Pineapple Papaya Enzyme Peel
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Pineapple Papaya Enzyme Peel

2014 June 25

Back in my spa-manager days, one of my favorite skin care treatments to receive was our organic enzyme facial which included an amazing pineapple enzyme peel. After that treatment my skin would be glowing and feel new again. Nowadays, I get my peel-on at home with the homemade version, this Pineapple Papaya Enzyme Peel.

Pineapple papaya enzyme mask

Both pineapple and papaya are packed with natural enzymes that break up protein, and as a result, exfoliate the skin resulting in a mild peel effect. Additionally, pineapple and papaya both contain alpha-hydroxy acids used in skin care products to moisturize and removing dead skin cells, improve the appearance of scars, help with aging, firm and smooth skin.

Pineapple papaya enzyme mask

But don’t be fooled by these pretty tropical fruits! This may look like a simple smoothie for the face but this peel is powerful stuff. Blend up a batch for yourself and feel the results almost immediately as it tingles and itches, in a good way of course.

Pineapple papaya enzyme mask

photos by Leah Bergman

Pineapple Papaya Enzyme Mask

1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
1/2 cup fresh papaya, cubed
1 Tbsp honey


1. In a blender, puree pineapple, papaya, and honey until smooth.
2. Apply a thin layer to d├ęcolletage (face, neck, chest) avoiding the eye area.
* You will feel an itching and tingling sensation almost immediately as the enzymes work to exfoliate your skin. If the itching is too intense remove before the recommended time.
3. Leave peel on for 5-10 minutes. If you have sensitive skin start with 5 minutes, max. Wash face thoroughly with warm water and apply a good moisturizer.

Note: This is a gentle peel but still very active. You may have a bit of sensitivity during and after applying which is normal. Do not use more than once a week and always apply a moisturizer afterwards.

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  1. June 25, 2014

    Cannot wait to try this out! I am all about natural beauty products, so this is right up my ally!

  2. Anouska permalink
    June 25, 2014

    Love this idea! Do you have a good summer body scrub idea too?

    • June 26, 2014

      Thank you Anouska! Yes, I have lots of body scrub recipe on the site but I always think a simple 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup coconut oil 5-6 drops your favorite essential oil (like lemon or lavender) is great!

  3. June 26, 2014

    I’ve never done a peel because they intimidate me. But this one sounds refreshing and I just might have to try it!

    • June 26, 2014

      This is the perfect peel for a first timer! Way more gentle than a chemical peel as it’s all natural.

  4. Martha permalink
    April 22, 2015

    Sounds amazing! All natural peels like this one are safe during pregnancy?

  5. Kristie permalink
    August 23, 2016

    Just wondering how well this works for pitted scars and how much time it takes to see an improvement?

    • August 23, 2016

      Honestly, it probably wouldn’t be strong enough for scars.

      • Kristie permalink
        August 23, 2016

        It says it improves the appearance of scars in the article.

        • August 24, 2016

          Pineapple and papaya both contain alpha-hydroxy acids used in skin care products to help improve the appearance of scars. However the levels/strength of the natural occurring alpha hydroxy acids in these fruits are much less than what would be found in skincare products you purchase or are prescribed. At home remedies will not be as potent as something you will buy in store or get from your dermatologist.

        • August 24, 2016

          It’s worth giving it a try, however for pitted scars I would still recommend consulting a dermatologist. Hope that helps!

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