Enzyme peels are one type of superficial peel treatments that uses enzymes as active agents. It’s a gentle skin exfoliation procedure that’s suitable for all skin types and can be included in your regular beauty regimen. These peels applied on the facial skin makes use of natural enzymes derived majorly from fruits such as papaya, pineapples, pomegranate, blueberries, and coconut.
A Brief Anatomy of Skin
Before we move on to the benefits of enzyme peels on your skin, let’s understand the anatomy of skin first. Our skin is made up of three layers –
- The Epidermis: It’s the outermost layer that creates our skin tone and acts as the waterproof barrier.
- The Dermis: It’s the layer underneath the epidermis that is characterized by numerous layers of connective tissue, sweat glands, and hair follicles.
- The Hypodermis: It’s the deeper layer of the skin that’s mostly composed of connective tissue and adipose tissue or fat.
The outermost layer of the skin combats the harmful effects of the sun, pollution, dryness, sweat, and makeup every day. Over a period of 24 hours, our skin sheds thousands of skin cells. The skin cells, also known as keratinocytes are formed at the base of the epidermis layer. They gradually move up to the outer surface of the layer where they die.
There are at least 15-20 layers of dead skin cells (known as stratum corneum) produced at the epidermis. The topmost layer of dead skin cells that reach the outermost surface of the epidermis breaks away and falls off, making way for new cells to come up from beneath. The epidermal cells have a lifespan of 2-4 weeks.
Benefits of Enzyme Peels
Enzyme peeling masks help accelerate the process of cell replacement in your skin through gentle exfoliation. It’s very important to remove dead skin cells from your epidermal skin to maintain skin health. Dead skin cells may often fail to break away from the stratum corneum and may not fall off naturally.
When this happens, dead skin cells can get accumulated in the hair follicles, which then combine with sebum and clog your pores resulting in various skin problems like blackheads and whiteheads. Your skin condition worsens when bacteria enter these hair follicles. They lead to pimples that are inflamed causing cysts, papules, and pustules. The upper layers of dead cells must be removed regularly for this reason.
Enzyme peels help break off and remove these upper layers of dead skin cells. They penetrate the skin, cleanse the pores, improve the tone and texture of the skin and speed up the chemical reactions to bring forth new cells. While you may exfoliate your skin with a loofah or face scrub, enzyme peels work much faster. They also help soften, smoothen, brighten and improve the elasticity of your skin. In addition, these natural peels also treat hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, scars, wrinkles, and lines. You can use enzyme peels on your face, neck, hands and other areas.
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