9 Incredible Pumpkin Facial Benefits For Your Skin

When we typically associate pumpkins with fall and Halloween, our minds don’t immediately jump to skincare treatments. However, I will share nine incredible pumpkin facial benefits with you today.

The great pumpkin has been around for centuries and used for many purposes. And since it is almost pumpkin season, I thought it would be fun to share a little secret of mine with you.

Pumpkin facials are truly one of my favorite indulgences this time of the year. I love the yummy scent of the pumpkin, and I have been doing facials every month for several years, and I love the benefits my skin has seen from these treatments. 

When fall comes around, I am always anxious to have a facial full of my fall-favorite ingredient, pumpkin.  In addition, you will love the delightful smell, and the pumpkin facial benefits are fantastic.

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Health benefits of pumpkin

According to Healthline, there are nine health benefits in pumpkins that may improve your health and fight off free radicals (unstable molecules that can cause damage to our cells).

Pumpkins have a wide array of beneficial nutrients including:

  • Vitamin A
  • High in antioxidants
  • Full of vitamin C
  • fiber
  • Potassium

In addition, pumpkins contain Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, which may protect your eyesight.

Pumpkins are also known to have enzymes that are beneficial to our skin.

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What is a pumpkin facial?

A pumpkin facial is a skincare treatment that uses pumpkin-based products or pumpkin extracts to improve the health and appearance of the skin, create cell turnover, and improve collagen production.

These facials have been growing in popularity over the last few years.

 It typically involves the application of a mask or exfoliating treatment made from pumpkin pulp, enzymes, or puree. 

benefits of a pumpkin facial

Who can benefit from a pumpkin facial?

This is an excellent facial for you if you have the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, sun damage, dull complexion, acne breakout, or if you want to ward off the aging process.

Types of Pumpkin Facials

esthetician giving a facial for the benefits of a pumpkin facial

A professional esthetician should determine the proper treatment for your face. They will assess your skin type to see if you have oily skin, acne scars, dull skin, and your overall health and skincare regimen.

Here are a few of the different types of pumpkin facials available:

Pumpkin Enzyme Facial:

  • This type of facial uses a pumpkin enzyme mask that contains natural enzymes like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to exfoliate the skin.
  • It helps remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and improve skin texture, leaving the skin smoother and brighter.
  • Pumpkin enzyme facials are suitable for all skin types but particularly beneficial for dull or congested skin.

PCA Pumpkin Face Mask:

  • This nutritive treatment mask is the best exfoliating facial mask. Therapeutic Pumpkin Mask incorporates exfoliating pumpkin enzymes catalyzing agents in pumpkin that act as a purifying scrub that removes impurities.The salicylic acid works along with the pumpkin to help promote a clear complexion. The rich enzyme mask helps remove layers of dead skin, which can cause dry skin and lifelessness. 

Pumpkin Hydrating Facial:

  • A pumpkin hydrating facial involves using pumpkin-based masks or moisturizers rich in vitamins and nutrients.
  • It is ideal for dry or dehydrated skin, as the pumpkin helps lock in moisture and soothe the skin, leaving it feeling more supple and hydrated.

Pumpkin Peel Facial:

  • These chemical peels are infused with potent fruit enzymes and are rich in antioxidants. 
  • These enzymes derived from pumpkin pulp delicately exfoliate the uppermost layer of the skin, eliminating dead skin cells, excess oil, and other impurities.

DIY Pumpkin facial at home:

  • Creating a homemade pumpkin mask is relatively simple and can be a fun way to enjoy the potential skincare benefits of pumpkin. Here’s a basic recipe card for a DIY pumpkin mask:

DIY Home Pumpkin Facial

Enjoy a DIY Homemade Pumpkin Facial for a glowing, autumn-inspired skincare treat!
Prep Time5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: wendy
Cost: $5


  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 Facial brush


  • 2 Tbsp Canned or cooked pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp Honey (for added moisture and antibacterial properties)
  • 1/2 tsp Plain yogurt (for its natural exfoliating and soothing properties)
  • 1/2 tsp Finely ground oats (optional for additional exfoliation)
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon (optional for a pleasant scent and potential anti-inflammatory benefits)


  • Prepare the Pumpkin Puree: If you don't have canned pumpkin puree, you can make your own by cooking and mashing fresh pumpkin. Ensure it's cool before using it in the mask.
  • Combine Ingredients: In a small bowl, mix together the cooled pumpkin puree, honey, yogurt, and finely ground oats (if using). If you add cinnamon, include a small pinch, but be cautious, as it can irritate some skin types.
  • Cleanse Your Face: Before applying the mask, ensure your face is clean and free from makeup or dirt. You can use a gentle cleanser to wash your face.
  • Apply the Mask: Using clean fingers or a brush, apply the pumpkin mask evenly to your face, avoiding the eye area. Be gentle when applying it to prevent any skin irritation.
  • Relax: After applying the mask, relax for about 10-15 minutes. You may experience a tingling sensation, which is normal due to the natural enzymes in the pumpkin.
  • Rinse Off:You can use a soft cloth or your hands to gently remove the mask.
  • Moisturize: After rinsing, pat your face dry with a clean towel and follow up with your regular moisturizer to lock in the moisture.

What does a pumpkin facial entail?

Here is what you can expect if you make an appointment for a pumpkin facial. 

I live near Pasadena, California, and go to an esthetician. Her name is Kathleen Dudley, and she is AMAZING!

 If you happen to live nearby, you must try her! She does many different types of facials, microneedling, and much more. Schedule an appointment with Kathleen today.  You can also find her on Instagram.

  • Kathleen welcomed me into her beautiful treatment room when I arrived at her facility.
treatment room for a facial- having a pumpkin facial
  • My hair was wrapped up in a towel, and I put on a wrap. 
  • I then lay on a comfy, cozy warm bed.
Before PIcture of having a pumpkin facial
Before Picture
Hair tied up and laying on a bed before recieving a pumpkin facial and all of the great benefits
Hair Tied Up
Benefits of a pumpkin facial- lady getting a facial on a bed
Cleansing My Face
  • Kathleen cleansed my face with warm water and a gentle facial cleanser. 
  •  She then performed a skin care regimen, including extractions.
Esthetician performing extractions during a pumpkin facial
  • The pumpkin mask or glycolic acid pumpkin peel will be applied to your face.
  • A warm towel is placed on your face after a period of time to clean off the mask.
esthetician giving a facial for the benefits of a pumpkin facial
Applying the Pumpkin Mask by PCA
Esthetician cleaning off a womans face after applying a pumpkin facial.
Warm Towel Applied to Face

Additional Treatments

  • You can opt to have Microdermabrasion (removal of dead skin cells)
  • Red Light treatment (Red light therapy is an emerging treatment that’s showing promise in treating wrinkles, redness, acne, scars and other signs of aging.)
  • . There are so many benefits to both of these treatments that I will have to share in another blog post.
woman receiving a microdermabrasion treatment on her face during a pumpkin facial treatment
benefits of a pumpkin facial woman getting a red light treatment on her face
Red Light Treatment
  • The application of products for skin hydration will be applied.
  • You are left with the softest skin that glows for days!
glowing skin after a pumpkim facial

What are the 9 Incredible Pumpkin Facial Benefits For Your Skin

  1. Exfoliation: Pumpkin contains natural enzymes, such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), that help gently exfoliate the skin. This exfoliation can remove dead skin cells and promote a smoother, more radiant complexion.
  2. Rich in Antioxidants: Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. These antioxidants can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and environmental stressors.
  3. Moisturization: Pumpkin is also a source of vitamins and minerals that can help nourish and hydrate the skin. The moisture-retaining properties of pumpkin can contribute to a softer and more supple complexion.
  4. Brightening Effect: The natural acids and enzymes in pumpkin can help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.
  5. Acne Treatment: Pumpkin contains zinc and vitamins A and C, which can benefit individuals with acne-prone skin. These ingredients can help regulate oil production and reduce inflammation, potentially leading to fewer breakouts.
  6. Anti-Aging Properties: Pumpkin facials may help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to the presence of antioxidants and vitamins that promote collagen production and skin elasticity.
  7. Improved Texture: Regular pumpkin facials can improve skin texture by promoting cell turnover and reducing the buildup of dead skin cells.
  8. Soothing and Calming: Pumpkin contains anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and calm irritated or sensitive skin.
  9. Natural Ingredients: Pumpkin facials often use natural ingredients, less likely to cause skin irritation or allergies than products with harsh chemicals.
  10. Seasonal Enjoyment: Pumpkin facials can also be a fun way to celebrate the fall season, making them popular at spas and skincare clinics.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of a pumpkin facial can depend on the specific products used, the individual’s skin type, and any underlying skin concerns.

Wendy and Lucy sitting on a swing

Side Effects and Precautions

While pumpkin facials are generally considered safe and can offer various skincare benefits, it’s essential to be aware of potential side effects and take precautions to ensure safe usage. Here’s a list of a few potential side effects and precautions for a pumpkin facial:

Potential Side Effects:

  1. Skin Irritation: Some individuals may experience skin irritation, redness, or a tingling sensation when using a pumpkin facial mask. This is often due to the natural enzymes in pumpkin and can be more likely if you have sensitive skin.
  2. Allergic Reactions: If you have allergies to any of the ingredients in the mask, such as pumpkin, honey, or yogurt, you may experience an allergic reaction. Be cautious if you have a known sensitivity to any of these ingredients. Be sure to check all the ingredients on the products before applying to your face.
  3. Cinnamon Sensitivity: If you choose to include cinnamon in your DIY mask, be aware that cinnamon can be irritating to some skin types.

Precautions and Advice for Safe Usage:

  1. Patch Test: Before applying a pumpkin facial mask to your entire face, perform a patch test on a small, inconspicuous area of your skin to check for any adverse reactions. Wait 24 hours to ensure there is no irritation or allergic response.
  2. Cleanse Your Face: Ensure your face is thoroughly cleansed before applying the mask. Remove all makeup and dirt to allow the mask’s ingredients to work effectively.
  3. Adjust Ingredients: Customize the mask to your skin’s needs. You can adjust the mask’s consistency and ingredients to suit your preferences and skin type. 
  4. Time and Frequency: Follow the recommended time for leaving the mask on your face, typically 10-15 minutes. Using the mask too frequently or leaving it on too long can lead to irritation or dryness. Start with once a week and adjust as needed.
  5. Moisturize Afterward: After rinsing off the mask, moisturize to lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated.
  6. Sun Protection: Pumpkin masks may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use sunscreen or avoid direct sun exposure immediately after using the mask, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  7. Consult a Professional: If you have skin conditions, allergies, or concerns about using a pumpkin facial, consult a dermatologist or skincare professional before incorporating it into your skincare routine.
  8. Avoid Open Wounds or Broken Skin: Do not apply a mask to open wounds, cuts, or irritated skin. Wait until the skin has healed before using a pumpkin facial.
  9. Discontinue Use if Irritation Occurs: If you experience any adverse reactions, such as severe redness, itching, or burning, discontinue use immediately and rinse the mask off your face.


In conclusion, the benefits of a pumpkin facial are truly remarkable for achieving a radiant and healthy complexion.

Whether you’re looking to combat acne, exfoliate dead skin cells, or simply indulge in a bit of self-care, incorporating pumpkin into your skincare routine can yield some fantastic results.

Remember that everyone’s skin is different, so what works well for one person may not work the same for another.

It’s essential to pay close attention to how your skin reacts to any new treatment or product, including pumpkin-based facials.

If you notice any adverse reactions or persistent skin issues, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional or dermatologist for personalized guidance.

Your skin’s health and well-being should always be a top priority, and by taking these steps, you can ensure that your skincare routine remains safe and effective. So go ahead, give the pumpkin facial a try, and let your skin glow with the natural goodness of this autumn treasure.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to e mail me at [email protected], I am happy to share anything you would like to know about my skincare.


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  1. No wonder you have such beautiful skin! Thank you for sharing this process. I’m excited to try the pumpkin mask…I’ll bet it smells so good!

    1. You will love it!!! They are my favorite for sure.

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