Papaya isn’t just for eating-it’s also beneficial for natural skin care and repair. One of the most nutritious fruits in the world, it’s full of enzymes, minerals and vitamins-with more vitamin A than carrots and more C than oranges! You can use papaya to treat or eliminate old dead skin cells, dandruff and other skin disorders, and even to reduce the signs of premature aging.

Acne - Apply a mask using the fleshy side of a green papaya skin. Eating papaya supports the treatment internally by improving digestive health.

Dandruff - Shampoo hair with diluted papaya vinegar mixed with lemon juice and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse. Papaya hair shampoos are also available at health food stores.

Rough skin - Native Americans rub rough skin with the fleshy side of the skin from a ripe papaya.

Sun spots - Apply the fleshy side of the skin from a green papaya to the spots. Papaya vinegar can also be applied.

Wrinkles - Old skin cells make wrinkles deeper. Use a papaya powder face mask to reduce old dead skin cells and make the skin smoother. Apply the fleshy side of the skin from a green papaya.

Caution: In rare cases and with long-term application, highly concentrated papaya could cause sensitivity and skin irritation.

Source: Papaya: The Healing Fruit, by Harald W.Tietze.