xoVideo: How To Use Pepto Bismol As A Face Mask

Your favorite pink tummy ache aide medicine works wonders for your skin, too!
Publish date:
June 26, 2014
acne, acne awareness, DIY skincare, pepto bismol

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I’ll be honest. I’ve never been a fan of using household items or food for my beauty needs. For example, I’m aware that mayonnaise is a delicious condiment for my sandwiches, but the thought of applying it as a substitute for hair conditioner makes me sick to my stomach just from the mere thought of it.

So when I heard that Pepto Bismol was a fabulous alternative to a face mask, I was... ambivalent. The notion of using an antidiarrheal to my face was really bizarre, but it makes some sense. Pepto Bismol contains salicylic acid, which helps with acne, and the aspirin calms inflammation. And if it calms and cools your stomach, it should have the same reaction on your skin, no?

I convinced DaMonica to try it with me and we documented the process in this video below.

Amidst the giggles and confusion, we were both quite happy with the results. It instantly started to harden as we applied it throughout our face--just like a regular face mask would--and after we washed it off, our skin felt super soft. And it was super low maintenance. What a win-win!

Make sure you cleanse your face first before you apply Pepto. The key to applying such a liquid-y formula evenly is by using a foundation brush. I dipped one into a bowl of the pink stuff. Distribute the formula evenly, and once it hardens (about 10 minutes), wash it off.

Would I do this again? Absolutely and totally #xoapproved. It also seemed to leave a glowy finish, which is something I always aim for.

Do you think you’re willing to try this at home? Is anyone else skeptical of using household items as beauty products? Are there any products that you think I should test out next? For you, I will.