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Use aloe vera to fight acne

 1. Pure Aloe Vera Gel For Acne

What To Do: Cut the aloe leaf and scoop out the transparent, fleshy part with a spoon. Apply the aloe vera gel on your face, focusing on the affected area. Leave it on overnight. Rinse it off in the morning and repeat every day until the lesions heal.

 

2. Aloe Vera, Honey, And Cinnamon

As per an in vitro study, honey has an inhibitory action on Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus aureus, the acne-causing bacteria (5). Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. A study involving 20 patients with mild to moderate acne found that cinnamon gel helped reduce acne.

What To Do: Mix two tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel with four tablespoons of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder or oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area and wash it off after 10 minutes. Repeat this every alternate day.

Note: Cinnamon powder might sting, so you can adjust the quantity as per your skin’s tolerance level.

 

3. Aloe Vera And Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a common remedy used for many skin issues, including acne. It has astringent (drying) properties. Thus, it may help dry out pimples and reduce acne.

Caution: Do not use this remedy if you have sensitive skin as lemon juice can cause redness and irritation. Excess lemon juice can also dry out your skin.

What To Do: Mix ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on the affected area. Wash it off after it dries. Also, use sunscreen afterward if you are going out as lemon makes your skin photosensitive.

 

4. Aloe Vera And Tea Tree Oil

The topical application of 5% tea tree oil is beneficial in managing mild to moderate acne and reducing inflammation.

What To Do: Dilute 2-3 drops of tea tree oil in any carrier oil (jojoba or sweet almond or olive oil). Mix it with a tablespoon of honey and apply it to the affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off.

 

5. Aloe Vera Spray Or Face Mist

You can also make a facial mist with aloe vera and use it throughout the day to soothe your skin.

What To Do: Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera gel in 1 ½ cups of distilled water. Add 2-3 drops of any essential oil of your choice (do a patch test before using). Store this solution in a spray bottle and spritz it on your face whenever required. Remember to always shake the bottle well before use.

 

6. Aloe Vera, Sugar, And Oil Scrub

The accumulation of dead skin cells on your skin is one of the major factors that trigger acne. Scrubbing is an effective way to remove dead skin cells.

What To Do: Mix ¼ cup of aloe vera gel with ½ cup of jojoba oil and ½ cup of granulated sugar. Gently massage the scrub on your face before washing it off.

 

7. Aloe Vera And Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties that may help treat acne.

What To Do: Mix a teaspoon of aloe vera juice with one teaspoon of ACV and teaspoon of purified water. Apply the mixture as a toner on your face.

Note: Apple cider vinegar may not suit those with sensitive skin. Avoid using it if your skin is sensitive.

 

8. Aloe Vera And Almond Oil

Oils make a perfect base for any home remedy.

What To Do: Mix one teaspoon of aloe vera gel with 3-4 drops of sweet almond oil (or any other oil of your choice) and apply it to your face. Wash it off after a few minutes.

 

9. Aloe Vera Gel, Cucumber, And Rose Water

Rosewater acts as an astringent and tones your skin when treating acne. Cucumber has a soothing effect on the skin, which may help with acne inflammation.

What To Do: Mix a teaspoon each of cucumber juice, rose water, and aloe vera gel. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on the affected area or all over your face. Wash it off after it dries.

Though aloe vera is an effective treatment for acne, it also comes with potential risks. Check them out below.

Potential Risks Of Using Aloe Vera For Acne

People who are allergic to tulips, garlic, and onions are usually allergic to aloe vera, as well. Hence, it is better to do an allergy test before using aloe vera on your skin.

Avoid applying aloe vera to deep cuts and severe burns.

Topical aloe vera is usually not harmful to the skin (unless you are allergic to it), and an allergic reaction to topical aloe vera is rare. However, there was one case where a 72-year-old woman, who had been using home-made aloe vera juice on her legs, developed allergic dermatitis on her legs and erythema on her eyelids.

Avoid ingesting aloe vera. It contains latex, which is a laxative. It may cause diarrhea, pseudomelanosis coli, kidney failure, hypokalemia, and other hypersensitive reactions. Moreover, it may interact with the other medications you may be taking and reduce their absorption and effectiveness. Consult a doctor if you are considering taking aloe vera orally.

If you have mild to moderate acne, you can use aloe vera gel for treating it.

We are not referring to store-bought aloe vera gel but the sap that you get when you cut the aloe vera leaf. -stylecraze


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