Thursday, January 14, 2010

Aspirin Mask

I bet you've all heard about aspirin mask, right? If not, there's a great video on Youtube by Michelle Phan. And HERE are some useful reviews from Make Up Alley (if you're gonna read it, read positive & negative ones). =)

Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic and is an acetyl derivative of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and is used in some anti-aging creams and acne treatments. (source: Wikipedia)

I decided to try it and see what's all the fuss about. Here's what I used: Aspirin (duh!) ...

... and aloe vera gel (with 98% of aloe vera). I use this after I get sun burns (very soothing).

I used only 2 aspirins and I think there's no need to use more. I added a few drops of water on the aspirins to dissolve them. Then I added a small amount of aloe vera gel (enough to make a mask for one use). Mixed it together and applied to my face (avoid eye area!).

I could feel tingling on my face while the mask was on, so I figured it's working.
I rinsed it off after 15 minutes. And then - shock. My skin was bright red on the places where I used this mask. Look at the photo:

The skin was soft, but it was also as red as a lobster. Fortunately I always use masks in the evening so my skin can recover and rest during the night. In the morning everything was OK, though. No burns, no breakouts.

My redness doesn't mean that this mask is dangerous (and I'm also not saying that it isn't; I'm not a professional, I don't know) or that you shouldn't use it. It's just a warning - use it wisely! Definitely not too often and don't leave it on for too long. If you have sensitive skin without wrinkles or acne... there's no reason to use it in the first place. =) And remember: use it in the evening and use high SPF protection cream the next days.

Now I just wonder. If 2 aspirins did this to my face in 15 minutes... what do they do to my stomach.

P.S.: My skin turned red after that yeast mask also. It's not common for me to become all red after a mask... It's just happening lately. Will have to find out why.

So, have you tried this mask already? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for looking!


  1. BabyD @ Polish and PowderJanuary 14, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    OMG!!! I have never even heard about this. It looks so scary, your poor face ! Glad it recovered by morning. Mind you I have exfoliators that do that to me, so I guess its not that bad lol

  2. Mogoce si alergicna?
    Ker jaz tudi ce si dam dva aspirina in aloe vero ali med, nikoli ne dobim rdece koze...

    Sem pa dobila alergicno reakcijo na jajcno masko po minuti.. tako, da je mozno tudi to.

  3. Well, it's not that bad. I have to make some experiments to see what's causing this.

  4. Since aspirin is a blood thinner, most likely the cause of the redness was that the very fine capillaries in your face dialated, resulting in the flushed look. I would recommend vaso-constrictor masks.

  5. Dvomim da bi bila alergija. Tudi po maski iz kvasa sem imela tako kožo, pa so bile sestavine popolnoma drugačne. Jutri bom poskusila še kupljeno masko, da vidim če bo spet kaj rdečice.

  6. But why only on me? I thought about that too...but... I don't know. What are vaso-constrictor masks? *iz ignorant*

  7. Most likely it would cause a little redness on anyone, you may just have finer capillaries? Vaso-constrictors are pretty much anything that tighten blood vessels. Like eye drops? If you put a little Visine on acne it is supposed to get rid of redness. (I've never tried it.) Adding one or two drops of those products when you do a regular mask may counterbalance the reddening effect

  8. I tried the aspirin mask last week on half of my face. I wanted to be able to compare the results! I used 4 aspirins, mixed with a little water, and just put the paste on my face. I have sensitive and very dry skin, but didn't experience any of the redness shown in your pictures.. I'm wondering if the aloe vera gel gets deeper down in the skin, and perhaps bring the content of the mask deeper in the skin? Did you scrub when removing the mask? It looks so scary. Does it hurt? :( I've been recommended using a honey mask (pure honey, on your skin) too calm it down.. I hope your skin's okay soon!

  9. i just want to let everyone know that salicylic acid can be highly irritating, long term for some people. my skin can't tolerate it in any amount, not even a little bit in a face wash. everytime i've ever used it, it has severely worsened any pimple and made me break out in the worst of ways. so if anyone tries this mask they NEED to make sure they aren't going to have an adverse reaction!!! it's very important!

  10. I've done this a few times and love the results! But I've read if you do it too often your skin acclimates to it and it loses effectiveness, so I only do it a few times a year. I wish I could do this more often though, it's definitely the cheapest facial product out there!

  11. I've tried using aspirin on my face before. I've tried it as a mask and mixed with a face cleanser as a scrub. Learned about it from MissChevious. Iit made my skin very soft, but I also had redness and sensitivity afterward.

  12. Aspirin is basically an acid, a mild one, but on your skin you are doing a bit of a chemical peel by putting it on you.
    Aspirin is a dilates blood vessels, not constricts.
    This probably is why it is red, too.
    Salicylic acid has to be buffered for regular use in your stomach, which is highly buffered because the pH in your stomach is very low, and very caustic, so if it causes problems in your stomach, a very buffered environment, buffer chemistry in and of itself is very interesting, then putting it on your face must be done with serious consideration.
    It might be fun as a scrub, short term, rather than leaving it on. I would imagine it would behave as an exfoliation kind of thing.
    Perhaps try it on your heels or elbows as a scrub, too.
    But, sitting on my face for a few minutes would be dangerous. Plus, and I'm not familiar with what acids are used in facial products, companies hire chemists and biochemists to figure out the proper and safe ratios.
    Essentially you are burning your face, which is a lovely one and in no need of burning.

  13. the-swatchaholic.comJanuary 15, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    I love Aspirin but as a exfoliator. I use it two or three times a week and it makes my skin so soft! Four generic Aspirins are the perfect amount for me to exfoliate my face and neck.

    When I am taking a shower in the evening I first wash my face and then grad the Aspirin, put a tiny bit of water on it and let it dissolve a little and then rub it in gentle circular motions over my face and neck. Whatever is left on my hands after one minute is used to exfoliate my hands. :)

    My skin is oily and not sensitive.

  14. the-swatchaholic.comJanuary 15, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    grab.. not grad! O.o

  15. Well, the redness isn't the problem for me, at least not by itself. What's causing it might be. ;)

  16. I thought aloe vera should calm the skin, not irritate it even more... No, I didn't scrub and it didn't hurt. It was all OK the next morning. =)

  17. It's OK for some and can really be irritating for others. I read it on Make Up Alley. Will try it again next week. Just to see what happens.

  18. Yep, doing it too often can't be to healthy. Use regular facial peeling during.

  19. How long did it last before the redness went away?

  20. That's the reason why it's so affective - because of the acid. Will keep that in mind next time. =)

  21. Whoa! Isn't that too often? But it's a nice idea, to use it in the shower. =)

  22. the-swatchaholic.comJanuary 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Aspirin makes the skin so soft that I can't stand how it then normally feels after a few days. :D
    I only use it three times a week when my skin is not good though. :)
    *makes mental note to exfoliate today*

  23. I have the same problem using any mask. My face gets bright red and hot. It does go away after awhile. Never use any mask before going out. You never know what will happen to your skin. I don't think I'd try this one.

  24. mara (pharmacy intern)January 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    This mask is similar to a chemical peel -- that's why your skin turned red. Salicylic acid is actually more harsh than other AHA's that are available. Lactic acid is in some cosmetic scrubs/peels and can help reduce signs of aging in a similar way, but tends to be more tolerable for most people.

    Aspirin and similar drugs are a leading cause of ulcers but the effect it has on the stomach is completely unrelated to how it works on the skin!

  25. I just tried a simple water and aspirin mask like this- had it on for 15 minutes and my skin looks LESS red, and I have extremely fair, sensitive, rosacea-prone skin... With an on and off moderate acne problem. My skin is extremely soft, a little dry but not way too dry- and, as I mentioned, less red. My blemishes have also seemed to shrink. I didn't need to even rinse it off, just took a towel and rubbed it off easily, with barely any abrasion. Hope my skin looks good in the morning too...! :) I guess people have different reactions to this.


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