It’s easy to pop a pill to relieve the discomfort brought on by muscle pains, headaches, and the common cold. But did you know that an aspirin has actually more uses than just being a medicinal remedy? Here we round up some of its other uses in hopeless cases, like when a zip pops out the day before a major presentation (yikes!).
As acne treatment
Need an instant cure for an irritating zit? Take a pill and crush it into a powder, then add some drops of distilled water to create a paste. The salicylic acid found in aspirin reduces the likelihood of clogged pores, clears up the redness, and decreases the swelling. Leave the paste on for about five minutes and rinse off with water. The same paste can also be used to reduce swelling and redness, and calm the itch brought by insect bites.
To get rid of dandruff
Salicylic acid can also be found in most anti-dandruff shampoos. So if you find that using one is too harsh on your skin, you can opt to make your own with the help of a pill. Simply crush two to three aspirins and mix the powder with your shampoo and wash as you normally would. Make sure to really concentrate on the scalp so that it helps reduce the inflammation, which is the typical culprit when it comes to dandruff.
Use it to get rid of ingrown hairs
When hair starts to grow, it can sometimes curl inwards and get stuck under the surface of your skin, which then causes ingrown hairs. The best way to prevent this is by regularly exfoliating to get rid of the dead skin cells that can clog up the hair follicles. For those looking for a DIY remedy, creating your own scrub with a bit of sugar, coconut and tea tree oil, and a couple of aspirins can help with buffing off dead skin. All you have to do is crush two to three aspirins, mix it with all four other ingredients, and use that to gently scrub your face in a circular motion. Rinse off and voila!
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