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Do it yourself Pumpkin Mask

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This home-made pumpkin mask is from Erika Katz, author of "Bonding Over Beauty". She put these ingredients together because Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes skin and helps reduce fine lines. 

Honey is hydrating, toning, and tightens the skin. Heavy cream has natural lactic acid, which exfoliates the skin.

I recommend you use organic pumpkin for this mask. Look at the ingredient to make sure it's 100% pureed pumpkin with no preservatives, and not pumpkin with extra spices added for pie.

Since you're only using two teaspoons, you can use a melon baller to scoop out that amount onto a cookie sheet, freeze it, and then put them in a freezer bag for later. Or make a pumpkin pie! It won't miss the two teaspoons!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp heavy whipping cream


Mix all ingredients in a freshly washed bowl and mix with a freshly washed spoon and take to where you're going to give yourself a home facial.

Cleanse your skin.

Apply pumpkin mask to your face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. It's best if you relax while the mask is on.

Use a washcloth soaked in warm water to remove the mask, then apply your usual skin care products -- toners, any treatment serums, moisturizer, eye cream, lip balm and sunscreen (if it's daytime).

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Homemade masks for cystic acne, acne facials, long island

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Homemade Facial Mask for Cystic AcnePhoto Credit fruit and honey image by John Keith from

Cystic acne is more severe than common acne. Cystic acne occurs when deeper, larger pustules or cysts appear and inflammation around them is more severe, causing dramatic redness. Cystic acne is painful, as the bacterial infection involves more tissue and runs deeper. This type of acne requires aggressive treatment that should be done by a dermatologist. It is not curable and outbreaks tend to come in cycles, especially when hormones fluctuate or emotional stress is increased. However, you can make inexpensive, soothing skin masks from natural and homemade from ingredients found in your own kitchen.

Step 1

Cut a Granny Smith apple in half and discard the peel, the core and seeds. Grate the flesh of the apple---or dice very fine---and place in a small mixing bowl. Pat the apple lightly with a paper towel to remove any excess juice.

Step 2

Pour 4 tbsp. pure honey into the bowl with the apple. Make sure the honey is somewhat cool; even slightly warm honey will be too runny. Mix with a spoon until thoroughly blended.

Step 3

Wash your hands well with soap and water, and then use clean fingertips or a clean, soft brush to spread the honey mixture onto your face. Be careful to avoid the eye area. Protect your hair and the surface you lie on in case honey warms and runs slightly.

Step 4

Lie down and relax for 15 to 20 minutes in a soothing environment. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat skin dry.

You can apply this mask once or twice per week, complimented by a baking soda mask on opposite days.

Step 5

Combine baking soda and water until you get a paste-like consistency. Spread the mixture on your face and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, twice per week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not dry out skin too much or too often. This will cause oil (sebaceous) glands to compensate by producing more oil. Reduce stress as it triggers acne outbreaks. Remember, no remedies will work overnight. Use for four to six weeks for optimal benefit.
  • Avoid harsh cleansers or rubbing skin too hard; these can worsen outbreaks. Do not squeeze pustules, as this leads to bacteria spreading on skin and possible scarring. Stop use of any substance you put on your skin that causes redness, swelling, rash, itching or hives and consult a dermatologist.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • Grater
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Paper towel
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • Soap
  • 1/2 cup baking soda


Article reviewed by Jessica Lyons Last updated on: May 14, 2010

Blue water spa in Oyster Bay are the leading esthetician in anti acne remedies.

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