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Does Aloe Vera Help Acne?

Those who have been afflicted by acne ask the question, does aloe vera help acne problems? The answer is yes, my friend. Both of my parents had acne problems when they were my age. For me to have acne issues as a young adult is quite normal. The generational treatment for such a condition has always been the use of aloe vera.

Why does aloe vera help acne?

· Aloe vera soothes the skin naturally.

· The oily nature of the plant is similar to natural skin oils such as sebum.

· The plant alleviates itchiness and soreness associated with acne.

· It helps to tone the color of the skin and removes acne scars in the long run

· Helps to tighten pores, therefore decreasing the pores exposure to germs

· The aloe vera contains anti-bacterial properties

· One of the medicinal uses of the aloe vera gel is to tighten the skin and slow aging

· It also reinforces the collagen integrity of the skin, which helps the skin to heal faster

· Helps to regulate the correct PH balance of the skin

· Provides the necessary minerals and vitamins that is needed to help heal the skin

· Another medicinal use of aloe vera is to eliminate free radicals from the skin

· Rinsing the aloe vera gel off the face, helps to remove sticky particles that gets trapped by the aloe vera gel

Elements of the Aloe Vera that Helps Acne

These are the nutrients immediately available once the aloe vera sap is applied directly to the skin:

· Contains Polysaccharides that kills bacteria and germs responsible for acne

· It also contains Mannans which is a mild antibiotic which also kills germs.

· Consists of a vital nutrient, Anthraquinones which facilitates the rejuvenation of vital nutrients in the skin

  • Contains lectin, which is responsible for proper cell growth and repair.

Topical Application of Aloe Vera

Go directly to the plant, cut a piece large enough to hold in your hand. Trim the jagged edges. Then slice it through the middle like you’re making a sandwich. Then rub the exposed aloe vera gel all over your face, body or the affected area.

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This application can be done in the morning, before taking a cold shower for maximum effect. It is best to use cold water to remove aloe vera from the face or body.

It is best to clense the face or body with hot water before applying the aloe vera gel to the skin. Then after applying the aloe vera gel, wait several to 15 minutes then wash with cold water to remove it.

Remember, the hot water removes the stale natural oil (sebum) from the face and then use the aloe vera gel to replenishe it. The cold water prevents the complete removal of the fresh layer of aloe vera just applied to the skin.

It is not recommended to wear the gel continuously throughout the day, especially if it’s humid or hot. The aloe vera gel can be left on during the nights though.


Internal Application of Aloe Vera

Yes, you do have to digest some of the raw aloe vera in order to help alleviate acne problems. The aloe vera makes vitamin C and E more bioavailable in the blood. One of the medicinal uses of aloe vera is to remove free radicals from the skin and other organs. Most free radicals in the body start from the skin, due to the radiation effect of the sun. Therefore the use of aloe vera is important for overall skin and body rejuvenation.

The best way to have it is to cut a small piece of the plant (pill size) and peel all the skin off, and then swallow it. Another option would be to blend that small piece when making a smoothie to kill the bitter taste.

I would suggest that those who are not experienced with the aloe vera plant buy organic aloe vera juice sweetened with honey or cane juice.


General Information on aloe vera:

Research on the medicinal uses of aloe vera:


It is best to use aloe vera plants that are over four years old for optimum results for topical applications. Experimenting with different application methods is encouraged until an ideal method is found. The medicinal use of aloe vera does not cure acne. It only helps the skin to repair itself and removes the bacterium that is responsible for outbreaks. Other factors that cause acne have to be taken into consideration such as age, lifestyle, genetics, pharmaceuticals and environment.

Are you still wondering does aloe vera help acne?


For More Information on the uses of Aloe Vera;

Spiritual Uses of Aloe Vera: The spiritual uses of the aloe vera plant are vast and wide. Basically I will touch on some of the spiritual applications of aloe vera throughout history and present.

Methods of Growing Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is one of the easiest plants to grow. Due the powerful medicinal uses of aloe vera, it is recommended to have the plant in your home or yard. Therefore, we will describe the correct methods of growing aloe vera.

The Uses of Aloe Vera in Jamaica: The main plant that is used to cure most ailments in Jamaica is the Aloe Vera. Find out the different sicknesses that the plant can cure.

Aloe Vera for Hair: It is a very well known fact that the aloe vera gel is used many commercial hair products. This is because of its natural ability to naturally cure and treat many hair problems.

Nutritional Benefits of Aloe Vera: The nutritional benefits of the plant are many. That is why I dedicated an article listing all the major nutritional benefits of aloe vera.

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Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on December 02, 2019:

It is a blessing

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on May 12, 2019:

Love your articles. So informative.

I have close to 100 aloe Vera plants. Feel blessed having them around my home.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 29, 2016:

Respect Zahara, The world has accepted aloe vera as an effective medication for a lot of things

Zahara on December 02, 2015:

Excellent ! Glad I found this. I bought several aloe barbadensis plants and organic aloe vera juice. I am in love wish I had known about all the benefits of this amazing plant. Thanks for this information (bookmarked).

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on October 19, 2015:

Respect Lady_E. Aloe Vera is my favourite medicinal plant.

Elena from London, UK on October 18, 2015:

Very useful plant. Thanks for all the information you shared. It's a healthy remedy.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on June 28, 2014:

Respect Chitrangada. Aloe Vera is really important in the Jamaican culture.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2014:

Very nice and useful information about Aloe Vera!

It is indeed wonderful and has multiple benefits.

Wonderful and voted up!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on December 19, 2013:

Respect Ritesh. From my personal experience, older aloe Vera plants have more medicinal value. The older folks also agree.

Ritesh Nishar on December 18, 2013:

I did not know that you have to use aloe vera plants that are four years old for better results. Thanks for these great tips.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on December 03, 2013:

Respect toknowinfo, Thanks for stopping by and supporting the article.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on December 03, 2013:

Respect Torrilynn, You can even use it all over your skin to prevent mosquito bites in the first place.

toknowinfo on November 29, 2013:

Great hub! You taught me a lot of things I didn't know. Thanks for sharing your info in such an easy way to read. Voted up, interesting, awesome, and useful.

torrilynn on November 28, 2013:

thanks for this information. I only thought that aloe vera helped to relieve itching. I use aloe vera lotion whenever I get mosquito bites. shared with others.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on November 28, 2013:

Thanks for the visits Vocalcoach.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 28, 2013:

I had to come back again to read this great information. I'm going to start using my plants for use on my skin. Peace to you ~ Audrey

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on October 25, 2013:

Respect MarleneB, Aloe is great for the skin, My family has used it for ages. However, it is a bitter pill to swallow, Literally.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 23, 2013:

This is the most useful information I have ever read about aloe vera. I like the idea of being able to swallow it whole to consume it as an internal treatment for acne.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on May 16, 2013:

Thanks VocalCoach. Aloe is the skin's elixir. It is used for any skin type ailments.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 13, 2013:

Fortunately I've never had acne but I use aloe vera for burns and insect bites. Excellent article and very well presented! Voted up and more and will share.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 25, 2013:

Hi Maya. What I would recommend is to test it on a small section of your skin for a couple days and see what happens. Then slowly start to apply it to larger sections if it works out. Have a nice day.

Maya on April 25, 2013:

Im just wondering if the aloe vera is also recommended for sensitive skin? Because i have sensitive skin, im afraid to take risk because it might get worse. Please help.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 28, 2013:

I'll do a couple more by popular demand. Thank you Chris.

Chris Achilleos on March 28, 2013:

Cool! Looking forward to reading more of your hubs on aloe vera, as I have found the ones I already read very interesting and useful.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 28, 2013:

Respect Chris. Soothing sunburns is one the undisputed properties of aloe vera. I use it to keep my skin moisturized.

Chris Achilleos on March 28, 2013:

Very interesting hub rasta1. Aloe vera can be used to treat numerous skin problems. My mother has the plant at her house, whenever I get sun burnt or a skin irritation my mom simply cuts a piece of the plant, takes the gel from inside and applies it on the irritated area. Amazingly, it's the only thing that actually helps straight away.

Voted up, useful and interesting!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 27, 2013:

Respect Cbarbar. Hope it works out just fine for you.

cbarbar on March 27, 2013:

Thanks Rasta1 for writing this helpful post. I voted up and bookmarked this article. I will try aloe vera and see how it works!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on March 05, 2013:

Respect Hrymel. It is perfect for dry skin. Aloe vera is used by desert travelers to prevent their skins from drying out.

Haley from Baltimore, MD on March 03, 2013:

I've always known that aloe vera was great for the skin, a lot like olive oil, but I had never thought to use it to treat acne. It could also possibly be used to treat my dry skin caused from pregnancy hormones. Thanks for the great ideas!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on February 28, 2013:

Respect Healthyfitness. The back and shoulders are the best place to use it.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on February 28, 2013:

Respect Ketage. Treating stomach ailments is actually the most popular use for aloe vera.

ketage from Croatia on February 28, 2013:

A little off topic, but i used aloe vera to alleviate heartburn, a friend of mine told me to try it when I had a bad case of acid reflux (heartburn ), It did not taste great but it worked for me.

Rick Grimes on February 27, 2013:

I will definitely need to give this a try for my back and shoulders

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on February 08, 2013:

Respect Jmillis2006. It is a popular go to herb for everything.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on February 08, 2013:

Yes jcales, aloe is great for itchy or dry skin.

Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on February 07, 2013:

Great hub, I did not realize aloe had so many uses.

jcales on February 07, 2013:

It is also a great healer for itchy skin or rashes. Thanks

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on January 29, 2013:

Respect Sanjay. Hope it does work for you. It has worked for many.

sanjay on January 29, 2013:

hope it works

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on January 16, 2013:

Respect Rumanasaiyed . I also use it in my hair sometimes. I should probable do a hub about that too.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on January 16, 2013:

Respect girishpuri. Jamaicans use aloe vera for back pain and injuries as well as arthritis. Thank you very much for your testimony.

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on January 16, 2013:

Aloe Vera can also be applied on hair to make it soft and silky. Thanks rasta1 for sharing this hub with us!! voted up useful!!

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on January 15, 2013:

Good research on aloe vera, i am a regular user of aloe vera and i endorse your hub. apart from skin it really helps me in my stomach problems and arthritis problems. useful hub.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on January 13, 2013:

Hi Younghopes. It is one of my best hubs and Google seems to think so too. Thanks for reading.

Shadaan Alam from India on January 13, 2013:

this one is surely one of the best articles on acne and aloe vera connection read so far, keep up the good work

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on January 12, 2013:

Hi mollie05. I have had a lo of testimonials that aloe vera does work in prior comments.

mollie05 on January 12, 2013:

Aloe Vera straight from the plant is the best cure for acne and also for hair problems such as thinning, falling out, poor condition. Apply directly to hair / skin and leave overninght and be amazed at miracle of this plant.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on January 10, 2013:

Respect DeBorrah. Thank you for enjoying this hub.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on January 10, 2013:

Rasta, Wonderful post! I see you have more great tips for using aloe vera! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on January 05, 2013:

Respect Shay. Thank you very much for the testimonial. I am glad it worked for you.

Shay on January 05, 2013:

This is great. I happen to just google "does aloe Vera help acne" after getting a sunburn on my face. I used it all day. i woke up with my skin looking and feeling much better! But also notice I didn't have any new breakout and the one I did has went down quite a bit. Awesome. Adding aloe Vera to my regimen ! :)

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on October 16, 2012:

Respect Vicky, I have gotten a lot of testimonials in the comments that it works. Wish you the best of luck.

Victoria P from Orlando, Florida on October 15, 2012:

Great post! I am gonna try this later, I have been breaking out a lot lately!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on October 13, 2012:

Respect Rajan. Of course you do, because you have the knowledge and experience.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 13, 2012:

I have a few aloe plants growing at my house and I use it whenver I need for skin problems. It is very effective in reducing itching and inflammations.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on October 03, 2012:

Thanks Glenn. I had to use aloe to heal a busted lip I got while playing soccer recently. It does make the skin heal 3 times faster.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 02, 2012:

I used to have an aloe plant and I used it once in a while, as you explained, whenever I cut myself. I work with my hands a lot around the house and sometimes get injured on something or other. Aloe is really useful for that, it's a great antiseptic. I also use 100% aloe vera in the summertime when I get too much sun. It helps the skin rejuvenate from a sunburn. This was a very useful hub, and I voted up.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on September 27, 2012:

Respect Nomoretrouble. Thanks for the evidence that aloe Vera does work.

nomoretrouble on September 24, 2012:

I have been suffering with bad Ancell that never seems to leave me alone. Saw skme articles about aloe online. Went and bought it. It worked like magic. My acne all started to diminish after 1 night. Been using it for almost 2 weeks now. No more acne. Very effective and cheap. I even went back and bought some more to grow in my backyard.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on September 14, 2012:

Respect David, the aloe gel may not be fit for consumption. You can get the purée to buy and drink from ethnic stores. Keep me updated.

David on September 14, 2012:

Great read. I have struggled with acne for about a year and a half now and it has gone from terrible to barely noticeable to very mild. This week it has gotten much worse and I was seeking a solution when I found this article. I will let you know within the next week our two if it works, but I have a quick question...

I have been told by doctors that my acne stems from what I am eating. I have no aloe plants handy, but I do have a bottle of 100% Aloe Vera Gel from Fruit of The Earth. It doesn't say on the bottle anywhere not to consume it, but do you know if it could do any harm? I am willing to do anything to stop my acne!

Thanks for any help in advance!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on September 12, 2012:

Respect abinayavarshini. You are certainly welcome.

abinayavarshini on September 12, 2012:

thankyou so much

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on September 06, 2012:

Respect Chrisinhawaii. Your dad is smart. It is not too late grow one.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on September 06, 2012:

Respect Emma. Thanks for enjoying the article. The aloe vera gel can remove acne scars in a couple months.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on September 06, 2012:

Respect John, Thank you for doing that little experiment. It only took three days to see a result.

chrisinhawaii on August 31, 2012:

My dad grows aloe in the back yard, and we used it all the time for sunburn after coming home from camping trips when I was a kid. I don't know why I never bothered to grow some in my own back yard. I'll have to talk to my wife about it (she's in charge of the garden hahaha).

Another vote up, Rasta. Awesome!

Emma on August 30, 2012:

Love this article it helped me sooooo much, im so glad you took your time to write this, im just wondering will aloe vera heal acne scars (small) that are on the chin and forehead? and how long will this take? thanx for your time this article will help many :)

emma on August 29, 2012:

so happy to hear this :) im going to try this for my acne scars, they are only small so i hoping to c results in a week :) good luck to everyone out there with your acne healing :)

john on August 28, 2012:

Been three days since i made my aloe mixed with water. Acne is slowly going away and pigment is normal instead of red. Poison ivy is leaving slowly too. I store it in the fridge so it's cool and soothing

john on August 26, 2012:

I recently got poison ivy on my face. It quickly spread to other parts of my body. I knew aloe was good for sunburn then read on here about poison ivy and acne. Being a teen i have both. So i went to my moms plant cut of a stem shaved the gel and liquid into a small ceramic bowl. I mixed in a small amount of water got a paintbrush(clean one) and painted it on my acne and ivy. Ill post later if it works.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on August 21, 2012:

Hi FullOfLoveSites, I am glad you liked it, check my other hub about growing aloe Vera.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on August 21, 2012:

I'd love to plant aloe vera right in my backyard! Thanks for sharing your tips! :D

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on August 02, 2012:

Unfortunately aloe is not a cure. It will only help to a certain degree. It will help to reduce the amount of acne and help to remove scars. You could give the actual plant a try. Sometimes, acne is caused by hormone irregularities which is triggered by diet.

Alisha from New York on August 02, 2012:

I have struggled with acne for eight years now, and have tried every remedy under the sun! Unfortunately for me, aloe vera didn't work. This could be due to the fact that I used aloe vera gel that was sold at my local drug store (I did make sure it was pure aloe gel) rather than using an actual aloe plant to treat my acne. I wonder if that would be more effective...

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on July 26, 2012:

There are many types of aloe (such as aloe vera). All versions of the aloe vera are okay for use on skin.

mmadipina on July 26, 2012:

there are different types of aloe vre which one is good for the skin.Thank you.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on July 10, 2012:

Respect Elizabeth C. I can also testify that aloe has also helped me. It is nice to ear of others success with the plant

Elizabeth C on July 08, 2012:

Iv had acne for years so I started to use aloe vera and it begin to do a wonder on my skin..Thank You!! Aloe Vera

Elizabeth C on July 08, 2012:

I so love slow Vera it works wounder


Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on July 05, 2012:

Hi Rastamermaid. That is an old practice. I have seen it work for several people. Aloe is mostly used for back pains or more serious muscle or bone injuries. There are a lot of medicinal uses of aloe vera that I have not mentioned.

I also have knee problems (soccer). I have always refused surgery. I have noticed that omega 3 fatty acids in the diet help a lot. For example fatty acids in fish or hemp milk is great. Your knee is still sore, be easy on it.

Rastamermaid from Universe on July 05, 2012:

Hey rasta1,I should have asked you the other day,you know I had microscopic surgery on my knee and rather than being better it's worst.While in Jamaica an older rasta that has seen my fam and I in Jamaica for years asked why I was limping and he told me to put the plant sliced open and heated on my knee and wrap it with an ace bandage.

What do you thing? Any other info for me?


Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on June 26, 2012:

Respect Naimishika. The best time to use aloe is when it has been freshly cut.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on June 24, 2012:

@Albert. Thanks, You should pass through more often.

@Ximena. Thanks for offering proof the aloe does help acne. It also works for me too.

@Neeta. I hope it works out just fine for you. Thank you very much for stopping by.

neeta on June 23, 2012:

thanks a lot for this informaton, i knew aloe vera helps with acne but was not sure how to use it. having worst acne ever, i hope it will help me. thank you.

ximena on June 22, 2012:

whoa this wonderful information!!! am glad to confirm that aloe is sooooo helpful in curing my acne scarce!!!thanks lots

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on June 09, 2012:

I am glad you liked the article. Those aloe plants that you have may turn out to be very valuable to you.

Katee Shew from Canada on June 06, 2012:

Very interesting! I have many aloe plants at my home and love to hear all the benefits :)

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on June 03, 2012:

Respect Bella, I would encourage you to try it for a few days before you see any improvement.

bella on June 03, 2012:

hope this can help my acne:)

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on May 26, 2012:

Respect Me, it can take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks.

me on May 25, 2012:

and how long does it take for the aloe to be effective?

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on May 21, 2012:

Thanks Moji for passing through. Love to give out this type of information about aloe.

moji on May 18, 2012:

iam familiar with aloes and had worked for me. thanks for more information

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 18, 2012:

Respect hypnosis4u2, I am very glad that you liked the hub, thanks.

hypnosis4u2 from Massachusetts on April 17, 2012:

This is one of those "I never knew" hubs. Thanks for sharing.

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 11, 2012:

Respect Pinkchic, I am glad you could make use of this information. I use it all the time.

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on April 11, 2012:

I have an aloe plant currently but we rarely utilize it. Thank you for this helpful and informational hub!

Marvin Parke (author) from Jamaica on April 10, 2012:

Respect Vinu, I hope that you can use this information for resolution.

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