I heard about this remedy a few years ago. Never tried it as I was well past the point of having acne. Here goes: Separate the egg yolk from the egg white and apply the yolk as a mask. Allow it to dry and leave it on for 15 or 20 minutes, then wash off. This treatment is supposed to dry out and improve skin condition. Apparently egg yolk is very rich in Vitamine A and it is likened to Retin A or Retinol. You can gain more information about this treatment by keywording in "Egg Yolk for Acne."
The egg yolk mask worked for me with no bad effects at all.
I followed the directions exactly.
The egg white mask is recommended for oily skin.
Ann Landers the newspaper columnist popularized the egg yolk mask many years ago with this column:
published by Ann Landers 12/01/92:
Dear Ann Landers: In 1969, I started my first year as a university student. Soon after, I developed a severe case of acne, and I am sure stress had a lot to do with it. I went to three doctors and spent hundreds of dollars on medicine that did not work.
The summer of 1970, I went to lunch with a friend at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and while in the ladies' room, a beautiful East Indian woman wearing a sari gave me a smile. When I responded, she touched my face and said, "Oh, no. Red ugly spots on pretty face. You fix with egg yolk." I said, "Are you serious? Do you think it would really help?"
She replied, "Yes, you put raw egg yolk on face and let dry for 10 minutes, then wash off. Do every day for one month and spots go away. You do again two times in every month for three months and again if trouble starts."
I was unconvinced but thanked her anyway. That night I decided I had very little to lose since the acne was terrible and nothing else had worked. Well, Ann, that woman knew what she was talking about. Since then, I've told several friends about the egg-yolk cure and the success rate has been phenomenal. Please tell your readers. They'll be forever grateful.
SILKY SKIN IN WASHINGTON
Ann Landers' reply:
I faxed your letter to Dr. Mary Ellen Brademas, a superb dermatologist in New York, and this is her response:
"For many years, topical applications of Vitamin A have been prescribed by physicians as a treatment for acne. Because egg yolks are an excellent source of Vitamin A, it is not surprising that raw egg yolks improve acne lesions. It is interesting that the writer's lesions appeared after periods of stress. Stress can make acne worse and can also worsen other conditions such as ulcers and psoriasis.
In any case, sometimes there is a simple scientific basis for success in home remedies."
Please, use good personal judgement with any acne treatment.
Take the time to educate yourself about the pro's and con's.
Whatever you decide, follow directions and don't overdo it!