We all want to have beautiful flawless skin but not everyone is so blessed to have it without any effort. Acne is one of the most common skin issues both in teenagers and adults. You might have managed it but what about the scars, dark spots and reddish complexion as a result of previous acne problems?
Being a great remedy for all sorts of skin issues like sunburns, bites, cut wounds etc. as well as scars, aloe vera also helps to get rid of acne scars.
It doesn’t rid you of the scars overnight or in a week. You have to be patient and persistent and apply it every day, best before going to bed and might notice significant results in a month.
What’s So Special About Aloe Vera
The healing effects of aloe vera are mentioned in my article about toasted skin syndrome and some other ones. Aloe is a miraculous plant. It soothes your tissues both from the outside and from the inside. That’s why it is often used as internal digestion remedy.
Aloe vera contains 200 active compounds: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.
No wonder this amazing plant was used by ancient Egyptians as the pursuit of their physical beauty.
How It Works So Effectively As Sunburn And Skin Repair
You might have heard of the anaesthetic Lidocaine. Did you know it is naturally present in aloe vera? That means it’s effective relief for pain and burning. There are also unprocessed glycoproteins and polysaccharides that repair damaged skin cells, while reducing inflammation.
Amazing Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Aloe Vera
The compound in aloe vera that’s responsible for the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activity is called aloin. A study of the effects of aloin was performed in 2018 and describes the effects of aloin on cells in detail.
Aloe vera increases collagen production when applied topically or even taken orally. This cell-growth stimulating property can help boost collagen production in your skin. So it is not only good for getting rid of your actual skin problems but also taking care of your skin for the future.
Good For Pimples But Also For Dark Spots
Another amazing improvement you can expect from aloe vera is the effect on your dark spots. It’s usually an issue occurring in elderly people but one of my friends used to have big dark spots on her face every summer.
If it’s only small spots, they may look cute but huge coin-size spots all over your face aren’t necessarily anything you’d be happy to see in the mirror.
You can address this trouble with Aloe Vera as well.
How is it possible? Aloin, the compound contained in aloe vera is a natural depigmenting compound. It lightens skin and treats hyperpigmentation with great results.
Recommended use: Apply aloe vera gel on your pigmented areas before you go to bed and leave it work overnight.
How To Use Aloe Vera To Get Rid Of Acne Scars
Let’s get back to our subject of how to get rid of acne scars using aloe vera.
Here’s the recommended way how to use Aloe on acne scars
- Clean your face and remove all makeup and dirt
- Use pure aloe vera gel and leave it overnight.
- Apply aloe vera gel in the morning, after you wash your face with water
Apply a soft peeling on your face once a week in order to remove the death cells and allow the aloe vera work directly on the scars.
What Can Aloe Vera Be Combined With
Other Inflammatory Agents
You can use aloe vera gel in conjunction with other anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, chamomile or colloidal oatmeal. I haven’t tried it with anything else than jojoba oil and hemp seed oil though.
Aloe vera can also be combined with tretinoin that has been prescribed for acne. A study shows that topical use of tretinoin combined with aloe vera works better than tretinoin on its own.
Is It Safe To Use Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a well-known natural remedy and has been used for centuries. It is absolutely safe to use it regularly not only on your face but also on hair. Oral intake helps for digestion issues. In general, this is a point to observe: If something is good for oral intake, it is safe for topical use as well. Think of honey, lemon and various herbs.
How Long Does it Take for Aloe Vera to Remove Acne Scars
Just like with everything in life, from weight loss to learning a new language, to building a business, nothing happens in one day.
A consistent long-term procedure is necessary to obtain results you want to get.
In case of aloe vera application, you should see visible results in a month. Your skin will be lighter, more supple and the scars should be less pronounced.
If you want immediate results, chemical peels applied by skincare specialists are very effective but you have to be very careful with sun exposure after the application. Your face will be very sensitive and appear red after chemical peeling.
Can Aloe Vera Remove Pimples?
Aloe vera has strong anti-bacterial properties so it helps control and reduce acne-causing bacteria on the skin. It does take some time though, a healing doesn’t happen overnight. You have to apply aloe vera leaf juice or an aloe vera gel twice a day for about a month.
Side Effects, Colorants And Other Safety Issues
Is Aloe Vera Gel Clear or Green?
Definitely not green! If you see an aloe vera gel that’s green, it is because there is some added colorant in it. I’d recommend you to go for pure colorless gels only.
Is Xanthan Bad For Your Skin?
Some aloe vera gels (and other skincare products) contain xanthan gum. It is not known to have any toxic or harmful side effects, can be appropriate for use in natural and organic skincare and is thought to have some hydrating benefits for the skin.
Nevertheless, just like almost everything, it can be irritating for some people. That’s why some producers, like Seven Minerals make aloe vera gels without xanthan.
Are There Any Side Effects of Topical Aloe Vera Use?
There are not any side effects of regular or occasional use of aloe vera. However, it can be irritating for some people so test your sensitivity applying a small amount in a discreet location. If you experience redness or itching, remove all aloe vera gel carefully and stop using it.
If you have sensitive skin and are afraid of a negative reaction, reach for as pure aloe vera product as possible. All the three products recommended below are pure, organic and should be safe for sensitive skin.
Which Aloe Vera Gel To Choose
You should either use natural pulp from an aloe vera plant if you have one at home or get an organic 100% pure aloe vera gel.
Your aloe vera gel should come in an organic quality, 100% pure, cold pressed, in a dark bottle.
Top 3 Recommended Aloe Vera Gels
SEVEN MINERALS ALOE VERA GEL – this product is organic, xanthan free, from freshly cut aloe plant, doesn’t leave sticky residue. Added ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Seaweed extract (natural thickener) and potassium sorbate (to prevent mold), otherwise completely pure.
MAJESTIC PURE ALOE VERA GEL – made with certified organic aloe vera; contains aloe vera, citric acid, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid, and xanthan. Watery consistency (aloe natural state is very runny and watery); no harmful chemicals; no added color, fragrance or alcohol; not tested on animals; vegan; grown and made in the USA.
ALOE VERA GEL BY IQ NATURAL – contains organic aloe vera leaf juice, organic alcohol, organic glycerin. xanthan gum. Certified by Oregon Tilth Inc. (independent certifying agent of the USDA).
The benefits of aloe vera are literally countless. It’s worth having either an aloe vera plant at home or a pure aloe vera gel because you never know when you might need it.
Pimples, acne scars, burns, cuts, dark hyperpigmentation, psoriasis or eczema…all that can only get better with aloe vera.
Last thing to be mentioned: Aloe Vera promotes healthy smooth hair. And supports growth
Because of the alkaline properties in aloe vera it helps maintain the pH level of the scalp and hair. This keeps the hair moisturized and promotes healthier hair growth. It also soothes dry scalp, itching, and reduces dandruff.