DIY: Aspirin Acne Mask (and acne angst…)


DIY: Aspirin Acne Mask (and acne angst…)

Yes, it’s true, I’ve been writing quite a lot about acne as of late and here’s why: I’m in a major fight with my pimples. I’ve just suffered a serious break out that took about 6 weeks – and 6 dozen products – to clear up. Fortunately, I’m over the worst of it. But let’s get real: By 30 (+), aren’t we supposed to be over our breakout years? I distinctly remember my mother (gynecologist, dermatologist, and psychiatrist – fine, maybe not my psychiatrist but I am quite certain talks of acne angst were discussed at some point during therapy) promising me that my pimples would be gone by the time I finished high school. That was definitely not the case. The reality is that I am still prone to acne flair ups from time to time and, although they are less consistent, when a breakout hits, it always feels like the first time (and I don’t mean that in that other “first time” feel good way). Feelings of angst, isolation and depression settle in big time. Perhaps now even more so then in my teen years because at age 30 (+), shouldn’t I be done with zits? Haven’t I suffered my fair share?

It really comes down to this: Pimples don’t discriminate, not against race, class or age. And, it’s not necessarily a matter of how well you take care of your skin because, for me, I take care of my skin so well (after all, I am blessed with the opportunity to try some of the finest products on the market). Of course, if you’re prone to acne and you fall asleep with a face fall of makeup, eat greasy food all day everyday, and don’t take the precautions needed to avoid breakouts (facials, peels, retinoids, etc), then, yes, your skincare maintenance – or lack of – is most definitely a factor. But if you’re on this blog, then let’s assume that you love your skin and you give it all of the TLC that is so rightfully deserves.

And now, onto a fantastic DIY anti-acne mask that my friend, actress Kelly Kruger, who also suffers from the occasional WTF breakout, shared with me. The aspirin acne mask has been around for a very very long time and it is a tried and tested way to treat acne and aging! And it takes about 2 minutes to make and 15 minutes to see results. It’s one of my favorites yet.

*If you have an aspirin allergy, do not attempt this mask!

What You’ll Need:
5-7 Uncoated aspirin pills
Distilled Water (bottled water like Fiji or Evian)
1 tsp Organic Honey

Benefits of the Ingredients:
Aspirin – An anti-inflamatory so it will immediately reduce redness. Contains salicylic acid which is one of the most commonly used ingredients in acne products as it cleans out pores and exfoliates the skin (which is ideal for sloughing away fine lines and wrinkles too).
Honey – The antibacterial properties in honey benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts and healing current flair ups. It’s also a natural humectant so it locks in necessary moisture to keep skin hydrated and glowing.

In a mug, drop the aspirin in with just enough distilled water to create a paste consistency. Let the aspirin dissolve in the water (you can mix a bit if necessary). If it seems a bit too pasty, add more water. If it is too liquidy, add another aspirin. I’d advise not to use more than 8 aspirin. Once you have your paste at the consistency that you like, you can apply to skin as is. However, I find that by adding 1 teaspoon of organic honey, the mask is less drying to the skin. You also receive the added benefits of honey (and I love honey for acne-prone skin) so I have included honey in my directions. You could also sub the honey for olive oil if your skin is extra dry or irritated. I’ve read that people use jojoba oil and tea tree oil as well. It really is a matter of personal preference and what benefit you are going after.

How to Use:
Apply to the face, jaw, chest, back – any area that is prone to breakouts. Leave on for 7-15 minutes. This is great for men too as aspirin is wonderful for ingrown hairs (i.e. beard acne). Use up to two times a week but make sure that you make a new batch each time you use.

*You will notice an immediate glow to the skin once you rinse off the mask. Skin will feel heavenly soft and look luminous. Blackheads should decrease after the first use as well. Enjoy!

  • This is definitely an oldie but goldie! Love this mask! And I love adding honey in mine also. Manuka honey is AMAZING if you can get your hands on it, but obviously any honey is good too. I feel like a lot of people aren’t into the whole DIY mask thing because they feel like it will take too long or it won’t be as effective as a store-bought one, but I’ve been making my own masks at home for years and I REALLY see results.

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  • Shyla

    Love this post, especially because of how much I can empathize! I LOVE my beauty routine, and even the work ( and money!) it takes to keep it a certain way, but unfortunately I cannot control genetics, and break out occasionally, and at 23, I feel terrible!

    Can you PLEASEEEE do a post on your favorite at home beauty masks/rituals using stuff you can find in the grocery store/kitchen, and everything natural (and cheap!)

    Thanks a ton!

    Bisou x

  • Katrina

    Will this help blackheads also? My mum passed away before she could really give me the beauty routine/how to care for your skin knowledge. My pores are large and I don’t have red pimples but blackheads. They aren’t super noticeable but I can feel them and when I get close to a mirror I can see them. I’ve tried… Sheesh, I think everything? Being short on money too I would LOVE something that I can make and would actually do my skin some good. >:

  • PharmT

    This definitely can work but please be warned of the aspirins drying potential which could even burn/scar skin ( especially sensitive skin). People actually use this for a wart treatment minus the honey….definitely use a moisturizer of some kind afterwards.

  • Susie Marks

    Great post…and can definitely see how the combination of these things would work well – I think honey’s a great treatment for problem skin.

    But agree with you on the lack of discrimination of acne, if it flares up again for you, you might be interested to try some of the Salcura range – all natural and quite gentle but works! Their acne spray was featured on channel 4’s embarrassing bodies!

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  • April

    I love DIY beauty….especially masks……with honey. This is perfect for my summertime breakouts. I remember the mask with lemon as well. Thanks for sharing. Much love! Xo

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  • Lauren

    I have my own version of this aspirin mask on right now! My acne has been improving drastically for a while, but I still have extremely small face blemishes that bug the heck out of me. I’m hoping this might help! And try using natural products with aloe, pomegranate, etc. :)

  • Alicia

    How often can you use the mask? I was ‘masking’ once a week until the product was discontinued and I know that very mask treatment is different.

    • Polina

      It says you can use it up to 2 times :)

  • Great post. I love using natural ingredients for remedies.

  • Kelly

    Wow, tried this and it works. Thanks so much!

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  • Dee

    This sounds really good but I didn’t notice any warning for people who are allergic to aspirin? I am highly allergic so I think this is one I will have to skip. But I do love most of the stuff you post.

  • Becky

    I use aspirins as a face mask for break outs and to keep them at bay about once every 2 weeks. sometimes I crush them up and add them to a favourite face mask I already have as well. another thing you can add to the home made mask is some well crushed or grated fresh ginger, I find for my skin just slicing off a piece of ginger and rubbing it where I need it in between the aspirin treatments helps amazingly at catching that I feel a zit coming on thing and stops it in its tracks! I rarely have major break outs any more.

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  • Magen

    Could I use Bayer Asprin instead of regular asprin?

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  • Alaiah

    I normally use more pricey, acne masks. My mom had this product from Citrus Clear called the Acne Spot Treatment – and I am impressed. It applies dense and smoothly, and creates a tingly citrusy sensation. All masks make my face feel tighter and cleaner, but this product makes my pores smaller. 100% ZERO BLACKHEADS from using this. It will work for you

  • Ishmeet

    Hi, I have read all the coments about using Asprin mask, and tried to get the one for me as well, but I am not getting Asprin anywhere, as the company has stoped making the same. Can disprin works the same? Please suggest.

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  • Random Bit of Info


    This is for all you wondering what can be used as aspirin or instead of aspirin.

    There is a bit of a misunderstanding in this article. Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid. Once the aspirin is in your body by way of oral ingestion or as a skin treatment (absorbed into the tissue)it becomes salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an active metabolite but that is not really important.

    If you are looking for a generic drug that works in place of aspirin you must look at the active ingredient. The active ingredient needs to be acetylsalicylic acid. If that is the case o the medicine you are asking about i.e. Bayer you are god to go.

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  • Nada

    Flare-ups, not “flair.”

  • Tasha

    Hi I am not allergic to aspirin, and have just been having a problem with acne for the last year or two. I am 38. NEVER had pimples or acne as a kid. I read on the net that aspirin is a great winner in the treatment of acne, so I gave it a go this evening after dinner and my shower… It seems that the aspirin has burnt my skin. It’s ten times more red and looks sore and angry. HELP! HELP! HELP!

  • tania

    does it helps removing dark spots(left by pimples) as well ?? and is distilled water necessary or normal drinking water can be used ?? HELP

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  • Chris

    Is it safe for pregnant woman?

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  • kenya

    What can i do for blackheads

  • rob

    the bottled waters listed are not actual distilled water but spring water, that’s a pretty significant difference.

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  • Ralph

    Can you leave this on overnight?

  • Jame

    Nice post. The aspirin mask is pritty good used weekly. I also enjoy this natural cream:

    But what helped me most was only eating low gi foods & no dairy.

  • Ciara

    Doesn’t seem to matter how much water I use, it is always really watery. Am I missing something?

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  • jacquey b

    I have been suffering from acne since my first baby at age 20. Since then every.child i have had (4) increased my acne. I have hundreds of blackheads combined with whitheads, and often have deep sore pimples. My doctor has switched birth controls, ive tried everything on the market, home remedies and nothing has been effective at all. Not even for a day.

    My question is, how is aspirin mask work for complicated acne? Does it have any effect on hormonal acne, acne from stress etc? Does it help with blavkheads or only in helping to prevent future breakouts?

  • I usually get a pimple along my hairline, so I will try this as a spot treatment. Thanks for the tip. I have used dri-lo for yrs and ran out of my last bottle. Instead of ordering more, I will try this. Keep the tips comung!

  • Ocean Faith D.

    I tried this for few times (4-6 times/3mths) indeed the mask really killed off all my pimples which long been on my skin below jawlines for months and months! Facial pores reduced and less breakouts during monthly “periods”. Honestly aspirin mask really works for me.

  • Great recipe – may I suggest adding some turmeric powder for it’s extra healing and antibacterial properties. Add some Carrot seed oil seed oil or Carrot seed oil juice to help with acne scarring too.

  • Zoe

    Wow! I can’t tell you if it works because I literally just did it (will let you know later) but just wow. I’ve been trying scrubs with the salicylic acid (asprin stuff) and it just left my face red and inflamed. This mask left my face soft and without any irritation or redness. Thank you so much!!

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  • Saajith

    Well I’m going to give a shot! Wish me luck!!!!! xD

  • Julie

    I just made this and have it on. Looking to brighten my skin with the effects the wind and cold have had on it. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sabrina

    Thanks for the share, i, just wondering… How many mg of asprin should be used. There’s 100mg and 300 my per tablet. How many mg do you recommend for the tablet to carta ? Please advice!

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  • Jane

    Tea tree is great to use instead of olive oil. It has evidence-based use as an acne treatment (ie studies show that it works!)

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    I just tried this.. It is Ahhmazing. I saw immediate results! I will be using this on a regular basis. Thank you so much!!

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    God people stop asking questions that are answered right there in the post!!! “Will this help blackheads?” ” how often can I use it?” READ PPL ITS RIGHT THERE. Ya’lls stupid is showing

  • Emily

    Will ibuprofen have the same effect?

  • FloridaMom

    I used to wash my face with a simple soap – OMG please dont do this! My dermatologist recommended the organic Citrus Clear products – I used their face wash and the Citrus Clear Pore Mask. Usually my face feels tight when I use a mask, and its tough to be scraping the product off. Not with Citrus Clear. My face felt soft & moisturized.

    I went to bed right after and slept for about 4 hours. I went to the restroom and was amazed at how my face looked in the mirror. Prior to use of the mask, I noticed a red lump that clearly wanted to cause trouble.

    There was no trace of it now. I’m serious.
    Also, there was a blemish on my cheek that reduced so no one could notice it! I was so happy!

  • Bethany

    Is it okay if we don’t use distilled water? Can we use Purified or any other kind?

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    Can this same method be used on the butt area for my husband?

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