Friday, December 30, 2011

the miracle acne clearer-er upper

Several years ago, my acne started getting pretty severe. I'd had very clear skin, and then, suddenly, out of the blue, it was a mess. And it wouldn't go away for ANYTHING. Just got worse, until it was covering both of my cheeks and my chin. It was painful, ugly, and out of control.

I have tried so many products. So many. Here's a summary:
Neutrogena Skin ID
Neutrogena Grapefruit cleansers
stridex pads (2 different kinds)
Burt's Bees
Biore strips
6 different spot treatments
Origins face washes
a BUNCH of different face masks and recipes
clearasil cleansers

I'm sure there are some I'm not thinking of.

Then, in November, I went and had a microderm appointment to see if that would help.  The lady was suuuuuper nice, and recommended a (pretty expensive) brand of face care. In the car, later on the phone with Mom, I said " I think I'm going to just go ahead and spend the $80 on it. I'm so sick of this, and it seems to be working already, and I don't want crappy skin for my college Graduation. " She agreed, and I went back to the store a week or so later and bought the first half of the new products- they were out of the others, and I was going to go back in two days to check.

That evening, I was on Pinterest, just bumming around when I saw "the Aspirin Face Mask" for acne. I thought, what's the harm, I should try that.

I did, and was pleased with the initial result. I decided to wait 4 weeks before I opened the new expensive stuff and see if I thought the aspirin was doing the trick.

I returned the product yesterday.

This face cleanser is the best I've ever used. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. Occasionally I use some lotion on my face, and I am using a "Say Yes to Tomatoes" spot stick.

In four weeks, over Christmas, no less, my face is at least 50% better. It doesn't hurt, the spots are going away quicker.

So without further ado:

The Aspirin Face Mask:

lightly coated aspirin tablets
warm water

Let the aspirin dissolve in a few drops of water ( I use a little tiny bowl for this and help it a long with a pickle fork). Add in a little honey so you're at about 40% honey and 60% aspirin mixture. Stir together. Smear all over your face and let dry. I leave mine on for about an hour, although I've left it on for anywhere from 10 minutes-overnight. Rinse with warm water. Repeat once or twice a day.

That's it! It costs me about 30 cents to make this for myself, and I love it.

1 comment:

  1. Hey girl! That's an awesome tip! FYI - with change in routine and going to the gym and working out as much as you do (which is AWESOME)...don't be surprised if over time you start breaking out - your body and both your skin need an adjustment. Hopefully this mask will work! It eventually will die down, but just keep treating it as you do and be patient! If you want to try any of the skin care stuff I did as well, let me know! Anna