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Coffee Face Mask!

by Wasifa Ahmad Hasan
Those who are following my blog for quite some time know that I like to use “unusual kitchen stuffs” for skin care. So today let me share with you my recent discovery in at-home skin care: COFFEE!
Yes, you heard it right, coffee.
How, you ask?
Oh it’s very easy! You can use it as a mask and also as a scrub. Let me tell you why I chose coffee as a face mask.

Caffeine is said to be easily absorbed into the skin and can tighten the dilated blood vessels under our skin. If Hollywood stars like Eva Longoria can mix coffee into their weekly masks, why can’t we do the same?!


If you want to sum up the benefits of coffee on skin care, take a look below:
  • It has anti-inflammatory agent; which means it can reduce the acne trouble.
  • It brightens the skin.
  • It reduces redness of skin.
  • It makes the skin tighter.
  • It exfoliates dead skin.
  • It moisturizes the skin.
  • It minimizes pores.
  • It helps to reduce under-eye circles.
Sounds too good to be true, isn’t it? Scroll down to know my personal experience with coffee mask.
It was more than good, it was actually AMAZING. After using this mask my skin became so smooth & soft, just like a baby! I have found that some masks cause extra oiliness on skin, but it didn’t make my skin oilier or create any reaction. It works best after using my Cinnamon Face Scrub!

How can you make coffee face mask: Ingredients

  • Natural Coffee grounds or coffee powder (not the pre-mixed one with sugar & milk)
  • Milk
  • If you are using powder milk, you can add HONEY or some WATER.
  • If your skin is very dry, you can add 1-2 drops of OLIVE OIL.

How can you make coffee face mask:


Just mix the ingredients together so that you can get a thick paste like consistency.
Preparation of coffee face mask


Smear the thick paste on your face & neck leaving the eye and lip area bare. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Slowly massage the face with warm water to gently exfoliate. Wipe the mask off with a wash cloth and then splash cold water on your face. Apply your usual moisturizer.
Coffee face mask


  • Wear dark clothes when you are using this mask as it stains the clothes (I learnt it the hard way!).
  • Do not rub your face to wipe off the mask, just use a wash cloth with warm water. It makes the removal easier.
  • Some claim this mask removes dark circles. So I have diluted this mask with water and applied it lightly under my eyes. It did make the under eyes appear a little less dark.
  • This mask really shrinks the pores. I have been using this mask on and off for 4 months…and it truly made a difference on my skin.
  • Take a look at my skin in this picture…You can see the difference it makes after the 1st use. Here is how my face looks after using this mask… I am not wearing any kind of makeup here, just moisturizer.
Coffee mask benefits
Sorry I could not attach a “before” picture to compare, but if you head over to this past article about my skin troubles, you can easily see my skin situation.
I encourage you to try this mask at home before trying any anti-aging or pore shrinking products.
Try it and let me know how it goes!



I am updating this article in 2021. As a DIY, budget-friendly mask, I still love the coffee mask. However, I have replaced the DIY coffee mask with other affordable skin masks suitable for my current skin condition. Here are the colder weather face masks; here are the hydrating sheet masks I use. More products suggestion is listed below.

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Rachita July 25, 2017 - 11:09 am

Can I use this mask daily

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan July 25, 2017 - 11:41 am

Hello Rachita,
Using a mask everyday will be a bit too much for skin. Try it out 2 times a week and when it adjusts with your skin, You can use it up to 4 times weekly.

kea November 7, 2016 - 6:57 am

Hi can I use any type of powder milk?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan December 2, 2016 - 12:32 pm

Yes You can use powder milk.

Antonette October 28, 2016 - 10:31 am

Hey Wasifa! Just read your article to confirm that instant coffee can be used in place of grounds. Never used instant before, but it’s all I’ve got right now. Phew what a relief!

Regarding your mention of wearing dark clothes when doing this, going topless works best for me. If you wear a spaghetti strap camisol, you can easily push the shirt down around your waist while applying and removing the mask, and pull it back up for modesty when you’re done. You might want to give this a try especially because I noticed in the picture you use your whole neck for the mixture. It lessens the chance for a mess.

Speaking of your selfie, you’re not wearing a headband. To avoid the mixture getting in my hair, after putting my hair up, I throw on a headband to have some kind of barrier.
I hope my advice helps! Thanks for your article!!

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan November 1, 2016 - 8:45 pm

Hey Antonette! Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment on my blog. Actually I use this mask when I am in the shower, but for the sake of the blogpost, I did it like this. And yes, I should have used a headband. Noted!
Have a great day!

Chris October 24, 2016 - 7:42 pm

Do you use in stand coffee? Because I noticed it smooth like a paste without any grains/grounds

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan October 26, 2016 - 2:06 pm

I am not sure what you mean, but I use instant coffee.

dalton July 28, 2016 - 6:37 pm

how often should i use this mask to see results but i also dont want to damage my skin by using to much if tht makes sense

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan July 29, 2016 - 12:57 pm

Once a week is good enough 🙂

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Nivetha December 16, 2015 - 1:31 am

I am trying this. Can I do this daily? Since I m having Acne issues

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan January 7, 2016 - 1:28 pm

Hey Nivetha! You can try using it 2-3 times a week. If your skin reacts well, then increase the number. But using everyday may be too much for skin.

Jeanette October 27, 2015 - 7:01 pm

I made this for a friend and it molded. Is there some special care and keeping instructions?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan October 28, 2015 - 11:28 am

It has never happened to me, or anyone else who has tried it! Generally I use this mask right after I make it and do not make extra so that I have to store it. May be the ingredients were expired or had something bad in it, I don’t know. Can you try making it again with fresh ingredients?

nazahat October 24, 2015 - 1:35 pm

I have a terrrrible acne breakout esp in my upper back and forehead…. will this aid in treating that as well?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan October 26, 2015 - 12:22 pm

This mask alone won’t get rid of the acne episodes. You have to try this mask along with other home-remedy.

Zoe September 27, 2015 - 12:43 am

This sounds like a really good idea, I was just wondering though how often should I use this?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan September 29, 2015 - 11:47 am

Hey Zoe! If it suits you skin, you can use it 2 times per week. 🙂

Maria September 19, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Hi i saw your post on pointless and loved it I am know trying the coffee mask. Thank you for using home products that work. 😉

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan September 19, 2015 - 1:56 pm

You are most welcome Maria! 🙂

monic July 28, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Will instant coffee powder work just as well?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan July 28, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Yes it will 🙂

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ashley May 29, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Quantity they milk powder do you use?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan May 29, 2015 - 5:07 pm

1 teaspoon or more according to skin dryness.

Kim November 14, 2014 - 6:38 am

Can we the use the normal coffee powder which we use to drink in routine

Wasifa Ahmad November 14, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Hi Kim! Of course you can use that 🙂

Wasifa Ahmad April 18, 2013 - 2:13 pm

If your skin is very oily, then reduce the amount of milk.

tAhMiNa April 18, 2013 - 2:11 pm

i'll give a try soon.. hope its safe for oily skin 🙂

Wasifa Ahmad April 8, 2013 - 7:03 am

Hi Samm! Yes you can use honey and little drops of water. But milk or milk derivatives work best in mask 🙂

Samm Hyde April 8, 2013 - 12:46 am

Can I just add some honey and a tad of water to make this work? I really don't want to go get powdered milk.

Shawnda Scott March 6, 2013 - 11:24 pm

Pretty sure, powder milk will NOT MAKE YOU FAT when applied to skin. Just saying! Ugh!

Wasifa Ahmad March 5, 2013 - 7:06 am

1 teaspoon of ground coffee will be enough..but if you feel that you need more, add more!
About the milk, powder milk will work best because the mixture will only need a little amount of water. If you use liquid milk, you will not get the benefit of milk by this little amount. If you do not want to use milk,just liquefy the coffee with some drops of water and then add yogurt.

S March 5, 2013 - 2:48 am

didn't mention quantity, and is ground coffee just not the instant one, right? and the powder milk? can it be use something else, milk has fat :

Wasifa Ahmad February 24, 2013 - 6:57 am

Sure! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

Orchidhead February 23, 2013 - 7:18 pm

I love the smell of coffee, I must do this.

Wasifa Ahmad February 23, 2013 - 8:10 am

Thanks Martha & yes I completely agree with you..Sometimes it's better to use the regular kitchen products for skin care than high-end skin care products.

Martha Woods February 22, 2013 - 5:37 pm

I LOVE using coffee masques and also scrubs–so much better and cheaper than store-bought products!! Your skin looks amazing btw 🙂

Wasifa Ahmad February 21, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Most welcome Chantel!

Chantel February 21, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Wow, thanks for sharing this great idea!

Wasifa Ahmad February 21, 2013 - 10:39 am

Thanks! Let me know how it goes 🙂

Loredana February 21, 2013 - 10:38 am

I love this idea! Can't wait to try it out!


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