How to Get Rid of Acne with Aloe Vera Gel (Before and After)

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Aloe Vera is a thick wild plant with serrated leaves. Inside the leaves is a clear gel mostly used topically to soothe irritated or burned skin. Many people today use this succulent family plant to treat acne. Even skincare specialists and manufacturers use this ingredient to create products like microdermabrasion for acne scars. Present in many OTC skin care products, aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties necessary for effectively reducing acne lesions. 

What Does Science Say About Aloe Vera?

If you have mild to moderate pimples on any part of your body, you can apply aloe vera gel on its own or in combination with other natural products to reduce the breakout.

Because this plant contains anti-inflammatory properties [1], science says it has high possibilities of curing acne. It is also packed with 7 active ingredients, including salicylic acid, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and lignins. It is known to promote collagen synthesis, helps with quick healing of acne scars and wounds. 

This gel also protects your skin from hypersensitivity and inflammation caused by UV rays. The amino acids and zinc present in the gel tightens the skin pores, moisturizes your skin, prevents wrinkles, and also promotes the production of collagen and elastin.

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How to use Aloe Vera for Acne Scars

One of the reasons this plant is so good at healing sunburns is because it contains anti-inflammatory properties. When the skin is injured by a burn, a cut, or even pimples, it releases its inflammatory response to protect the skin from further injury. 

Pimple breakouts are caused by inflammation and closed pores, a process that happens when oil and bacteria are trapped beneath the skin. If you are looking for a gentle and natural way to get rid of your pimples, try these home remedies:

1. Pure Aloe Vera

 Aloe Vera gel can be applied on its own to produce smooth skin. This is because it contains 3 properties that make it effective in fighting acne. These include:

  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory

Instead of using traditional cleansers, you can use pure aloe vera cream to prevent breakouts. This is because the gel contains antibacterial agents responsible for removing bacteria from the skin. 

If you need to treat an existing pimple breakout, you can apply the gel directly on the affected area in its pure form and leave it to sit on the skin overnight. Be sure to rinse it off in the morning to prevent irritation and redness.

2. Aloe Vera, Cinnamon and Honey Face Mask

Cinnamon and honey have both been found to contain antibacterial properties responsible for reducing the acne-causing bacteria. This is a property also present in aloe vera. When the three are combined, it increases the effectiveness of getting rid of stubborn pimples.

Begin by mixing 2 tablespoons of pure honey with a tablespoon of aloe vera. The mixture should not be runny but easy to spread. Add a quarter tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixture and apply the mask on your face. Rinse it after 10 minutes.

3. Aloe Vera and Lemon Juice

Lemon contains citric acid, which is known to combat mild acne. Lemon juice is acidic. Mixing it with aloe vera prevents it from irritating the skin. This mixture cleans the pores and kills the acne-causing bacteria present in them. In this mask, the gel should be the base. Mix a ¼ teaspoon of the juice and 2 tablespoons of the gel and spread it evenly on your skin. Leave it to sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

4. Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can cure mild acne. However, it should not be left to sit on the skin for too long, or it can cause irritations. When mixed with aloe vera, it can be comfortably used on the skin as a cleanser. Mix the two with water and apply the solution on the affected area. Because some people may be sensitive to tea tree oil, be sure to cleanse it after a few minutes.

5. Aloe Vera, Sugar, and Coconut Oil

If you need a facial scrub and are trying to avoid the OTC chemicals, you can mix coconut oil, sugar, and the gel to make a scrub. Sugar is grainy and can remove dead cells from the skin. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, an element that is known to fight acne. 

Scoop equal amounts of coconut oil and sugar and mix them with half the amount of gel. Scrub your face with the solution and rinse it off. Exfoliation should not be used on the skin too often because it can cause irritation.

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6. Antibacterial Spray

Used regularly, aloe vera can stimulate the growth of healthy skin cells. Aloe antibacterial spray can hydrate your skin without leading to an overproduction of oils which could clog pores. You only need a spray bottle, aloe vera gel, and a drop of nontoxic essential oil. Shake well before use and spray the content over the area affected.

7. Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera Mask

Witch hazel is a natural astringent that kills acne-causing bacteria. It is one of the best remedies for people with extremely oily skins but can often be dehydrating on dry and normal skin types. When mixed with aloe vera, it can be used on any type of skin to reduce acne. Mix a tablespoon of each in a bowl and massage it around the affected area. Allow it to sit on the skin without rinsing it off.

8. Sea Salt and Aloe Vera Mask

Sea salt is a natural ingredient friendly to the skin and capable of destroying the bacteria responsible for causing acne. It controls the production of sebum, balances the skin pH, detoxifies the skin, and boosts blood circulation. 

When mixed with aloe vera gel, scars and rashes can disappear effectively. Add a tablespoon of sea salt and 2 of the gel to a bowl and beat them into a smooth paste. Apply it directly on the area affected and leave it to sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

Aloe vera can be used as a home remedy in many ways to treat acne. Because it has little risk and high healing possibilities, you should feel optimistic about adding it into your skin care regimen.

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