Are you also among those who are tired of never ending acne and pimples on your skin? It can occur in the form of whiteheads, zits, papules, pustules or blisters. However they’re not life threatening, but can leave skin scars. So, you might have tried numerous products and home remedies to treat them, but have you tried aloe vera for acne?
No? Then you must try it because only after using it, you’ll be able to realize how effective aloe is.
But Before that Know the Interesting Facts About Aloe-Vera
- Aloe has played the role of an herbal medicine since 2000 years.
- Around 400 kinds of aloe are present in nature; but aloe vera is one of its kinds.
- Egyptians call it the “plant of immortality’.
- The basic reason for pimples and acne is excess of oil secretion at the skin surface. The cooling properties of aloe help in removal of excess of oil.
- It helps in healing the damaged cells and purification of blood.
- 75 biological compounds make for the cooling properties of aloe vera.
- Aloe has the properties of an astringent thus helping in the contraction of skin cells. This in turn leaves the skin clean by removing dirt, dead skin cells and deposition of sebum.
- Aloe vera juice is obtained and utilized in its purest type of a yellowish fluid that streams after insignificant harm of the aloe skin.
- Aloe vera gel is a plump jelly like substance present inside some portions of aloe leaves.
- Aloe is believed to substitute more than half of medicines prepared with complicated chemical substances. It is a rich source of various groups of vitamins- A, B, C, E; contains lots of amino acids and carbohydrates along with tannin, catechins, flavonoids, glucomannan etc.
Does Aloe Vera Help Acne?
Of course, yes!! That is the sole reason of writing this post. 🙂
So, learn how aloe vera achieves this feat.
- Aloe vera, just like honey, is also a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, which is quite effective in treating acne scars.
- It has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, which reduces the inflammation, redness, and pain associated with acne.
- It contains hormones like gibberellins and polysaccharides which are the worst enemies of acne-causing bacteria.
- Due to the presence of influential antioxidants, vitamins C and E and zinc in aloe vera, its gel reduces pain and scars.
- It’s a natural astringent that helps in removing excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells which clog your skin pores.
- It also purifies blood and stimulates cell growth, healing damaged and scarred skin.
- It also contains salicylic acid and saponin, compounds with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, which are great to treat acne.
Aloe vera is affordable as you can grow it in your home by the window sill. In this way you have an all time availability of aloe vera.
Skin Therapy- Benefits of Aloe Vera
It has been ages since aloe vera has gained popularity among medical and health sciences for its healing powers.
With excellent properties which are best suited for skin therapy, aloe vera is an inexpensive ingredient that you can get hold of easily.
- Formation of Collagen improves with the usage of aloe-vera at the time of healing of wounds.
- If your scars are stubborn and are not ready to leave you, then aloe vera can be of help. As it is non-invasive and can help in removing scars.
- If your skin is damaged due to chemical or any allergic infection, then the succulent in aloe vera can help in healing the skin.
- Gastrointestinal disorders can be avoided by regular intake of aloe juice.
- Aloe vera has fabulous moisturizing properties, making the skin more versatile and more conditioned, renewing and reviving it.
- Irritated skin can be soothed by applying the pulp of aloe leaves.
- Solid antibacterial properties of the plant make it a flawless component of complex treatment of various parasitic, bacterial or viral diseases.
DIY Recipes: Aloe Vera for Face Masks
1. Aloe Vera Leaves
If you’ve an aloe vera plant in your home, then you can directly pluck a leaf and extract the gel/juice from it. This gel can also be stored for future purposes. Use this gel to apply on the affected area and leave overnight. Wash it the next morning.
If you do not have the aloe vera plant in your home, then you can use the aloe vera gel/juice available in market. Use cotton ball to apply the same on the affected area and wash with water after an hour.
2. Aloe leaves pulp and Whipping Egg White
This recipe is best for those with oily skin. It will act as a disinfectant.
All you need is a whipped egg white, lemon juice and pulp of aloe vera leaves.
Mix two tablespoons of aloe vera pulp with egg white. Add one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and your face mask for acne is ready.
Apply and wash it off once it dries. This face mask will not only reduce the oiliness of your skin but also helps in fighting acne.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar with Aloe Vera for Glowing Skin
With presence of alpha-hydroxy acids, apple vinegar rejuvenates the skin. It exfoliates the skin and leaves the skin healthy and shiny.
All you need to do is mix water and apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on your face (or on the affected area) with fingertips, gently massaging your face.
Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash it with water at normal temperature. Pat dry and use oil free moisturizer to overcome dryness caused by vinegar.
Repetition of the process on regular basis will leave your skin shiny and healthy.
4. Lemon power with Aloe Vera for Acne
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with aloe vera gel or juice makes for a perfect remedy for acne.
You can either apply the mixture on affected area and leave for 10 minutes or leave it overnight. Wash your face with water at normal temperature followed by an oil free moisturizer.
5. Magic of Aloe Vera and Calendula Tincture
Especially for oily skin, the mixture is one of the best disinfectant and wound healing remedy for acne. Mix two tablespoons of calendula tincture with pre-extracted aloe vera juice.
Add the cool boiled water to the mixture and store. Wash your face with the solution at least twice a day for a healthy skin.
6. Honey and Aloe Vera for Acne Scars
Method 1: Use honey along with aloe vera gel and mix the two ingredients and apply directly on face. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash with water. For extra benefits you can either add rose water or turmeric to the mixture.
Another method is to boil the aloe vera leaves for 7-10 minutes. Add honey to the crushed leaves and apply to the affected area. Massage your skin for next 4-5 minutes. Leave the mixture for 30 minutes and wash with cold water.
Repeat this process regularly to treat acne scars and get the much desired clear skin.
7. Decoction of the aloe
Treat your problematic skin by rinsing it with a basic decoction of the aloe. To set it up, pour boiling water over aloe. Next, boil the mixture for no less than 15 minutes.
At that point the decoction ought to be cooled and strained. Wipe problem areas of the skin with the decoction, every day, better twice per day.
Remember to clean your face first before applying the decoction to your face.
8. Cosmetic clay with aloe
If you are tired with the number of pimples on your face and wish to dry them up quickly, then this is the perfect remedy for your pimples.
One tablespoon of white or pink cosmetic clay when mixed with aloe vera juice makes for a perfect paste to be applied on the affected skin.
Leave for 15 minutes and wash with cool water. Regular application of the paste will dry your pimples easily and slowly clear them off.
9. Oats, Glycerol and Aloe Vera for Dry Skin
Prepare a mixture of aloe juice, glycerol pulp and oat flakes using a coffee grinder. This paste will do wonders for you with its anti-aging, moisturizing and anti-inflammation properties.
Apply on the affected area and leave on for few minutes and wash with normal water. With regular use you can get a pimple free glowing skin.
10. Sugared Milk with Aloe Vera
Half tablespoon of milk and one tablespoon of sugar when mixed together along with two tablespoon of aloe vera juice will create a perfect mask to moisturize and brighten up your skin.
Apply the mask on your face and leave for half an hour. Use warm water to rinse your face and follow it with an oil free moisturizer.
11. Jelly pulp of Aloe and Tea tree oil
A few drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of aloe vera juice have anti-fungal properties that kill the acne causing bacteria.
Leave the mixture for 20-30 minutes after application on the affected area. Use regularly for a pimple and zit free skin.
Quick Tips To Remember While Using Aloe Vera for Acne
- Freshly extracted aloe vera gel works the best.
- If you have an aloe vera plant at your place, then before using the leaf wash it well.
- To avoid irritation, use gloves while cutting aloe vera leaves.
- If you think you have no time to prepare face masks, and then add a spoon or two of aloe vera juice to your water or summer-refreshing drinks.
- Do not be in a hurry to get rid of your pimples. Over consumption of aloe juice can be harmful.
- Consult a doctor before starting with any home remedy.
- Do not continue the habit of drinking aloe vera juice for long. It might prove to be dangerous and unhealthy for your skin.
- Before following a strict regime, do a patch test as aloe vera can sometimes cause irritation.
- Organic aloe vera soap with glycerin should be used for a glowing and pimple free skin.
- Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid using exterior part of aloe vera leaves.
So, what are you waiting for? Make aloe your best friend and others will start envying you for your radiant and glowing skin.
To reduce inflammation, you can also add essential oils like rosemary, eucalyptus, clove or camphor.
You should periodically keep cleaning your skin with fresh aloe vera juice to tone and soften your skin.
Last but not the least, I hope that aloe vera for acne will work wonders for you, just like it did for me.