DIY Skin Saver: The Aspirin Mask

The aspirin mask has quickly become an inexpensive way to help get rid of blackheads, blemishes and minimize pore size. Aspirin has been known for its anti-inflammatory properties when taken orally, but when used as a facial mask it can help exfoliate dead skin and prevent blackheads. The main active ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid, which is in all acne-fighting and oil-control skincare.

Dissolving aspirin tablets in water creates a rough grainy texture which helps to exfoliate dead skin. It should always be used on skin that is not irritated or sensitive to avoid aggravating it further

Best for all skin types, especially normal to oily and combination skin, acne-prone and clogged skin.

Salicylic Acid from Aspirin Mask


Salicylic acid works as a drying agent, meaning it can help minimize your pores, control oil and reduce blackheads. This homemade mask is a very inexpensive and highly efficient method of cleaning pores from deep inside and softening the skin. The salicylic acid is efficient on existing blemishes as well, by helping them heal faster.

A word of caution, you never want to over-exfoliate your skin with the aspirin mask since it can cause broken veins and over-dry the skin. You always want to apply a sunscreen with any sun exposure after using the mask.

The Method:


Crush 3-5 tablets of plain aspirin that you can find at the pharmacy in the palm of your hand. Take a few drops of water to create a thin paste, making sure the aspirin powder is not too diluted or watery.

Apply the paste with your finger on cleansed skin. Focus more on the t-zone and around the nose where more pores and blackheads are prone to forming.

Gently scrub the area for about 2-3 minutes without too much effort, the aspirin will do all the work.

Wash off the aspirin mask with lukewarm water then splash cold water to close up your pores.

Follow up with a gentle toner and hydrating moisturizer for smooth supple skin.

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