Papaya skin whitening: is it effective?



Papaya skin whitening in the Philippines is very popular. Aside from the fact that we are a skin whitening country, we are also a papaya country. Papaya contains the enzyme papain which is responsible for the skin whitening effect of papaya-based cosmetics.

Papain helps in exfoliating dead skin cells, thereby hastening the cell turnover of the skin. As dead skin cells are exfoliated faster, newer cells are produced. The result is whiter skin.

Note that papain is most abundant and potent in unripened papayas. This enzyme starts to degrade when the fruits starts to ripen. And it is no longer present in the ripened fruit.

green papaya for skin whitening

Papain in itself is very acidic with a pH level of 4. The pH level of healthy facial skin is around 5.5-6.5 In order not to "burn" the skin by applying papain directly, a pH modifier such as baking soda is added to increase the pH to tolerable levels.

Papaya skin whitening soaps

Soaps containing papaya can whiten the skin. But to what degree? Only the user can tell.

Most, if not all, cosmetics do not indicate its concentration of active ingredients. We do not know therefore the concentration of papain in the soaps. We just use the soaps as directed and depending on our skin and usage, we get different results.

The important thing to know is that papaya soaps do work. It's just a matter of again, trial and error, to see which one works best for you.

Most whitening soaps now contain other whitening agents such as kojic acid, vit. C, and calamansi. This is because papaya only exfoliates the skin. Papain in papaya does not stop melanin production, which is the main reason why our skin gets darker.

Other skin whitening agents such as kojic acid, vit. C, and glutathione inhibit melanin production. That is why they whiten the skin. Papaya, on the other hand, whitens the skin by hastening the turnover of new skin cells. The result is newer, smoother, and fairer skin

Please note that glutathione's action on skin whitening is internal and not topical. To read more about glutathione creams, soaps and other topical preparations, click here.


So should you use a papaya soap?

As long as you're not sensitive to papaya, why not? Again, it's best to use soaps that not just contain papaya but other whitening ingredients such as kojic acid and vit. c.

I, for one, am using papaya-kojic soap for my face and body. As well as a glutathione supplement. (And other whitening creams, sunscreens, etc.)

I take my glutathione supplement primarily to strengthen my immune system and increase my energy. Skin whitening is just a bonus that I'm more than glad to take!

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DISCLAIMER: No part of this document is intended to diagnose, treat any disease.