We’ve heard of medicinal plants in skin care, like ginseng or witch hazel, but did you know that applying aspirin to your skin can also have beauty benefits?
That’s because the effective ingredient in aspirin is chemically similar to salicylic acid, which helps exfoliate skin while it contributes to reducing acne redness.
You can whip up your aspirin mask with three simple ingredients for a skin-softening, acne-fighting treatment that’s simple, cheap, and efficient.
Use it as an exfoliating paste, or leave it on your skin for about 15 minutes as a mask. Either way, you should see brighter, softer skin with less dullness. For the super simple aspirin mask recipe, just read more.
Benefits of the Ingredients:
An anti-inflamatory so it will immediately reduce redness. Contains salicylic acid which is one of the most commonly used ingredients in acne products as it cleans out pores and exfoliates the skin (which is ideal for sloughing away fine lines and wrinkles too).
The antibacterial properties in honey benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts and healing current flair ups. It’s also a natural humectant so it locks in necessary moisture to keep skin hydrated and glowing.
What You’ll Need:
- 5-7 Uncoated aspirin tablets
- Distilled Water (or bottled water)
- 1 tsp raw Honey or pure honey (optional)
In a small bowl, drop the aspirin in with just enough distilled water to create a paste consistency. Let the aspirin dissolve in the water (you can mix a bit if necessary).
If it seems a bit too pasty, add more water. If it is too liquidy, add another aspirin. I’d advise not to use more than 8 aspirin.
Once you have your paste at the consistency that you like, you can apply to skin as is.
However, I find that by adding 1 teaspoon of raw honey, the mask is less drying to the skin. You also receive the added benefits of honey (and I love honey for acne-prone skin), so I have included honey in my directions.
You could also sub the honey for olive oil if your skin is extra dry or irritated. I’ve read that people use jojoba oil and tea tree oil as well. It is a matter of personal preference and what benefit you are going after.
How to Use:
Apply to the face, jaw, chest, back – any area that is prone to breakouts. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
This is great for men too as aspirin is wonderful for ingrown hairs (i.e. beard acne). Use up to two times a week but make sure that you make a new batch each time you use.
*You will notice an immediate glow to the skin once you rinse off the mask. Skin will feel heavenly soft and look luminous. Blackheads should decrease after the first use as well.
Please note: Some people are allergic to aspirin, so try to do a test patch on your forearm (for 24 hour) before using this trick to make sure your skin is not allergic to it.