Aloe Acne Treatment

Pimple and acne breakout can be quite annoying especially when they cause redness and swelling. Oftentimes, acne is due to excessive sebum production that is not properly cleaned. Sebum that is not cleaned can cause clogged pored and accumulation of dirt which then leads to acne formation. Hormonal changes, stress, inadequate sleep, unbalanced diet, and hygiene are also possible causes of acne.

There are various over the counter medications that claim to improve our skin’s condition but it can be quite hard to figure out which one can work best for a specific skin type. It is a common action for people to look for commercial products to treat acne, all the while forgetting that nature has many things to offer. One such treatment that can help treating acne naturally is with the use of aloe. This plant has been used by people for centuries to treat and improve skin conditions.

What is the effect of Aloe on Acne?

  • Aloe Vera has antibacterial properties that remove excess sebum and dirt in our skin. This is why there are numerous facial products sold in that claim to use aloe as their main ingredient. It contains hormones called gibberellin and polysaccharides that kill bacteria and remove dead skin cells while promoting the healthy development of new skin. Aloe Vera also has salicylic acid that unclog pores which cause whitehead and blackhead. These are dirt embedded in our skin’s pore that lead to acne and pimple formation.
  • The glycol-proteins and saponin ingredients of aloe are excellent in soothing pain and discomfort caused by acne inflammation, redness and swelling. Just by simply applying aloe gel directly on your swollen acne can give instant relief from discomfort.
  • The primary use of aloe is on treating existing acne and healing acne scars and blemishes. Minced aloe leaves and gels are commonly used to treat psoriasis, skin dermatitis, eczema and even common beans. It has the ability to soothe the burning pain while also promoting the skin’s regenerating properties. Furthermore, the antibacterial properties of the aloe juice or gel remove dirt and bacteria that prolong the healing process of the skin.

 How to use aloe in treating acne

  • With using aloe, the best option is to have an aloe plant at your house. The Aloe Vera plant does not require much tending since you can just place it on your window sill and water daily. There are numerous cosmetics and facial washes that contain aloe as their principal ingredient which can also be effective in treating acne but using fresh aloe has faster and better healing properties. The reason for this is that the pasteurization process done in cosmetic products lessens the glucomannan, antioxidants and vitamin C properties of the aloe. Be careful to do a patch test on your skin before applying aloe on your acne to make sure that you do not have any allergies with this plant.
  • When using aloe to treat acne, you can simply cut the aloe leaf into small pieces into a pulp then apply directly to the swollen acne to reduce swelling and inflammation. You can also squeeze the aloe gel and apply on acne bruises to lighten blemishes. Applying acne gel or acne pulp on your acne and acne scars twice a day can greatly improve your skin’s condition within a week.
  • For oily skin which is prone to acne breakout, you can mix one egg white with the aloe pulp and add a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on until it dries before washing with lukewarm water.

It should be pointed out the using aloe to treat acne and acne scars does not actually stop acne from breaking out in the future. Deeper causes of acne like improper diet, hormonal changes and stress which are likely the cause of acne cannot be prevented by simply using ale. However, applying aloe on your face daily can greatly prevent acne breakout caused by dirt and excessive sebum production. So if you are trying to find a natural and effective way to treat existing acne and heal blemishes, try using aloe!

Anna Daniels
 

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