I was on YouTube a couple of days ago and came across a video by Michelle Phan. She talks about making an Aspirin based mask. This mask is supposed to help clear your skin (acne and redness).
Apparently, Aspirin is made out of Salicylic Acid which is also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid or BHA for short. BHA is an exfolient and has an anti-inflammatory effect. BHA is used in many anti-aging and anti-acne products. Wikipedia provides the following info: “It works as both a keratolytic and comedolytic agent by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again by constricting pore diameter, and allowing room for new cell growth. Because of its effect on skin cells, salicylic acid is used in several shampoos used to treat dandruff. Use of concentrated solutions of salicylic acid may cause hyperpigmentation on unpretreated skin for those with darker skin types (Fitzpatrick phototypes IV, V, VI), as well as with the lack of use of a broad spectrum sunblock.”
So, after researching it on Wikipedia and Google, and watching the full video by Michelle, I decided to try out this mask. You basically apply the mask to your face and neck, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water. Pat your skin dry and apply a good moisturizer which has SPF 30+.
Here is the recipe:
3-5 aspirin (make sure they are uncoated as the coated tablets take forever to dissolve)
1-2 tsp of water
Put the aspirin in a bowl and pour 1-2 tsp of water on them. Wait about 2-3 minutes for the aspirin to dissolve. Once dissolved, add some honey. Mix all together to form a paste and apply to skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Apply a moisturizer and you’re ready to go.
The results that I got were great. My skin felt firm and soft and the few acne marks I had seemed reduced.
Lastly, Michelle has also stated to make sure not to apply this mask more than once or twice per week as your skin will become prone to it. Click here for her video!