The aspirin mask is an ultra popular do-it-yourself home beauty treatment used to help acne and improve the overall look of your skin. Have you done an aspirin mask? If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s exactly what it sounds like – a facial mask made of crushed up aspirin! The best part about it is that it’s practically free!
The aspirin mask
If you google “aspirin mask” you will find thousands of people talking about it, and everyone makes their mask slightly differently. Why would it do anything? Aspirin is technially acetylsalicylic acid, which is chemically similar to salicylic acid, the common ingredient in many acne treatments. Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid, exfoliates the skin, and it is able to penetrate into pores to help keep them clean. Because aspirin is an anti-inflammatory it can help with red and inflamed pimples.
How to do an aspirin mask
First off, if you are allergic to aspirin or salicylic acid, do not apply it topically to your skin! The back of the aspirin bottle also says not to use if it you have had an allergic reaction to any pain reliever. Also don’t use it if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if your doctor has told you not to use aspirin or pain relievers.
Here’s the most basic way to do the aspirin mask:
Buy a bottle of regular strength aspirin tablets (generic is fine), and make sure they don’t say they are coated. Advil or tylenol, etc. won’t work – it has to be aspirin. In a little bowl, put in 3-5 aspirins and a few drops of water and let them dissolve, or crush them up as needed. Add just enough water to create a paste. Then gently spread the paste onto your face. The mixture is gritty and rough, so be gentle, especially if you have sensitive skin, broken capillaries, or active acne – you don’t want to be scratching your zits. If you don’t have active acne or sensitive skin, you can very gently massage the mixture on your skin if you want. You could also use the mixture just as a spot treatment for an individual pimple. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, and wash it off. Be careful not to get any in your eyes!
A lot of people add a few drops of honey into the paste, or they add tea tree oil, jojoba oil, a moisturizer, or countless other topicals. Personally I’ve only done the mask with either just water, or with water and jojoba oil. Aspirin is drying to your skin, so if you have dry skin it might help to do the mask with something hydrating like jojoba oil. Or just do the mask with water and when you’re done, put on a moisturizer. I’ve read about some people leaving the mask on all night - I would not do this! Even though you’re just using a topical version of aspirin, it’s still a drug and you need to be careful. 15 minutes seems to be enough time to see good results. I also wouldn’t do the mask more than every other day.
Does the mask work?
After reading about the aspirin mask on popular sites like acne.org and makeupalley.com, I’ve never seen so many rave reviews about a home beauty treatment before. Most people love it and think it’s the best thing ever. I’m apparently never one to follow the crowd, and personally just think it’s okay. It does leave my skin feeling super smooth, so that’s the best thing about it for me. It doesn’t have any positive effect on the omnipresent blackheads on my nose, and my face doesn’t look better after the mask. Some people say the effects of the mask are cumulative, but I normally just do it once and forget about it for months at a time. I only discovered the aspirin mask after I got my acne under control, so I can’t attest to whether it actually helps lessen acne. From the rave reviews online, I assume it does though!
The other best thing about the mask, of course, is the price. I encourage everyone to at least try it to see if it works for you. For just pennies, maybe you’ll discover your new favorite beauty aid, and won’t need to spend as much on other acne or exfoliating products. Do you have any aspirin mask tips?