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7 Benefits Of Papaya For Skin: Know From Dermatologist

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Papaya is one unique fruit that has an enzyme called papain that is responsible for following benefits:

  • Skin whitening
  • Reducing unwanted hair
  • Exfoliating dead skin
  • Repairing ageing skin
  • Moisturising dry skin
  • Healing cuts and burns

Papain enzyme is present in maximum concentration just under the peel of unripe papaya. Therefore, always prefer peel not the pulp of papaya for use on skin, except in sensitive skin. Besides papain, papaya is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, folate, magnesium and potassium. In this article, I have discussed in details the 7 benefits of papaya for skin along with the recipes. So, read on!


Skin whitening

Papaya has a potent skin lightening action owing to its exfoliating action and direct skin lightening effect of enzyme papain. I have discussed this in more details in the article, How To Use Papaya For Skin Whitening-Know From Dermatologist. You can also try this papaya aloe vera gel for both skin whitening and anti-aging.

Reducing unwanted hair

Studies show that papain enzyme from the peel of papaya can inhibit hair growth (Source). Wondering how to use papaya for reducing your facial hair ? Read this article, How To Get Rid Of Facial Hair Naturally- Easy DIY By Dermatologist.

Exfoliating dead skin

Many high-end scrubs available in the market, use papain as an exfoliating agent. Papain enzyme magically restores the even-toned look of your skin by accelerating the shedding of dead skin cells. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant contains papain as one of the many exfoliating agents. Biotique Bio Papaya Revitalizing Tan-Removal Scrub has papaya along with many other herbs recommended by Ayurveda.

Repairing ageing skin

Papaya reverses the skin ageing owing to its skin repairing, exfoliating and hydrating action. Few hypothesis supports it has direct anti-aging action as well; papain enzyme reduces wrinkles by modulating the collagen and elastic fibres in the dermis. But, how can you avail this anti-aging benefits of papaya? Use this papaya aloe vera gel, for both skin whitening and anti-aging.

Moisturising dry skin

The pulp of ripe papaya fruit providing hydration and nutrition to the skin owing to its water, carbohydrate, and fat content.

Healing cuts and burns

Did you know that papaya has been studied extensively for its wound healing benefits? The papain enzyme not only helps in healing of the wound but also keeps the bacteria away and prevents the scar from getting bigger. You can simply put the flesh of papaya fruit on fresh cuts, wounds, and even burns to promote a speedy recovery.

Sensitive skin

You can try all the above recipes for sensitive skin but with slight modification. Ideally, the flesh of the green unripe fruit should be used for skin care because it has the highest concentration of papain enzyme. However, people with sensitive and dry skin should use the pulp part of the ripe papaya because the green papaya also has a higher concentration of latex in addition to papain that might increase the chances of getting either allergy or irritation. A patch test is highly recommended before first use of papaya in the case of sensitive skin.           

Are you still thinking how to use papaya on your skin?  

Begin a with a basic recipe of rubbing papaya peel on your face as detailed in this article, How To Use Papaya For Skin Whitening-Know From Dermatologist


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