Although pumpkin carving is over and Jack-O-Lanterns are being chucked into the garbage, pumpkin is still in the season making its big debut on your kitchen table. Whether you prefer pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, or pumpkin soup— there’s something nostalgic to be said about this yummy vegetable. But, did you know that pumpkin is good for your skin as well? Especially if you have acne.
What’s In Pumpkin That Makes It So Good for Your Skin?
You have heard it at least once, and you can expect to hear it for the rest of, well, forever: antioxidants are great for your skin! Pumpkin contains a high amount of antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are notorious for soothing your skin while also boosting collagen production— a win, win for acne sufferers everywhere.
Additionally, pumpkin also contains zinc which works to control oil production and assist with healing the skin as well.
How Can You Use It?
There are two ways that you can use pumpkin: the DIY way or the over-the-counter way.
For the DIY lovers and money savers out there, using pumpkin on your face is beyond easy. All you have to do is make a quick pumpkin puree by cooking pumpkin. Let it cool, and blend it to a soft consistency. Then, you can just apply it directly to your skin before bed. Let it sit on there as a face mask for about 20-30 minutes. This will give it a long enough amount of time to settle into your pores.
For those who have less of a DIY desire, you can find pumpkin skin care products at most all-natural grocery stores or pharmacies. Just make sure that pumpkin is one of the leading ingredients and you’re good to go.