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The Uses of Likas Papaya Soap

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author image Caroline Thompson
Caroline Thompson is a professional photojournalist who has been working for print and online publications since 1999. Her work has appeared in the "Sacramento Bee," "People Magazine," "Newsweek" and other publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in photojournalism from California State University at Hayward and a personal trainer certification from the university's Health and Fitness Institute.

Likas Papaya Soap is manufactured by Trinidad Cosmetics Laboratory Inc. in the Philippines. Likas Papaya Soap claims to whiten skin and is made from organic herbs. The main ingredient is papain extract, which comes from papaya and helps breaks down certain proteins such as dead skin cells, notes the University of Michigan Health System.

Skin Whitening

Likas Papaya Soap claims to whiten skin with regular use. It contains papain extract, which is a natural enzyme from papaya that promotes skin cell renewal. Likas Papaya Soap exfoliates your dead skin cells, removing old skin that could be sun damaged. This exposes your new skin cells, which are lighter in appearance. The skin-whitening effects are minimal, and it may lighten the overall skin appearance, but it does not work well on hyperpigmentation or sun spots, according to the website SkinWhitening.org. The soap does not contain any artificial bleaching agents.

Acne Treatment

Likas Papaya Soap purportedly eliminates acne. You lather the soap, apply it to your face and let sit for three to five minutes before washing the lather off. The soap exfoliates your skin and removes dead skin cells. Removing dead skin cells helps reduce acne inflammation, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Likas Papaya Soap may not work with all types of acne, but it helps unclog pores by removing dead skin cells. It also increases cell turnover, helping to smooth the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of mild acne scarring.

Skin Renewal

The enzymatic properties of papain extract from papaya help improve your skin's overall appearance by exfoliation and cell renewal. Papain is a proteolytic enzyme, which breaks apart or digests other proteins, and is used in meat tenderizers, according to the University of Georgia. It has skin-softening properties and accelerates cell turnover, giving the skin a fresher look.

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