The aspirin mask is pretty well known around the internet, but I still find people who haven’t heard of it, so I thought I would share it here. Aspirin is high in BHA, or beta hydroxy acid- a form of salicylic acid that is in nearly every anti-acne medicine you can buy over the counter. Unlike anti-acne medicine, aspirin is very inexpensive, so by using the aspirin mask, you not only get rid of your acne quickly, but you also save quite a bit of money.
The other nifty thing about the aspirin mask is, it’s quite customizable, so you can add other ingredients depending on your skin type. Pretty much the only people who cannot use aspirin masks are people who are allergic or sensitive to aspirin. You can use an aspirin mask even if you have dry or sensitive skin.
Now, I have combination skin- oily in the T-Zone and normal for the rest of my face. What I do is take 4 or 5 uncoated aspirins, hold them in my hand, and drip water on them until they melt. Then I cover my face with the aspirin and let it dry. I wash it off with my usual cleanser. It makes my pores tighter, and if I’m having a breakout, the breakout goes away with a quickness.
If you have drier or more sensitive skin, you will want to use the aspirin with something that will tone down the aspiriny goodness. Some good things to mix with the aspirin are aloe vera, honey, yogurt, green tea, even heavy whipping cream. When my skin is less oily, I especially like to mix the aspirin with heavy whipping cream, as the cream is high in AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and it makes a perfect combo of AHA and BHA to make my skin like buttah.