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I have heard that some people use home-made aspirin mask to remove Blackheads?

can I pls have the recipe for this mask and tips of how to use it? For how long should I leave the mask on?

thanks in advance.
 

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Never heard of this before
 

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I have read about this mask in a yahoo forum and just thought it might help to remove my blackheads as nose strips are not working
 

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I know how to do it but I am not sure if it will remove blackheads. It does seem to have a tightening effect. Aspirin is an anti-inflamatory, so it may reduce the swelling and redness of active acne.
You take about 5 aspirin tablets (not gel tablets) and soak them in about 1/2 teaspoon of water. When soft, mash them with the back end of a spoon. Add a touch and I mean touch more water if needed. You can add a DASH of real lemon juice instead - especially if you suffer from hyper-pigmentation. The lemon juice lightens discoloration. Wait for a fine powdered liquid consistency. Spread onto face and let dry for 10 minutes before rinsing off with luke warm water. Follow with oil-free moisturizer or oil-free sunscreen if you used lemon juice as it will increase sensitivity to sunlight.
 

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I know how to do it but I am not sure if it will remove blackheads. It does seem to have a tightening effect. Aspirin is an anti-inflamatory, so it may reduce the swelling and redness of active acne.
You take about 5 aspirin tablets (not gel tablets) and soak them in about 1/2 teaspoon of water. When soft, mash them with the back end of a spoon. Add a touch and I mean touch more water if needed. You can add a DASH of real lemon juice instead - especially if you suffer from hyper-pigmentation. The lemon juice lightens discoloration. Wait for a fine powdered liquid consistency. Spread onto face and let dry for 10 minutes before rinsing off with luke warm water. Follow with oil-free moisturizer or oil-free sunscreen if you used lemon juice as it will increase sensitivity to sunlight.
Spot on! Thanks so much for ur reply and the tip
 

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Pumi, did you end up using the mask? How did you like it?
Hi Freddy,

sorry for late reply as I was away on holidays. I haven't made the mask. Thanks for reminding me as I completely forgot about the aspirin tablets which I bought a longtime ago!
will keep u updated.

cheers
 

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Hi Freddy,

sorry for late reply as I was away on holidays. I haven't made the mask. Thanks for reminding me as I completely forgot about the aspirin tablets which I bought a longtime ago!
will keep u updated.

cheers
Nice to see you back, Pumi
 

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That sounds scary. Could be great but I'd get professional advice before trying that.

I find a good clay mask works well.
 

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It is not scary at all and very safe. Aspirin is acitylsalicylic acid wich was first extraced from the willow tree. It the same stuff that is used in salicylic peels for exfoliation. The peel would be easier to make if you buy the ingredients from places like bulkactives.com or skinactives.com. In other words easier to determen the consentration of the acid. It is very good for purifying clogged pores.
 

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It is not scary at all and very safe. Aspirin is acitylsalicylic acid wich was first extraced from the willow tree. It the same stuff that is used in salicylic peels for exfoliation. The peel would be easier to make if you buy the ingredients from places like bulkactives.com or skinactives.com. In other words easier to determen the consentration of the acid. It is very good for purifying clogged pores.
Hmmm... I'd be willing to try it myself and see what happens.

I have adult acne and large pores in the T-zone. The tea tree regiment I use is great at keeping the acne away, but the large pores persist.

What do you mean by "purifying" a pore?
 

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I guess I mean clean out all the stuck sebum, but it is still a rather long prosess that takes about three weeks. The milder peels like 2% and 5% can be used 2-3 times a week, but with the 10-20% once a week is enough for most people. In the beginning peels can take some time getting used to.

Getting pores smaller is not just about dissolving the stuck sebum, but also reducing the constant over production of sebum. There are several skin care ingredients that have shown they can do this, both milder ones like green tea extracts and harsher ones like retinols. They seam all to be added to creams and lotions for daily use. I have not yet explored this field, I'm in the process :)

There are also some dermatologist treatments that reduce the size of oil glands permanently with one treatment, and with that also the production of sebum, but I am rather reluctant to go for that. Skin changes over the years and at some point most people have dry skin. Then what about those shrunken oil glands? I need to look further into that too.

If you try to make your own salicylic peel: the salicylic powder is most often dissolved in propylene glycol or propylene glycol / alcohol blend, my bottle also lists triethanolamine what ever that is. The first two can be found in drugstores and online. It is possible to dissolve the salicylic acid in glycerin too, but I have never come across these products my self. Glycerin as solvent is suppose to be good for dry skin.

I am over 30 now and at the moment I use 20% salicylic / 30% lactic peel to resurface my skin. Rather strong stuff, but my skin has never been better.
 

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Sorry I took such a long time to try the aspirin mask but I did try it finally last nite!


To begin with, I am not too happy as the mask was too grainy and wouldn't stick well to my face, keeps falling off! I guess maybe next time I'll use some honey or yogurt so as it can stick to my face properly!

I left it on for abt 15-20mins. When I wash it off, it was very exfoliating due to its grainy consistency.

My face felt quite soft after washing and that was all. My blackheads were still there-- I am quite disappointed really
 

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I knew this wouldn't work. The reason why it doesn't work is that it barely stuck to your face, much less the impurities in the skin. You need something that will stick to the blackheads and then pull them out when it is removed. There are only five things that I can think of that would be able to do this.

1. Microdermabrasion which would vaccum this out.
2. A nose strip which would grip the blackhead and pull it out entirely.
3. A peel off mask that would serve almost in the same method of the nose strip. It would have to be removed without the use of water, since water would make the mask release the impurities.
4. A wash that would dissolve the blackheads (we've sent space probes past Pluto, but still can't make a wash that will do this).
5. Manual removal using a lancet.
 

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I must admit you're completely right, Freddy about the blackheads. By the way, I have read somewhere that Body shop does a peel off mask for blackheads with green tea. Has anybody used this and is it effective? Would really love to know.

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using asprin for acne is old school...my mom used to do that in the 50's ,and she told me about it a while ago and it worked well for calming the redness and cleaning the pores you do want to make sure theres not to much water your going for a paste...and yah adding honey or yogurt seems like a smart idea actually..
 
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