What Is An Enzyme Peel?


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Simply crush a tsp of coconut or papaya or pomegranate to make an enzyme peel paste. Apply it as a thin mask on face and neck in mild circular motions. Rinse with cold water after 15-25 mins and apply a moisturiser. It cleanses pores, improves skin tone, removes dead cells and promotes skin renewal. It also fights wrinkles, dryness and whiteheads.

An enzyme peel is a blend of natural fruit ingredients (enzymes) and is one of the gentlest methods of exfoliation. Enzyme face peels remove top layers of skin to exfoliate and expedite cell turnover, leading to a fresher, more glowing skin. The procedures are used all over the world to treat skin problems such as wrinkles and lines, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and sun damage. Enzyme skin peels do not contain acids, therefore, it leaves the skin pH balanced.

Enzyme Peels Vs Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can provide a variety of results, depending on the strength of the treatment. Chemical compounds including salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid are often used. Chemical peels exfoliate dead skin cells, and can also remove living cells. In addition, medium and deep chemical peels may cause skin damage. Chemical peels are generally administered by physicians or estheticians on a periodic basis.

Enzyme peels, on the other hand, offer a more gentle solution that can be incorporated into a regular skin care regimen. These treatments can speed up natural chemical reactions in the skin that renew skin cells while exfoliating dead cells. The most amazing thing about enzyme peels is that they do not damage or remove live tissue; they exfoliate only dead cells, which is why enzyme peels are great for nearly all skin types.

What Are The Benefits Of Enzyme Face Peels?

Enzymes penetrate the upper layers of the tissue, cleansing pores and improving skin texture, tone, and elasticity. Enzymatic peel is very gentle on your skin. It doesn’t rub your skin like mechanical exfoliation methods and doesn’t loosen dead cells from skin surface like chemical peels. It stimulates new cell growth and accelerates the natural exfoliating process. It helps your skin to get rid of dead cells, promote cell renewal, clean pores and improve its texture and elasticity by accelerating natural processes in your skin.

Enzyme face peels also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, alleviates dryness, reduces redness and toxins, increases oxygenation and prevents the formation of whiteheads and cysts.

4 Nourishing Enzyme Peels For Your Skin

1. Papaya Enzyme

Papaya enzymes are good to peel off epidermal cells, which aids in regenerating the skin. Papaya peel is good for treating the signs of aging. Papaya enzymes dissolve dead skin cells, revealing healthy soft skin.1

2. Raspberry Peach Enzyme

Raspberry contains high levels of polyphenol antioxidant ellagic acid which soothes skin irritations and reduces inflammation while peach softens and is aromatically relaxing. Raspberry Peach Enzyme is suitable for all skin types and has anti-aging, softening and exfoliating benefits.2

3. Coconut Enzyme

This is the gentlest enzyme which is great for sensitive skin. The small molecular structure of coconut allows for easy absorption through the skin giving it a soft, smooth texture. It is ideal for dry, rough, wrinkled skin and is suitable for normal and sensitive skin.3

4. Pomegranate Enzyme

Pomegranate enzyme is a potent antioxidant and skin brightener. It contains 11% lactic acid, 4% alpha-arbutin, and 2% salicylic acid. It promotes deep hydration, reduced oiliness and lightens the skin from irregular pigmentation. It is perfect for normal, aging, oily or acne prone skin.4

How To Use Enzyme Face Peels?

  • Simply crush a tablespoon of one of these fruits and make a paste.
  • Apply a thin layer of the fruit paste to your clean and dry skin and rub it gently in mild circular motions.
  • Leave it on for some time (about 15 minutes for dry and sensitive skin and about 25 minutes for oily and problem skin).
  • After applying the paste, rinse it with cool water, dry the skin and use sunscreen and a good moisturizer.

You can use these peels on your face, neck, hands and other areas, but keep it, at least, a quarter of an inch away from your eyes and mucous membranes and do not apply to the skin with open wounds, shaved within 24 hours skin and skin after dermabrasion. In order to obtain the most benefits from enzyme peels, apply a thin layer to your clean and dry skin, rather than a thick coat. Enzymes work best by rubbing gently in a mild circular motion.


Enzyme exfoliation almost doesn’t have contraindications and side effects and are the most recommended to prevent dryness or allergic reactions. However, before using any kinds of face peel, it is advisable to have your skin evaluated by a skin expert.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.