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Do Aspirin Acne Treatments Really Work to Clear Up Your Skin?

Would you be shocked if someone told you to put aspirin on your skin? Well, one of the most popular natural acne remedies circulating the Internet today is in the form of an aspirin mask acne treatment that you are instructed to apply directly to your skin. But does this aspirin acne remedy really work?

All About Aspirin Acne Remedies

Aspirin is a medicine that has been used for quite some time, and it is made from acetylsalicylic acid. [1] As an aesthetician, I recommend for many of my acne-prone clients to use cleansers that contain the gentle ingredient salicylic acid, which will slough off dead skin cells and help reduce existing acne scars in their complexion.

It is important to understand that acetylsalicylic acid and salicylic acid are not the same thing when it comes to treating your skin.

Within numerous beauty blogs that I have read online, an aspirin acne mask seems to be a popular remedy for potentially clearing up the skin. Many of these beauty bloggers believe that an aspirin acne treatment will reduce scarring, minimize pimples, and even make the skin softer.

However, aspirin provides its true benefits due to its anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke, especially in women, according to the American Heart Association. [1] There is also potential evidence that taking an aspirin daily could further reduce the risk of dementia and cancer in the future. But what does this have to do with getting rid of acne in your skin?

Although aspirin does contain anti-inflammatory compounds, it is important to point out that any chemical ingredient that you place on your skin will be readily absorbed into your bloodstream. This means that you absolutely must consult with your doctor before applying aspirin to your skin as an aspirin acne treatment!

In addition, aspirin has such side effects as causing bruising due to damaged capillaries when used over a long period of time. Since aspirin thins the blood, it is difficult for any damaged blood vessels to heal normally, meaning that bruising is much more common and difficult to treat in the skin. [2]

Additionally, if you happen to ingest aspirin, it could react to other chemicals in the medications you are taking or products that you are using to cause serious reactions in your skin, like redness, swelling, and even blisters. [2] Some of these reactions can become quite dangerous, so make sure to consult with your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms after taking aspirin or using it topically.

The point is that when you take aspirin as a medication, it can have its share of side effects to even cause potential damage to your skin. If you are interested in trying an aspirin acne treatment, it is important to understand that your skin will absorb aspirin into your bloodstream to still leave you at risk for all of the side effects detailed above.

Just because you apply aspirin to your skin in an aspirin mask acne treatment does not mean that you are exempt from potential side effects from the drug!

To give you an even greater perspective, here are what some acne sufferers had to say about using aspirin to treat their acne on the acne.org forums:

It works for the most part but it does make your face sensitive.

I first heard about using aspirin from Dr. Nancy Synderman on the Today Show. When I looked it up here I saw all of the great reviews, and thought this looked like the miracle I was looking for. I could not be more wrong. As usual I tested it a couple of days, under my chin on a couple of pesky pimples, and it seemed to help, I then graduated to my cheeks. I left on for only 10 minutes, and to my horror the pimples turned in to cystic mountains, and I had to go court the next day, I am an attorney. I was so embarrassed, after making it through the rest of the week looking hideous, I am not hiding in my bedroom, and being very gentle with my skin, in hopes the mountains will have gone down enough to leave the house and there is no permanent damage. Bottom Line: This is not for everyone, proceed with caution.

The aspirin mask didn’t do much for me. I tried using it on a consistent basis for 2-3 months and I found that it kept bringing pimples to the surface. Sometime it would give my skin a glowing appearance to make it look like I had a facial, but it didn’t prevent pimples from coming. The mask can also be drying. Perhaps it works for other people, but really didn’t do much for me. There was no overnight change or a very noticeable decrease in redness.

What I must emphasize to you is that there is no reason to dabble in acne treatments that could cause potential side effects when you have the power to clear up your acne with one simple solution.

It all starts with making healthy changes to your diet to reduce your intake of harmful chemicals and preservatives that load your body up with toxins, weaken your immune system, and leave you at risk for even more acne breakouts. It is also essential to cut any foods out of your diet that may be triggering further inflammation in your body to result in swollen, painful, and infected acne in your skin.

You can finally improve your skin by steering clear of many of the hyped up acne treatments on the Internet today and simply adjusting your diet to impact the health of your complexion!

Sources:

  1. Aspirin for Acne-prone Skin.“ Beauty and Personal Grooming. 12 May 2008. Web. 13 Jan. 2011. <http://www.beautyandgroomingtips.com/2008/05/aspirin-for-acne-prone-skin.html>.
  2. Barrymore, John. “Discovery Health “Does Taking an Aspirin Daily Affect Your Skin?“ Discovery Health “Health Guides” Web. 13 Jan. 2011. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/daily/tips/aspirin-affect-your-skin.htm>.

About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.

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