Stop using fruit face products if you have acne
When you go to the salon for a facial or a cleanse, one of the most popular and cheapest options is usually a “fruit facial”. Often times, you’ll see people in salons recommending it for oily or acne-prone skin, as those skin tends to have blemishes and scarring, and these fruit facials claim to be good at combating those spots. But what is a ‘fruit facial’ and does it actually help, or do it more harm than good?
As you might have understood from the title, this is the first. You see, these kits usually contain a papaya exfoliant (usually a scrub that’s too harsh on the skin), a grapefruit or lemon cleanser, a citrus-smelling face mask with nothing but clay and a cream flavored with peach or strawberry. Out of all of this, how many ingredients actually help acne-prone oily skin?
Yes, some chemicals in fruits are good for the skin, but in the products they are formulated in a way that is harmful to the skin.
There are ingredients in the fruit face kits that help acne prone or acne scarred skin, and as consumers it is our job to know about them so that we can use them in a safer formulation. and softer, and not by rough scrubs and scented over-masks that burn. Two main ingredients here are vitamin C and papain, which are sourced from grapefruit and oranges, and papaya, respectively. The problem is, they’re currently packaged and formulated in a way that appeals to our senses more than having real skin benefits. Let us explain.
Papaya enzyme, or papain, is another fruit extract that is great for the skin. It is a gentle chemical exfoliant that helps remove blemishes and unifies the skin. This makes it ideal for sensitive skin that can’t stand harsh exfoliators.
The problem is that scrubs are associated with exfoliation, in particular the physical action of manual exfoliation of the skin. So most brands add this papaya extract to scrubs. This is the biggest problem. Since many exfoliators containing the papaya enzyme are actually hand scrubs, they are really abrasive against acne and can cut through your already sensitive skin.
Why is it necessary to manually rub granular chips on such delicate skin? The papaya extract we are talking about here can exfoliate chemically without the aid of scrub beads, making the “scrub” unnecessary and damaging to the skin. When it comes in the form of a physical scrub, it also defeats its purpose of being suitable for sensitive skin or to even out the skin, as manual exfoliation results in micro-tears on the skin. skin, causing hyperpigmentation of the skin, especially if it is sensitive. . So what’s the point of including a gentle exfoliant in a textured product? It is not going to help sensitive skin or be gentle.
Also, when brands try to market the product as being “natural” by saying that it contains seeds of “fruit” like apricot kernel as an exfoliating agent, that’s not something that helps. your skin. It makes matters worse.
Most “fruit face care” kits only contain colors and scents, not high quality ingredients.
Assuming you want a product that can help you get rid of your blemishes, we agree that using vitamin C and papaya enzyme exfoliators is great. In fact, enzymes from fruits like that in papaya are beneficial in removing spots and blemishes and making your skin glow. So when you read the label of a facial kit, the presence of vitamin C, papain (or at the very least papaya), is welcome. Here’s the problem: “Fruit Facial” kits contain a lot of artificial scents so you feel like you’re using something fruity.
For example, they contain papain or papaya extract, but when paired with so much fragrance, the point of using something that won’t harm sensitive skin is overcome.
That’s not all. A fruit facial product containing, for example, vitamin C from oranges or lemons, is excellent for the skin. This is because the vitamin C in this fruit is good for you. However, to appeal to customers, this product may also contain skin sensitizing scents like lemon essential oil, which can chemically burn the skin. This addition of fragrance is made to give the customer the impression that they are actually using this citrus fruit and that they get sensory satisfaction from using the product. It’s our job as consumers to evolve beyond that if we really want to help our skin. If you have acne and your face is already red and raw, do you think using a compound as volatile as the one found in essential oils is a good idea?
Why fruit facials are bad for acne
Acne is caused by clogged and inflamed pores. For acne, you need ingredients that are antibacterial or that help unclog pores. Fruits don’t do any of that.
It’s getting worse. Ingredients like perfume, which are very volatile, can make this inflammation worse. Not only that, in the same way that picking the pimples can scarring the skin, rubbing it with granules also tears the skin, resulting in more blemishes. So what is the point of a fruit facial treatment then?
Why you shouldn’t apply raw fruit to your face either
Fruit facials don’t just come in packages. Many people obsessed with home remedies use raw fruit on their skin in order to be “natural”. Here’s the problem: This fruit can contain thousands of harmful compounds that will irritate your skin. Plants grow in polluted soil, are exposed to chemicals in water and air, and contain traces of toxic minerals. Once cooked, some disappear. Our liver filters out certain toxins. Our stomach acids take care of other things. However, our skin does not have all of these systems in place to deal with aggressive substances. So, applying fruit peels or pulp to your skin assuming something that is safe to eat is also safe to apply is illogical.
Therefore, the point to remember is not that fruit face kits are bad and using raw fruit on your face is the way to go. The lesson is that we need to avoid added scents and scrub beads and look for better formulations. Those that use ingredients of natural origin which are safe for the skin, but have no additional fragrance or other additives to make it more “fruity”.
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