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Blemish Busters – Tread Carefully with
Ingredient Substitutions

posted on December 21, 2014

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The ABCs Of Breakouts -Use Aspirin For Blemishes Carefully


  • Distilled water (3 tablespoons or 1.5 oz
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon or .5 oz)
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil


  • A sanitized glass bottle with screw-on cap or spritzer top
  • Use daily for best results – apply 2X daily with cotton ball or spritz (close your eyes!).
  • No fridge needed and supply should last about 2 months.

Several months ago, when LOLI was still just a business plan penned with a lot of enthusiasm, we were having a meeting with a big cheese (cosmetics CEO) woman we admire. As our conversation meandered from wheeling and dealing to LOLI-making, she began to tell us a story about her teenage daughter making her own blemish-buster in the kitchen of their Connecticut home.

Intrigued, we asked for the recipe. The answer left us wishing the LOLI COMMUNITY had been there to guide this zealous blemish-buster.

Here’s why: The teen’s recipes used Acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead of Salicylic Acid (Aspirin) as the chief acne-zapping ingredient. Bad move. When you blend your own beauty, think cooking à la Julia Child – not all substitutions are created equal! Especially of the pharma kind.

The LOLI What & Why:

Salicylic Acid (Sal Acid, for short) is derived from Latin salix – Willow Tree – bark and is widely used in the big beauty company products for its anti-acne properties. Sal Acid is also the only ingredient of aspirin. Our Native American Cherokees brewed tea from the bark to treat fevers and inflammation, and made pain-relieving remedies with the inner bark. The beauty industry has turned to this ingredient to treat everything from seborrhoeic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, and keratosis pilaris to acanthosis nigricans, ichthyosis, and warts. Be warned: if used in high concentrations on the skin, Sal Acid can cause burns, and many people are highly sensitive to it.

So yes, Sal Acid can cause trouble if used too liberally. But at the right – low! – concentrations, it has a proven track record in treating acne. Conversely, Acetaminophen should NEVER be used topically on the skin. EVER.

LOLI Tips & Recipe:

Honey, lemon, tea tree oil, clay mask and apple cider vinegar are all great KITCHEN BEAUTY ingredients, and in moderate amounts, Salicylic Acid can also be used. (Stay tuned for that recipe in the future!)

For everyone – not just the teen crowd – wanting clearer, pimple-free skin, try making this Blemish Busting LOLI Blend Toner: