How To Use Aloe Vera For Pimples

Pimples are inflammations of the skin caused by an excess of sebum. If the pores of the epidermal layers of skin are not properly cleaned, this sebum secretion deposits between the pores and the dead skin, leading to inflammation and irritation.

Hormonal imbalance, stress, menopause, aging, unhealthy diet, improper hygiene and lifestyle habits, etc. are some of the causes of pimples. There are many cosmetic and over the counter treatments and products available on the market, however home remedies are always best, especially the use of Aloe Vera.

The Beneficial Properties of Aloe Vera:

  • Aloe vera removes excess oil from the skin which causes pimples and acne.
  • It has anti – bacterial, antiseptic and anti – inflammatory properties that protect the skin from the bacterial buildup.
  • It has glyco-proteins, a substance that is used to heal and reduce the inflammation, redness and discomfort caused by pimples.
  • It contains hormones called gibberellins and polysaccharides that kill acne causing bacteria and stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
  • Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that reduce swelling, redness and the inflammation.
  • It is an antioxidant, and contains Zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E.
  • Aloe Vera is rich in ferments like catechins, carotenoids and flavonoids. It is highly rich in carbohydrates and amino acids.
  • As an astringent, Aloe Vera helps in contracting the skin, thus rendering the skin pores clean from any deposited sebum, dead skin cells or dirt.
  • It purifies the blood and stimulates cell growth to heal the damaged skin.

How to Treat Pimples with Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera can be used in various ways to treat acne. Try all these remedies until you find the best.

1. Aloe Vera

This process is very effective in treating both acne and the scars in leaves behind.

  • Extract the gel from an Aloe Vera leaf.
  • Apply on the clean affected skin.
  • Leave it on overnight and wash it off with water the next morning.
  • Repeat daily.
  • You can also use store bought aloe vera gel or juice.
  • Or blend aloe vera gel with water and apply this on the affected skin with a cotton ball. Wash it off with water after 1 hour.
  • Follow this process regularly.

2. Aloe Vera with Lemon Juice

This face mask not only clears pimples but also works as natural skin brighter.

Process 1:

  • Mix a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice in 1 – 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel or juice.
  • Apply on the affected skin and leave for 10 minutes or overnight (if applied night).
  • Wash it off with warm water followed by cold water.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply some oil free moisturizer.
  • Repeat regularly
  • Note: You can also add few drops of water if you have sensitive skin.
  • Note: Lime or grapefruit juice could also be used.

Process 2:

  • Mix 1 whipped egg white, 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice in 2 tablespoons of minced aloe vera pulp.
  • Apply this as a face mask, wash it with water after it dries completely.
  • Continue applying this mixture regularly.

3. Aloe Vera with Honey

Process 1:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon each of aloe vera gel and honey in a bowl.
  • Apply this on pimples and leave on 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry the skin.
  • Apply some oil free moisturizer.
  • Note: You can add ½ teaspoon of rose water or a pinch of turmeric for added benefits.

Process 2:

  • Boil a fresh aloe vera leaf in water for about 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Crush the leaf and add a tablespoon of honey.
  • Stir it well and apply on the affected areas of skin.
  • Massage it gently for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Leave for about 20 – 30 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.
  • Repeat the same process regularly.

4. Aloe Vera Mask with Milk and Sugar

This anti – pimples mask helps to soothe, moisturize and brightens the skin.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar in 1/2 tablespoon of milk until sugar dissolves.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of freshly extracted aloe vera gel or store bought juice or gel.
  • Stir all these ingredients and apply this mixture as a mask on the affected skin.
  • Let it sit for about 20 – 30 minutes to dry.
  • Rinse with warm water and then dry your face.
  • Apply moisturizer and repeat this process regularly.

5. Aloe Vera with Calendula Tincture

This combinational process is used to treat oiliness and inflammation on the skin. It cleanses and closes the enlarged pores.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of calendula tincture and 3 – 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.
  • Add 1/4 cup of cooled boiled water.
  • Use this mixture to wipe your face twice a day to get rid of acne.

6. Aloe Vera with Glycerol and Oat Flakes

This method moisturizes the dry skin and prevents pimples and aging signs.

  • Mix equal quantities of aloe vera juice, pulp, glycerol, ground oat flakes and water in a bowl and stir well to make a paste.
  • Apply on the affected skin, leave for a few minutes before washing off with water.
  • Apply regularly to get pimple free and anti aging skin.

7. Aloe Vera Decoction

This folk remedy heals the problem and makes the skin glow.

  • Pour boiling water over pre-shredded aloe vera leaves.
  • Boil for at least 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the solution to cool.
  • Strain it and use this liquid to wipe the affected skin.
  • Do this process twice a day.

8. Aloe Vera with Cosmetic Clay

This process is widely used to heal, cleanse and dry the pimples and inflammation.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of clay (white or pink) and fresh aloe vera juice.
  • Stir it well to make a fine paste.
  • Apply on the affected skin and leave for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Rinse the mask with cool water and pat the skin dry.
  • Repeat the application of this aloe – clay mask regularly.

9. Aloe Vera with Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties which kill the bacteria that causes pimples.

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
  • Apply this on the affected skin and leave on for 20-30 minutes.
  • Wash with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat the same process regularly.

10. Aloe Vera with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple vinegar has alpha – hydroxy acids that rejuvenates the skin by exfoliating the dead skin cells and making the skin look shiny and healthy.

  • Mix a small amount of water and apple cider vinegar in 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
  • Apply on the affected skin using a cotton ball, massaging gently.
  • Leave for 15 – 20 minutes before washing off with water.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply some oil free moisturizer.
  • Repeat the same process regularly.

Tips and Precautions:

Here are some tips and precautions for safe and quick relief from the problem.

  • Always make sure to wash the aloe leaf thoroughly before use.
  • You can also drink aloe vera juice prepared by mixing 1 – 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel in 1/2 cup of water. Or mix aloe gel in your favorite smoothies.
  • Use of organic aloe vera soap twice daily can help to reduce the acne and pimples and make your skin glow. The soap must contain glycerin as an active ingredient, so that it prevents dry and flaky skin.
  • For more effective results, use freshly extracted aloe vera gel.
  • It’s best to apply a thin layer of anti bacterial cream over aloe vera and allow it to dry for the protection of skin against bacteria.
  • Before starting any natural home remedy, it’s best to discuss with your doctor.
  • Avoid consuming too much of aloe vera juice.
  • Aloe vera might cause some irritation or itching, so always do a patch test first.
  • Wear gloves while cutting aloe leaf to avoid irritation.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid using the exterior portion of aloe vera leaves.
  • People who are suffering from hemorrhoids, colitis, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, etc. will have to consult their doctor before using aloe vera for treating this problem.
  • A prolonged habit of drinking Aloe Vera juice could expose you to increased risks of colorectal cancer and other health problems. So never ever use this gel or juice in excess.

Other than using aloe vera remedies, follow a healthy diet with plenty of water, avoid stress, have proper hygiene and regularly exercise, etc.

Do you know any other aloe vera remedies which worked for you? Please share your experience with us.

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