The Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask is a wash-off mask that claims to remove excess sebum and dead skin cells, unclog pores whilst at the same time tightening and minimizing them! It champions albumin, an amino acid packed ingredient that is extracted from egg whites.
Compared to clay wash off masks, I had heard that this is a much more gentle alternative, and does not leave your skin feeling stripped the way clay does. I am a fan of more gentle skin care products as my skin is borderline normal with an oily/dry t-zone, so I don’t have the need to go for the more heavy duty products.
It comes in a 125g little pot – see my images for reference, including some broken eggs for breakfast for scale. It looks quite small in the pictures but let me tell you, the formulation of this product will make it last for months – it’s a very buttery, thick consistency and the colour is a dirty white. It kinda reminds me of a thicker meringue texture, that hasn’t quite formed those stiff peaks yet.
A little definitely goes a long way with this product, you only need a little bit to cover your face!
Water, Albumen Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Bentonite, Cetearyl Alcohol, Kaolin, Alcohol Denat, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polysorbate 60, PVP, Potassium Hydroxide, Sorbitan Stearate, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Sucrose, Urea, Tartaric acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Listed in orange are possible acne triggers/ or irritants according to cosdna.com. YIKES! There are quite a handful of possible triggers for those that are acne prone – so if you know that any of these ingredients are known causes of acne or irritation for you – then perhaps stay away from this product.
This was one of the first ever products I bought on my korean/asian skin care beauty journey after reading rave review after rave review! I also picked it for its supposed gentleness on the skin as a purifying wash-off mask.
The first time I used this, I did experience some bad irritation on my lower cheek, right above my jaw. But honestly, after using this product for a few months now, I’m attributing it to not patch testing properly! I didn’t give my skin time to get used to this product, and in my naivete I slathered this all over my entire face (avoiding lips and eyes of course) without doing any patch testing and of course one of the irritant triggers listed above in the ingredients caused a bad reaction for me.
BUT aside from that, I have been using this once weekly for the past three or so months (mostly on my t-zone and nose) and it does amazing in removing my blackheads and impurities from my nose.
While it doesn’t deeply penetrate the skin enough to get out the most stubborn of blackheads, it does draw up everything else, leaving my skin feeling refreshed, cleansed and smooth afterwards.
I’ve lately been using this before hopping into the shower so it comes off faster. Otherwise, washing it off over the basin leaves a giant mess with water splashing everywhere as it is a bit difficult to get off once the 10-15 minutes is up. I’ve read other people suggest splashing water on your face and working the clay back into a liquidy state and then washing it off – which does work well.
This also does minimize the appearance of pores – where it’s most noticeable on my nose, my skin is now a lot clearer and very very smooth immediately after! I can’t stop touching my face every time I use this because it just does it’s job soo well.
I do love the way this mask makes my skin feel after I’ve washed it off – there is definitely that smooth, soft and bouncy texture to my face! So it achieves what it promises which makes it a very cost effective product especially for the amount you get – I purchased this online for about $14 NZD and it will last me the whole year possibly.
I rate this a 4/5, deducting a point for the acne and irritant triggering ingredients – I prefer to use products that are more ‘clean’ in terms of having minimal if not any of these trigger ingredients.
This is a great starting product if you are on a budget and new to wash-off masks. And it does its job, what more can I say.
It’s great at being a mildly purifying product – but it’s not for those of you who want something deeply deeply cleansing. However for me, with my normal-ish skin this is perfect – my face isn’t stripped and my smaller blackheads are removed, leaving my skin feeling smooth and my pores definitely smaller. 🙂