Acetylsalicylic acid, or simply aspirin, is not only an effective analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic agent when taken orally, but also finds application in cosmetology, as a remedy for acne and acne.
Acetylsalicylic acid for the face
Acetylsalicylic acid is a fairly effective remedy for acne, which has a drying and anti-inflammatory effect. Sometimes, even in one application, it relieves redness, reduces inflammation, has an exfoliating effect, helps get rid of dead cells of the epidermis, cleanses pores. Due to these properties, acetylsalicylic acid is a component of many therapeutic masks, and is also used in remedies for skin rashes.
It is worth noting that the use of such a tool to combat acne is advisable with their small number and individual rashes. If a large part of the skin of the face is affected, then the use of aspirin may be ineffective, moreover, there is a risk of overdrying the skin, up to a burn.
Facial cleansing with acetylsalicylic acid
In home cosmetology, aspirin is sometimes used as a chemical peel. For this:
- 4 aspirin tablets must be crushed to a powder.
- Mix with a teaspoon of lemon juice.
- The mask is applied to the face and left for 5-10 minutes. Exposure time depends on sensitivity and skin type.
- After that, the mask is washed off, and the skin must be wiped with a weak solution of soda (1 teaspoon per glass of water at room temperature).
During the procedure and after it, a slight burning sensation may be observed, and in the next day – reddening of the skin. After peeling, active peeling of the skin begins, which can last up to a week, and during this period the face needs especially intensive moisturizing.
Such peeling can be carried out no more than once every 2 weeks, in case of problematic skin, in courses of 3-4 procedures. To maintain the normal condition of the skin, one procedure every 4-5 months is enough.
In addition, given the drying effect, such peeling is well suited for oily and normal skin, but undesirable for dry skin.
The same composition of acetylsalicylic acid tablets and lemon juice can be used for spot applications for acne. The solution is applied with a cotton swab to the desired point for 20-25 minutes.
Face masks with acetylsalicylic acid
Here are some effective and simple masks:
- Scrub mask for oily skin. To 4 crushed tablets of acetylsalicylic acid add a tablespoon of warm water and 0.5 teaspoon of liquid honey. If you are allergic to honey and with a mixed type of skin, it is replaced with the same amount of olive oil. Apply the mask with massaging movements.
- Cosmetic clay mask. 1 teaspoon of white cosmetic clay is added to 3 crushed aspirin tablets and water is added until a mixture is obtained, the consistency of which is corresponding to thick sour cream.
- Oil mask. These masks are suitable for combination, normal and dry skin. Aspirin is added at the rate of 3 tablets per tablespoon of oil or a mixture of oils. Depending on the type skin for the preparation of masks use grape seed oil, olive, peach, jojoba. To get the best effect, you can add 5 drops of oil solutions of vitamins A and E to the mask.
All masks containing acetylsalicylic acid are applied to previously cleansed skin, excluding the area around the eyes, for 10 minutes, and then washed off thoroughly. After the mask, a moisturizer must be applied to the skin. You can use masks with acetylsalicylic acid no more than once every 2-3 weeks.