Aspirin for Skin Care?

Aspirin is commonly used to cure minor aches and pains as well as to reduce fever but can it be used for your skin? A few weeks ago while running errands with one of my best friends I noticed her makeup-less skin glowing and she filled me in on what she had been using [ Thanks MS 🙂 ]

Aspirin! Yup, that’s right! She had been making a face mask with aspirin. I did some research online and there are tons of different websites that show how to make this mask. I’ve been testing it out for 2 weeks and I loved the way it was making my skin look and feel so I wanted to share it with you guys.

**If you are allergic to Aspirin, do not attempt this mask.

I started off by using 7 non coated aspirin tablets – the brand makes no difference so if you can pick them up at the $1 store, go for it! You can use less tablets but I wanted to coat my entire face.

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Aspirin dissolves so easily that there’s no need to actually crush the tablets as a lot of the sites mentioned. Start off with throwing a few drops of water right on the tablets.

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Use your finger to loosen the wet Aspirin up and apply more water as needed until the Aspirin looks like a paste.

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Now just use your fingers and apply it to your desired area

(face, neck, chest etc.)

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In about 10 minutes the mask is completely dry and you will start to notice the aspirin flaking  – Wash the mask off. I always follow up with wiping down my face with Astringent for Sensitive Skin.

Aspirin contains salicylic acid which acts like a chemical peel, it shrinks pores and keeps them unclogged which is great to cure acne and is known as a anti aging ingredient. Salicylic Acid can be drying so you shouldn’t use it everyday and make sure to moisturize. Also, Aspirin has been known to thin blood – so I personally wouldn’t do this mask more than twice  a week and I do not recommend sleeping overnight with it, as some other websites have mentioned.

Tip: Add a squirt of lemon to the dissolved aspirin before placing on your skin. Lemon helps with dark spots and minimizes sun damage.

Feel free to Google different versions of this mask. You will find directions for Aspirin mask that contain different ingredients such as honey, Aloe Vera and yogurt to name a few.

Have you tried this mask before? If so – what were your results?

9 Comments

  1. January 25, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    I’ve never heard this before. So interesting. I love DIY. Thank you.

  2. January 25, 2013 / 5:37 pm

    I’ve heard about it before, but never tried it as Aspirin isn’t that easy to get a hold of in Sweden. In the Netherlands it is though, so I might try it out. Thanks for the tip!

  3. January 25, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    Awesome idea! I will be headed out to the store this weekend! Thank you for sharing!

  4. January 26, 2013 / 9:14 am

    I tried it many times in combination with honey, but honestly I didn’t see many benefits. Maybe because my skin is quite sensitive. Aspirin does cost more in Europe (about 5€ per 12 tablet box) so it doesn’t really pay off to experiment.
    I liked the post, you have a great blog|!

    • January 26, 2013 / 9:30 am

      5€ per 12 tablet box? wow, that is very expensive – at a pharmacy type store like Walgreens I can pick up a bottle of their brand aspirin for $5 for about 300 tablets. I have very sensitive skin too as well as acne prone so I have never used anything blended with the aspirin. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. January 27, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    Woww..sounds interesting, I have never heard of this before..I shall try it soon 🙂

  6. January 28, 2013 / 3:04 am

    A cheap and easy form of Salicylic Acid. Great tip for people !

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