Why Aloe Vera Helps With Acne
You may have heard that Aloe Vera can help you heal from sunburns, but did you know it could also do other wonders for your skin? People have been using this precious plant to improve their health for millennia. One of the daily dermatological difficulties many people deal with is acne. Having blemishes can be uncomfortable and unhealthy, but this issue is notoriously difficult to solve. Fortunately, the ancient powers of Aloe Vera could help. At Earth’s Daughter, we sell pure, cold-pressed, 99.75 percent organic, high quality Aloe Vera gel to help our clients enjoy healthy, beautiful skin. Many people have experienced the benefits of this plant product when it comes to acne, but they may understand the science behind them. Read on to learn more about why Aloe Vera helps with acne.
A Soothing Remedy
The cooling sensation associated with Aloe Vera gel is one of its most popular properties. According to Style Craze, the “magnesium lactate present in Aloe helps to alleviate t he itching sensation caused by acne. Magnesium lactate is also effective in treating skin rashes and sunburns.” As most of us know, picking or itching at pimples is tempting, but this harmful habit can actually make them look and feel worse. When you feel the urge to scratch your face, you can put on some of our Aloe Vera gel on your blemishes to soothe them.
This natural treatment also has some astonishing antibacterial abilities. Home Remedies for Life reports: “Aloe Vera contains hormones called gibberellins and polysaccharides, which kill acne-causing bacteria.” In fact, this potent plant’s gel contains dozens of antibacterial compounds. We Love Aloe! explains: “Anthraquinones…are actually an entire group of phenolic compounds which can be found in [Aloe Vera’s] sap. They include barbaloin, anthracene, emodin, and anthrone-C-glycosides and chromones…all of them are potent antimicrobical agents.” In addition, Aloe Vera leaves have Salicylic acid, “an aspirin-like substance that shows high antibacterial action and also acts as an anti-inflammatory.” Salicylic acid is one of the most popular acne cures, although many modern skin products use a synthetic, processed form of it.
Tightening Your Tissue
You develop blemishes when your pores become clogged with old cells, oil, dirt, and bacteria. The larger your pores, the more likely they are to become filled with this damaging debris. Aloe Vera can diminish your acne by causing your cells to contract, making your pores smaller. The Indian Journal of Dermatology’s review of Aloe Vera notes that the “zinc [in Aloe Vera] acts as an astringent to tighten pores.” The astringent aspect of Aloe Vera can also act as an anti-aging agent, firming your skin for a rejuvenated appearance.
Acne is typically characterized by the presence of bright red bumps. These develop as material builds up within the pores. Aloe Vera can help alleviate the discomfort of acne and diminish its appearance with its anti-inflammatory effect. The University of Maryland Medical Center’s overview of Aloe explains: “One study found that Aloe Vera gel displayed anti-inflammatory effects superior to 1 percent hydrocortisone cream or a placebo gel. Another study found that Aloe Vera gel combined with tretinoin was more effective than tretinoin alone for treating acne.”
What about Aloe Vera makes it so good at reducing swelling and redness? Partially, it’s the salicylic acid (which also fights bacteria). Livestrong describes its composition: “glycosides and acetic acid are the main compounds that allow Aloe Vera to effectively reduce inflammation” and “gibberellin, a glycolic and growth hormone found in plants” also “accounts for…anti-inflammatory activity.”
In addition to helping you prevent and treat acne, Aloe Vera can aid in the healing process after a pimple has wreaked its havoc. Long after their blemishes have gone, many people deal with acne scars, the residual discoloration and damage from having had clogged pores. Home Remedies for Life describes: “Aloe Vera gel reduces scars and pain due to its influential antioxidants, zinc, and vitamins C and E.” A 2000 study concluded: “Aloe Vera could exhibit…wound healing promotion,” and Livestrong explains: “Aloe Vera is able to penetrate deeply into the skin to [moisturize] it and help increase the amount of collagen your skin produces to promote healing.” To lessen the appearance of both old and new acne scars, we recommend putting a small amount of Aloe Vera gel on the affected area for about 30 minutes twice per day.