Aspirin for acne: Fact or myth?

Aspirin to battle acne: fact or myth? This is what you need to know about this hack

If you’ve ever googled who to get rid of a pimple, you surely have bumped into the aspirin treatment. Some experts say it’s a hack, others deem it a hoax. Then, what is the truth?

Using aspirin as a topical treatment for breakouts has been on the net for a while, and though it might not be a dermatologist's choice, there might be some scientific evidence to support the treatment.

When used topically it can have an anti-inflammatory effect, but it will not work for blackheads or whiteheads.

One of the main ingredients in products used for acne is salicylic acid. Thanks to its drying effects, it minimizes excess oil and dead skin cells that ultimately help cure acne. Aspirin’s active ingredient is acetylsalicylic acid, and although it is not the same as salicylic acid when broken down it releases different compounds, one being salicylic acid. When used topically it can have an anti-inflammatory effect, but it will not work for blackheads or whiteheads.

How to use the aspirin hack

First of all, you have to make sure you don’t choose an aspirin that has any coating or capsule because it will contain additives. It is usually recommended to crush the aspirin and mix it with water, but as it could cause a little irritation, it is a good idea to combine it with honey.

Make sure you don’t choose an aspirin that has any coating or capsule because it will contain additives

Start by doing a patch test on your forearm and rinse after 10 minutes to see if you experience any negative reaction before applying it to your face.

1. Cleanse your face and rinse it.

2. Mix the crushed aspirin with a couple of drops of honey until it turns into a paste.

Mix the crushed aspirin with a couple of drops of honey until it turns into a paste.

3. Apply the mixture with a cotton swab –to minimize bacteria transfer.

4. A little product on the spot will do, if you overdo it, it can result in over-exfoliation and irritation.

Don’t do it more than 2 times a week and never combine it with benzoyl peroxide.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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