Face it: Pumpkin peel may be good for your skin
November 1, 1996
Web posted at: 10:30 p.m. EST
From Correspondent Rhonda Rowland
ATLANTA (CNN) -- Now that Halloween is over, you have
probably had it with pumpkin carving, toasted pumpkin seeds
and sweet treats made from pumpkin. Did you know that
there's a use for the pumpkin rind as well? Some doctors say
smearing it on your face may help improve your skin.
The contents of a jar of Pumpkin Peel look like pumpkin pie
filling, and smell like it, too. Why pumpkin? The company
that makes the Pumpkin Peel says the orange squash contains
over 100 ingredients that help skin look and feel younger.
"Pumpkin is high in zinc, which is really good for the skin,
high in beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin A," nurse Phylis
Larkins of the North Atlanta Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery practice said.
Vitamins A and C are known as antioxidants, the highly touted
vitamins that are believed to help fend off diseases such as
cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants may even fight free
radicals, thought by some researchers to bring on the ravages
But can "feeding" your skin antioxidants through an external
application such as the Pumpkin Peel actually do any good?
There are no sure answers.
Patient: Pumpkin Peel works
On the one hand, Duke University researchers concluded that
when applied daily, Vitamin C can keep the skin's elastic
fibers, or collagen, from breaking down.
FDA researchers say there is no good science backing a link
between Vitamin C and better skin. They call the Pumpkin
Peel a gimmick.
But plastic surgeon Dr. Miles Graiver, also of the North
Atlanta Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery practice, offers
the Pumpkin Peel to his patients, and says he wouldn't offer
it if he didn't think it helped.
"We have tried a number of peels that are effective or not
effective and we will not use the peels that the patients
don't like or we're not seeing results from," he said. "In
this case, I think we're seeing results."
At least, patient Layne Smith says she is. "The lines are
softer, I have a glow, my husband says I have a nice glow and
the make-up goes on better. Less break-outs, just overall
improvement. I love it," she said.
What about making your own Pumpkin Peel from the remnants of
Halloween? It could save you $85 per treatment. And if that
doesn't suit you, just eat it.
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