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7 Awesome Additional Benefits of Pumpkin Oil for the Skin

Pumpkin isn’t just for Halloween and Thanksgiving pies. I’ve covered pumpkin seed oil previously on the site and its benefits for healthy follicles and shinier hair.

An excellent oil with omega-3 & 6 fatty acids as well as vitamins E & K. Apart from the hair, however, you can also use pumpkin oil and fruit for the skin.

One of my favorite exfoliating masks from MUAC is made from pumpkin. Used midweek after a peel, it sloughs off the dead skin cells to reveal smoother & glowing skin underneath.

7 Amazing Benefits of Pumpkin Oil for the Skin

The Amazing Benefits of Pumpkin for the Skin

1. Brightens Skin

Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which brighten the skin and contributes to skin renewal.

2. Boosts Collagen Production

Vitamins C, E & K in pumpkin seed oil softens the skin and boosts collagen production.

3. Treats Acne & Premature Wrinkles

Vitamin A in pumpkin seed oil contains mild retinoids. Retinoid is an excellent treatment for acne as well as premature wrinkles.

4. Powerful Antioxidants

Pumpkin contains powerful antioxidants like beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Higher than any other fruit.

5. Keeps Acne Incidence Under Control

Additionally, pumpkin contains niacin, riboflavin, salicylic acid, lactic, and ascorbic acid, all crucial ingredients in dealing with acne-prone skin.

6. Regulates Oily Skin

Pumpkin also contains zinc, which can help regulate oily skin and heal damage from acne.

7. Improves Skin Texture

The smaller molecular structure of pumpkin assists with skin penetration to improve a dull complexion and hyperpigmentation issues.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Products for the Skin

Due to the many benefits of pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil, there are a lot of skincare products that incorporate this ingredient with some of the best being:-

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Kat Burki PH+ Enzyme Essence

Kat Burki PH+ Enzyme Essence

Eminence Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

Éminence Organic Skin Care Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque

June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque

Christopher Courtney Anti-Oxidant Chocolate Face Cleanser

Christopher Courtney Anti-Oxidant Chocolate Face Cleanser

makeup artist's choice pumpkin exfoliating mask

Makeup Artists Choice Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask

If the above recommendations are too much for your pocket though, feel free to make your own pumpkin exfoliating mask at home.

DIY Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask



  • Mix all the ingredients together into a smooth paste. This is roughly for 1 use but you can adjust the ingredients as needed.
  • Apply to face and massage face in gentle circular motions for a few minutes then leave on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizing cream.

The recipe above works better for dry skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, replace the honey and sugar with a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar. Use this once a week for optimal results.

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