How to Use Aloe Vera for Acne: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Use Aloe Vera for Acne: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Use Aloe Vera for Acne: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

Aloe vera is often used to treat skin problems. The substance has soothing properties and improves the healing process, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent and does not have any significant side effects. Due to all these wonderful properties, it can also be helpful to treat acne.


Part 1 of 2: Treating Acne With Aloe Vera

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Step 1. Get the aloe vera

You can buy the plant or a commercial gel. The plant can be found in a regular plant store and the commercial gel is available at any pharmacy or supermarket.

To extract the gel, it is necessary to cut a leaf approximately 15 cm from the plant. Wash it well with water and, with a knife, cut it in half the length. Use a spoon or knife to remove as much of the gel as you can

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Step 2. Test a small amount on the skin

It is always recommended to test a small amount of the plant gel or commercial product in an inconspicuous location before spreading it on the skin. It is necessary to make sure that you do not have any allergies or sensitivities to the plant. The species is from the same botanical family as lilies, onions, and garlic, so if you have any allergies to these plants, you probably also have aloe.

Smear a little on your wrist, let it dry and wash it off. If there is no redness, itching, or swelling, you can rub it on your face

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Step 3. Use aloe vera to treat specific areas of the face

Mix two teaspoons of aloe vera with two or three drops of lemon juice. The juice helps maintain the skin's pH.

  • Use a cotton swab to apply the mixture directly to the acne. Leave it on your face for at least 20 to 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Rinse with warm water and clean your face as usual.
  • Repeat daily.
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Step 4. Use aloe vera to create a face mask

Cut one or two 6-inch leaves from the plant and cut the small tips off the side of the leaf. Leave the sheets open and extract the gel.

  • Add a teaspoon (which has antibacterial properties) or five to seven drops of lemon juice to the gel and mix well.
  • Apply to entire face or use a cotton swab to apply directly to acne.
  • If you can, leave the mixture on your face overnight or for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and clean your face as usual.
  • Repeat daily.
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Step 5. Continue treatments for several weeks

It may take some time for the aloe vera to work on the skin. If these treatments don't improve your acne in three or four weeks, make an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss other options.

Part 2 of 2: Reducing acne flare-ups

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Step 1. Wash your face twice a day, morning and night

If you sweat during the day, during exercise, or in the heat, wash your face as soon as possible to remove sweat.

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Step 2. Use a mild herbal cleanser

Look for a “non-comedogenic” product, which means it doesn't promote the formation of comedones, blackheads and pimples.

  • Examples include products from Neutrogena, Cetaphil and Olay. There are many commercial non-comedogenic products. Just read the packaging to be sure.
  • There are many skin cleansers that use non-comedogenic oils. Their use is based on the principle of “like dissolves like”. In other words, oils can be used to dissolve excess oil from the skin.
  • Also use alcohol-free products, as the substance dries out and damages the skin.
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Step 3. Use your fingertips to pass the products

It is necessary to make very light movements and touches when cleaning the skin. Using cloths or sponges can damage it and cause even more problems.

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Step 4. Treat acne skin lightly

Do not stir, pop, squeeze or touch the pimples as this can cause more acne and scarring and delay healing time.

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Step 5. Stay out of the sun and don't do artificial tanning

The sun (and artificial light from tanning beds) can damage skin cells due to UVB radiation. If you use certain types of acne medications or other remedies, understand that the substances in them can make your skin even more sensitive to the sun.

These medications include antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, tetracycline, sulfamethoxazole, and trimethoprim; antihistamines such as diphenhydramine; drugs used to treat cancer, such as 5-FU, vinblastine, and dacarbazine); heart medications such as amiodarone, nifedipine, quinidine, and diltiazem; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen and acne medications isotretinoin (Roaccutane) and acitretin

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Step 6. Don't rub the skin aggressively

Lack of lightness with the skin can cause permanent scarring and delay healing. Exfoliation is popular, but if done vigorously, it does more harm than good.

  • Exfoliation can form very small scars that cannot be seen without magnification, obvious scars and can make acne worse.
  • Exfoliating products can also end up pulling on skin that isn't ready to leave. It's like pulling the scab from a wound that's still tight.
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Step 7. Avoid unhealthy foods

Although food does not directly cause acne, despite the stories you may have heard about milk and chocolate, certain foods increase the risk of acne in some people. These foods, including dairy products and those high in processed sugars, can increase inflammation and create an environment prone to acne.

Foods with a high glycemic index, which are rich in carbohydrates, are associated with acne formation

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Step 8. Eat healthy

Good eating habits ensure the consumption of adequate nutrients to keep your skin healthy. The vitamins that seem to be the most important for the skin are A and D. In addition, sufficient consumption of omega 3 also benefits acne sufferers.

  • Try to fill at least half of the vegetable dish, especially at dinner.
  • Foods rich in vitamin A include: sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, broccoli, romaine lettuce, kale, red pepper, summer zucchini, melon, mango, apricot, phrase beans, beef liver, herring and salmon.
  • Rich sources of vitamin D include: cod liver oil, salmon, tuna, milk, yogurt and cheese. Many foods are fortified with the vitamin, but the best way to get it is by exposing yourself to the sun for ten to 15 minutes a week. The sun stimulates the production of vitamin D in the skin.
  • Good sources of omega 3 include: flaxseed and flaxseed oil, soybean oil, canola oil, chia seeds, walnut paste, walnuts, salmon, sardines, mackerel, whitefish, shad, basil, oregano, cloves, marjoram, spinach, sprouted radish seeds, Chinese broccoli and small amounts of meat and egg.


  • The effectiveness of aloe vera as a treatment for acne is still being debated. The plant's softening property is well known, but more research into its medicinal uses is still needed.
  • Topical use of the gel does not produce any side effects, but ingestion can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

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