A Dermatologist Shares Her Go-To DIY Pumpkin Face Mask for Glowing Skin

Alisa Hrustic
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Photo credit: kazmulka - Getty Images
Photo credit: kazmulka - Getty Images

From Prevention

Fall’s trendiest ingredient is a hit in skincare too, thanks to its diverse nutrient profile. “Topically, pumpkin is rich in benefits,” says Ava Shamban, M.D., a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist in California. It contains vitamins A, C, and E that hydrate, firm, and protect the skin; anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe; and enzymes that gently exfoliate. “When you’re cooking for the holiday, it’s easy to prep what you need for a great DIY mask too,” Dr. Shamban says. Her go-to recipe is good for a week when stored in the fridge (just don’t accidentally eat it!).

How to make a pumpkin face mask


  • 2 cups pureed or canned pumpkin

  • 4 Tbsp plain, unflavored yogurt (contains lactic acid, a gentle exfoliator)

  • 1/3 cup finely ground almonds (rich in antioxidants, also helps aid in exfoliation)

  • 4 Tbsp honey (a great antibacterial)

  • 1/4 tsp olive oil (hydrating and packed with vitamins)


  1. In medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until fully incorporated.

  2. Apply to cleansed skin and let sit 5 to 10 minute while you enjoy a bath or shower. (“The enzymes are most active when moist,” says Dr. Shamban.)

  3. Remove with a clean microfiber cloth and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

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This article originally appeared in the November 2020 issue of Prevention.

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