Carica papaya fruit extract is an extract obtained from the papaya fruit. Papaya extract, similar to pineapple extract, also contains the protein-breaking enzymes called papain.
Papaya fruit and extracts have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and other difficult-to-heal skin problems. Papaya extract contains various anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that assist in the wound healing process.
In skincare products, papaya extract may be added to speed up the skin’s own healing process. The enzyme papain has some skin softening and mild exfoliating properties.