How Enzymes Are Used in Skin Care

In the skin care industry, “enzymes” is the new buzzword. But what are they, and what happens when you use enzyme-based products on your skin?

Enzymes are organic chemicals that speed up the rate of chemical reactions. Several are naturally produced in the body and on the skin. For example, when you eat meals high in proteins and fats, enzymes in your digestive tract help break down large protein and fat molecules. Likewise, enzymes in your mouth help break down starches into simple sugars that are more easily digestible.

On your skin, these chemicals function as exfoliants. The top layer of skin on your face is an accumulation of dead skin cells. This surface layer of dead skin can make your face look dry and dull. It can also clog your pores, trap dirt and bacteria, and cause acne breakouts. The dead cells contain the protein keratin – enzymes are responsible for breaking down keratin and shedding the dead cells. Exfoliation allows fresh skin cells to rise to the surface and the effect is smoother, brighter, and softer skin. Enzymes are also used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and discolorations.

For skin care products, enzymes are commonly derived from fruits like papaya, pineapple, pomegranates, and pumpkins. These fruits are high in natural acids, and they’re also packed with other nourishing vitamins and minerals that help keep your skin healthy.

Here, we’ve compiled the top three reasons why you should be adding enzymes into your skin care routine.


  1. Enzymes only remove dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin, which reduces the risk for skin irritation following treatment. Harsher exfoliating treatments like chemical peels can strip away living cells along with the dead ones, which can cause stinging, redness, scabbing, peeling, and pain.


  1. When enzymes strip away dead cells on the top layer skin, fresh skin cells rise to the surface. Increased cell turnover can decrease inflammation and reduce the buildup of dirt, debris, and cells that clog pores and lead to acne breakouts.


  1. While enzymes are removing dead surface cells, they are also reaching down into your skin to cleanse your pores. By removing dead cells and opening up your pores, they help prepare your skin to receive deeper penetration from hydrating skin care products and moisturizers.


Enzymes can be found in a variety of personal care products – cleansers, peels, masks, and exfoliators. Enzyme-based products are gentler than other exfoliators like chemical peels, scrubs, and microdermabrasion, and they are suitable for use on all skin types.

This August at Ageless Allure Medispa, book an appointment to receive our special Enzyme Revitalizing Facial, featuring a Clean Zyme cleanser and a Skin Zyme mask from the Jan Marini product line. This treatment targets fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and rosacea. Contact us today to schedule your session before our special offer of 50 minutes at $55 expires.