DIY Pumpkin Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

Fall is in the air, which means so is pumpkin everything! Pumpkin is one of my favorite scents and flavors— I pretty much hoard candles and cookie dough during this time of year. Did you know that pumpkin also has a lot of beauty benefits for your skin?

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A and C which help boost collagen production, giving it anti-aging properties. It is one of the most carotenoid-rich foods, and has the power to protect your skin against sun damage. When applied topically, pumpkin can treat acne with vitamins E and zinc, as well as combat inflammation and reduce the visibility of pores. To put it simply: pumpkin is a skin super food!

My skin has been slowly clearing up with the help of prescription topical, but face masks are still a big part of my skin care routine. Not just to supercharge my skin, but also for simple pampering! It only made sense that, for the season of pumpkins, I would make a DIY pumpkin face mask for my acne-prone skin.

What You Need:

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

  • 2 tbsp 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp and Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix the ingredients together, and you’ll have enough for about two uses. Apply with your hands or a flat brush, and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off. Store the left over mask in an air-tight container inside the refrigerator. It will last up to one week.

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

This mask gives a bit of a tingly sensation, which I like. Immediately after my first use, I saw a reduction in redness around my problem areas.

Aside from the pumpkin’s benefits, honey and apple cider vinegar make this mask doubly delicious for your skin. They are both anti-bacterial, making them ideal for treating acne. Honey is extremely moisturizing and helps open up the pores, while apple cider vinegar restores the natural acid in your skin, removes dirt and oil, and is a natural exfoliant. This recipe is great for oily and combo skin. If your skin is on the drier side, you can omit or reduce the amount of apple cider vinegar, or add more honey for extra moisture.

If you try this mask, take a picture and tag me in it!



  1. I love pumpkin but I tried making a DIY one before with similar ingredients (no apple cider) and it caused my eczema to flare up bad… it took almost a month for it to go away. :/ I was told by my derm it was the pumpkin and that it can cause that… while it’s great for the skin, sometimes it does cause irritation so I have to be careful… I can only use on my forehead now :/

      • yes… and unfortunately I am stuck with the triggers that make up a long list… heat is one for me as well as anything acidic or salty or anything can trigger a flare up for me… since most of my flare ups occur on my chin and cheeks :/ if you didn’t have an issue, I think it shouldn’t be a problem… that’s why I only use on my forehead… the rest of my face hates me :/

  2. Miranda, what role does the apple cider vinegar play in the mask? I’d like to make this for my dry skin, and I’m wondering if I can/should just leave out the vinegar?

    • Hi Allison! I mention in the last paragraph that the apple cider vinegar restores natural acidity to the skin, removes dirt/oil and is a natural exfoliant. For dry skin, I would still include perhaps a tiny bit to start– maybe 1/4 of a tsp, or dilute with water 50/50.

      • Thanks, Miranda. Sorry I missed that bit. Now I know what I’m going to do with the pumpkin sitting on my front steps after Halloween 🙂


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