Carolyn Bessette, M.D.
Does papaya soap work? That is the question.
There are naturally occurring enzymes in papaya fruit called papains. These papain enzymes break down proteins and are believed to help exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal brighter skin.
There are claims all over the internet describing the skin benefits of papaya soap including skin whitening and brightening, but there is little scientific evidence to support these claims. At best, the effects are very subtle if used over a long period of time and most of the data is anecdotal coming from individual experiences. To be honest, most of the skin benefits of papaya soap are probably coming from the moisturizing effects of the soap, especially if that made with olive oil and cocoa butter.
As a professional soap maker with a medical background, I can tell you that simply using papaya soap alone may not give you spectacular results. The soap making process generates high heat and that may destroy the delicate papain enzymes making them less effective. In addition, the soap simply does not sit on your face long enough to have any significant effects.
Don’t expect to see immediate results like a papaya soap before and after. Using a small amount of raw organic papaya puree mixed with honey and clay as a face mask may give you more powerful results when combined with a natural papaya soap skincare routine.
We love using organic papaya puree in our handmade soaps for the beautiful natural color it creates. A deliciously vibrant orange direct from nature, enhanced with vitamins A, C, and E and sweet orange essential oil.
Papaya contains a high level of natural vitamin C and natural fruit sugars that give our soaps a rich bubbly lather. It is a very safe and gentle bar, perfect for baby or sensitive skin.