The Aloe Vera plant comes from the succulent family. It grows almost everywhere and has serrated leaves. Aloe Vera leaf is a lush leaf with thick gels inside it. This thick gel is typically used as a topical solution for sunburned or irritated skin. And yes, others use it for acne treatment. The gel in the aloe vera has antibacterial qualities which makes it a great topical treatment of acne.
Aloe Vera if compared to a regular anti-acne medication, the results are the same and potentially promising. If you want a topical solution that is mild and gentle, you can run to Aloe Vera to just give you that. However, if you have severe acne, aloe vera might not be a good idea to use since it is only potent to mild to moderate acne.
How to Use Aloe Vera for Acne
1. Pure Aloe Vera
For me, this is the best way to get all the nutrients and anti-bacterial properties an aloe vera has.
What to do:
Cut a leaf from an aloe vera. Squeeze the gel out of it and then apply the oozing goodness in the face. You may use it like a facial cleanser where after applying, you wash it off with water. Aside from boosting the circulation of blood, in your face, it will kill the bacteria that’s lingering on your pores. You may use it as topical spot acne and leave the product overnight. It reduces redness and irritation in the affected area in weeks of constant use. Make sure to wash your whole face in the morning after leaving the gel overnight on your acne spot.
2. Aloe vera mixed with honey
We already know that Aloe Vera has antibacterial properties that are good for the reduction of acne-causing bacteria. Honey is also an antibacterial substance that when infused with aloe vera, creates a duo force to reckon with. Combining both of these substances makes a great home spa treatment that your skin’s face will thank you later.
What to do:
Mix 3 teaspoonful of honey and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera. Mix them until the substances are thoroughly blended. Apply on your whole clean face. Treat it like a face mask. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Then rinse.
3. Aloe Vera with Lemon Juice
Lemon also treats acne but it might be too harsh.The secret of a lemon’s potency is the amount you are putting on your face. Too much lemon juice might burn the cells in your face or bleach your skin unevenly. Makes sure to follow the instructed amount below. Aloe Vera is a great companion of the lemon juice because it balances out the harshness of the lemon juice.
What to do:
Mix 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera to a quarter of a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Apply the mixture like a mask in your clean face. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse it off thoroughly.
4. Aloe vera with a brown sugar scrub
This type of mixture acts as an exfoliant for your skin. It sheds a layer of your skin to unclog your pores faster. It is a DIY exfoliator that is organic and can easily be created. Brown sugar acts as a mini exfoliator that rids of clogged pores and paves the way for aloe vera to penetrate the pores, killing bacteria.
What to do:
Mix 1 teaspoon of brown sugar to a 2 tablespoon of aloe vera. Leave them on the fridge for as long as your mixture will have a cooler temperature. Apply the mixture in your face and gently rub your face in a massaging version. Rinse well.
5. Aloe vera with tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has proven itself to be an effective treatment for acne. Combining it with aloe vera gives out a visible result. However, tea tree oil is so strong that you must not leave it as a mask on your face for a long time. This is because tea tree is too acidic.
What to do:
Use Aloe Vera as a dominant amount in the mixture, add a little bit of water and at least 2 drops of the tea tree oil. Mix the mixture thoroughly and apply it to your entire face. Leave it for 3 minutes then rinse well.
6. Aloe vera creams
Aloe vera products are also good if you are a type of person on the go. You can buy on store around you. The mixture of these products are cream-like so you do not have to worry that the mixture will run all over your face. It is a good mixture if you want a spot on acne type of product because it stays.
Overall aloe vera is a good product to indulge in if you have a mild to moderate acne. However, there are risks to it too if your skin is not suitable for the product or if somehow, you used it in a wrong way.
Marketers advertise aloe juices and teas to treat acne. But so far, there no scientific evidence to back-up the effectivity of these aloe liquids. Aloe vera might also cause adverse interaction with some other types of medicine if ever you want to take it internally. Better consult your doctor about this. Results of aloe vera on the skin may vary so before trying it full on your face, try to do a patch test first on your wrist, and your upper arm. If your skin reacts badly to it (inflamed or reddish), it means you may be allergic to aloe vera and it is best to not use it on your face.
Aloe vera is a good topical treatment for acne. If your acne is only mild to moderate, you can give this a try. A severe type of acne is not suitable for this type of plant as this may prove to be not effective at all. you may consult instead a dermatologist. Try aloe vera plant gel now, you just might find the best plant for your acne treatment.