5 Ingredients to Treat the Causes of Acne in 1 Fabulous Product: Address 5 Different Components of A

While acne can be painful, bothersome, ugly, and completely unpredictable, it can also be tough to treat and manage effectively because there are several different things going on at once that lead to a breakout. I have struggled for years to identify exactly

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Let’s break down the 5 ingredients in the Smashing Good Pumpkin that address 5 DIFFERENT components of acne to make this mask the JACK(-o-lantern) of all treatments to avoid breakouts.

Kaolin Clay

kaolin clay face mask
  1. Works by reducing the production of sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) which helps oily skin remain smooth and dry

Witch Hazel

witch hazel plant
  1. Interrupts the inflammation process which decreases cellular damage and swelling due to acne-ridden skin


  1. Fruit is loaded with

Pumpkins in a pile
  1. Contains antioxidants: Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which boost collagen production and prevent skin breakdown

  2. Contains high levels of zinc which help control hormone levels and oil production to heal skin and prevent acne

  3. Molecular size is so small that it is able to penetrate deeper in the skin when applied topically, allowing it to brighten ad dull complexion

Salicylic Acid

willow tree
  1. Effective chemical exfoliant which is often used as a “peel” because it loosens keratin

  2. It is a derivative of aspirin, so it is anti-inflammatory for the skin

  3. Anti-microbial = kills germs that cause acne.

  4. Has the ability to penetrate into a pore lining and break up the cells which stick together and clog the pore, exfoliating inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin which makes it effective for reducing breakouts including blackheads and whiteheads

Tea Tree Oil

tea tree flower
  1. Anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal = kills germs which are a major cause of acne

  2. Won’t over-strip oils from the skin. (Over-stripping oils from skin may lead to increased oil production and thus increased acne.)

  3. Stimulates the immune system to promote healing