Pumpkins are great to use in your fall food recipes, but that’s not the only thing they are good for; this fall staple is also a great skin enhancer that has been shown to possibly aid in clearing up acne.
Fall foods such as winter squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and carrots all contain high levels of beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a well-known beauty vitamin that also helps fight inflammation in the body. (1)
How Does Pumpkin Help Clear the Skin?
Pumpkin’s high levels of beta-carotene help to increase cell turnover and fight bacteria and inflammation in the skin. The antioxidants found in pumpkins also help to fight acne. (2)
Pumpkins contain high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E, all of which will help keep the skin hydrated and looking its best. Pumpkin is even helpful for producing beautiful hair, nails, and an overall healthy glow, though too much may cause some orange discoloration in the skin. (2)
What Should You Do With the Pumpkin Seeds?
Don’t throw away pumpkin seeds when roasting your pumpkins this fall! Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, which helps produce collagen and increases cell turnover. The seeds are also a good source of zinc, which fights bacteria in the body, and helps to lower breakouts. (3)
Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of Vitamin E to keep your skin hydrated. They even contain a little bit of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation even further. (4)
Does Pumpkin Really Work?
Acne can stem from many different issues, such as hormonal changes, genetics, stress, and more. (5)
Eating foods such as pumpkin that help fight inflammation will help, though there are no proven studies that show pumpkin (or any other food) as a complete cure. Drinking plenty of water, washing the face well with a natural cleansing agent, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of rest will benefit the skin and can help to fight acne naturally. (6)
So, don’t give up that pumpkin if you enjoy it! I might not be a proven cure but will likely help reduce your acne and will surely give your body what it needs for pretty skin! Whether you choose canned or fresh pumpkin (or you just love the seeds), pumpkin is a fall staple to put in your grocery carts that your skin will thank you for over and over again!
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