2 Papaya Facial Treatments for Healthy Skin

Papaya-facePapaya is full of alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes like papain that break down dead skin cells when used topically.

Here are two simple facial treatments for better skin using papaya.

The first is a homemade face mask using papaya and the second is a special way to use fresh papaya peel to improve your appearance.

Using Papaya on Your Skin

Regular use of fresh papaya fruit on the face often leads to an improvement in the tone, texture and appearance of our skin and even a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

Many people report online that papaya facial treatments are also useful for treating acne, minor scarring, sunburn and age spots and the papaya mask recipes ahead may be useful for these conditions as well.

Be aware there may be a very mild skin lightening effect as well over time, once again due to the alpha hydroxy acids.

This is something to be aware of if you’re working on your tan, but is generally seen as a good thing, with many people describing their skin as ‘glowing’.

Papaya peel actually contains even more of the beneficial papain enzymes than the fruit so the facial treatments ahead utilize this.

If you have very sensitive skin it may be best to first try them without the papaya peel and then add a quarter or half of peel suggested in future to see how it affects your face.

Unripe papaya is also said to contain more papain than the ripe fruit. For a stronger facial treatment you could use a papaya that is still green, but you wouldn’t get the benefit of eating it as well.

Personally, I don’t want to miss out the joy of eating papaya, so I tend to use fruits that are just turning from green to yellow. These may contain more antioxidants than green papaya so hopefully this is a good balance. My skin seems to think so.

Yogurt, Honey and Papaya Face Mask

When you have a papaya fruit you want to eat, cut off a small amount, perhaps only a quarter of a cup’s worth, and keep it aside. I usually keep the end near the stalk. Areas that are still tinged with green are particularly suitable.

Keep the peel on if you’d like a stronger papaya mask or remove it if you have sensitive skin. Place the papaya, a tablespoon of real, bio-active and unflavored yogurt and 2 teaspoons of raw honey (skin healing Manuka is best) into a good blender and blend until it’s smooth.

If you don’t have a good blender in your kitchen, it’s really worth looking at getting one. Not just for face treatments like this, but also for healthy smoothies, soups, pestos and hundreds of other great recipes.

I use this brilliant bestselling blender which has proved powerful enough for all of the superfood recipes and hair and skin treatments on this site that needed it.

Papaya for better skin

Next pour out the mixture into a bowl and take it to your bedroom with a towel. If you’ve got long hair it’s probably worth tying back, or even using a shower cap.

Put the towel over your pillow, lie down and smooth the papaya facial treatment over your face, avoiding the eye area. Relax for at least 10 minutes, preferably to 15 to 20 minutes.

You may feel a slight tingling of the skin, but this shouldn’t be painful. If it is, wash the treatment off immediately and moisturize your face, ideally with aloe vera gel.

Follow with a toner if you use one and a natural, chemical free moisturizer like this excellent vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum .

Alternatively, try cold pressed avocado oil as a natural face moisturizer in the evening before bed for much deeper hydration.

Most people should find this face mask very refreshing, especially when you wash it off and see how good your skin looks and feels.

Use this papaya facial treatment once, or at most twice a week and after a short period of time you should see a real improvement in your face in the mirror.

Papaya Peel Rub

For a simpler, on the go way to use papaya to improve your skin, try keeping the papaya peel after you’ve scooped out the fruit’s pulp.

Rub the inside of the papaya skin with the still wet pulp directly onto your face, preferably in the morning or evening before showering, and leave it on for a minute or two. It feels better if you shower it off while it’s still a bit moist, rather than letting it dry tight.

This papaya peel rub can be used not just on your face, but on any area of your body that you’d like to improve.

It is believed to help diminish age spots and minor scarring, improve acne or other blemishes and is said to be of great relief for sun damaged skin.


Papaya skin will keep in the fridge for several days and you may only need a small section of the peel for your face. It can be used couple of times a week with good results.

For problem areas like age spots, darkened skin or minor facial scarring, try a small piece of papaya peel rubbed into the specific area daily.

Have you tried using papaya as a facial treatment and did you know that natural treatments like this can be much more effective than commercial preparations? I’d be interested to hear what’s been working for you and what other kind of natural skin treatments you’ve used.

Coming up next is how these same beneficial papaya enzymes can improve your digestive system internally when you eat them.

Other natural facial treatments on Superfood Profiles you might like to try are these 4 brightening amla skin mask recipes and this parsley face treatment for acne, dark spots and discolored skin.

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Sensitive Skin

Oh!! Really looking nice the beautiful. Very helpful post. This was exactly the information I really need this information. I will follow all the instructions. Thanks for sharing this…:)

Jim Dillan

Thank you for your positive comments. Hope the papaya face treatment works well for you.


That Is Great. I Am Using Everyday, That’s Really Great

Angela Sander


I was looking for use of papya as a face treatment and found your site. I wanted to find out if I was crazy.
Whenever I buy a papya I rub a bit of the skin, with a little fruit attached, into my face. I leave it on for a short while to dry, then wash it off and moisturise a lot quickly. My skin has a beautiful glow & is looking amazing. I use a small piece, 2″, twice. I use it often. This is a wonderful treatment & so simple. I will continue to use it & can’t recommend highly enough. I don’t think honey & yogurt could improve the results.

I have had the same results with Carita, an expensive cream & their facial.

Jim Dillan

Hi Angela,

I’m glad to hear papaya skin is working so well for you. I agree it’s a very simple natural treatment that works better than expensive cosmetics.

All the best,


Ann Hall

I like the quick fix. Should I clean the skin of the papaya first. I don’t think it is organic. It’s the skin – the green/yellow/orange side, right, and not the “rind” or the fruited side, correct?

Would this help with Rosacea?


Jim Dillan

Hi Ann,

It’s actually the inside of the skin so sprays shouldn’t be an issue. I’ll check the article in case that’s not clear.

All the best,



how do you use the peel, are you gonna leave some fresh on it ? and more over which one is raw papaya?is it the unripe one that you refer as raw? i want to understand

Jim Dillan

Hi Jenny,

I just use the inner side of the papaya peel after eating it. Green papaya would probably sting as it is very enzyme rich.

The article mentions raw honey which is much better than heat treated honey.

All the best,



How do you use the green leaves juice papaya on face?

Jim Dillan

Hi Rose,

No this would be much to strong with the papain enzymes in papaya leaves. Please see https://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-enzyme-side-effects-warnings for more on papain in papaya leaves and green papaya.

All the best,



Hey!papaya is a very good remedy for face mask,i also use the soap ‘silka’to bath which i mix honey to the papaya for face mask.Its really amazing and smoothens my face,thanks for the lectures and be blessed always.Cheers!

Jim Dillan

Thanks for your positive comments Vivian.

Yujin chong

Hola tango mi cara tengo mucho spot se purse sacar con papaya .gracias

Naina Roy

Thanks for the great post. Will surly try this.


I really appreciate all the information and im going to give it a trial.
I have keloid skin, for this reason, i prefer very natural or organic products. So this will be very useful to me. God bless


Hi, I used all kind of cream to take off light brown spots, it is not doing anything, I am looking to buy papaya, I eat often, and discard the seeds, your information is great, I will follow your advice, and will keep you posted.
Thank you so much for such informative write up.


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