Just close your eyes and breathe. Count to ten. Whatever it takes.
Feeling better now? Good.
First, I just want to say that I’ve struggled with bad skin and acne for the majority of my life. From the age of 12 all the way to now, I’ve suffered from that crushingly upsetting feeling you get when you look in the mirror and hate your skin. All acne-sufferers feel this way.
Through the years I’ve tried everything from Proactive, to Clean & Clear, to Differin Gel. I’ve had 2 different dermatologists.
At the age of 14, I was prescribed Doxycycline, an oral medication to help with my acne. It was summertime. As a truly horrible side effect, I got chemical sunburns on the backs of my hands. 10 years later, I still shudder when I remember the feeling of those burns. I slathered Aloe on my hands obsessively and would run cold water over them as often as I could, just to calm the burning. It was one of the most painful experiences of my life.
My dermatologist’s reaction: “Oh, that’s a really common side effect. You didn’t know that?”
Needless to say, I gave up on dermatologists long ago and learned by trial and error what works for my sensitive skin.
I came across the recipe for the aspirin and honey mask several months ago. Since I happened to have some uncoated aspirin in my medicine cabinet already, I figured I’d give it a whirl. AND I LOVE IT!
What does this mask do for your skin?
You might recognize Salicylic acid as an ingredient in many acne facial cleansers; Aspirin also contains this beta hydroxy acid. Salicylic acid helps to unclog your pores, reduce the amount of oil your skin produces, and clear the dead skin cells off your face. The honey is a non-irritant that moisturizes your skin, ensuring that you don’t dry your face out with the aspirin. It’s a win-win combination.
Uncoated aspirin (a jar of these babies is about $8 at CVS and will last for MONTHS)
Honey (I think my little bottle of honey cost $5 at Walmart)
Water (If you have a sink, this is usually free)
A small bowl or a plate
- Grab 3 or 4 aspirin pills and put them in your bowl or plate
- Add a few drops of water to each pill until they start to disintegrate and can be mashed into a paste with your fingers. Don’t add too much or the mixture will be too thin
- Add a drop or two of honey for each pill (I add 5 or 6 drops)
- Mix the ingredients together with your fingers. The concoction should be a grainy paste and not soupy with water
- Smear the mix on your face, avoiding your eyes and under-eye circles
- Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the mask to dry. Sidenote* As the mask dries, it can get a bit messy and grains will crumble off onto your clothes or the floor
- Wash the mask off, preferably with warm water. You can also use the aspirin grains to exfoliate your skin by rubbing in small circles as you rinse off the mask. My skin is sensitive, so I try not to rub too hard
This is what it will look like when you have it on:
My skin always feels SO much softer after I wash off this mask, and it really has helped clear my skin considerably. Because of the salicylic acid in the aspirin, it’s not recommended that you use this mask every day. I like to do mine 2 or 3 times a week, if I have the time.
This mask is super cheap, super easy, and it works really really well. I’d definitely recommend to anyone with lingering skin issues like mine.
Do you have other at-home skin remedies you like? Comment and let me know!
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