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The World Famous Aspirin Mask

Updated on January 24, 2008
Nothing but aspirin
Nothing but aspirin

This is my own personal recipe for the world famous “aspirin mask.”

This hub is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor, dermatologist or other medical professional. I am merely a licensed esthetician, and swear by this mask for my own oily/acneic skin.

In this hub, I am going to write about the world famous aspirin mask. I've suffered with acne since puberty and have tried so many products out there, high end, low end, drug store, department store, medical spa, and everything in between.

I can assure you, especially since I became a licensed esthetician (fancy name for skin care therapist) that this is the best mask that I have ever used. It is also the most economical and will not break any budget. Take that, Creme de la Mer!

Aspirin’s base is acetasalicylic acid, which is chemically like salicylic acid, a very potent BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that has been written about since the 5th century, when Hippocrates extolled its virtues. Salicylic acid is such a wonderful and beneficial topical ingredient to help acneic skin like mine. It is derived from the bark of the willow tree.

***FIRST OFF, if you are allergic to aspirin, don’t even bother reading further. You do not want to be anywhere near aspirin. Run!***

For my brave readers who wish to go on further, you will need the following to make my version of this mask:

For the aspirin, I highly recommend going to Costco and purchasing the 1000 tablet bottle at $4.99 (most economical)

I personally swear by Desert Essence brand 100% Natural Jojoba Oil, which can be purchased at Trader Joe's and also Whole Foods, although if you have some natural jojoba oil of another brand lying around, you might want to try that too.

Before you make your preparations, be sure that you have washed your hands and your face and carefully pat it dry so as not to pull on the skin.

I personally do this mask before I shower, since it can get close to the hairline. I also take a little time to recline so I can be in a seated position so as not to lose any of the mask and think of how luminous my skin will be when I am finished.

Step 1: Take your clean shot glass and fill it about 2/3 to 3/4 full with the aspirin tablets.

Step 2: Fill with your distilled water almost to the top of the shot glass.

Step 3: Wait for the aspirin to dissolve. You won't need to help along this process, although I do recommend stirring it with something that you do NOT use for your food.

Step 4: After aspirin is dissolved and mixed, fill to the top of the shot glass with your jojoba oil.

The reason for step 4 is so you can mix the oil, water and aspirin so that it will adhere to your skin (facial or otherwise, this can also be used for body acne and as a spot treatment)

The mask won't be anything like you are used to and will feel slightly gritty. It won't be tight like a clay, and I recommend leaving it on the skin in a reclined position as stated above.

You could always go ahead and just use the water, but the aspirin will get powdery and if you should get it too close to your nose, you will sneeze! Trust me on this. Jojoba oil also has its own deserved reputation as being very close to the skin's own natural pH and that is why I use it. I've also heard that rosewater and glycerin, Vitamin E oil and even extra virgin cold pressed olive oil works wonders as well.

If you make your own version and are thrilled with it, please let me know. I always love hearing about success stories with this mask.

Step 5: Take your aspirin mixture and gently layer it on your clean, dry face. You can place it on thinly, so as long as it evenly covers the area you are treating. I concentrate the mixture on my nose since blackheads like to appear there and any blemishes, either visible or coming to the surface.

This mixture can also be used as a spot treatment as I mentioned, but since I have very acne prone, oily skin, I use this as a mask all the time.

2-3x per week for me, although you can adjust this, depending on your skin needs and weather conditions, etc.

Allow to remain on face for 10 mins. or so. This will NOT feel “tight” like other masks. After your time is up, wet your hands, and then use a GENTLE circular motion from the nose to hairline to work the aspirin mixture outward before rinsing thoroughly.

In addition to being a superb mask, dissolved aspirin is also an exfoliator that is on par with microdermabrasion, in my humble opinion, and I've had many professional microdermabasion treatments.

You will need to rinse for a few minutes to get everything off of your face, which is why I generally remove this mask when I am in the shower, using warm water.

Gently pat your face dry after rinsing off thorougly, and apply your favorite toner (optional). Wait a sec to apply your treatment or moisturizer. On the nights that I am using this mask, I do not use any other treatments, no retinols, or other acids. I always say that less is more, although you should consult a dermatologist if you have cystic, and persistent acne.

Your face will feel smooth like silk and will be noticeably plumper. At least that’s what happens any and every time I do the aspirin mask. I can’t stop touching my face sometimes, haha. The immediate results should last for a few hours, so ladies, get ready for a night on the town, because you will want to show off your results! Whenever I use this mask before going out, I use a makeup primer before I put anything else on. Honestly though, your skin will usually look so great that you won't feel like putting base on!

Another tip is that there are many other recipes for this mask on a site called, that you can join for free.


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      2 years ago

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      Nguyen Kinh Luan 

      3 years ago

      Aspirin to some, acetylsalicylic acid to others, this synthetic compound helps relieve pain and reduce inflammation. So it comes to no surprise that many doctors recommend it when dealing with fevers or pain recovery. A few even believe it can help prevent heart attacks

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      5 years ago

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      6 years ago

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      6 years ago

      As someone with blemish-prone, stress-affected, oily skin, I am always looking for new products to add to my skin care regimen. I have tried about a million different kinds of masques, but Lady Soma Antioxidant Masque is by far my favorite masque. It reduces oil on the skin without leaving it dry and flaky, which is the first challenge. It also reduces pore size. Aside from the immediate skin improvement, it also makes my skin more manageable over time.

      With regular use, the Lady Soma Antioxidant Masque leaves my skin clearer and fresher and less prone to blemishes. I use it about three times a week (alternating nights with a hydrating mask) and this has really been an amazingly purifying regimen for my skin.

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      Charita 24 

      6 years ago

      I am usually critical of skin care product that doesn't come from a dermatologist's office, however the Lady Soma Antioxidant Masque is dermatologist quality, and it will save you so much money on caring for your face!

      I love the smell and my skin really does look shinier and refreshed after I use it. Also, it only has to stay on for 8 minutes so it's something I can do more often than masks that require 20-30 minutes. It tingles when its on your face, and the next day OMG - my face looked AMAZING. I looked like 5 years younger. LOVE IT!

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      6 years ago

      Hey! I'm an esthetician and just learned about this mask. If you mix some sugar and honey and a milk product(whole milk, yogurt), you will get the benefits of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acid in one! =)you're skin will look amazing.

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      7 years ago

      This mask is AMAZING! Does wonders. It'll clear my face up within a few days, and soothes the redness. There was a day where I could not find any honey in my kitchen but I had some activia yogurt, and some olive oil. So I decided that I'd mix these two together, since they're hydrating for a dry face.

      What I mixed:

      1-2 drops of olive oil

      A small teaspoon of yogurt

      5-7 aspirin tablet

      I applied it on a clean, dry face and left it on for about half an hour. After I washed it off, my face already felt and looked better than when before.

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      8 years ago

      silly question but is this all absorbed by the system or does the oil act as a barrier- I am not allergic to aspirin but it would be a good way of getting it into the syatem instead of swallowing if one had stomach problems- Do you know how much is actually absorbed and can one od on it through the skin..sorry if the questions seem stupid but just wanted to sounds like a brilliant mask....running off to try it now....

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      9 years ago

      but i heard tht ur skin gets more sensitive to the sun!

      how long b4 ur skin isn't sensitive again!?

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      9 years ago

      thank you

      but can you tell me that will it work for after acne scare

      plz reply to me at

      thank you

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      9 years ago

      In response to susanx, there are a lot of different combos for this mask, including vitamin e, olive oil, honey, very gentle skin lotion/soaps (like Cetaphil) - If you google "aspirin face mask" you'll get hundreds of pages on the subject. If you'd like to come up with a combo of your own, just do a little research on what the secondary ingrediant is - all it needs to be is something that will either disolve the asprin and/or make it into a mask-like consistency. The reason people don't just use a tiny bit of water and nothing else is (as i understand it) it can be a bit drying - thus, the adding of oil to counteract that. BTW!!!! Don't make the same mistake I made the first time and think that if 2x a week is good, 5x a week will be better. :) Start small and then increase, until you find what helps your skin but doesn't over-do it.

      Vivian pointed out at the bottom of the page a website called Makeup Alley ( where you can find more variations on this recipe and comments/reviews (On a side note, makeup alley is a fab website. Imagine tons of people getting together and reviewing every product under the sun - and not people trying to sell you something, just regular people sharing what worked and didn't work for them, what they like and don't like - its bizrate for anything "beauty" related: shampoos, makeup, perfume, application brushes, you name it. Great site!)

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      9 years ago

      Thank u Vivian for posting the hub!?just have couple quesitons on the alterntives for the jojoba oil

      u mentioned. Can I?use vitamin???oil or extra virgin olive oil or even honey instead?


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      9 years ago

      So, it'l helps for spots? and tired skin?

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      10 years ago

      Cool. Interesting stuff. I have never heard of this type of mask. I"ll definitely try this out.

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      10 years ago

      Thank-you for this very interesting information. I have never heard of this type of mask before and I am anxious to try it out.

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      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Cool! Interesting to learn about the similarities between aspirin and salicylic acid. For women my age, that's a main acid used for light peels (exfoliating). So good for more than just acne problems.

      Great post! Something totally new I've never seen anywhere before!

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Great hub, and you clearly know your chemicals.  I appreciated that you not only said "this works," but told us why it works.  I've been battling adult acne all my life and have had great success with Neutrogena acne products and after shave lotion - which aren't terribly expensive since I get them at Wal-Mart.  But, this is so economical I'm going to try it.  There's a health food store near my home, so I'll be checking for Desert Essence jojoba oil.  Thanks!


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