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There is a home-remedy for blackheads, using egg white. Does this truly work to remove black heads? Is there any proof of this being a successful remedy?

From crunchybetty.com:

  1. Use Egg Whites to Pull Out the Gunk

Frankly, this is one of my least favorite ways to get rid of blackheads (I don’t particularly like the way eggs on my face smell, and it hasn’t been as effective as the other ways for me). However, hundreds of other people swear by this method, thus I include it for your consideration. It’s a prime example of how one crunchy remedy may work for one person, and not at all for another. You never, ever, ever know until you try.

  • "I heard" is a bit bad claim. Do you have any source of anyone claiming it? I tried to find a StackExhachange more appropriate for just asking about health, body and medicine, but closest was fitness and biology, they are all kinda off as well. – Wertilq Apr 1 '13 at 9:20
  • Since a dermatology tag was there so i asked the question.How can one evaluate so much on the topic as per your suggestion. – dishap Apr 1 '13 at 9:46
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    Skeptics is about making a claim, and the having it proven right/wrong. The claim is preferred to be from a public person, or from a book/paper etc, IE something you can refer to. – Wertilq Apr 1 '13 at 9:51
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    okay I added your reference to the question Fabian, and tried to improve the question, making it clearer. – Wertilq Apr 1 '13 at 11:57
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    @coleopterist But if it's "common knowledge" or a big enough and widespread myth/fact, then it should get some room here as well. – Wertilq Apr 1 '13 at 16:21
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No proofs of it working, but several examples of it working.

Searching around the net a bit, I am not finding much else than reviews of people trying it out. The reviews are mixed, but overall positive. If anyone can find something more conclusive feel free to post it.

The reviews varies from things like:

this made my skin look irritated and red raw and gave me a few really nasty pimples! it has however made me realise i might have a mild egg allergy

To things like:

This is a great DIY mask that lightens your scars, tightens your skin, and soaks up the oil in your pores. The greatest benefit from this mask is, it makes you less oily if you use it every day! Like, you will get less oily during the day!

Overall are the reviews positive.

http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=105144/Egg_White_Mask_for_Acne_Skin/0/Masks

A four part youtube video with a girl testing it out over a longer period. She starts using other things than just egg white for the 4th video. This is by no means any proof, just that she tested it with positive result. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PtVYab4SNw

In fact I can't really find any conclusive proof. I can find examples of people testing it and for some they claim it to work, and others have problems with it.

Who should use and how often

Planetgreen.discovery.com says that an egg white mask is perfect for adolescents. It works best on oily or combination skin. An egg white acne mask can be used once or twice a week. Those with sensitive skin should test a small area of skin before applying the mask all over the face.

Avoid consuming or using this egg mask if you are allergic to eggs.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/79620-egg-white-acne-treatment/

This is the most serious page I can find about the topic. And for anyone trying it out they give out some guidelines, and how to do it.

Step by step explanation how to utilize it, to remove blackheads.

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Blackheads-Using-an-Egg

  • this answer is quiet convincing but my question was with regards the removal of blackheads with egg white. – dishap Apr 3 '13 at 14:06
  • i got the answer .Sorry for interpreting it wrong earlier.Your answer only solved my confusion. – dishap Apr 3 '13 at 14:11
  • .Now my confusion is solved to some extent.Thanks . – dishap Apr 3 '13 at 14:17
  • Oh right it was for blackheads only, not acne? Well it's almost the same, you should apparently put on paper towels ontop of the egg white when removing black heads – Wertilq Apr 3 '13 at 14:37
  • Or so I saw some said about the procedure. – Wertilq Apr 3 '13 at 14:47

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