Does applying egg whites on faces lead to infection?

June 1, 2023 | 03:49 pm PT
People say raw egg whites contain many vitamins and minerals that can help eliminate oil residues on the skin and tighten pores. Is this true? (Thu, 26, Hanoi).

There is currently no scientific evidence proving the safety and effectiveness of raw egg whites in skincare.

In fact, raw egg whites can contain Salmonella bacteria that can cause systemic infections. If we apply it to areas of skin that are damaged, or if we accidentally ingest it, we run the risk bacterial infections.

In some situations, consumers may be allergic to egg whites which cause redness on the skin, itching, edema, or pimples. Egg whites are also prone to flowing into the mouth, which can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain, especially for people with poor digestive systems.

Currently, as there are many skincare products containing egg whites. However, one must choose products of clear origin and reputation to ensure safety.

If you continue using egg whites, you should choose clean eggs and clean the shell carefully before applying it on your face. If your skin has an open wound, you should absolutely avoid using it. If the skin has symptoms like redness, itching, or edema, it is necessary to stop using egg whites and go to the doctor.

Dr. Tran Ngoc Khanh Nam

The Department of Dermatology – Skin Aesthetics, HCMC University Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy

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