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Can you pay for aftershave with an HSA?

Are you wondering if you can pay for aftershave with an HSA? You may also be wondering if this item is eligible or ineligible for use with your HSA funds, or if it qualifies for reimbursement.

No, unfortunately you can't use your HSA to pay for aftershave. In fact, if you do pay for aftershave with you HSA, you may be subject to a penalty.

More details about aftershave

Aftershave is traditionally an alcohol-based liquid applied to the face after shaving to prevent infection of cuts and to reduce skin irritation.

Some popular aftershave brands are Aqua Velva, Brut, Clubman Pinaud, Proraso, and Skin Bracer.


Please note that it's always best to check with your HSA administrator or health insurance provider to confirm if you can pay for aftershave with your HSA card before making any purchases.

A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor diagnosed you with a specific medical condition or ordered a treatment, product, or prescription specifically for you, your HSA should cover it. Sometimes your HSA will even cover items that it normally wouldn't if you have a letter of medical necessity signed by your doctor. Again, you should check with your HSA administrator before any purchase if you have any questions about an item being eligible or ineligible.