Aloe Vera and Acne

Aloe Vera May Help Fight Acne


Aloe Vera use for skin care dates back to Egyptian Queens, like Cleopatra, who religiously used aloe to keep their skin beautiful. The inner gel of the plant has been known as a panacea for a variety of skin conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to: psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, general burns, and even acne break-outs.

How can Aloe Vera help skin conditions?

Interestingly enough, the inner gel of the aloe leaf has been known to help with acne breakouts and minimalize acne scarring. Acne is the result of the clogging of sebaceous glands from excess oil on the skin. This process causes bacteria to grow quickly causing the inflamed, sometimes painful acne pimple.  Because the inner gel of the leaf is clinically known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties, it would make sense that Aloe Vera could help eliminate or reduce this process. Aloe Vera has also been known throughout history (notably by Alexander the Great) as a catalyst for wound healing which would explain how the plant could help minimize scarring due to the breakout. Aloe Vera could not only inhibit the acne forming process but also help to decrease the scarring attributed to it.

How to use an Aloe Vera Inner Leaf on your skin

Using the Aloe Vera inner gel on your skin, from a household plant, is very simple. Cut off a piece of an Aloe Vera leaf from your plant at home. Slice off the spiny edges including the top and bottom. If done correctly, all that should be left is a clear film about the shape and size of a rectangular slice of chewing gum. Place that right on the acne breakout and leave it on until it dries up.

If an aloe vera plant is not accessible, there are many aloe vera skin products on the market. Aloe Vera can be used both topically and orally. Using a product that has 100% pure Aloe Vera Gel without any artificial preservatives is extremely important.  Also, supplementing with a dietary Aloe Vera product can help heal your skin from the inside out.

Although there is not a lot of clinical scientific research that links Aloe Vera to acne treatment, many people have been using it for thousands of years for its cosmetic benefits.  As always, please consult your dermatologist, aesthetician, or primary care health physician before starting any new skin regime or dietary supplement.

Have you tried using Aloe Vera as an acne skin treatment?



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