Chemical peels can be performed on the face or neck to improve the appearance of one's skin (e.g., to reduce blemishes and acne). Below are a few homemade recipes that are both inexpensive and natural compared to the professional route. The active ingredient in the recipes is papain, which is an enzyme found in papaya. Be sure to do skin sensitivity test before performing the homemade chemical peel on your face/neck. NOTE: Those with darker skin may risk hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone after a chemical peel, thus the importance of a skin sensitivity test.
PAPAYA-PINEAPPLE CHEMICAL PEEL
1 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 cup fresh papaya
2 tablespoons honey
"This gentle peel is based on active substances found in two tropical fruits, pineapple and papaya. Pineapple contains bromelain and papaya contains papain. Both are proteases, natural enzymes that can break up proteins. When applied to the skin in small amounts (i.e. the amounts naturally found in pineapple and papaya), these enzymes help gently remove dead cells from skin surface producing mild peeling effect. Pineapple and papaya also contain alpha-hydroxy acids that provide additional benefits. Honey is added to increase moisturizing effect of the treatment." (Quoted Source)
Puree pineapple and papaya in a blender or otherwise. Add honey and mix thoroughly.
Usage: Wash your face, and then apply the mixture to your skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for no more than 5 minutes (less if you have sensitive skin), then rinse with cool water. When done, apply a moisturizer. Don't use more than once a week.
PAPAYA-GELATIN CHEMICAL PEEL
1 fresh papaya
1 package of unflavored gelatin
1.5 fl oz. Mineral water (=3 tablespoons)
- Peel the papaya, take out the seeds and cut it in pieces. Put these in a food processor and mash them thoroughly. Strain this through gauze and keep the juice for later.
- Put the gelatin and the mineral water in a small pan. Then gently warm this up over a slow fire, while constantly stirring, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour this in a bowl and add the papaya juice
- Let this cool down for a while and place the bowl in the fridge until it is firm and almost set but still liquid enough to be applied; this will take about 25-30 minutes.
Usage: Stir to see if it is the right thick consistency, if so spread the paste gently and equally with a facial mask brush or spatula on your clean face and neck; keep the eye and upper lip area clear. Now lie down, relax and leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes. Then peel it off, start under your chin and peel it off in an upward motion, this will tingle a bit. Finally rinse with warm water and a soft warm wash cloth, end with a splash of cold; pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
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WEBMD & CHEMICAL PEELS
COMMERCIAL GLYCOLIC PEEL REVIEWS
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