Do Aspirin Masks Really Work to Cure Acne and Reduce Wrinkles?

Skin Deep Cure for Oily Skin and Acne or Drying, Flaky, Useless Mess?

There are a million beauty fads floating around out there at any given time that claim to be the next best thing in skin care and right now, the aspirin mask is one of the big ones.

The problem is that all of the hype sounds great regardless of how well the idea actually works, so how do you tell the difference?

Not always an easy question to answer but we here at Aging Arsenal try to separate the wheat from the chaff for you so that you don’t waste your time and money fighting the aging process with products that don’t work.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the aspirin mask to see if it’s worth your time, or whether you should just skip it.

What Are The Claims?

In theory, the aspirin mask does 5 things for your face:

  • Fights acne by cleaning your pores
  • Fades acne marks, discoloration, and redness
  • Decreases puffiness
  • Brightens and softens your skin by exfoliating with the BHA salicylic acid
  • Decreases fine lines and wrinkles

Wow, that sounds like a pretty hefty to-do list for just one product. Let’s take a look at the actual ingredient to see if it has what it takes to get all of that done.

What’s In It?

The traditional aspirin mask only has 2 ingredients: non-coated aspirin and water. The way that it’s made is by simply letting the aspirin dissolve in the water, and then applying to your face. Just let it dry, then rinse it off with either water or a baking soda/water paste. The idea behind the baking soda is that it neutralizes the acid in the aspirin.

Dr. Oz came up with the idea of adding lemon juice to the mask, thus adding the benefits of vitamin C as well. The top 2 reasons to do this would be to add acidic exfoliating power and better skin lightening properties.

Does It Work?

The assumption is that the salicylic acid in the aspirin works the exact same way that a salicylic acid (aka beta hydroxy acid) peel in a salon works.

Therein lies the biggest problem. Aspirin isn’t EXACTLY salicylic acid. It’s actually acetylsalicylic acid. Close, but not exactly the same chemical that’s used professionally. The main difference as far as we’re concerned, without getting too scientific, is that acetylsalicylic acid has bigger molecules that may not penetrate your skin as well as the salicylic acid does.

We’re not going to say that this particular homemade face mask recipe doesn’t have some effect, but aspirin isn’t going to work quite as well at getting rid of your acne as regular salicylic acid does. It’s going to help but it’s not going to work if you have severe acne. You may see improvement, though, and that’s something. Many people report that it works well for spot-treating a pimple, too.

Aspirin still has anti-inflammatory properties in it that work to decrease redness and alleviate irritation. Also, the course texture and the acetylsalicylic acid will work to exfoliate your skin so that it’s softer and brighter. The effects, however, are most likely going to be temporary so it’s great if you want your skin to look awesome for a party, an event, or a night out, but don’t expect to see long-term results.

Who Should Use Aspirin Masks And When?

If you have oily, acne prone skin, an aspirin mask once a week may be a good thing. It really can help temporarily with breakouts and will take the shine off of your face for that awesome event. Remember though that one of the things that makes your face produce oil is dehydration, so use this mask carefully or else you can make matters worse.

If you have dry or combination skin, but want the benefits of the aspirin mask, try adding the uncoated aspirin to honey or yogurt. Actually, you could use both to make a homemade face mask and really rev up the power because as far as I’m concerned, those are both facial mask superstars.

The honey would act as an antimicrobial and antibacterial that would work with the aspirin to kill bacteria that causes acne, and it’s also a humectant that helps your skin hold moisture. The yogurt has the alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) lactic acid which works as an exfoliant, so you’d be hitting it with double the cleansing power.

Final Word

Just like anything else, what works for one person isn’t going to work the same for another. If you’re sensitive to NSAID’s, don’t use an aspirin mask because the aspirin actually will absorb through your skin.

If you’re looking for a mask that’s going to get rid of your acne for good, or provide the exfoliating power or a chemical peel, you’re not going to get it by using an aspirin mask. If you just want to clear up some mild acne or brighten your skin up for a party or a night out, then I’d recommend trying it.

Because it’s so drying, don’t use an aspirin mask than once a week. Instead of using just aspirin and water, try combinations of lemon, honey, and yogurt. Experiment and you may just find the perfect homemade face mask recipe that you’ve been looking for.

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