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Enzyme Therapy

In skin care, aggressive approaches to exfoliation are not always the only or best solution. A lot can be achieved with a more subtle approach, using natural products that have results oriented evidence behind them. The power of plant and organic materials in skin care shouldn’t be overlooked. And enzymes are a big part of plant-based skin therapy.

AHA and BHA take the spotlight in recent times as some of the most effective exfoliators, but enzymes definitely have a solid place in exfoliation, especially for those skin types where mechanical and alpha hydroxy acids are too strong.

Mechanical exfoliation can take the forms of scrubs like coffee, oatmeal, natural jojoba beads and will remove the dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation like lactic, glycolic and azelaic acids break the bonds which hold the skin together.

Enzymes, remove the dull and dead skin cells by digesting the proteins of the stratum corneum into small fragments which prevents buildup. They also carry essential vitamins and healing properties to promote youthful, glowing skin. Enzymes work more gently on the skin than AHA’s in breaking down the bonds which hold those shedding cells together. They prevent the increased keratinization around follicles which block sebum flow which creates blackheads.

Regular use of enzymes will give the skin a smooth and radiant look. Enzymes are an excellent choice for mature and oily skin types due to their mild hydrating and antibacterial effect. Regular use also promotes better absorption of other skin care products.

Check out the top fruit ingredients to look for when selecting skincare treatments for your clients…


This delectable tropical fruit has potent benefits when it comes to the complexion. Taken from both the fruit and leaves of the papaya, this sweet tasting fruit’s enzymes have a keratin protein digesting ability that aids in exfoliation and provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Using papaya enzymes in your client’s skincare treatment will promote healing of damaged tissue and inflamed lesions, as well as aid repair of connective tissues to increase elasticity in the skin.


Pumpkin enzymes are used in skincare for two purposes – exfoliation and anti-inflammation. As we age, cell turnover rate decreases and can result in a dry, rough, or dull appearance to the skin. Pumpkin enzymes gently exfoliate away dead skin cells and impurities while delivering vitamins and nutrients to the skin, imparting a youthful glow.


Also known as bromelain, pineapple enzymes are extracted from the stem and fruit. When used in skincare, the enzymes fight inflammation, redness, and swelling in addition to exfoliating. The high vitamin C and bromelain content of pineapple make it an effective acne treatment, too.


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