Ask Hannah: Aspirin Masks And Other Ways To Get Glowing Skin On A Budget

Hannah offers up cures for clogged pores that you can concoct in the comfort of your own home.
Publish date:
July 28, 2011
shoppables, beauty, skincare, face masks, d.i.y., at-home, pores

Breanna wrote in and asked:My biggest grief with my skin right now is clogged pores on my chin, nose and forehead. Pretty much everywhere. How in the world do I clear this mess up?? Oh, and I should mention I am a extremely poor university student who can't afford to go to Sephora and buy the place out!!!!!!!

I just want glowing pretty skin for when I start school again in the fall, please help me.


I'm here for you, Breanna! I've got three inexpensive suggestions below that will help you get healthy, glowy, gorgeous skin in time for the school year. Read on ...

Note: All of these remedies work best after your get out of the shower, when your pores have been steamed open and are more receptive to any treatments.

You don't need a lab to mix up at-home skincare fixes.

1. Exfoliate (With the Right Stuff)

Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis will slough away dead skin and dirt, while allowing other treatments to soak in better. While scrubs containing crushed seeds, walnuts, apricot pits and the like make awesome exfoliants below the neck, these are to be avoided when it comes to your precious face. The bits and pieces in those scrubs have all of these jagged little corners that end up making tiny scratches and tears all across your delicate facial skin, weakening the "walls" of your pores and allowing them to start slacking. This makes them look bigger, and nobody wants big pores.

One of my favourite at-home concoctions is a mix of a bit of warmed up milk and brown sugar. The lactic acid in the milk will give you a healthy glow while the brown sugar gently exfoliates and then dissolves. Plus if you accidentally get some in your mouth, it tastes fine.

2. Put A Mask On It

I don't mean cover your face with heavy make-up. Try crushing up some aspirin (put a few in a baggie and smash it with a blunt and heavy object until they have a powder-like consistency) and mixing it with honey. Why? Aspirin contains salicylic acid, an active ingredient in so many skincare products designed to unclog pores and clear up troubled skin. And honey is a natural antiseptic that kills pore clogging bacteria, is super moisturizing, and helps the aspirin actually adhere to your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

3. Strip It

This is where you're gonna have to spend a little. Pore strips are known for sucking gunk out of your skin and they're also kind of fun to examine afterwards if you're gross like that (I am). One of the newest formulations comes from Boscia. It's $15 for six strips, available at Sephora, but if you're using them twice a month for three months, that's not that much to pay for 3 months of unclogged nose-pore goodness, right? Or you could use them once a month and get more bang for your buck. Whatever! I'm recommending these because they contain charcoal which is known for drawing impurities out of the skin.

There's also Bioré's classic pore strip, which you can get 14 of for $6.96 on Amazon. It's all up to you!

Hopefully a combination of all three of these leads you down the path to glorious, glowy skin. Let me know, ok? And perhaps our readers can share their favourite solutions for clogged pores too. Readers? I'm counting on you!