Pepto Bismol Face Mask

by Aly Hazlewood on November 14, 2010

The Daily Mail ran a story recently on mega cheap beauty tricks, and one of it’s recommendations came from a book wrtten by Diana Irons called The World’s Best Anti-Aging Secrets. Irons says ”It contains salicylic acid, and if you put a coating on your face, let it set for a few minutes, then wash it off, your skin will have a mega-glow that shines through even after you put on your makeup”.

So on this rainy Sunday morning I thought I’d give it go to see if her claims proved true. After shaking the bottle vigorously, I applied the unpleasant-smelling viscous pink liquid to my face with a cotton wool pad, and tried to relax for 10 minutes. Difficult, as the scent reminded me of childhood stomach aches.

As the liquid dries, it has a noticeable tightening effect of the skin like many face masks, and after I rinsed it off there was a certain pinkish glow to my face, but I think this may be down to the red food colouring in the Pepto Bismol rather than anything else. The glow certainly didn’t ‘shine through’ after I put on my makeup.

Peptol Bismol’s active ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate, an antibacterial that also has exfoliant properties, but much less so than salicylic acid. Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid commonly used in skin care for it’s exfoliating and anti-acne properties, but you could achieve this just as easily and cheaply using an aspirin face mask, as salicylic acid is the main ingredient.

So, my verdict? Well it certainly won’t do you any harm, but in my humble opinion, an aspirin face mask would work just as well as a cheap beauty treatment.


Just had to mention that the day after the Pepto Bismol face mask, my skin actually looked pretty good, really quite ‘glowy’. I’m going to give it another go in a week or so to see if it gives the same result.

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Chuck December 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Interesting… This sounds like a teenage special. Maybe with some toothpaste for spots and egg white in your hair?

Anonymous August 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm

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