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Breaking Down Beauty: The Aspirin Mask


By Sheila Arkee

There are so many affordable at-home tricks to acheiving beautiful skin. One of my all-time favorite is what’s commonly referred to as the “Aspirin Mask”. Costing mere pennies per application, it is a quick, easy, and effective way to keep your skin smooth and acne free.

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.

Step One: There are two main ingredients in the aspirin mask: water, and uncoated or lightly-coated aspirin. I rarely come across uncoated aspirin, so I use a lightly-coated generic brand, and it works great. For your face, all you need are 2-3 tablets.

Step Two: The aspirin tablets will dissolve in water, so you don’t really to put a lot of work into preparation. It’s best to use a small bowl, I happen to do all the mixing in my hand. Just a few drops of water will do.

Step Three: Massage the tablets in your hand until they’re dissolved and form a mushy paste. There isn’t a binding agent, so the paste will be fairly loose and flaky.

Step Four: Apply! Let rest for about five minutes, and then rinse away. The dried mask will be powdery, so be careful! Alternately, you can incorporate aloe vera or honey with the mushed up aspirin to act as healing binding agents.

As you’re rinsing,  use the mask as a scrub. You’ll need to use a washcloth to follow up and make sure you’ve removed the mask entirely.

Step Five: Moisturize and you’re set!

The Aspirin Mask is quick and works – I’ll do the mask a night or two before an big event- its like an at-home mini-peel that makes your skin so smooth and let your foundation glide on. You can do the mask as often as you’d like, as long as it doesn’t overly irritate your skin. Of course, if you’ve never done the mask before it’s best to do a patch test for allergies first on your neck.

Precaution: Do not use this if you are pregnant, nursing, have issues with blood thinning, or have Reye’s disease. Discontinue use if you experience irritation. Although the rate of absorption is slower through the skin, aspirin WILL absorp into your so keep advised dosage amounts in mind. I am a peer and not a medical professional, and my advice should not be taken as medical advice.

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  • Tiffany

    how often can this be used? once a day? one a week?

  • sana

    am 18yrz old i got waxing on my face it dint suit me finally suffering from pimples i have tried all home made remedies but no result. do u think would this really wworks?

  • http://lachydrinlotion.com/ Stacey

    That’s a great home tip. Thanks!

  • shanna

    you can buy it at most grocery stores in the cooking section with the other oils. I’ve seen it both at Walmart, Smart and Final and Albertsons. if needed, you can also get it off of Amazon for cheep.

  • Alice

    Thanks for this awesome tip! Love that this post takes
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  • nitch

    for me it really works..my pimples just all dried up.. its magic

  • Sherrie

    What happens if you are allergic to aspirin?