Carica Papaya Leaf Extract



Carica Papaya Leaf Extract at a glance

  • Plant extract derived from the leaf of the Carica papaya plant
  • Antioxidant properties help curb the aging effects of environmental stress
  • Helps skin maintain a youthful appearance
  • Is a source of skin-irritating tannins

Carica Papaya Leaf Extract description

_Carica papaya_ leaf extract is a natural, antioxidant-rich plant extract that contains flavonoids, saponins, alkaloids, tannins, and glycosides. It’s a documented potent antioxidant that can assist in the fight against pro-aging environmental stressors. Although from the same plant, this ingredient differs greatly from papaya fruit extract as the leaf doesn’t contain the exfoliating enzyme (papain) or vitamin C. Research has shown _Carica papaya_ leaf extract contains caffeic acid and rutin, both powerful and potent antioxidants. When paired with the plant extract’s other antioxidant flavonoid compounds, they work to curb the effects of aggressive aging external agents, keeping skin looking youthful and even. Although _Carica papaya_ leaf extract doesn’t contain the potent skin-sensitizing enzyme papain that papaya fruit extract contains, it does contain tannins, which are antioxidant compounds that can potentially irritate the skin.

Carica Papaya Leaf Extract references

  • Biology, April 2021, pages 287-307
  • DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, May 2020, pages 735-744
  • International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Research, June 2014, pages 260-265
  • Molecules, March 2021, pages 1489-1507
  • South African Journal of Botany, July 2020, pages 398-405

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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