How to make an aspirin facial mask

Updated February 21, 2017

Aspirin tablets can be used for more than just curing headache symptoms. You can achieve clear and healthy-looking skin by regularly applying an aspirin facial mask. Aspirin tablets contain a crystalline compound derived from salicylic acid -- the primary ingredient found in many commercial facial masks and acne treatments. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid, or BHA, which helps to cleanse pores, remove dead skin cells and heal blemishes. The complete process for making an aspirin facial mask can be completed in several minutes.

Combine 1/2 tsp jojoba oil or water with 1 tsp honey in a small glass bowl. Jojoba oil is recommended for those who have normal to dry skin. Water should be used if you have oily skin.

Fill a large glass bowl with hot water. Place the smaller glass bowl into the larger glass bowl. The heat of the water will help to soften the ingredients in the small glass bowl.

Crush four uncoated aspirin tablets with a fork. Add the crushed aspirin tablets to the small glass bowl and mix the ingredients together with a spoon. Continue to stir until the mixture becomes a smooth paste.

Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and rinse.


For aspirin spot treatments, crush 1 aspirin and add to 5 drops of water. Apply the combination to the affected area and cover with a band-aid. Remove the band-aid after 60 minutes and rinse the area. This will reduce redness and irritation. Add 1 tsp aloe vera to the standard aspirin facial mask recipe to serve as an exfoliant. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and rinse. Follow with a light application of facial moisturiser.


Avoid applying the aspirin facial mask near the eyes. This can cause irritation, especially to those with sensitive skin. Do not inhale the aspirin powder when crushing the tablets. Salicylic acid is a strong chemical that can dry out the skin. It may also cause redness, peeling or irritation of the applied area. Do not apply this facial mask if you have an aspirin allergy. Aspirin compounds may seek into the skin, causing problems with those with such allergies. Apply the aspirin facial mask a maximum of twice per week. Frequent applications can lead to skin damage or hypersensitivity.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 uncoated aspirin tablets
  • Jojoba oil or water
  • Honey
  • Large glass bowl
  • Small glass bowl
  • Fork
  • Spoon
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Based in northern New York, Brandy Burgess has been writing on pets, technical documentation and health resources since 2007. She also writes on personal development for Burgess' work also has appeared on various online publications, including Burgess holds a Bachelor of Arts in computer information systems from DeVry University and her certified nurses aid certification.