The innumerable benefits of aspirin include much more than just pain relief from aches and pains. Many people know that it is used long-term as a heart attack preventative, and studies indicate that it may even limit the risk of developing certain types of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. But aspirin has countless other possible benefits, and several of them pertain to the hair.
Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) is a salicylate drug often used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains, antipyretic to reduce fever, and as an anti-inflammatory.
You should not use aspirin if you have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, or if you are allergic to an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Orudis, Indocin, Lodine, Voltaren, Toradol, Mobic, Relafen, Feldene, and others.
But if you can use aspirin here are some of its amazing properties:
Aspirin unclogs your skin and exfoliates to remove dead cells, bacteria and other impurities causing acne. It effectively reduces the swelling, redness, pain and irritation with its salicylic acid content. It also reduces the acne scars and other skin discoloration.
- Crush 4 – 5 aspirin tablets finely and put the powder in a bowl.
- Then add 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt (or honey or water or aloe vera gel) to it.
- Stir well to make a fine paste and apply it on the acne affected skin areas.
- Let it sit for few minutes to get dry and rinse off with water.
- Dry the area gently and repeat it twice daily till you get relief from acne.
Relieves Mosquito and Insect Bites
Aspirin can help relieve the symptoms of a bug bite.
Aspirin has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively control swelling caused by mosquito and other insect bites. It can even provide comfort to skin redness, itchiness and a burning sensation sometimes caused by insect bites.
Grind a few aspirins into a fine powder. Add a few drops of water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave it on for a few hours. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Restore color-treated hair
Restore color-treated hair affected by a chlorinated pool by dissolving six to eight tablets of aspirin in a glass of warm water. Apply the solution to your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Aspirin for Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs can be painful hurdles on the road to having soft, hairless skin. Ingrown hairs are regular hairs that become trapped and grow into the skin rather than out of it, and they commonly occur due to excessive shaving. These hairs are not only unattractive but painful as well, since they usually result in skin inflammation. Masks and face creams made with aspirin can be used to facilitate both the removal and prevention of these pesky ingrown hairs. To prevent the occurrence of ingrown hairs, apply a facial mask that includes aspirin right after shaving or waxing.