Enzyme Therapy = Smooth Skin

Papain enzymes

Papaine enzymes

When I was at University, I will always remember a saying that one of my lecturers used to say: “All enzymes are proteins but not all proteins are enzymes!”. For some reason this seemed to stick in my mind. So why do we use enzymes in skin care?

Our skin is mainly made up of proteins and when our skin is damaged, usually due to environmental factors, these proteins begin to speed up in production and stay on the surface longer leaving our skin feeling thick, rough and starting to show signs of environmental damage. This has a knock-on effect with other issues, but this is not the post to discuss these concerns.

Enzymes are proteolytic, which basically means they will digest or dissolve proteins so in the instance of excess keratinized cells, enzymes assist with the removal of these cells. The skin feels better immediately and the rough texture begins to feel softer and smoother.

Common skin care enzymes are Bromelain or Papaine and are derived from Pineapple and Papaya, and there are also enzymes obtained from Pumpkin. I find using enzymes in treatments gives immediate results and starts the correction of a damaged skin barrier and allows easier access to active ingredients.

Bromelain enzymes

Bromelain enzymes


Ensure you add heat and moisture with your enzymes for them to work effectively.

Enzyme Mask

Enzyme Mask

Does your skin care range provide your skin with enzymes? I would love to know your thoughts.

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4 thoughts on “Enzyme Therapy = Smooth Skin

  1. Donna – great post thank you – love enzymes!
    Can you tell me please – I didn’t know they had to be heated?
    What max temp would that be and how do you mean?
    L x

  2. Hi Loulou,
    When using Enzyme treatments in a clinic, you would either heat with a Vaporiser or if you don’t use steam, then you can use warm compresses. Usually these treatments are clinic only, but if you happen to have a product for home use, a warm cloth will work the same. I would suggest, fill a bowl or sink with warm water, obviously not too hot so you don’t burn your skin, and keep placing the damp cloth over the face for a couple of minutes. Once there is warmth with enzymes, they become catalytic and work at breaking down the surface skin cells – you may need to work them into the skin with your fingers or a brush.
    Thanks for your comment and hope that has answered your question.

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