How To Prepare Salicylic Acid At Home

Introduction and preparation of salicylic acid


Salicylic acid is a commonly used ingredient in skincare products due to its ability to exfoliate and treat acne. However, purchasing salicylic acid products can be expensive. In this article, we will guide you on how to prepare salicylic acid at home using readily available ingredients.


To prepare salicylic acid at home, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Aspirin tablets (at least 10)
  • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Dropper bottle


The following steps will guide you on how to prepare salicylic acid at home:

  1. Crush the aspirin tablets into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or a spoon.
  2. Place the aspirin powder into the dropper bottle.
  3. Add enough isopropyl alcohol to the dropper bottle to dissolve the aspirin powder. The ratio should be 1:4 (1 part aspirin powder to 4 parts isopropyl alcohol).
  4. Shake the dropper bottle well to ensure that the aspirin powder is completely dissolved in the isopropyl alcohol.
  5. Your homemade salicylic acid is now ready to use!


To use your homemade salicylic acid, follow these steps:

  1. Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser.
  2. Apply a small amount of the salicylic acid solution to a cotton pad.
  3. Gently rub the cotton pad over your face, avoiding the eye area.
  4. Leave the solution on for a few minutes before rinsing it off with water.
  5. Follow up with a moisturizer to prevent dryness.


It is important to exercise caution when using salicylic acid, especially if you have sensitive skin. Here are some precautions to take:

  • Do a patch test on a small area of your skin before applying the solution to your face.
  • Do not use the solution more than once a day to avoid over-exfoliation.
  • Avoid using salicylic acid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you experience any skin irritation or discomfort, discontinue use immediately and consult a dermatologist.


Preparing salicylic acid at home is a cost-effective way to incorporate this skincare ingredient into your routine. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can prepare your own salicylic acid solution and enjoy its benefits for your skin. Remember to use it with caution and always prioritize the health of your skin.