DIY: ASPIRIN ACNE MASK (AND WRINKLE ZAPPER!)

aspirin_acne_mask1-720x720 *I have been a guest blogger on Sarah Howard's incredible blog Beauty Banter I originally posted this DIY on there. Check out her site for amazing beauty tips as well!!

I have and continue to suffer from the occasional WTF breakouts. The aspirin acne mask has been around for a very very long time and it is a tried and tested way to treat acne and aging! I originally learned about this when my aesthetician suggested I try it instead of using a prescription right away. I never ended up having to fill said prescription because this worked so well! The best part is it takes about 2 minutes to make and 15 minutes to see results.

*If you have an aspirin allergy, do not attempt this mask!

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What You’ll Need: 5-7 Uncoated aspirin pills Distilled Water (bottled water like Fiji or Evian) 1 tsp Organic Honey

Benefits of the Ingredients: Aspirin – An anti-inflamatory so it will immediately reduce redness. Contains salicylic acid which is one of the most commonly used ingredients in acne products as it cleans out pores and exfoliates the skin (which is ideal for sloughing away fine lines and wrinkles too). Honey – The antibacterial properties in honey benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts and healing current flair ups. It’s also a natural humectant so it locks in necessary moisture to keep skin hydrated and glowing.

Instructions: In a mug, drop the aspirin in with just enough distilled water to create a paste consistency. Let the aspirin dissolve in the water (you can mix a bit if necessary). If it seems a bit too pasty, add more water. If it is too liquidy, add another aspirin. I’d advise not to use more than 8 aspirin. Once you have your paste at the consistency that you like, you can apply to skin as is. However, I find that by adding 1 teaspoon of organic honey, the mask is less drying to the skin. You also receive the added benefits of honey (and I love honey for acne-prone skin) so I have included honey in my directions. You could also sub the honey for olive oil if your skin is extra dry or irritated. I’ve read that people use jojoba oil and tea tree oil as well. It really is a matter of personal preference and what benefit you are going after.

How to Use: Apply to the face, jaw, chest, back – any area that is prone to breakouts. Leave on for 7-15 minutes. This is great for men too as aspirin is wonderful for ingrown hairs (i.e. beard acne). Use up to two times a week but make sure that you make a new batch each time you use.

*You will notice an immediate glow to the skin once you rinse off the mask. Skin will feel heavenly soft and look luminous. Blackheads should decrease after the first use as well. Let me know if you try it and how it works for you!