Pineapple, also known as Ananas comosus, is a tropical plant with edible fruit. It belongs to the family Bromeliaceae. South America is the pineapple’s native home, but since the 17th century it has been brought to Europe.
Pineapple extracts contain bromelain, which is a mix of different enzymes that is widely used in skincare products. The active ingredient of bromelain has exfoliating, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.
Bromelain is added in a form of white powder into different skincare formulations.
Fruit enzyme exfoliations are one of the gentlest forms that help to remove dead skin cells and decrease the appearance of existing blackheads. This type of exfoliation does not affect the skin’s pH and does not cause irritation.
Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces redness and swelling on the affected skin.
The active ingredient of bromelain does not have major side effects and is safe to use on daily basis. It is non-irritating and is suitable for all skin types.