Aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties both when ingested and when applied to the skin topically. It works to calm inflamed skin and reduce the redness that comes with skin conditions such as rosacea and acne. This is attributable to the salicylic acid which is an integral component of numerous acne combating skin care products. Skin care products that contain willow bark inherently contain this ingredient. It should come as no surprise therefore that willow bark was originally the source of aspirin synthesized in many labs today. Salicylic acid plays an additional role of acting as a drying agent, which works to mop up excess oils that clog the skin and lead to acne. Be careful as you create your aspirin mask as it may work too well and overly dry the skin making you more susceptible to sunlight.
Aspirin Mask Components
The trick is to dissolve the aspirin in water, which results in a slightly grainy concoction that exfoliates the skin. However, even this should be undertaken cautiously as exfoliating inflamed skin may aggravate it further. To create your own aspirin mask, all you need is three simple ingredients: namely four or even five aspirin pills, a tablespoon of lukewarm water, and plain yogurt, olive oil or honey. Anything more than 8 aspirin pills may work against you. The last three components are optional. Individuals with extra irritated or dry skin may consider olive oil in favor of the honey or yogurt. Word to the wise: Tylenol, Aleve, and Advil won’t work in this endeavor.
How To Create Your Aspirin Mask
The directions for creation of the mask are equally simple and straightforward. Mix the aspirin with such an amount of water as to create a paste. Honey will help you create a thicker mask, but for those who prefer a lighter one then plain yogurt is the way to go. Honey has antibacterial properties in and of itself and actively reduces breakouts in addition to soothing flare-ups. It also keeps the skin hydrated by locking in the necessary moisture onto the skin. Apply the paste in a thin layer across your face and give it some time to dry. To remove the mask, simply rub it off in a gentle circular motion and voila! The aspirin mask is not really a novelty as it has been used as a way to combat pimples for a long time now. It takes less than two minutes to make and the results are clearly visible after 15 minutes or so. As an added bonus, it may also work to counter aging effects and make you seem younger to a degree. Before you go about making your mask, check to see if you are allergic to aspirin by testing some on your forearm before proceeding to apply the mask to your face.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, 86 percent out of 639 visitors on acne.org recommended a DIY Aspirin Mask for effectively treating pimples, acne and blemishes.