The Benefits of Applying Cream Cheese to the Face

Don't worry if you miss your mouth -- just wash your face afterward.

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Smearing cream cheese on a bagel is a little more common than spreading it over your face. Thing is, cream cheese can actually do good things for your skin. Dairy products, applied topically, deliver alpha hydroxy acids that repair and nourish your skin. So if you have a little cream cheese left over from your brunch, try making it into a face mask.

Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is a super soft, spreadable cheese that's used on bread, crackers and pastries. Like all milk products, it contains alpha hydroxy acids. Unlike milk, it's thick and ready to be used on your face without any other product. You can, however, add other skin-positive things such as honey to increase the benefits to your skin.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha hydroxy acids come with a host of skin benefits. They help repair and restore your skin, discouraging acne and encouraging softness. The main acid in dairy products is lactic acid; it softens your skin and makes it have a more favorable texture. Lactic acid is used in anti-aging treatments. While the amount in cream cheese won't give you a face lift, it should be able to help clear and smooth your skin with regular application.


The primary ingredient in cream cheese is milk. According to Colorado State University, it can take up to 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese. When you use cream cheese as a facial instead of milk, you're getting a more concentrated, spreadable texture that won't immediately run off your face. If you're interested in using the purest product available, consider purchasing raw milk and cream, then making your own cream cheese. It's fairly easy to create in your own kitchen.


Remove your cream cheese from the package and mash it up so it's lighter and more easy to spread. If it's a hot day, apply it right away and enjoy the cooling effect on your skin. If you're not in the mood for a cold application, let it slowly come up to room temperature on the counter. Dip your fingers in the cream cheese and spread it over your skin in small circles. Let it sit for five or 10 minutes, then wash it off with a soft cloth and lukewarm water. Follow with a gentle moisturizer.

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