Another very effective enzyme in resurfacing products is bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic protease enzyme extracted from pineapple fruit. The bromelain enzyme extract was first introduced as a therapeutic supplement in 1957 in the US and has since spread around the world. It’s used extensively in natural medicine for the alleviation of muscle strains, arthritis pain, gout, minor injuries, and has even been shown to be effective against the eczema sensitive skin condition. Germany has recently taken a great interest in bromelain research for many medical conditions and it is currently the 13th most widely used herbal medicine in that country.
What’s so interesting about the bromelain enzyme in skincare is that even though it is effective for skin resurfacing applications it actually has an anti-inflammatory effect. This is quite unique in the anti-aging field because nearly all substances that have resurfacing effects have been traditionally associated with increasing skin sensitivity, while as the bromelain enzyme actually helps sensitive skin conditions while it resurfaces. For this reason it’s beneficial to combine papain and bromelain enzymes to gently dissolve away excess skin cells that the alpha and beta hydroxy acids in the product have readied for exfoliation. Combining all these natural fruit extracts together creates a more complete spectrum of resurfacing actions.
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