Is Papaya Good for Facial Skin?

by Tara Thomas ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Papayas, a pear-shaped tropical fruit packed with antioxidants, B vitamins and an enzyme known as papain, have been used where they grow natively to treat a host of skin ailments for countless generations. The papaya enzyme exfoliates and brightens skin while protecting it from damaging UV rays. Best of all, it's easy to make all-natural papaya facial concoctions at home for a fraction of the cost of store-bought products.

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Facials are the simplest way to incorporate the benefits of papaya into your skincare regimen. The papain in papayas promotes healthy skin by eliminating dead skin cells and increasing cell renewal. Mash papaya pulp and apply to the face as a mask. Let it sit on your face for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off and continuing with your skincare routine. Because papaya is an effective exfoliator, sensitive skin types may notice slight reddening that goes away shortly. Another benefit of papaya is its usefulness in treating wounds; simply rub the affected area with a piece of cut papaya. Studies have shown the pulp closest to the skin contains the highest levels of papaya enzyme and powerful antioxidant carotenes.

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About the Author

Tara Thomas has been a writer and traveler since 1997. Her articles appear in various online publications. She also has experience authoring grant proposals for a Southern California marine science laboratory, which helped her develop a lifelong interest in environmentalism. Thomas is an event planner, has a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from California State University, Long Beach, and worked as a mortgage consultant since 1998.