While many laud the effects of aspirin mask on the skin and its ability to clear skin of oiliness, acne breakouts and even scars left by previous breakouts, it is natural to be concerned about its use as well.
After all, aspirin is a pharmaceutical preparation, and is used for medicinal purposes; is it safe to use on the skin as well?
Using an aspirin mask is not cause for concern, because very little of it actually gets absorbed by the skin. Follow these directions, for when using an aspirin mask, so that you can get the best results.
You can use a specially formulatedaspirin face mask or simply use uncoated aspirin tablets (using the coated variety will mean that you have to crush them) in the following manner:
- Take two to four tablets in a shallow cup or the cupped palm of one hand. Add just a little water; enough to make a paste out of the tablets.
- In the alternative, you can wet your face and start to gently rub the tablet all over the face in circular motions. The moisture on the face will dissolve the tablet and help it spread evenly over the face, use one or as many as required.
- Leave on for about 5 to 15 minutes, or until it dries on the face and then let it sit for a few minutes thereafter.
- Rinse off with water using gentle circular motions, for an exfoliating effect. In the alternative you can use a washcloth to clear it off the face.
- If you find that using only the aspirin is difficult and that it slides off the face, you may need something to make the mixture more viscous so that it adheres to the face better. For this you can crush the tablet and mix with honey, Aloe Vera or even yoghurt allow it to sit for the requisite time and then rinse off.
- You can also use aspirin as an antiseptic by mixing the tablet in vinegar and then applying this to the face. This helps to tone the skin and acts as a natural skin astringent.
One should be careful about using an aspirin face mask if:
- If one has very sensitive skin one may notice reddening of the skin. In this case the treatment should be discontinued or the frequency of the application should be reduced.
- For very dry skins, the application of an aspirin mask should be done only about 2 to three times a month, so that irritation of the skin does not occur.
- It is important to moisturize the skin afterwards, so that dryness doesn’t persist.