Benefits Of Pumpkin Seed Oil For The Skin

Get youthful and healthy skin with this moisturizing and refreshing oil!

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Pumpkin seed oil is known for its anti-acne, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, anti-aging, and skin-soothing benefits. You may use pumpkin seed oil for skin rejuvenation and moisturization. Since it is lightweight and gets absorbed quickly into the skin, it is a common ingredient in skin care products like serums, scrubs, massage oils, face masks, and lotions. Read on to know more about pumpkin seed oil’s benefits and how to use it for healthy and youthful skin.

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Pumpkin Seed Oil

What Is It?
Pumpkin seed oil for the skin is a natural oil extracted from pumpkin seeds

What Are Its Benefits?
It helps with acne, inflammation, and skin infections like boils and cellulitis, and reduces signs of aging.

Who Can Use It?
Anyone except infants, and pregnant or lactating women.

How Often?
Few teaspoons in moderation for topical application.

Caution
Avoid using it if it causes allergic reactions like redness, swelling, or inflammation.

Nutrition Facts Of Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin seed oil has a rich nutritional profile and contains the following nutrients:

  • Essential fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acids (1), (2)
  • Antioxidants like vitamins A and E (3), (4)
  • Minerals like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, and potassium (1), (5)
  • Unsaturated and saturated fats (6)
  • Bioactive compounds like beta carotenes, alpha-tocopherol, lutein, and phytosterols (6)

When consumed, these nutrients may help reduce inflammation and the risk of cardiovascular issues (6). However, applying pumpkin seed oil on your skin may also help with moisture retention, reduce free radical damage, and keep your skin soft and healthy. Check out the next section for some insights into the benefits of using pumpkin seed oil.

Benefits Of Pumpkin Seed Oil For The Skin

It’s an incredible plant-based ingredient for our skin, particularly our face, as it’s high in:

Vitamin A – keeps skin firm and healthy.

Beta Carotene – a precursor of vitamin A that helps maintain healthy skin.

Vitamins B2 & B3 – They soften the skin and improve complexion.

Potassium – It helps regulate the amount of water in cells (along with sodium).

Magnesium – This is an essential mineral for skin health.

Zinc – It helps with the formation of new skin cells and collagen production.

protip_icon Fun Fact
In Austria, the pumpkin seed oil is commonly called “green gold” because of its unique color.

1. Helps Manage Acne And Other Skin Inflammation

Woman with acne may benefit from pumpkin seed oil
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Pumpkin seed oil contains beta-carotene and unsaturated fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective against acne-causing bacteria like P. acnes and S. aureus. When taken orally or applied topically, pumpkin seed oil can reduce acne inflammation and soothe other acute and chronic skin inflammatory conditions (5), (7).

2. Prevents Skin Infection

Pumpkin seed oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties and is active against fungi like Candida albicans and bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus (5). Candida albicans causes candidiasis, an itchy skin rash, and S. aureus causes impetigo (a red, itchy sore) and other skin infections like boils and cellulitisi  Skin infection caused by bacteria which leads to pain, swelling, tenderness, and redness in the affected area. (other than acne).

Moreover, pumpkin seed oil contains phloem exudate (liquid secreted by the tissue), which adds to its antifungal activity (5).

3. Promotes Wound Healing

A study conducted on rats showed that cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil could promote wound healing. Cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil contains tocopherols, sterolsi  Organic compounds present in animal and plant lipids or fats that help treat irritated skin and improve skin elasticity. , and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These compounds make it an excellent antioxidant and antimicrobial agent to promote wound healing (8).

4. Minimizes Aging Signs

Woman with aging signs may benefit from pumpkin seed oil
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The saturated fatty acids and antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E in pumpkin seed oil prevent free radical damage and minimize signs of aging. It contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, zinc, and other nourishing ingredients that give healthy skin from within, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin texture, elasticity, and integrity, and prevent conditions like dermatitisi  An inflammation of the skin that can cause rashes, dryness, itchiness, or small blisters on the skin. (5),(7), (9), (10). Additionally, it contains vitamins B2 and B3 which keeps the skin soft and improves its complexion.

5. UV Protection

A study shows that pumpkin extract has protective effects against UVB-induced skin damage. It works as a photoprotective agent and minimizes UV-induced collagen damage (11). Several studies confirmed that pumpkin seed oil in herbal and cosmetic formulations could provide superior photoprotection. Its antioxidant properties can reduce the risk of UV-induced skin cancer, photoagingi  Skin damage caused by prolonged exposure to UV radiation. It results in the breakdown of collagen and leads to premature aging. , and skin redness (12), (13).

6. Reduces Hyperpigmentation

Woman with hyperpigmentation may benefit from pumpkin seed oil
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Red pumpkin seed extract can also prevent UV-induced hyperpigmentation. It blocks the reactive oxygen species that trigger the Nrf2 signal (a pathway that mediates inflammatory factors), thus minimizing the risk of developing pigmentation (14).

7. Makeup Removal

Woman using pumpkin seed oil and cotton pads to remove makeup
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Pumpkin seed oil can be used as a natural oil cleanser to remove makeup. It thoroughly cleanses the skin without irritating it (15).

You can consume pumpkin seed oil or use it topically to leverage its benefits. Here are a few ways to add pumpkin seed oil to your skin care regimen.

How To Use Pumpkin Seed Oil

  • You can use pumpkin seed oil as a moisturizer and apply it directly to your skin. You can also mix it with your favorite skin products and creams.
  • Use skin care products that contain pumpkin seed oil.
  • Add pumpkin seed oil to DIY face masks or use it as a carrier oil.
  • Consult a nutritionist or dietitian and add pumpkin seed oil to your diet.

Lisalise, a blogger, shares her love for pumpkin seed oil for its skin-loving qualities, except she can’t get rid of its unpleasant smell. In one of her blog posts, she writes, “I love what this oil contains and offers for skin care – and would really like to make it work – but no matter what I mix it with, it can’t pass the ‘nose test’ (i).”

protip_icon Quick Tip
When stored properly, pumpkin seed oil has a shelf life of up to 2 years. However, anecdotal evidence suggests it is most effective in the first year.

Conduct a patch test before using pumpkin seed oil as it may cause some minor side effects. Read on to learn in detail about some of them.

Side Effects Of Pumpkin Seed Oil

Woman experiencing skin inflammation due to side effects of pumpkin seed oil
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Pumpkin seed oil is considered safe, but it may cause allergic reactions like:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Inflammation.

Consult a dermatologist if you experience any of the symptoms.

Infographic: 5 Benefits Of Pumpkin Seed Oil For Skin And Tips To Use It

Pumpkin seed oil helps treat acne, improve pigmentation, prevent signs of aging, and address several other skin problems. You can use this oil to get clean and clear skin without burning a hole in your pocket. Check out the infographic below to learn more.

get clear skin with pumpkin seed oil (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

The Takeaway

Pumpkin seed oil is a lightweight and nutrient-dense oil popular for quick skin absorption, moisturization, and refreshment. Using pumpkin seed oil for your skin regularly may reduce skin aging, prevent skin infections, and soothe acne and other skin conditions. You can apply pumpkin seed oil directly on your skin or choose products that contain this ingredient. Although considered safe, pumpkin seed oil may cause side effects such as redness, swelling, or inflammation. If you develop an adverse reaction, consult a doctor immediately for further treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does pumpkin seed oil tighten skin?

Yes, pumpkin seed oil contains vitamin A, which tightens the skin by improving its texture and elasticity. But more research is needed to prove this claim.

Will pumpkin seed oil clog pores?

Pumpkin seed oil may clog your pores if you have oily or combination skin as it has a low comedogenic rating. However, it is recommended for acne, which is common in oily skin, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

Does pumpkin seed oil help with cellulite?

Pumpkin seed oil may help reduce cellulite. Pumpkin flesh contains flavonoids, which may have anti-cellulite properties.

Is pumpkin seed oil good for your lips?

Yes, pumpkin seed oil is good for the skin on your lips. It keeps your skin moisturized and can reduce dryness or chapped lips.

Key Takeaways

  • Pumpkin seed oil helps moisturize and rejuvenate your skin with its anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.
  • Serums, oils, masks, and lotions— there are multiple ways to include pumpkin seed oil in your skincare routine.
  • While it is a safe oil to use, it may lead to rash and irritation for some skin types.
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Make your own pumpkin seed oil for healthy and beautiful hair and skin! To achieve the best results, watch this simple step-by-step video tutorial for more information.

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References

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  1. Nutritional Value, Phytochemical Potential, and Therapeutic Benefits of Pumpkin (Cucurbita sp.)
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9182978/
  2. Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/
  3. Macro‐ and microelements in pumpkin seed oils: Effect of processing crop season and country of origin
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6526651/
  4. Bioactive Compounds for Skin Health: A Review
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7827176/
  5. Facial Acne Therapy by Using Pumpkin Seed Oil with Its Physicochemical Properties
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325575102
  6. Evaluation of Fatty Acid Compositions, Antioxidant, and Pharmacological Activities of Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) Seed Oil from Aqueous Enzymatic Extraction
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8402081/
  7. Physicochemical Properties of Pumpkin Seed Oil & Therapy of Inflammatory Facial Acne Vulgaris
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319464119
  8. Oil from Pumpkin (cucurbita Pepo L.) Seeds: Evaluation of Its Functional Properties on Wound Healing in Rats
    https://lipidworld.biomedcentral.com/counter/pdf/10.1186/s12944-016-0237-0.pdf
  9. Characterization and Formulation of Skin Cream from Seed Oil Extracted from Cucumis Melo
    https://www.scholarsresearchlibrary.com/articles/characterization-and-formulation-of-skin-cream-from-seed-oil-extracted-fromcucumis-melo.pdf
  10. A Comprehensive Review of the Versatile Pumpkin Seeds (cucurbita Maxima) as a Valuable Natural Medicine
    http://www.journalcra.com/sites/default/files/issue-pdf/10247.pdf
  11. Combined Oral and Topical Application of Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.) Alleviates Contact Dermatitis Associated With Depression Through Downregulation Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8141732/
  12. New Cosmetic Formulations With Broad Photoprotective and Antioxidative Activities Designed by Amaranth and Pumpkin Seed Oils Nanocarriers
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0926669018305922
  13. Amelioration of Uv Radiation-Induced Photoaging by a Combinational Sunscreen Formulation Via Aversion of Oxidative Collagen Degradation and Promotion of Tgf-Β-Smad-Mediated Collagen Production
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0928098718304950
  14. A Red Pumpkin Seed Extract Reduces Melanosome Transfer to Keratinocytes by Activation of Nrf2 Signaling
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jocd.12716
  15. In Vitro and in Vivo Removal Efficacies of a Formulated Pumpkin Seed Oil Makeup Remover
    https://aocs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jsde.12315
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Dr. CP Thajudheen has over 20 years of experience in various lasers, light-based devices, and other advanced equipment. He was one of the beginners who introduced cutaneous lasers in India. He carries out dermato surgeries regularly, including hair grafting and vitiligo surgeries. He runs multiple laser centers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and has trained many doctors in lasers and...read full bio

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