Aspirin & Lemon Juice Face Mask

Beauty Secrets From Your Pantry!

For months I have been hearing bits and pieces about how aspirin is actually good for your face???? 


As in take two and it won’t hurt so bad when you look in the mirror??? :-)

I had no idea what aspirin could actually do for your face until I finally stumbled across this “beauty secret” from Doctor Oz! (as in Mehmet.)

I don’t watch his show and haven’t read any of his books….but every time I run across something of his online…I have never failed to be impressed! He seems to have a great sense of what people want and need to make themselves healthier and happier. He certainly captured MY imagination with this recipe for his Flawless Skin Home Remedy.

Since starting the Oil Cleansing Method of washing my face last month…overall I am MUCH happier with how my skin feels. The thing I like most is how it evens out the dry vs. oily areas of my face and overall feels much better moisturized. BUT, when I do any close-up inspection of my face in the mirror I’m becoming more and more unsatisfied with its overall complexion.

Well, if Doctor Oz is to be believed, (I have no reason NOT to believe him at this point!) this Aspirin and Lemon Juice concoction is great for your complexion because the aspirin contains salicylic acid which acts like a chemical peel and the lemon juice has Vitamin C which helps minimize sun damage. Sounds like just the ticket to me! All aboard!!

And the ingredients couldn’t be simpler! If I had any aspirin in the house, I’d probably be in the bathroom putting this on my face right now! Nothing that can’t be cured very quickly by a quick trip to the grocery store tomorrow.

Dr Oz Aspirin and Lemon Juice Flawless Skin Home Remedy:


- non-coated aspirin (coated is fine too, just takes longer to dissolve.)
- fresh lemon juice
- baking soda


1. Mash up 6-12 non-coated aspirins and combine with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
2. Let the aspirin dissolve until it turns into a paste.
3. Apply the mask to your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the face mask by dipping a cotton round in some baking soda and some water.

Simple huh? Can’t wait to try it!

Here are a few question/answers that might be helpful:

What’s the benefit to doing this over some topical salcylic acid treatment that you don’t have to mix yourself?
Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid): decomposes to salicylic acid which increases cell exfoliation and is anti-bacterial
Lemon juice: Citric acid wards off oxidation (like the browning of an apple slice)
Baking soda: neutralizes the acidic lemon juice in the event you would get it into your eyes

Q:  How often do you apply this, once a week?
A:  1-2 times a week. (Not recommended for sensitive skin. Might be too drying.)

Q:  I could not find un-coated aspirin so I used coated. Will the coating harm my face?
A:  Coated aspirin is fine.  Just takes longer to dissolve. Un-coated is actually fairly hard to find.

Q:  The paste was flaking off my face…is there something I can add to it?
A:  A teaspoon of honey or olive oil or aloe vera will help bind the mixture together.

I think I might have another skin care remedy to try and convince my daughter to try. :-)


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  1. Denise from Ark says

    Try buying powdered aspirin like BC Powder or Goody's (depends on what part of the country you're in.) It's more expensive, but would dissolve pretty well. I've been using this for a while. It works best when you're pretty diligent with it (go figger, huh?) The aspirin stays a little gritty so if you can keep it from drying out, it will work as a mechanical exfoliant as well. Using yogurt with it also adds lactic acid, which is another good AHA exfoliant. Actually, the yogurt/aspirin/lemon mix is the trifecta of a good exfoliant cleaner, but might be a bit much on sensitive skin. Consider adding the powdered aspirin to your makeup remover cloth (but I wouldn't use that to take off mascara)for the grittiness and the BHA exfoliation it provides. Rinse with clear warm water and it won't be as hard on your skin as a masque if the masque is too drying.

  2. Jill Nystul says

    Mrs. Robinson…you are welcome! I'm going to try it with you. :-)

    Denise…as usual…such great info! Thank you for sharing! LOVE the idea of using it as an exfoliant as well as a mask! You are a gem. :-)

  3. Vikki says

    I've never heard of the aspirin but have been using lemon juice as a peel for years. I mix with a little milk and spread over my face and let dry. Between the fruit acid and the lactic acid it works quite well. Will have to try the aspirin thing and see if I can tell any difference

  4. Anonymous says

    I've just found your blog via Pinterest and really love it. You have some great tips! I'm most intrigued by the oil cleansing method. I really want to give it a try and am 95% sold. But reading and re-reading this latest post, I can't tell if you are still in love with it? Are you doing this mask in addition to? I've just seen a toner with lemon juice on another blog that seems interesting but I don't want to overwhelm my face. I'm 36 years old and have struggled with moderate acne all my life and it continues today. But my concerns are also turning to anti-aging and anti-wrinkle. Agh! I really get what "dull" skin is now. Is the OCM only good for acne prone skin? SO confused!! Any help or advise would be much appreciated! Thanks!

  5. Anonymous says

    Just a lil 411, Oz IS his last name (in response to "I guess you've made it when you don't have to use your last name"). I figured you'd be super thrilled and excited to know that. *wink*. Loving the blog, btw!!

  6. Madison says

    I have a quick question for you…or your daughter. I have always have trouble skin and bit of acne through high school and college, but now that I'm in my late 20's (and moved to a new, dry climate), my acne has, literally, errupted on my face and neck, just below the jawline. So, you use this 1-2 times a week in conjunction with the oils? I've literally tried everything at this point (other than accutane, of which I am terrified), so I'm curious to know if these two "home remedies" are the ticket!

    Thanks! Loving this blog, and been Pinning the heck out it! =)

  7. Andrea says

    Like many others, I am interested in the results of your experience with the oil cleansing method. I have researched and there are conflicting comments. Any help you are able to provide would be most appreciated.

  8. Casey says

    I just tried this and let me tell you it stung when I first put it on, however the slight pain went away after a minute. Then after the 10 minutes and getting everything off my skin has never felt so smooth and clean. Thank you very much for posting this, keep up the good work.

  9. Kristi says

    FYI – If you have Fibromyalgia, you might not want to do this one! Most Fibro sufferers have BIG problems with salicylic acids. It is absorbed thru the skin and it can severely aggravate Fibro pain and symptoms! Learned about this the hard way!

  10. Leto says

    I am so excited to try this mask! I’ve been using homemade face products for almost a year now. My face wash consists of 3 parts baking soda, 1 part sugar, 1/2 tsp of rosewater and 1/2 tsp of sweet almond oil. Add enough water to make it a paste and voila! Best face wash for sensitive/oily skin ever! As my moisturizer I massage apricot oil into my face for 3 full minutes. It’s done really well so far!

  11. Heather says

    I tried this using fresh grapefruit juice because I was all out of lemons, and it worked out really well! Not to mention that it smelled amazing too! Just be careful not to add too much like I did the first couple times (which is really easy to do since grapefruits are gigantic in comparison to lemons)

  12. Nell says

    You do not need that much asprin! Since it can be drying and there is conflicting advice on how much asprin we absorb from the skin! I knew an elderly lady who had amazing skin and very few wrinkles… her secret was one asprin crushed and disolved into natural yogurt daily! She had done this for 30 years…
    Asprin is great if you have combination skin prone to acne. Since you may find all the usual market stuff or even pescription stuff contains benzoinc acid which causes combination skin to excessively dry and can cause oils to over work, produce more, clog more and lewad to more acne… in cystic acne sufferers like myself benzoic can be our worst nightmare!

    I tried the oil cleansing method and loved the results at first… however after 2 weeks I went into the purge period, I had heard in some cystic acne sufferers it lasted a good month to 6 weeks, however I painfully tried the oil cleansing method for 3 months and my skin got more and more cystic acne…. clusters of it! Then I realised that it was because of the steam method afterwards, it requires you to use very hot water on face cloth several times to open pores and remove oil. A skin specialist told me NEVER use hot water or steams on acne skin due to combination skin type and don’t use face scrubs more than once a month! All these methods cause the oils to over produce.

    So now I gently remove make up every night with oilve oil, then rinse 3 times with WARM water, then put a thin mask of manuka honey with 1 drop of either lavender, chamomile or rosemary oil on.
    I leave for up to half an hour then rinse off and rinse with cold water, then I apply my own toner which is in a small bottle of half raw apple cider vinegar, half water with 1 drop of rosemary oil, pat on with cotton wool, then I apply a small amount of my own blend moisturiser, which is in a dark bottle- 10tsp almond oil, 12 drops tamanu oil, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop chamomile.
    I do the above regime 5 nights a week, and on two nights spaced apart I do one which is 3 asprin crushed and added to 1tbs organic natural yogurt, then follow with rinse tone, moisturise and the other night with 3 asprin cushed and mixed with some blended advocado and leave on for 25 mins, rinse, tone moisturise.

    You MUST be very very gentle with skin at all times, if you are combination acne prone- never rub or scrub, never use hot water and always splash with cold after rinsing.

    I have been off the oil cleansing method now for 4 weeks but it ruined my skin! The cysts it caused are still there, but coming off that method but still remaining natural and home made has cleared the rest of my skin wonderfully. Once every 2 weeks I use the oil cleansing method just to keep pores clear, but I splash several times with WARM water before hand to open pores and use WARM water not hot afterwards and I am very very grentle when I massage the oils in. I have been using the whole above steps now for 4 weeks and I am no longer getting massive break outs, I’ve had 2 small spots and of course am still trying to get rid of the cysts the oil cleansing caused.

    CYSTIC ACNE TIP; dip a cotton pad in almost hot water and hold on the cyst only, keep re-dipping and holding on with light pressure nightly for 15 minutes, it disperses/melts down the keratin blockage that causes the cyst. (proper cystic acne is NOT filled with pus- but keratin, a yucky stringy cheesy like stuff, usually cream in colour) It also brings it out to the surface while melting it down. I have got one cyst flat and almost gone by doing this. NEVER use ice or cold water as it will cause it to become more blocked.

    And there you have it!

  13. cally doyle says

    I have been using aspirin for a while now and I love the results. I DO NOT recommend first time users to leave the aspirin on your face for more than thirty seconds. Its wicked strong. Also moisturize immediately. I use all natural soap after the aspirin. AND for the love of GOD do not go out in the sun right away you will burn. Also try the dollar store for cheap aspirin. Cheap as in No Name brand , one hundred tablets for a dollar. Seriously, a penny a piece. It doesnt get any better than that. I only use four aspirin at a time. I do it every morning in the shower. ITs quick, easy and very effective. My skin looks fabulous. Also you can use it as a foot scrub. Leave it on for a while and use your emory board side of your foot brush. Takes off dead skin like magic. By far, the best beauty tricks ever.

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    Aspirin interferes with your blood’s clotting action. When you bleed, your blood’s clotting cells, called platelets, build up at the site of your wound. The platelets help form a plug that seals the opening in your blood vessel to stop bleeding. ^:*^

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