How to use banana peel for skin care

Updated February 21, 2017

Why it works is a bit of a mystery to the average lay person, but banana peels can be used for far more than just to "slip on" or compost in your garden.

Banana peels contains lutein, an antioxidant and plenty of potassium, so maybe that is what makes the rubbing of the inside of a banana peel so healing? If you have warts, psoriasis or poison ivy, and have a banana on your kitchen counter top, you'll want to read more.

Use to help psoriasis. Rub the inside of a banana peel to the affected area and although it will be red at first, you should notice a difference in your skin within a few days.

Use to heal acne. Again, simply rub the inside of the banana peel over your acne, whether it's on your face or body, and your acne should improve within a few uses. I recommend applying at night so you don't smell like a banana all day.

Take the bite out of poison ivy. Rub the inside of a banana peel onto the poison ivy area and the itching should stop and the inflammation will go down. Reapply as needed. This is a great reason to pack a few banana's on that camping or hiking trip.

Heal warts. Rub the inside of a banana peel on the wart every night for a week and you will see improvement. Plantar's warts have responded well to this, and other warts may as well. If you are in a hurry, try taping the peel to the affected area overnight and you should see dramatic improvement within a week or two.

Mash 1/4 of a banana into a small bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk one egg white until frothy.

Add one tablespoon of cornstarch to the egg white and continue to whisk together.

Add mashed banana and mix well.

Apply a thin layer of the banana mixture to face and allow to dry for 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Any leftover banana facial mixture can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days.


Always keep a few bananas in the house and be sure to take them with you camping, fishing and hiking to address the poison ivy and mosquito bites.

Things You'll Need

  • Banana
  • Banana peels
  • cornflour
  • egg white
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