Aspirin: The Miracle Beauty Drug You Weren’t Aware Of

Aspirin: The Miracle Beauty Drug You Weren't Aware Of

While we all love checking out the latest beauty and skincare treatments by our favorite brands, no-frills beauty DIYs will never go out of style. They’re cheap, easy to whip up, and when made a part of every routine, can give you the most fabulous long-term results. Every DIY beauty treatment will have one main ingredient that is responsible for much of the miracle-work. Either it’s apple cider vinegar, or turmeric, or olive oil.

Today’s star ingredient is aspirin. Usually the only solution you will ever need for fevers, headaches, body aches, and cramps, aspirin can also come to your rescue in the times of beauty emergencies. Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic corrosive, a crystalline compound derived from salicylic acid, which in turn, is a beta hydroxyl acid (BHA). BHA stimulates cell renewal, unclogs pores, and calms irritated skin by fighting inflammation and redness.


Don’t believe us? Try these easy DIY beauty treatments and prepare to be mindblown.

1. Dandruff Blaster

Salicylates in aspirin can help you combat dandruff and itchy scalp issues.


Dandruff is unsightly, annoying, and does very little for your ego. Aspirin can help you combat your scalp sprinkles thanks to the salicylates present in it, which incidentally happen to be an active ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoos as well!

Method: Take four aspirin tablets and crush them into a fine powder. Now dissolve this powder in a cup that’s about 1/4th full of warm water. Once completely dissolved, pour this solution into a clean spray bottle.


Each time, before showering, lift up sections of your hair to expose your scalp area and spray the solution onto the skin. Wait for 10 minutes before showering. Repeat this once every day before your bath till your dandruff flakes vanish.

2. Hair Color Enhancer

Aspirin can combat chlorine discoloration and can restore your damaged hair color to its original brilliance.


If you’ve spent too much of your summer frolicking around in swimming pools, there’s a high chance the chlorine is making your hair look dull and straw-like. At times like these, allow aspirin to combat chlorine discoloration from your precious locks.

Method: Dissolve 10 aspirin tablets in a moderately-sized bowl of warm water. Soak your hair strands in this solution for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and proceed with your shampoo/conditioner ritual as usual.


3. Sunburn Treatment

Applying a paste of aspirin powder and water can be highly effective in curing sunburns.

We are well familiar with aspirin being an effective anti-inflammatory. Applying a paste of aspirin powder and water can be highly effective in curing sunburns and bringing down the pain caused by them.


Method: Crush about 5 to 10 aspirin tablets, depending on how large the burn is in a bowl. To this, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of cold whole milk and mix well till it forms a runny paste. The fat and pH in milk will also act as an anti-inflammatory, while the cold temperature will bring down the swelling. Soak a thin washcloth or strips of gauze in this solution and place the cloth on the area of the skin that has been affected. Wait for 10 minutes. Repeat this process until the stinging sensation subsides.

4. Cold Sores Treatment

Aspirin, being a natural anti-inflammatory, can help cure cold sores.


Cold sores are awful things to happen to someone. Not only are they painful, they also have a knack for cropping up at the most inopportune time. Not to mention how self-conscious they make you feel, for no amount of makeup is ever enough to cover up these mouth monsters. If you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible (duh!), try this method.

Method: The minute you notice a tingling sensation on your lips, take two crushed aspirin tablets and add a few drops of water to the powder to form a thick paste. Dab this paste onto the affected areas and let it sit for 20 minutes. You can even substitute water with tea tree oil if your cold sores are really bad.

5. Callus Treatment

The salicylic acid in aspirin can be very effective in exfoliating and softening rough, hardened calluses.

Any part of the skin or soft tissue that is often subjected to repeated pressure or friction is very likely to harden and develop into a callus. The heels or the sides of your feet, and even your palms are very likely to get calluses which can make things extremely uncomfortable. Once again, the salicylic acid in aspirin can be very effective in exfoliating and softening the rough, hardened bits of the skin naturally. Once softened, it gets easy to remove the calluses.

Method: Mix the powder of 5 crushed aspirin tablets with 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to form a paste. Apply this paste on your callus. For faster results, wrap your foot or your hand in a plastic bag and let it rest for 15 minutes. Next, remove the plastic wrap and rub the callused regions of your skin with a pumice stone. Repeat this process every day till you get rid of all the calluses on your body.

Word of caution: Do not overuse treatments with aspirin as this may burn your skin and cause or aggravate irritation. Make sure to also check beforehand if you’re allergic to aspirin by doing a skin patch test before spraying your entire scalp with aspirin solutions or slathering aspirin pastes on your face.