Aloe vera acne remedies can help to clear the skin and help it to stay that way. The evergreen aloe vera plant has gel-filled leaves, and this gel contains a wide array of nutrients and other substances, including minerals, enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, and polysaccharides. These combine to give aloe vera the healing properties which have made it valued by many cultures worldwide, for several millennia.
How aloe vera helps with acne
Acne is caused by the overproduction of sebum in the skin. In some people, this clogs the pores, and then becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which produce chemicals that trigger an immune response that causes the swollen red spots. Aloe vera has anti-bacterial properties that can help with this, and it also acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to soothe the skin. In addition, aloe vera’s natural astringency helps to reduce excess oiliness.
Using aloe vera for acne
Aloe vera acne remedies take various forms. The simplest solution is to apply aloe vera gel straight to the skin. There is also a good selection of commercial products that contain aloe vera, such as creams, lotions and soaps. In addition, aloe vera can be taken internally, and provides the body with an array of nutrients and other substances which help to boost the immune system and promote healthy skin from within.
The best aloe vera acne remedies
Pure aloe vera gel can be very effective for acne. You can either keep your own aloe vera plants, and remove a leaf when needed – just cut it open and scoop the gel out and apply. Alternatively, pre-packaged aloe vera gel is available to buy, as are a number of creams and other aloe-vera based products. If opting for these, ensure that they contain enough aloe vera to have a beneficial effect – not all do!
If you decide to take aloe vera internally, look for a capsule and/or juice that is made from pure aloe vera with no unnecessary additives, and preferably organically produced. Many juices are heavily diluted and adulterated with sugar, preservatives etc., and are of poor quality. The same is true for capsules, which may not contain consistent amounts of active ingredients.
Aloe vera, like other remedies, cannot be guaranteed to cure acne, but many people have found that it does help, and given its low cost and low risk – unlike many conventional treatments – it is certainly worth a try.
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