I have acne prone skin, where i take antibiotics and sometimes use Epiduo cream. After a recent break up, combined with university related stress i have a major break out on my chin. Even cystic acne which i never ever had before. This really damaged my self esteem as I have had pretty clear skin for the last year; to the point where i wore a scarf to cover my chin (luckily it's winter so this was acceptable) but still, not my plan. I had tried this a few other times with less impressive results, however this time, i made sure i really covered the areas i had problems with. I crushed 8 dispersible aspirin tablets (made sure i crushed them into as small as possible) then added 5 drops of water, until it was kind of a foam/paste, then applied it to the areas where i had problems.
I felt a little bit of a burn on my worst area once i applied, but not where it was uncomfortable (if its just a small burning feeling, hang in there, i promise it will help!). After 30 mins i removed the aspirin mask without scrubbing, just gently with a face sponge, warm water first, then cold water, and instantly, the marks from where my cystic acne had been had faded to massive degree and the few active spots had reduced in size. After this, there was a little bit of redness still, so i applied aloe vera gel, this reduced the redness and some how seemed to shrink the spots even more (which surprised me a lot!). I honestly swear by this, and hope it works as well for other people, as i have somewhere to be tonight and was hoping i wouldn't look like a red, mess!
This really helped me and helped me get some of my self esteem back! Some other reviews i found less detailed and therefore not so helpful, so i hope sharing my experience will help you to do this!
It works. I dissolve it in 2 drops of water and apply it on blemishes. It really helps inflammation and helps them heal. I really like it. Its borderline amazing. It tends to dry out and flake off so I also mix some lotion with it so it stays moist. Alternative is to mix it with honey or yogurt. Love this secret weapon in dealing with acne.
Disclaimer: I've only used this mask twice so far. And let me just say...HALLELUYAH! I used this as a spot treatment, on my deeeeeep pimples; one so deep and large the entire apple of my cheek on one side was being puffed out. Anyway, somehow, someway that little asprin pill made that pimple less inflamed when BP couldn't reach that deeply. Other spot treatments have always just dried out the skin and made it worse before it got better, but asprin just got the job done! I'm so so pleased! I buy the coated asprin, rinse off the coating under the tap (careful to get it all) and then crush the water soaked asprin onto a clean surface (it's super easy once it's wet) then I take a q-tip and apply it to my spots for however long / overnight. Shrunk the pores, didn't dry, reduced redness, and shrunk the inflammation. New holy grail spot treatment for sure!
Yes, I'm also in the fan club! I strive to use an aspirin mask once a week, or at least every other week, to keep my dehydrated, sensitive skin glowy and smooth.
Here's my way of doing it (after experimenting quite a bit):
I put some tablets in a small bowl. If I have Greek yoghurt, I use the whey that often separates from the creamy yoghurt, dripping a little on each tablet, at which point they will soften and easily dissolve. I then add some of the yoghurt, and half a teaspoon or so of firm honey. When combined, this makes a creamy textured mask, which I slather all over my face. When it feels dry, I rinse it up and follow with a rich moisturiser, or a soothing mask, depending on my skin's condition.
I sometimes use milk when I don't have yoghurt, and sometimes a couple of drops of rosehip or olive oil, but the main ingredients are always three:
1) Aspirin, for the salicylic acid, which penetrates into the pores, dissolving sebum and dirt,
2) Some kind of dairy product for the lactic acid to exfoliate, and
3) Honey for the antioxidants and moisturising properties, and for the glycolic acid, which regulates skin balance.
I'm really not a DIY kind of person, but this mask really works wonders, and is so very easy to make fresh.
Use this *sparingly.* No more than once a week; when I first discovered the aspirin mask trend, I went crazy and used it several days in a row - big mistake, as it will irritate and dry out your skin. I have very clog-prone skin, and this is a great way to exfoliate effectively - the ingredients of the aspirin chemically slough off dead skin, and the physical roughness is like microdermabrasion. I don't do anything fancy - just buy a bottle of uncoated aspirin for about 99 cents and it'll last you forever. I only use it in the shower now; it's more effective that way, since the steam and warm water will open your pores and soften the skin on your face. I take a small plastic cup, put three or four tablets in the bottom, add a few drops of water, and let it sit while I wash my hair, etc. By then the tablets have softened and I use my finger to mash them up into a paste that I apply to my face and let sit for a few minutes. Then, very, very gently, without pressing or scrubbing, I massage my face in circular motions, especially in places where I get blackheads and whiteheads. I rinse it off, then usually skip any acne treatment that night and just use moisturizer. It's gentler to your skin in the long run, because you're exfoliating with something really effective once or twice a week, instead of constantly irritating it every day with a store-bought scrub or brush. And it's the only thing that has actually made the blackheads and large pores on and around my nose noticeably shrink. I can still see my pores (unless you're a doll or airbrushed, that's normal), but they're so small! And skin-colored! They haven't looked this good since before high school. Yay for aspirin!
So, this wrecked my face. My nose and cheeks to be specific. I didn't have uncoated aspirin, so i smashed them up and picked out the coating pieces. I mixed it with a little water and some honey, It dried up my face so bad. I moisturized like crazy after (as I do every morning and night) and kept applying whenever it felt dried out again (multiple times a day). but it did help my blemish marks so it was a sad moment. That was a few months ago and it took over a month to restore my skin.
I wanted to try again because it had cleared the major blemishes, but obviously not all my face. This time, I was smart and rinsed the coating off. A WHOLE lot easier. Then I dabbed it only only my blemishes and not any on my cheeks or nose.
It still dries out my skin but in a crunch, it does work. But try it out on a spot first!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a review for Advil gels, where I've read online that several people had very good fortune using the gel inside these capsules on zits, so I got some from our cabinet, used a knife to get the gel out, and put some on spots on my face, only planning to leave it on for five minutes.
Within 30 seconds, my face started burning. Not just the "I can tell it's really doing its job" burning, but the "OH MY GOD MY FACE IS ON FIRE CALL 911" burning. I rinsed it off immediately and was literally frantically running around my house trying to find anything to calm my skin, aloe vera gel, rose water, sticking my face in the freezer, ice, etc. Those things helped some but I still had a pretty bad burning feeling on my face for the next hour. I then awoke to a nice, red, irritated face to wear I could barely even conceal it with a shitload of makeup.
Long story short, be careful, my sensitive skin peoples. I do not want to put you through that pain.
I rock this hillbilly facial at least three times a week.
Yes I look like a freak walking around my house (and sometimes the neighborhood, don't judge me) with this mask on. But after I take it off....
I LOOK LIKE A FABULOUS BEAUTY QUEEN!!!!!
It's cheaper than a middle aged woman the week before she gets her next paycheck, and it makes your face feel softer than 50 ply charmin ultra.
JUST DO THIS FACE MASK PEOPLE.
I'm reviewing for the aspirin MASK but I never let this stuff sit on my face for very long and it does the trick. I buy bottles of uncoated aspirin at the dollar store and once home, crush them up onto a coffee filter with the back of a spoon (from one to four or five, depending on how "scrubby" I want my scrub to be) and the little teeny tiny bits of aspirin go to work! I work up a lather of my facial soap (Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar) and then use the coffee filter to dump out what I've crushed up - this looks very suspicious when no one really knows what you're doing, lol - and mix it into a tight paste. That goes on and I scrub my face and it instantly feels softer and looks bright. Unlike sugar, the particles are smaller and less likely to cause scratching. I notice breakouts leaving a bit earlier and scarring getting lighted with each use.
Overall, a cheap, efficient way to get smooth, glowing skin on the fly. I wouldn't wear this as a mask because the skin absorbs everything and I'm still not too fine with five aspirin sitting on my face for too long, but as a scrub, it works wonderfully!
I've been doing the aspirin mask for almost 5 years now & I still love what it does for my face. I used to do it once a week, but I started to forget & didn't have much time so I'd stop for months here & there. But when I go back to it, my skin just feels so soft it's absolutely incredible. My only issue is when I let it sit & dry on my face, the particles flake off & irritate my nose when I breathe, making me sneeze & it goes Everywhere! I know that it IS called a mask but in a rush I prefer to just add it to my facial cleanser, I use 2 pills & just lightly scrub for a little over a minute. I still get the benefit, it's not as completely exfoliating as leaving it on longer, but it does what I need it to do, so I Love It!!!!