10 Papaya Face Packs For Glowing, Fair, And Smooth Skin

by Ramona Sinha

Papaya is a versatile fruit that offers certain skin benefits. This wholesome and nutritive fruit is a rich source of vitamins and minerals that keep the body’s systems functioning optimally. Studies show that papaya could help with digestion (1). But recent research suggests it could also help promote skin health.

In this article, we will discuss the different papaya face packs that you can try at home and how you can maximize the benefits.

Benefits Of Using Papaya As a Face Mask

Studies have found unripe papaya to be extremely beneficial for topical use and wound healing. As per research, topical application of raw papaya can heal chronic skin ulcers (2).

A study involving 64 patients found that a papaya dressing could be safe in promoting wound healing in patients with postoperative wounds (3). The skin healing action of papaya could be attributed to its protease enzymes (3).

Ripe papaya is widely used as a face pack for treating various skin issues. Although there are no studies proving the benefits of papaya for the skin, anecdotal evidence states that it can help.

  • The potassium present in papaya can hydrate the skin and keep it from becoming dull or dry.
  • Papaya may protect the skin from harmful free radicals that are responsible for premature aging.
  • Papaya contains flavonoids that make it an excellent antibacterial and antifungal agent (4).
  • Papaya is said to help increase collagen production in the skin, which makes the skin soft, firm, and supple.
  • Ripe papaya can act as a mild exfoliator. It gently removes dead skin cells from your face and makes your skin radiant and younger-looking. It may also clear dirt and oil that can lead to acne and breakouts on the face.
  • Papaya contains a special enzyme called papain that can act as a depilatory agent (helps remove unwanted hair) (5).
  • Papaya is rich in healing enzymes that may help treat sunburns or soothe irritated skin.
  • Papaya is also used as a home remedy to improve skin tone by reducing dark spots and blemishes.
  • Since it has antifungal properties, papaya may also help treat topical fungal infections.

Papaya is generally suitable for all skin types. Some may experience a few side effects, though, in general, the fruit has been found to offer benefits. In the following section, we have listed the different papaya face packs you can use.

Homemade Papaya Face Packs For Different Skin Issues

1. Papaya And Honey Face Mask For Dry Skin

Honey has hydrating properties (apart from its antimicrobial and therapeutic benefits) (6). It can help keep your skin soft, supple, and smooth. Milk contains lactic acid that may help exfoliate your skin, though more research is warranted in this regard.

You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup of ripe papaya
  • 2 teaspoons of whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Chop the papaya into small pieces and mash them.
  2. Add milk and honey to the mashed papaya. Mix well to obtain a fine paste.
  3. Apply this pack all over your face and neck.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this 1-2 times a week.

Caution: Do not add milk to the face pack if you are allergic to dairy products. Instead, add another tablespoon of honey.

2. Papaya, Honey, And Lemon For Acne

While honey nourishes the skin, the enzymes in papaya and the vitamin C in lemon juice cleanse the skin and unclog the pores. Vitamin C also helps prevent sun damage and photoaging (7). As per anecdotal evidence, lemon juice is said to have an astringent effect on the skin that might also help to kill harmful bacteria.

You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup of ripe papaya
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder or Fuller’s earth (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the papaya into small pieces and mash them.
  2. Add the other ingredients and mix well.
  3. Apply this face pack evenly to your face and neck.
  4. Let it dry for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse it off with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every 3-4 days.

3. Papaya, Cucumber, And Banana For A Soothing Effect

Cucumber helps hydrate and soothe the skin. It may also exhibit skin whitening effects and an anti-acne effect by reducing excess sebum (8). Banana is believed to have a moisturizing effect on your skin and is popularly used in face masks.

You Will Need
  • 1/4 cup of ripe papaya pieces
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 cup of ripe banana pieces
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the cucumber into small pieces and blend them with the papaya and banana to get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this paste to your face and neck. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water first, and follow with a final rinse with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every week.

4. Papaya And Egg White To Tighten Skin Pores

Egg white feels tight on the skin when it dries after application. This way, it could help tone the skin and tighten the pores.

You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup of ripe papaya pieces
  • 1 egg white
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the papaya pieces. Whisk the egg white until it becomes frothy.
  2. Mix these two and apply the mixture to your face and neck.
  3. Rinse it off after 15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every week.

5. Papaya And Orange Face Pack For Oily Skin

Orange and papaya contain vitamin C, and the juice is believed to work as a natural astringent and reduce excess oiliness on face. This nutrient also helps fight inflammation (7). Orange juice and papaya are also thought to have skin-brightening properties.

You Will Need
  • A ripe papaya
  • 5-6 pieces of orange

What You Have To Do

  1. Chop the ripe papaya into pieces.
  2. Squeeze the juice out from the orange pieces and mix with the papaya pieces. Mix well and apply to your face.
  3. Keep it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

6. Papaya And Lemon Face Pack For Skin Brightening

Lemon is rich in vitamin C and citric acid, which are known for their astringent, skin-brightening, and bleaching properties.

You Will Need
  • A few pieces of ripe papaya
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the papaya and add fresh lemon juice to it. Mix well.
  2. Apply this pack to your face and keep it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack 2-3 times a week.

7. Papaya And Turmeric For Therapeutic Benefits

Turmeric has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants (9). It is used in traditional medicine to treat skin issues and promote skin health. Along with papaya, turmeric can help maintain overall skin health.

You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup of ripe papaya
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the papaya and mix the turmeric powder with it.
  2. Apply this to the problem area and allow it to dry completely.
  3. Slowly scrub the pack off once it dries.
  4. Rinse the area with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every week.

8. Papaya And Tomato Face Mask For Tanned Skin

Tomato is widely used in DIY face packs and is said to reduce tanning, tone the skin, and minimize skin pores. It also is believed to restore natural skin color.

You Will Need

  • Pulp of 1 tomato
  • 4 small cubes of ripe papaya

What You Have To Do

  1. Mash the ripe papaya and mix it with the tomato pulp.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly on your face and neck.
  3. Let it dry and then wash off.

How Often You Should Do This

2-3 times a week.

9. Papaya And Milk Face Pack For Dark Spots

Milk has mild exfoliating and cleansing properties, which can be attributed to its lactic acid content. Together with papaya, it can help reduce spots and make your skin brighter (10).

You Will Need

  • 3-4 cubes of ripe papaya
  • 1 teaspoon of raw milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Mash the papaya cubes and mix with the milk.
  2. Apply the paste evenly to your face and neck.
  3. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes and then wash off.

How Often You Should Do This

3 times a week

10. Papaya And Multani Mitti For Clear Skin

Multani mitti helps cleanse the skin thoroughly. It aids the removal of excess dirt and sebum from your face. This makes the skin appear bright.

You Will Need

  • 3-4 cubes of ripe papaya
  • 2 tablespoons of multani mitti or Fuller’s earth
  • Water or rosewater for mixing (adjust the quantity)

What You Have To Do

  1. Mash the papaya and mix it with multani mitti.
  2. Add water or rosewater to prepare the paste.
  3. Spread it over your face and let it dry.
  4. Wash it afterward.

How Often You Should Do this

1-2 times a week.

However, multani mitti (or any clay mask) can make your skin dry. If you have dry skin, use this mask once a week, and if you have oily skin, use it twice a week.

Before you start using these recipes, you need to be aware of the risks associated with using papaya.

Risk Factors Associated With Papaya Face Masks

Papaya contains papain, a beneficial enzyme that can act as a strong allergen (11). Moreover, papaya contains latex that may trigger allergic reactions (12).

It can cause:

  • Skin rashes
  • Breathing troubles
  • Sneezing
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Swelling

Hence, do a patch test or go for an allergy test to determine if you are allergic to papaya. Ensure you do this before you start using the face masks.

The next time you indulge in this delicious fruit, do not forget to make these quick and effective papaya face packs. Your body and skin will thank you.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Can I use papaya face packs daily?

Anything excessive can be damaging for the skin. It is better to use papaya face pack moderately as directed or once/twice in a week.

Is papaya good for oily skin?

Papaya is suitable for all skin types (including oily skin). However, it may cause allergies in certain individuals.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.
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