One of my friends posted a link to an aspirin mask tutorial on my Facebook page a few weeks ago. She knows I love little quirky DIYs and this was no exception. At first it had me going, “errrrrhhhh? Aspirin?” but the idea quickly grew on me. Its cheap, and from my online research, many women find it quite effective.
FIRST OFF, if you are allergic to aspirin, don’t even bother reading further. You do not want to be anywhere near aspirin. Run!
The Aspirin Mask – Why does it work?
The ingredient that makes the magic happen is salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that helps clean out pores and battle acne-causing bacteria. Beta Hydroxy Acids are found in many skin creams and work by exfoliating the dull, dead layers of skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Over time, BHA’s can help clarify skin tone and promote healing of blemishes. Aspirin is also an anti-inflammatory so it will immediately reduce redness.
The Original Recipe (the one I used)
- 3# uncoated (or lightly coated) aspirin
- Few drops of water
Dr Oz Aspirin & Lemon Juice Flawless Skin Home Remedy
– lemon juice
– baking soda
1. Mash up 6-12 non-coated aspirins and combine with freshly squeeze lemon juice.
2. Let the aspirin dissolve until it turns into a paste.
3. Apply the mask to your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the face mask by dipping a cotton round in some baking soda and some water.
- Don’t just stop at your face. Apply to the face, jaw, chest, back – any area that is prone to breakouts.
- 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.
- Other recipes add honey or yogurt which will help bind the mask making it easier to apply