This post originally was the answer to the question on Quora.com: Should I use Papaya Mask for an oily acne skin?
That was me when I was in the 20s with an acne-ridden face, I had financial to pay for expensive treatments, and also try many natural remedies. I always want a simple easy solution for smooth skin. I always wonder why my sisters, my friends have good skin without any effort, why I have oily, acne, skin even though I ate healthily and practice yoga, … a long journey to healing myself through holistic nutrition.
I did also try Ripe Papaya Mask and Green Papaya Mask. I would like to share my experience with this natural treatments
- Papaya Mask may be bad for your skin:
Depend on the health condition of the user Papaya Mask can help or cause problems for your skin.
YES: Ripe Papaya contains many nutrients vitamin, especially vitamin C, minerals, and phytochemicals such as carotenoids, polyphenols, which are very important for cellular health overall and facial skin as well. The pulp of ripe Papaya also contains a small amount of PAPAIN, a very strong protease enzyme. which can break down the dead skin cells as an effective exfoliator for your skin. At the same time may other nutrients and water may absorb in your skin, and make skin feel smooth and plum after treatment.
NO: In ripe papaya, even small amount Papain can break down skin cells if you have very thin and sensitive unhealthy skin (paradoxically, that is the reason you use the mask in first place). This may your skin become thinner, and more sensitive to the environment.
If you use skin care mask products which contain Papain derived from papaya latex, and green papaya you may have a severe allergic reaction.
In 2008 FDA In 2008 the FDA announced its intention to take action against these products because it had received reports of serious adverse events in patients using products containing papain such as hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions that lead to hypotension (low blood pressure) and tachycardia (rapid heart rate).
I had that reaction, and I was upset I thought that “natural product” is a hoax. In fact, that reaction happened because I was so malnourished due to my digestive problems, my skin was so thin and weak, even though it looks oily.
My skin reacts with almost any Acne Treatments, to the point that I decided to ignore completely, I learn to love my face with acne. I concentrated to heal my other health problems.
- Papaya Salads is the better solution for Healthy skin:
Through intensive research to heal myself, I realise that if our skin is very sensitive even to natural remedies, we need to fix your skin from the inside by nutrients.
The AKP’s program to heal skin and health have many steps, one of that is fixing digestive health, In this case, enjoying papaya salad is safer than using a papaya mask.
Papaya salad helps our body heal itself by providing many vitamins, mineral, phytonutrients.
Papaya pulp contains a variety of phytochemicals, including carotenoids and polyphenols, which levels increase during ripening. Carotenoids had been scientifically shown as an effective regiment for beauty strong skin and prevent many diseases.
Green Papaya salad is popular in Thai, Vietnam, where meat is very expensive and used as “garnishment”. Papain enzyme in green papaya can break down tough meat fibers. It has been used for thousands of years to tenderize meat eaten in its native South America. It helps effectively digest protein in food into small amino acid molecules absorbed into the bloodstream. In case of indigestion caused by low stomach acid, eating this salad may have further digest meat in the intestine. Therefore it avoids putrification by bad bacteria. It also rich in fibers pectin also help balance microbiome and clean out the bowel.
Indigestion is a major cause of many health problems. Oily skin and acne do not cause by eating fat, ( I mean good real good fat, not Trans-fat) because our body could not digest fat. Treating acne wrong way can cause a more vicious cycle.
In conclusion, Home Made Face Mask from Ripe Papaya is good for your skin, but also cause sensitive. If you have persistence with oily acne skin, you should seek for the cause of the problem. Yummy Papaya Salad may help you in this pathway.
These salads also a good dishes for summer hot weather, when you need to stay hydrated.
Remember, you have the power inside, you can heal yourself.
Keep asking the question, until you find the right solution for yourself.
Because only you living in your body, only you can read its signals.