Saturday, November 5, 2011

Frugal Home Remedies: Aspirin Mask for Acne

This is a simple mask for acne that can quickly be made at home using products most of us keep in our kitchen.  You can use it as an allover mask or as a spot treatment for troubled areas.  If you have sensitive skin I would test it on the inside of your elbow before applying it to your face. * If you are allergic to aspirin do not use this mask.*


Some people recommend using up to 7 or 8 aspirin and thickly covering your face with the mask, but I would prefer that you only use as many aspirin as you would ingest orally.  The reason for this is that your skin absorbs some of the aspirin into it's capillaries and, therefore, into your entire circulatory system.

To make the mask put one or two aspirin in the palm of your hand.  Add a few drops of water to completely dissolve the aspirin into a mush, then add a tablespoon of honey.  Mix thoroughly, then apply to your face.  I would only leave it on for five minutes at first.  If you tolerate the mask well, you can increase the amount of time at a later application.

The main ingredient in many over the counter (OTC) acne treatments is salicylic acid.  Aspirin contains salicylic acid's close cousin acetylsalicylic acid and will unclog pores in the same way.  Honey is a natural antibiotic and is soothing to the skin.  Some people like to add yogurt or oil to the mix.

Please be careful when removing this mask to avoid getting any in your eyes.  Acid in eyes equals trouble.  This is mask will also work well to exfoliate dead skin cells to give your skin a fresh, smooth look.  When you apply this mask take a few minutes just for yourself to lay down and rest.  That way you will be rejuvenating more than your skin.

God bless,

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