How to Make an Aspirin Mask

Updated 05/13/19
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An aspirin mask will save you in a pinch. It sounds like an old wives tale, but aspirin masks actually work. But the active ingredient in aspirin is a form of salicylic acid, which any skincare geek knows is a powerful exfoliant. In turn, helps get rid of the offending bump. The downside, however, is that salicylic acid's exfoliating action can take moisture along with it. People with oily skin types can get away with mixing the aspirin with water, but otherwise, add your favorite noncomedogenic oil. Hemp seed oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil are all great picks to have on hand. 

Honey has natural hydrating, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-bacterial properties. Adding honey helps to ward off bacteria, so the area doesn't become infected. It also helps moisturize the skin, and reduce swelling associated with any bump you might have. 


  • 3 to 4 uncoated Aspirin tablets
  • For oily skin: 1/2 teaspoon water OR
  • For normal to dry skin: 1/2 teaspoon oil
  • Honey


  1. Pour some relatively hot water into a large glass bowl, with a smaller glass bowl in the middle. Take one teaspoon of honey and a half teaspoon of water or jojoba oil, and put them together in the smaller bowl so that it softens.
  2. Crush three to four uncoated aspirin tablets using a mortar and pestle, or even a fork. Remove the smaller bowl from the hot water and add crushed aspirin, mixing them together with a fork. If the consistency is still too thick, add a tiny bit more liquid. It won't be the usual thick mask that you're used to, but you don't need it to be.
  3. Test the temperature of the mask, and if it's fine, apply it over the inflammation using your fingertips, staying far away from your eyes. 
  4. Let it dry for about ten minutes and then remove it with warm water, making sure all traces are gone, and pat dry. Use the mask maybe once or twice a week depending on your skin type, and the severity of your issue.


  • If you're allergic to any of the ingredients or salicylic acid, or if you're pregnant, breastfeeding or have any medical condition that has you avoiding aspirin.
  • In areas that have been waxed or had a salicylic acid, glycolic or an enzyme product applied in the last four days.
  • Irritated, inflamed, cut, or sunburned skin.

We're not medical doctors, so it's best to check with your doctor or dermatologist if you have any questions about using this mask if you have a certain skin, health or medical condition.

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