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Aspirin & Lemon Juice Mask for Acne

User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (13 Reviews)


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Over on Makeupalley.com, aspirin masks are a hot topic. Why? Apparently, aspirin is brilliant at spot-treating pimples, clearing up acne and itchy patches. In fact, the aspirin mask gets more than 2030 reviews -- more than any individual makeup, skincare or hair product -- on Makeupalley so I had to share it with you because 85 percent of these reviews are by women who would "try it again."

Dr. Oz also loves aspirin masks and unveiled a version of this mask on his show. How it works? The aspirin has salicylic acid in it which is great for skin. The lemon juice is a citric acid with antibacterial properties, which are great for healing acne and even-ing out skin tone. The honey is soothing and the baking soda is used as an exfoliator to help remove the mask, but it also has wonderful natural properties for the skin. Some women swear by baking soda. It's gentle and leaves skin smooth and soft.

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes


  • 3-6 aspirin
  • 1 lemon
  • baking soda
  • Coffee cup, rolling pin or glass cup (to crush the aspirin)
  • Shallow dish
  • Warm honey (runny honey), moisturizer made for the face or natural oil such as almond, olive or coconut


Depending on the amount of coverage needed, use 3-6 aspirin.

Crush the aspirin into small pieces by rolling a coffee cup, rolling pin or glass cup over them. Place aspirin in a dish.

Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice (about 1 tablespoon per 3 aspirin) and allow the aspirin to dissolve into a paste. If the aspirin is coated, it may take longer.

If you have dry skin, add a tablespoon or so of warm honey, moisturizer or a bit of oil (sweet almond, olive or coconut works). Stir well. If you have oily skin, you can skip this part and add a few more drops of lemon instead.

Apply as a mask or spot treat the pimple or itchy area. Allow to dry.

Remove the mask with a warm, wet washcloth dipped in baking soda.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Super for Teen Skin, Member mommyjos

I used this on my son's face, and it dried up and calmed down the red marks from acne. Once or twice a week makes a difference.

12 out of 13 people found this helpful.

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