You know that aspirin is used to treat a variety of common ailments like headaches and fever, but there is one thing you don’t hear much about this pain relief wonder drug – aspirin face mask keeps your grown-up skin feeling as smooth as baby’s bottom and looking radiantly clear.

So what’s the magic behind aspirin’s skin-conditioning powers? Aspirin is a form of salicylic acid, which is a powerful active ingredient – a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) – widely used in cornucopia of skin care products, particularly for the treatment of acne-related skin problems.

Salicylic acid serves as a keratolytic agent that penetrates deep into skin to exfoliate accumulated dead skin cells and reduce the chance of the pores getting blocked. If pores are clogged with excess facial oil, debris and pollutants, pimples and acne will start popping out on your face.

In addition, it has a tightening effect on the face, which is an added bonus for oily acne-prone skin plagued by large pores and blackheads.

Furthermore, salicylic acid helps speed up your skin’s renewal process which tends to slow with age, leaving you with amazingly radiant and youthful-looking complexion. And thanks to its skin-peeling ability, salicylic acid is also an effective weapon against aesthetically unpleasing age spots and solar spots, plus it will also help quickly fade acne scars and freckles.

And since it is endowed with anti-inflammatory properties, you can put aspirin right on the pimple and acne as a safe spot treatment to calm redness and inflammation.

If you are like most frugal beauty babes who believe that there is no need to pay big bucks on rejuvenating spa facials when you can do it yourself naturally for pennies, then this homemade aspirin face mask is a must-try beauty treatment for oily skin that is troubled by frequent acne breakouts.

Before I go on to explain how to make an aspirin face mask for acne skin, it’s extremely important to make sure that you have no allergy problems with aspirin. When in doubt, do a patch test on your inner arm even if you are not allergic to aspirin (taken internally through ingestion). Being allergic to aspirin can lead to a host of adverse side effects such as hives, rash, itching, facial swelling, breathing difficulties, and in the worst case scenario, shock.

The aspirin mask is not suitable for pregnant woman and breastfeeding mothers. If you are taking other medications, check with your physician before using to avoid an unwanted drug interaction.

There are a few variations to a basic aspirin facial mask. Some people add yogurt, avocado, or aloe vera pulp. If you have skin that leans towards the dry side (for example, dry patches on your nose and chin), try adding cream, olive oil or coconut oil to put moisture back to dry skin.

I have combination skin which is both dry and oily, so l like mine with just a bit of raw honey. Honey helps the dry areas to retain moisture and fight zits in oily areas. And if your skin is super sensitive, you have to crush the aspirin tablets until they are very fine or they will scratch your face.