Papain: Nature’s gentle exfoliant


When you think of exfoliating your skin, we bet the last thing you think of is fruit, right? Well, it turns out the humble Papaya (or paw-paw as it’s also known!) has a few more tricks up its sleeve than just delicious tasting fruit!

Not your usual method

Most exfoliants contain some sort of granules, solid particles or textures that are physically abrasive. Think of walking barefoot on the beach – the grainy sand gradually removes dead skin particles by rubbing against the sole of your feet with every step you take. Scrubbing has the same effect on your face – taking away the top layer of skin to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.

These textured exfoliants come in a whole range of shapes and forms, from sandy scrubs to rough mitts, but sometimes they can prove too harsh for sensitive skin. Fruit extracts such as Papain can provide the same treatment without the need for harsh scrubbing, making them superb for sensitive skin. Found in the flesh of the Papaya fruit, this proteolytic plant enzyme not only helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, it can do so much more! (Read more about Papaya here).

Here’s just some of the reasons why we love Papain – Papaya’s natural exfoliant.


No scrubs

Scrubbing with an abrasive material may seem like the best way to get rid of dead skin, but it can also be too harsh for those with skin sensitivity. Exfoliating with a scrub can also leave skin irritated, red and inflamed – not the look we were going for!

That’s why fruit enzymes such as Papain are the perfect alternative. Papain works by breaking down proteins which make up the main building blocks for the top layers of your skin, essentially removing the top layer of dead skin cells. By breaking down these proteins and removing dead skin cells, Papain provides an exfoliative effect, leaving the skin brighter, smoother and softer without the need to scrub!

Brighten dull skin

Papain helps to promote a smoother, brighter complexion by removing the top layer of dead skin cells and revealing new skin cells underneath. Exfoliating this top layer of skin also helps to promote cell regeneration, reduce blemishes, lighten the skin tone, and fade scars and dark spots – all contributing to a more youthful, brighter and more even appearance.


Even skin tone

Not all skin lightening products are used for cosmetic purposes or contain harsh chemicals. Papain naturally provides a gentle skin lightening effect to the skin, which not only brightens the skin’s appearance but can also help to even skin tone by creating a more even complexion overall.

Papain also aids skin renewal by removing dead skin cells and promoting new skin cell growth, leaving your skin looking brighter, more even and more youthful.

Fade scars

By removing layers of dead skin cells, the Papain enzyme promotes skin renewal which helps to fade scars by reducing scar tissue and encouraging the grow of fresh new cells. As Papain gently lightens the skin, it can reduce the appearance of scars by promoting a more even complexion and skin tone.

Rich in Antioxidants

Papain is comparable to both Vitamin E and C in terms of its antioxidant level, making it the perfect component for fighting premature aging and protecting the skin. Free radical damage caused by harsh environmental factors such UV rays, pollution and the stress of everyday life can damage healthy skin cells and lead to an array of skin issues – think dark spots, blemishes, wrinkles and less elastic skin.

Papain helps to protect your skin against damage by fighting free radicals and creating a natural barrier to protect your skin throughout the day, helping to prevent premature aging (read more about anti-pollution skincare here).


Reduce blemishes

Papain helps to prevent blemishes by removing the top layer of dead skin cells – reducing the build-up of dirt and oils in-between skin layers that can become trapped and cause breakouts. Papain also has incredible anti-inflammatory benefits to soothe irritated skin, reducing redness and inflammation that usually comes with acne and breakouts. This fruit enzyme also brightens and evens the complexion to reduce the appearance of acne scars for an all-round treatment.

Add Papain to your routine

Want to include this powerful fruit enzyme into your skincare routine?

KIATA’s Deluxe Radiance Cream Cleanser contains Papaya extracts, with high levels of Papain to provide gentle enzymatic exfoliation whilst helping to soothe irritated skin, brighten the complexion and fight the effects of premature aging by protecting against harsh environmental factors. The perfect way to prep your skin for your other creams and serums.

Learn more about our Deluxe Radiance Cream Cleanser here.