How to Heal Acne Cysts With Crushed Aspirin

Acne cysts are common in individuals of all ages -- especially teenagers, pregnant women and women around the time of their menstrual cycle. The bacteria-filled lesions can sometimes be difficult to to eliminate, but an effective treatment for some includes aspirin. Made of acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin can help to clean your skin, reduce pore size and reduce inflammation. Turn crushed aspirin into a paste that can help in your fight against acne.

A traditional aspirin pill next to a glass of water. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 1

Take one aspirin tablet -- generic, uncoated aspirin is best for acne treatment -- and place it in a small bowl. Add a few drops of water to the bowl. Use the back of a spoon to crush the aspirin into a paste.

Step 2

Add one tablespoon of honey to the bowl. Honey can help reduce bacteria and moisturize your skin, counteracting the drying effects of aspirin.

Step 3

Place one tablespoon of aloe vera in the bowl. Aloe vera can help to reduce inflammation that is often associated with acne cysts.

Step 4

Use a gentle, facial cleanser to wash your face. Rinse and pat dry.

Step 5

Apply the aspirin paste in a thin layer all over your face or just on the problem areas. Allow the paste to dry. This will take 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6

Rinse the paste off of your face and dry your skin. To prevent drying, apply an oil-free moisturizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Aspirin

  • Water

  • Honey

  • Aloe vera

  • Moisturizer

  • Facial cleanser

  • Small bowl

  • Tablespoon


Not all home acne remedies work for everyone. An acne treatment that works for you may not work for another. If you are having difficulty treating acne cysts, contact a dermatologist for advice.

Use the aspirin paste method two to three times per week to help heal acne cysts.


Do not use this method if you are allergic to aspirin.

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