DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial

DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial

DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial

A little while ago we made an easy coconut sugar scrub which is the best for soft skin all year round.  Sugar scrub isn’t suitable for your face, so what are we to do? Well, that is where a pineapple facial treatment comes in.

My sister discovered this trick a little while back and the results I’ve gotten have been fabulous. This is the quickest facial treatment I’ve ever tried with the most dramatic results. Normally, a facial takes a good 45 minutes between the scrub, mask, steam, toner, and finally moisturizing.

DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial

For that reason, I can’t remember the last time that I did a full facial, I’m guessing it was somewhere around 3 years ago.  Between then and now I have been relying on this pineapple facial and this baking soda treatment (we’ll talk about that next week). By combining these two treatments I have been able to keep my skin clean and exfoliated without soap for several years now.

Ever since I have started using this pineapple treatment a couple of times per week, my skin has become smoother, more even toned, and my pores have visibly shrunk. This treatment even makes discernable progress on the fine lines.  I know this seems like a lot; I also have found this treatment to be the best thing that has happened to my skin in a long while. I was worried at first that it might irritate my skin because pineapple juice is acidic but the citric acid actually alkalizing.

I would recommend, as with all treatments, to do a spot test if you have troublesome skin. My skin is really sensitive to any store bought products and I’ve never had a problem with this pineapple mask, but this is a highly individual thing.

So why does this work?

The answer is bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple that is similar in characteristics to the papain enzyme found in papaya. These enzymes break down protein, this means that the mask exfoliates the dead skin from your face without the use of abrasive ingredients, leaving your face fresh and glowing. This treatment hinges on the live enzymes so the pineapple has to be fresh, canned pineapple won’t work.

Interesting Note: There are recent studies emerging about the potential anti-inflammatory effects of pineapple and I have found this to be the case with my skin. It has proved to be a gentle all around treatment from cleansing to exfoliation.

DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial

What to do:

Take a small piece of pineapple, 1″ by 1″, and rub all over your face, taking care around the eye area. Wait 5-10 minutes until the mask dries. Next, jump in the shower to rinse, and for a quick mini face steam.  I usually follow the Pineapple treatment with a baking soda exfoliation (article to follow next week).  When I’m in a hurry, one or the other treatment is still really effective on their own. When you get out of the shower, follow with your choice of moisturizer.

All in all this treatment requires no more than one minute to put on your face, making it the perfect solution to more time consuming treatments.

DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial


37 Comments on “DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial”

    1. Thank you, but I wouldn’t advise adding pineapple to your soap because it’s a fresh ingredient that will spoil quickly. I hope this helps and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

    1. I use this treatment 2-3 times per week, but that could vary from person to person. I’m often outside and in the mountains where the weather can be really harsh on your skin, so I find that 2-3 times per week is the right amount of exfoliation for me. You can find what’s right for you by trying it once a week, and if you find there’s still build up of dead skin on your face, try increasing it to 2x per week, and so on. It’s really nice to use this treatment in conjunction with oil cleansing which really helps to deep clean and leave your skin perfectly moisturized. I know a lot of people do oil cleansing 1-2x per day, but I’m a little lazy and only do it 3-4 x per week when I’m not doing this pineapple treatment. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions, (I’ll leave a link below for the oil cleansing).

  1. how is baking soda use to exfoliate the face? thanks i like your blog. am aishat from nigeria

    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog! I just updated the Pineapple Facial to include a link to the baking soda exfoliation post which includes all the information you’ll need. I love the use the baking soda exfoliation on occasion to rid my face of any build up of dead skin, but this pineapple facial is my favorite everyday facial treatment along with oil cleansing. I’ll send you the link for both posts so that you can decide what might be best for you skin. Let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

  2. Hi, A few questions for you to answer if you could please.

    First does it have to always be a fresh pineapple? I’m not sure if the area where I’m at has fresh pineapples

    Do you believe drinking pineapple juice would have any benefits to helping acne?

    Is it helpful to combine the pineapple with other fruit/svegetables or other treatments

    Thank you very much!

    1. It is really important that the pineapple be fresh because the enzymes are what does the work exfoliating your skin. When pineapple is canned, the cooking kills the live enzymes. I’m not sure if drinking pineapple juice would help acne, but fresh pineapple juice does help in digestion so it could help depending on the root cause of the breakouts, (that would be something to ask your healthcare practitioner). I’ve personally never tried mixing pineapple with other fruits and vegetables, so I really couldn’t say but I hope you get a chance to try this out because it’s my all time favorite facial treatment, and I use it at least 3-4 times per week. Let me know how it goes and if you have anymore questions!

  3. Heyya…. lovely site.. and awesm tip… could u tell me how much time sud we keep tis pineapple mask on face?.. i read its acid can burn ur face. Is it true?

    1. I leave it on until it dries which is usually about 5 minutes, I’ve never had it burn my face before but maybe there are special cases where people may have had some sort of reaction to it. I’ve been using this for at least 8 years and so has my sister without any problems whatsoever. If I’ve been really good about keeping my face exfoliated, I sometimes wash off the pineapple mask after just a couple minutes. A good way to know it’s time to wash it off is when it starts to lightly itch. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  4. Hi!
    I’m really glad I found your blog. Pineapple is my favorite and I actually thought wow, I bet this would make a great facial (my whole mouth tingles after eating pineapple), so I’m really glad you decided to do it and post about it. Also, I try not to wear makeup all the time and to use as many natural products as possible, so I love this. My question is this, after I did this for the first time last night I had really good results, I have pineapple left over, can I do this every day for the next few days? I feel like doing another facial today.

    1. You can definitely do this several days in a row, especially if you haven’t exfoliated for awhile. I always know I’ve hit my limit if after a few seconds of the pineapple being on my face, it will start to itch, this tells me that the surface dead layer is gone and it’s time to rinse it off and do oil cleansing for a few days.:)

  5. hey there, thank you so much i am really glad for your tip.. i am actually sitting with the mask on my face. i have a question, i have hyperpigmentation and mild to moderate acne scars, does this mask help to reduce the scars? i have tried almost everything and i hate wearing makeup. could you please suggest me something for my acne scars? thank you so much.. you rock !!!!!

    1. Scars are a tricky thing, but the enzymes in pineapple eat away the outer dead layer of skin and over time that does help to reduce scars. I also use the oil cleansing method to clean and moisturize my skin which I’ve noticed has really helped my skin overall. I don’t have many scars, but I have noticed that the better my diet has become (more real food/lots of fruits and veggies) the better my skin has become and my couple of scars have receded into almost nothing! I hope this helps, I don’t really know what you could do otherwise, but I do that healing comes from the inside out but that some scar tissue doesn’t go away.

  6. Hey there,

    I don’t eat pineapple but would love to try this. Do you think I could buy a fresh pineapple and cut it into 1 inch squares and freeze the, then defrost a portion overnight in the fridge for the following morning?

    Lovely site btw 🙂

    1. I’m pretty sure you could freeze some pineapple and it would still work the same. The key enzyme that makes this facial work is called bromelain, and I think you might lose a little in the freezing process, but hopefully there will be more than enough left in the pineapple for the facial! So glad you’re enjoying the site, and I hope this freezer method will work for you! 🙂

  7. need some urgent help and would pineapple help i have red spots on my face they seem to disappear when i press which suggests maybe blood spots would pineapple help

    1. I’m not sure if pineapple is the cure you’re looking for, but it might help because it’s anti-inflammatory. I would suggest seeing a professional for further advice, they should be able to tell you more information about the cause of the spots.

  8. can I use a banana honey and oats face mask after doing this scrub, also how many times per week should I do exfoliation and masks? im trying to get on a regular and consistent regimen for my tired looking face.

    1. I think you could use you mask in conjunction with the Pineapple Facial, but I’m not totally sure because I usually don’t combine more than one mask or treatment at a time. Your mask sounds soothing and moisturizing, so it should be okay. I use the Pineapple Facial 1-2 times per week, and I always moisturize after rinsing off this facial treatment.

  9. Awesome!!! I live in Providence, RI. No local pineapples here but I have some pineapple in my freezer. I’ll have to thaw a chunk. I love using baking soda to exfoliate. Interested to see how my skin likes it with this treatment. Has anyone with acne-prone skin tried it?

    1. I’ve found that it really helps my breakouts. I thought it might inflame or make it worse, but it actually soothes my face and takes some of the redness out.

  10. This is great! I can’t wait to try & Tell my mom as she’s looking for a good facial exfoliator & toner. One question, though. You say the pineapple should be fresh not canned. Since they’re not small fruits & only a small piece is used, is it ok to cut the remainder & refrigerate it for future uses? How this isn’t a silly question & I really enjoy your blog!

    1. I cut up a pineapple every 4-5 days and refrigerate it. I use most of it in my green smoothies and a couple of pieces for this pineapple facial. You can also freeze the remainder for smoothies, but it’s best to use it fresh!

  11. I did this two nights ago followed by the baking soda scrub. So nice. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the same results you have; mainly reduced pore size 😉 I am curious, though, do you do this on a clean face? Like wash off all the oils and make-up, then do the pineapple mask? I didn’t know if this would be the step after an oil cleansing.

    1. I usually just splash my face about 10 times with cold water. I then pat my face dry and apply the pineapple mask. I don’t wear makeup, but I know that some people use the oil cleansing to remove makeup and cleanse before moving on to any other treatment. Hope this helps!

      1. One more thing that I thought of is sometimes I do all three treatments. First pineapple then baking soda and finally the oil cleansing. I find that it is extra cleansing and moisturizing after my skin has been exfoliated! You can rearrange the different treatments to suit your individual needs. When I don’t have much time I go for whichever one I need the most.

  12. It’s a great pick up for your face on mornings that your face is feeling lifeless and puffy. For me it’s a mini makeover that tightens pores and gives you a glow. I like to follow up with Humphrey’s Witch Hazel then Coconut oil. Then I can leave the house not feeling like I should wear a bag over my head!

    1. I just tried coconut oil as a moisturizer on my face this morning. I was worried it would be too greasy, so I just used a smidgen. I have to say that I really like the way my skin feels and will continue to use it as I am weaning commercial EVERYTHING out of my home.

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