Amazing. Why did I wait so long to try it? I just drop a couple of tablets into my Clinique toner and it controls breakouts very well. This toner doesn't lighten all scars but brightens the complexion to a good extent and it also takes away yellowness on the knees, elbows and underarms pretty well.
Has anyone tried the BC asperin powder? Its alot easier than trying to crush aspirin or waiting for it to dissolve. Plus it has caffiene in it. I've been using this as a facial scrub, you can mix it with olive oil or any cleanser you like.
So, i started to using this yesterday, so i don't have bad or good to say yet..
The reason i'm reviewing this already it's because of it's concept. I live in an europe country where the amount of drugstore skincare brands is nothing compared to the US, for example. It's very hard to find something for acne prone skin without harsh ingredients that dry out my skin... such as moisturizers and toners. Toners always have alcohol in it, which sucks, and the one's that don't have, the're not really suitable for my oily sensitive acne prone skin.
After i tried the tea tree water from lush, i was amazed because it's very gentle yet effective as a toner is supposed to be. But it's expensive too - 11 euros a bottle, and i have to order it online. So i started to do my own tea tree water at home, with a solution of sodium chloride that is very easily found at drugstores (you can use bottled water), cheap(0,49 euros / 100ml) and gentle to the skin, with 3 drops of tea tree oil (organic 100% tea tree oil). Althought it's gentle and suitable for my skin, it was missing that ingredients that really make some difference, like bha's or aha's.
I have hyperpigmentation from previous spots and a lot of clogged pores (white heads) on my jaw line, blackheads all over my nose and cheeks, and some active breakouts on my jaw line and i heard about aspirin and it's effectiveness. Why not? I now add 2 tabblets of aspirin to my homemade toner, and i'm starting to do aspirin masks once a week. So, we'll see how this goes...
Too bad aspirin is a bit expensive in my country. I pay 3 euros for 20 tablets of 500mg (generic brand). But this solution is cheaper than to buy toners from the pharmacy or drugstore, so i'm ok with it.
I'll be updating as soon as i experiment results :D
It's been a month... And i'm keeping the amount of lippies i gave this "product". I'm amazed. I started to use effaclar duo 3 months ago, and it has done a really good job with my skin, but eventually my skin condition didn't get any better. And that's when i started the aspirin toner and started to see results a week later... This really works with my skin. My skintone is so much more even... i use a lot less makeup, because i no long feel like i need to. My comedonal acne on my jaw line improved a lot, i had a lot of clogged pores there, and now they're almost gone.. I have to say that these clogged pores came to the surface in the first two weeks, so i had a little of a "purge" period, which in this case was totally normal... I would use makeup to cover my blackheads, and now it seems like they're not even there and my pores are a lot smaller. I'm really happy with the results. As for the aspirin mask, i just use it once a week on my inflammation spots - the next day they're a lot less red and inflamed. I'm not totally confident yet to leave the house without any makeup on, but i feel that i'm getting there anytime soon :D
So, now i just have a few persistent spots on my jawline... which i believe it's hormonal caused. And i still struggle with oily skin.. I'm going to start experimenting with vitamin/mineral supplements, as i'm starting to believe that there's nothing much i can do topically to treat those persistent acne spots which seems that they're always present. I have to start fixing some internal nutritive deficiencies... I'm starting zinc next week... we'll see how his goes.
As for this toner, i'm just a little skeptical about long term use of aspirin topically. But i'm using 2 x 500mg per 100ml, so i'm thinking that's not much. I also never experience redness, irritation or some other side effects.. So, i'm definitely keeping this in my routine :)
I had to reduce the amount of aspirin per 100ml, because after i use this, a few hours later i would get some red spots here and there, where i usually don't breakout. So, now i'm using 1 tablet of 500mg aspirin for 100ml. I find this is enough because i use a treatment with salycilic acid at night.
oh my god this is my skin's life-saver! fades out my hyperpigmentation due to acne scarring, and helps my blemishes to heal. i dissolve 2 bayers aspirins to 30 ml drinking water and give it a good shake.
what i do is, every night i wash my face with a gentle soap, then shake and pour this toner to a cotton pad, swipe it all over my face, wait for 15 mins and apply my 2,5% benzoyl peroxide to wherever I have blemishes. this baby brighten up my skin and gives it nice glow, if ure not allergic to aspirin i think you should try :)
Because of recommendations on this site, I started using aspirin masks. Then I saw that some people also used it as a toner and started to implement that as well. I was already using a toner of Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel (the WC really is more to dilute the Tea Tree Oil, alone it doesn't do much for me). So I started to add this in. I just let one pill dissolve in some water and add it to the mix (Someone mentioned it dissolves better in water than other substances). It's so fantastic, it's like taking two home remedies I really like and combining them into one. I still use the mask occasionally, but I use this pretty much daily and I really love how my skin feels after and how open or popped areas get less infected after using this than they would have normally. Just be aware that if you use tea tree oil on your face, that anything you eat afterwards will taste funny due to your smell picking up on the tea tree oil while interacting with your taste buds.
I have been using Aspirin Toner for over 7 years and it is my HG toner. I go through two week cycles so I can custom make each batch to fit how my skin is currently behaving. This provides gentle, daily exfoliation that helps keep breakouts away. When I do get the occasional hormonal breakout, its a lot smaller than usual and heals faster.
Aspirin (I get mine from the Dollar Tree. Itís $1 for 100 tablets.)
2oz toner bottle (Mine is an old trial size bottle of Clinique toner. Itís the perfect size.)
Aloe vera (with or without alcohol depending on what my skin needs)
2 aspirin tables
1-1.5 ounces of hot tap water
It really doesnít get easier than this. I clean out the 2oz bottle, toss in two aspirin, and fill the bottle up a little more than halfway with hot water from the tap. I shake shake shake shake until the aspirin breaks apart. Thatís it! The formula does get old, so I only hang on to each batch for about two weeks. To use, I saturate a cotton pad, then fold it in half so I donít get powdered aspirin on my face, and swipe across my face in an upwards motion, avoiding the eye area, but including my eyebrows.
Cost: $0.02 every two weeks
Customizations for when my skin is feeling:
Sensitive: I add pure aloe vera with no alcohol to the mix. (Probably about a teaspoon)
A little oily: I use a 1:1 mix of hot water and witch hazel (Aspirin will dissolve better if you shake it with hot water first, then add the witch hazel)
Oily and sensitive: I use a 3:1 mix of hot water to witch hazel, then add aloe vera gel that contains alcohol.
The Two Week Plan:
Sunday night Ė I mix up a new batch depending on how my skin is feeling. I put this together before bed so that the formula can steep overnight.
Monday morning (Start of the 14 day cycle) - I saturate a cotton pad, then fold it in half so I donít get powdered aspirin on my face, and swipe across my face in an upwards motion, avoiding the eye area, but including my eyebrows.
Frequency Ė I apply morning and night each day for 14 days. On days where I donít wear any make-up, Iíll just swipe this across my face at bed time and not even bother washing my face.
Sunday night (end of the two weeks) Ė At this point, thereís not much left in the bottle. I shake whatís left really well, then pour it into a saucer. I use a paper towel to absorb most of the liquid, then apply the remaining aspirin paste to my face as a face mask while standing over the bathroom sink. Itís super powder and starts to flake off as soon as it dries. So I spend most of the time just trying to spackle the stuff onto my face as quickly as possible. I leave it on for about 5 minutes, otherwise it irritates my skin, and then wash it off with splashes of cold water. Then I rinse out the bottle and make another batch for the next two weeks.
About Me: Iím a skin care junkie and like to mix and match my skin care products everyday to use whatever my skin needs at that time. I have very very sensitive skin and suffer from a sun allergy, eczema, and contact dermatitis. When I do break out or have irritation, the dreaded hyperpigmentation follows. So I run the gamut on skin care products on the search for the next big thing that doesnít irritate my skin.
UPDATE 10/28/2012 :
The aspirin toner stopped working for me after using it for 2-3 weeks.I mean, It did control clogged pores and my pimples, but not completely. There was always small zits lying around. No matter what I did my face just wouldn't clear up completely.
Now I switched to using actual salicylic acid - 2% SA through Stridex pads maximum strength and my skin got rid of all the zits within 3-4 days.
I would suggest aspirin toner if you had mild acne with a very few zits but if you are mild-moderate, better to go for actualy SA products
Love Love Love ! Thank you so much MUA ! Let me tell you, I never liked DIYs - I felt they are messy and crude techniques. But MUA just blew my mind away with the DIYs .
I have an acne prone skin during summer and I frequently have clogged pores. I tried this toner on suggestion at skin care boards and my CLOGGED PORES DISAPPEARED ! Acne is under control \m/
Recipe - Trial and Error:
I use about 3-4 tablets for 3oz .
I started with 1 tablet and watched how it works for a week. I did see positive results but they were slower. The break outs were disappearing. However they would reappear if I stop applying it for two days.
The next week, I used 2 tablets - Better ! It reduced my breakouts faster but I did not yet achieve clear skin.
This week , 3 tabs for 3 oz - Works perfect ! My pimples have dried out and my skin glows !
This is my HG and I will keep on using it.
P.S : I give a break to all the exfoliation once every 2 days.
Haven't seen any but I would definitely stop it - during pregnancy or any trauma
Aspirin inhibits platelet aggregation - so it prevents clots and you bleed for a longer time. So, if you are a hardcore sportsperson who gets wounded a lot, i dont think it is a good idea to use it in high concentration.
(Though, I highly doubt its efficacy in transdermal route - it is relatively lower)
As for gastric ulcers, its only if you ingest it regularly and you already have GERD or gastric ulcer.
I've always been a DIY type of girl, but working in the skin care industry means that I get to try all the goodies that get launched quicker than you can imagine. As far as toners or spot treatments go, aspirin is the way to go. I love salicylic acid, but it can get very expensive to buy in products. This is such a great way to get the skin clearing and exfoliating effects without having to pay the price! Here are the ways that I use it:
Ever since moving to a tropical area, I've been getting terrible acne all over my body. Lower legs, back, and upper arms mainly. I use this as a toner to spray over my whole body after a shower before I put on my body lotion. My recipe is:
20 tablets uncoated Aspirin
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
1/4 cup Witch Hazel
2 tbsp Rubbing Alcohol (if you're using this for the face, or don't have terrible body acne, leave out)
10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
I melt the aspirin tablets in the water, then mix everything together in a spray bottle. Because of the alcohol I don't refrigerate my mix, but if you leave the alcohol out, stick it in the fridge when not using it.
I also use aspirin an overnight spot treatment. My recipe is:
1 tablet uncoated Aspirin
A pinch of Aztec Clay
4 drops of Water
2 drops of my homemade T-Zone Serum (in my notepad)
Mix together and apply with a q-tip. Works just as well as my Eradikate did at a fraction of the cost.
I sometimes add a tablet to my face mask, but since I'm pretty dry and don't have too much of a problem with face acne, I usually leave it out. Sometimes I'll also add 10 or so tablets in with my body mud mask (equal parts Aztec Clay to Apple Cider Vinegar) if I'm starting to get really pimply. And of course, if I get a headache or hangover, aspirin it is. Great product! I love multi-use products and this one gets 5 stars (or lipsticks I guess). Give it a try!
Aspirin solution calms my skin much in the same way that a 1% hydrocortisone cream does (long-term use of hydrocortisone will eventually break down skin's collagen, so I'm not a fan of frequent applications). Once in awhile I'll get a very inflamed pimple, but applying this to the spot several times daily reduces the size and inflammation and speeds up the healing process. However, my favorite use for aspirin toner is to apply it after shaving -- I'm very prone to ingrown hairs but this has eliminated them almost completely. I've never found something that works as effectively as aspirin solution for my legs and underarms (plus it's so inexpensive!).
Even though I don't use the toner daily, I still find it very versatile. If your skin is red, irritated, or inflamed for any reason, you'll probably benefit from trying this, due to aspirin's anti-inflammatory properties.
(For reference -- I use a ratio of one crushed, uncoated aspirin per ounce of boiled water, then strain with a coffee filter. Occasionally I'll add a touch of glycerin or aloe. I've thought about adding aspirin to a green tea or chamomile brew, but haven't tried it yet.)
I've been making this toner by mixing 3 aspirin, crushed up with a mortar and pestle, into a bottle of Earthwise witch hazel (I think it's about 120 mL). Initially, I did get a bit of nausea that others have mentioned, though I'm not entirely sure I can attribute it to this. This went away after about a week of using it in the morning and at night. I do feel my skin has gotten better, with fewer blackheads and improved overall tone. I plan to continue using it as a cheap way of upgrading a basic toner.