and experience some redness.
Most serious potential: Several people who tried the cinnamon facial later posted about burns.
Although cinnamon does have some antimicrobial benefits and is used in wound healing, it’s also one of the more common spice allergies. And even if you don’t have a known allergy to cinnamon, you may still be hypersensitive to the spice on your skin or sustain a burn from cinnamon oil.
If you’re tempted to use cinnamon or any spice in a DIY mask, always do a patch test on a tiny spot in front of your earlobe.
Take the same caution with essential oils Many essential oils provide therapeutic benefits, but like cinnamon, can burn or cause unwanted side effects. Most ingredients, including the ones listed, should be diluted in at least a 1:1 ratio before topical application.