DIY : Aspirin Scrub & Mask

11 Feb

Headache. Pain. Guess what, your aspirin has other benefits! So, the next time you pop a pill in your mouth, be sure to give yourself a beauty treatment once the symptom resolved :).Β  Not only that it’s a cheap beauty alternative, (the one I bought was RM12 for 24 tablets), the best part is, it really works!

Aspirin scrub and mask are hot discussions on beauty forums on the net. In fact, if you googled aspirin mask, you’d find various recipes that apparently works for many especially those with oily and acne-prone skin. Aspirin or acetylsalycilic acid (ASA) is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that is used as analgesia (pain reliever), anti-inflammatory and antipyretic (to reduce fever). In the beauty world, it works by removing dead cells and the top layer of the epidermis thus making it an effective remedy to treat whiteheads, blackheads and acne. Plus, it also helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Aspirin is never in my medicine box ( just like how baking soda is never in my kitchen, another beauty DIY) but has always been on my vanity dresser (I hate taking medicine)…hehe.

Why is aspirin so effective in the beauty department? That’s because it is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), the key ingredient in many acne treatment products and exfoliants. So, you may use aspirin as a spot treatment, a scrub or a facial mask. Make sure you use uncoated aspirin for these purposes as coated ones just take a long time to dissolve in water. You can buy aspirin at any pharmacy like Guardian or Watsons. A note to remember, aspirin can be pretty drying to the skin, so dont forget to moisturise after use.

It’s very easy.


For spot treatment :
Take 1 tablet of aspirin and add some water to create a thick paste. Dab onto your spots and leave to dry for 10-15 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

For scrub
For scrub, dissolve 2 tablets and apply to damp skin. Massage onto skin in small circular motion. If you used a thick paste, it almost feel like Dr.Brandt’s, seriously. Wash off after 1 minute of scrubbing. Dont scrub too long, it can be irritating to the skin. Sometimes, I like to add half pump of my Cetaphil cleanser to the paste for a gentler scrub.

For mask
Take 2-3 tablets and add a bit of water. Then, add a tablespoon of plain yogurt and a few drops of honey. Mix well. Yogurt contains high amount of lactic acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that has been proven to be effective in exfoliation and refining pores. Honey is antibacterial and hydrating, so with this, you have gotten yourself an inexpensive moisturising AHA/BHA mask. Keep for 10-15 minutes, then wash off.

By the way, you may want to add some drops of lemon for lightening effect. Great for acne scars.


On lazy days, I only do a plain Aspirin mask and keep for 5 minutes. Longer than that, i usually start itching.

p.s Aspirin may render your skin sensitive so make sure you wear sunscreen.

p.p.s Some people are sensitive to Aspirin, so as a precaution, you may want to test the paste first at the back of your wrist and you may not want to keep it longer than 10 minutes on your skin.

I love DIY and homemade tips. Share your favourite tips with me!


32 Responses to “DIY : Aspirin Scrub & Mask”

  1. Mizah February 12, 2013 at 03:10 #

    tomato tok haluskan kulit!!..for my mask(mesti murah ok) amk tomato+madu. then biarkan lima minit!!..ehehehe

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 03:37 #

      Interesting. Boleh cuba nanti!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Bazilah February 12, 2013 at 06:40 #

    Dr Za,sy nak beli cetaphil cleanser..wanna try such like you skin berminyak so elok pakai yg original or oily skin punyer???

  3. Elly February 12, 2013 at 06:49 #

    if petua kampung nih,sy salu buat,amx satu kulit kayu manis dan asahkannya pada tembikar atau alas pengasah campurkan dengan sedikit madu…jerawat hilang

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 06:55 #

      Bazilah, kalau produk produk you yang lain mmg khas untuk control minyak , maybe u boleh balance kan dgn yg original. In fact, yg ori lg ramai org pakai. I pun pakai yg ori.beli yg small bottle dulu and cuba kalau x pasti ye. Good luck.

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 07:06 #

      Elly, i pernah cuba ni dulu tp x letak honey. Actually honey is good for the skin kan..

  4. Haz February 12, 2013 at 06:52 #

    doc cuba lar petua nih..Putih telur tok membantu mengurangkan minyak di wajah ..

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 06:56 #

      Haz, petua ni mmg glamer kannn!!! Mak saya pun pernah bgtau tips mi . Dah pernah buat pun! πŸ™‚

  5. Mien February 12, 2013 at 06:54 #

    benda2 sume nih kene rajin buat…saya pulak doc guna puck jambu batu..gulungkan pada tangan . Kemudian gosok-gosokkan pucuk jambu batu pada muka. Biarkan beberapa minit supaya kering di muka . Kemudian basuhlah dengan air suam

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 06:57 #

      Mien, yg ni saya x pernah buat!!! Tx dear.

  6. Nurul February 12, 2013 at 06:56 #

    eh2 ader entry terbaru Dr Za..yay..helo doc! πŸ˜‰ mak saya kata lau sal petua2 nih senang jer ..Air basuhan beras jangan dibuang. Ia turut mempunyai banyak khasiat tradisional. Selawat Nabi sebanyak tiga kali dan basuh muka dengan air basuhan beras tersebut. Jangan dilapkan, biarkan hingga kering sendiri. Selepas kering, cuci dengan air nih tok mereka y berjerawat lar πŸ™‚

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 07:00 #

      Hi Nurul. Haha..over sket berblogging sbb cuti kannn..:). Tips ni saya pernah tgk kat youtube tp x pernah buat lagi. Boleh laa cuba nanti!!

  7. Natasha February 12, 2013 at 07:07 #

    great!!..tak pernak tahu pon..jimat duittt!!! πŸ™‚ ahahaha…mesti buat…scrub!

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 07:14 #

      Natasha, πŸ™‚ let me know if you liked it nanti k!

  8. Lisa February 12, 2013 at 07:10 #

    ahahah…mmg best giler..xsuke mkn ubat,so kiter bole appy tempat lain!!..ahahaha..nanti pharmacy mesti pelik tgk beli byk2 ubat2 nih πŸ™‚ mesti buat nih ok…over excited pulak doc!!..tq πŸ™‚

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 07:15 #

      Haha.,, patut mintak komisyen kan Lisa!!! :p

  9. Bazilah February 12, 2013 at 07:17 #

    Dr Za,original cetaphil cleanser yg use,gentle skin or daily facial???

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 07:21 #

      I find the gentle one to be better, Bazilah

  10. Zahirah February 12, 2013 at 07:21 #

    i read all coment di ats,ouls then i laugh…this blog modern+tradisional bauty treatment!! πŸ™‚ ahaha…haih,doc Za buleh jadik pakar kecantikan pas nih bukan kanak2 lagik dahhh!!! πŸ™‚ suke bacer blog nih.

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 07:25 #

      Hehe, Zahirah. I have passion in both kids and beauty :). Tak bertauliah bab kecantikan ni..:)

  11. Aquariah February 12, 2013 at 07:33 #

    yay…cheaper cost!…please ajar cara make up!…

    • zavanitydresser February 12, 2013 at 08:12 #

      Will post more cheap tips and tricks in d future πŸ™‚ Aqua!!

  12. fatiha February 12, 2013 at 13:23 #

    Za,ley bg product y berkesan tok putihkan ketiak??? bcos i pakai deodrant rexona but mkin lamer,ketiak jadi hitam lar 😦 any sugestion??

    • zavanitydresser February 13, 2013 at 10:38 #

      hi fatiha, i x sure la produk apa sbb tak pernah pakai. though i heard lemon , when applied consistently may lighten the underarms. satu lg tawas.

  13. Nash February 13, 2013 at 12:18 #

    Za,sy xdpt hiruscar post acne at pharmacy,guardian and watson kat teluk intan…gosshh…kecewa!!..the just only sold hiruscars lamer atau dah habes!! 😦

    • zavanitydresser February 13, 2013 at 12:25 #

      Memang susah nak jumpa. Hari tu gi pharmacy pun takde, then jumpa kat Watsons. Nash, perhaps better hope kat KL kot.

  14. Nash February 13, 2013 at 16:45 #

    yeahh..KL have everything we needed kan!!..goshh so buy hiruscars oline is the best ways to solve de problem kot!!! πŸ™‚ ahaha

  15. Umairah February 13, 2013 at 17:01 #

    Hi Dr.Zahilah…hamboi,dah berblog!! πŸ™‚ still work at hospital sg buloh lagik kah?? πŸ™‚ i met your blog on Dr Halina twitter but much love your blog dr..all the best!! πŸ™‚ i love modern ways,xad pakai tradisional nih!! πŸ™‚ ehehehe

    • zavanitydresser February 14, 2013 at 10:03 # ni leceh sikit la kan. Berkesan tp kena rajin buat. Yup, there still

  16. Atie February 13, 2013 at 17:37 #

    Burt’s Bee product pernah cube..ok x??

    • zavanitydresser February 14, 2013 at 10:04 #

      Tak pernah, Atie

  17. bazilahyunus February 19, 2013 at 15:06 #

    Reblogged this on Barely Superlife.

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