- HOW TO USE ALOE VERA GEL FOR ACNE AND FOR SKIN CARE
- HOW TO USE ALOE VERA GEL ON ACNE PRONE SKIN
- WHERE TO FIND THE BEST PURE ALOE VERA GEL
- HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR ALOE VERA GEL
- USING ALOE VERA GEL FOR ACNE TREATMENT
- WHY WE USE ALOE VERA GEL FOR ACNE
- WHAT IS ALOE VERA?
- THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALOE VERA JUICE AND ALOE VERA GEL
- PROPERTIES OF ALOE VERA GEL
- COMMERCIAL USES OF ALOE VERA
- EXAMPLES OF ALOE VERA GEL NOT TO BUY OR USE
- HOW TO GROW ALOE VERA AT HOME
- ALOE VERA GEL FOR ACNE AND FOR SKIN CARE
- More Resources
- YouTube Videos about Aloe Vera Gel For Acne
Using pure Aloe Vera Gel for acne (and for skin care in general) the way we describe below, in our Advanced Acne Treatment plan is an elixir to your skin – because it works together with the other recommended acne fighting ingredients to blast away acne and help make your skin clear and acne resistant.
But, if you use Aloe Vera incorrectly – like how its described in most other acne or skin care websites – it may not do any good for your acne, or your skin and may even make your acne and your skin worse – as in dry, itchy, red and irritated.
Plus, if you buy and use the wrong Aloe Vera Gel, and the majority of Aloe Vera Gels are NOT pure Aloe Vera – you may as well pour alcohol on your skin… NOT a good idea!
(Examples of the wrong Aloe Vera Gels are listed below)
So – pay attention to this lesson – Aloe Vera can be a wonder-substance for your acne and skin care – or it can be a nightmare….
(If you already know all this and are looking for the best aloe vera for acne and skin care our absolute top recommendation is described here…Aloe Farms Aloe Vera Gel. Our entire list of the best acne products is here.)
(…you can quick jump to the Advanced Acne Treatment Lessons here. Download the Advanced Acne Treatment Guide, Daily Checklist and Calender from the right side bar, or click here to open a new window for phones, tablets and iPads; the list of guaranteed acne product systems, offers and sales is on this page here.)
HOW TO USE ALOE VERA GEL ON ACNE PRONE SKIN
Key point: Aloe Vera will NOT cure acne alone.
In our system pure Aloe Vera Gel is not used alone – it is ALWAYS properly mixed with Jojoba Oil.
Jojoba Oil works together with Aloe Vera Gel so it absorbs DEEP into your skin, to moisturize, nourish, lubricate, heal and protect.
We will explain how this happens later in the lesson.
We use pure Aloe Vera Gel in these steps in the Advanced Acne Treatment Plan:
Step 3: Shaving System
Step 4: Pre-Moisturizing System
Step 7: Moisturizing and Protection System
If you have already read our lesson on Jojoba Oil for Acne the same concept applies as well – in that lesson we don’t recommend using Jojoba Oil alone on acne prone skin – but always mix it with pure Aloe Vera Gel.
So please understand these key points about using Aloe Vera Gel for acne – before we go on…
…Aloe Vera Gel alone on skin is too strong and too wet…
…Jojoba Oil alone on skin is too strong and too dry…
But – Aloe Vera Gel and Jojoba Oil – mixed together is JUST RIGHT – and the best skin moisturizer you can use.
In our advanced acne treatment plan – you will mix pure Aloe Vera Gel with Jojoba Oil to use in the Shaving System (if you use a razor to shave), to Pre-moisturize and to Moisturize and Protect your skin after Step 6 – Medicated Acne Treatment.
All this will be explained shortly.
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST PURE ALOE VERA GEL
Many sites on the web and YouTube show how to use Aloe Vera Gel from houseplants.
We DO NOT recommend this for Advanced Acne Treatment.
Houseplant Aloe Vera may be fine for minor scraps, cuts or burns but…
Use the Aloe Vera Gel from our recommended sources for acne treatment.
The farmed and cultivated plants are the very best medicinal variety grown and are raised in the best agricultural environment.
The farm uses the mature leaves – which contain the most powerful and beneficial gel.
Our highest, best and top recommendation for Aloe Vera Gel for Acne is here: Aloe Farms Aloe Vera Gel.
You may order it from Amazon.com, or directly from the farm.
(We recommend that you order it through Amazon.com)
You can buy either “certified” or “organic”- your preference depending on price and desire. (We use certified.)
We also recommend you buy four bottles – you’ll keep one open bottle in the fridge at a time as described below…. and the rest stored away.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR ALOE VERA GEL
You must realize – your bottled Aloe Vera Gel is a natural product, it’s like fresh squeezed orange juice in a sense, but more hearty.
When you open a bottle you must then refrigerate that bottle to keep it fresh.
Although this Aloe Vera Gel does contain enough ascorbic acid preservative (which is vitamin C) to prevent it from spoiling for some time.
Fill a small pump bottle or squeeze tube with enough Aloe Vera Gel to last a week or so of acne treatment – then refill it from the open bottle in your fridge.
Here’s an example of a pump bottle: 8 oz. Lotion Pump Bottle.
You will want 6 of these types of bottles as described in the lesson about The Best Products for Acne.
(One bottle each for Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Oil and Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap or similar soap; one set each for the shower and the bathroom sink – or wherever you do your daily acne treatment routine.)
When your pump bottle or squeeze tube becomes empty – we recommend you wash it out and sterilize it before refilling it.
(Note: water leaking into the bottle in the shower or from condensation in the bottle may accelerate spoilage of the Aloe Vera Gel – stay observant and keep it fresh.)
The power of fresh and pure Aloe Vera Gel when used properly with Jojoba Oil can be unleashed to help your skin nuke acne!
USING ALOE VERA GEL FOR ACNE TREATMENT
If you are new, or coming to this lesson from another place, our Advanced Acne Treatment system is explained here.
The use of Aloe Vera Gel and Jojoba Oil together is part of our complete acne treatment plan – every step is necessary to cure acne.
The Acne Project Advanced Acne Treatment Plan is multifaceted, you will need to be familiar with the lessons that explain the treatment plan to fully understand these steps.
You can get started however by getting the Daily Guide, Checklist and Calendar from the right sidebar, or again, click here to for phones, tablets and iPads.
And start to gather your acne treatment tools from The Acne Project store or your local drugstore.
(You can use the best acne products list in The Acne Project store as a guide and as a shopping list when shopping locally – print it out.)
Aloe Vera Gel for Shaving
If you must use a razor to shave acne prone skin we recommend you shave in the shower after Step 1 – Skin Surface Wash, and Step 2 – Deep Pore Cleanse.
We also recommend you use our recommended razor: Gillette Fusion Proglide Men’s Power Razor,
…or, you can use any extremely sharp, clean razor.
Mix a small amount of Aloe Vera Gel with an equal amount of pure Jojoba Oil.
If you already have them together in a container, simply shake the container to mix and emulsify, then squirt some in your hands.
Apply the mixture to your face or area to be shaved in a light pressing action, never rubbing.
You can apply any extra to your hair or anywhere on your body.
Next, immediately apply one or both of the following on top…
Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap – lather a very small amount in your hands and apply to your face or area to be shaved – then shave.
(Dr. Bronner’s Organic liquid soap is one of our top recommended products for acne treatment)
(Since you used it during the Skin Surface Wash a very small amount will lather up very well.)
Or optionally, lather up some quality natural bar soap and apply on top of the Aloe Vera and Jojoba mix or even on top of the Dr. Bronner’s lather – then shave.
(Using three layers for shaving seems to be extra-wonderful)
Once complete with shaving lightly rinse with water and pat dry with a towel.
If your skin is extra dry, either from shaving or from the early days of the Advanced Acne Treatment Plan you can pre-moisturize your acne areas or your whole body before leaving the shower like this…
Once again, simply mix equal portions of Aloe Vera Gel with pure Jojoba Oil and lightly press onto your skin, acne areas, hair or everywhere.
Then dry off as recommended – lifting the water off your skin with a clean, dry towel, letting the towel only very lightly like a feather fall over your skin.
Then, you may continue your bathroom routine and the following steps of the advanced acne treatment plan as described in the lessons.
The Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Oil and warm water from the shower work TOGETHER to absorb deeply and quickly into your clean, open pores and skin this way.
Using Aloe Vera Gel in our Moisturizing System
Typically you will moisturize your skin after the Medicated Acne Treatment step which uses 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Gel.
Acne treatment will most likely leave your skin dry, very dry or EXTREMELY DRY, ITCHY, FLAKY AND EVEN PEELING.
(Prepare for this and don’t freak out!)
Remember, the steps you’ve taken to this point have all stripped your natural sebum oil from your skin and pores washing away all the infected oil and clogged up pores.
Plus the medicated treatments will promote exfoliation on your skin and pores and discourage rapid sebum oil production.
Therefore you MUST plan on extremely dry skin until your skin adapts to the acne treatment medicines and becomes acne resistant.
So you MUST heavily moisturize after the medicated acne treatment step and likely several times through the day – especially early on!
To do the Moisturize and Protect step do this:
(Hint – it’s the same process as the shaving and pre-moisturizing systems – do you see a pattern?!)
Pump two to three squirts of Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Gel into your palm, then rub vigorously together to mix and emulsify.
Press lightly but deeply onto your skin.
Allow the mixture to absorb – this may take 10 seconds to a minute or two.
This is where you can use your brain!
Experiment with using different proportions of Jojoba Oil and Aloe Ver Gel – on the second coat, or on subsequent applications.
Once the 50/50 base is on your skin, try using either much more Aloe Vera Gel compared to Jojoba Oil on the second coat or vice versa.
This is also when you may only use Jojoba Oil or only Aloe Vera Gel – which is essentially on top of the 50/50 coat you just applied.
After sufficient time to absorb – you may dab off any excess with a towel.
Again, take some with you – then reapply as needed during the day.
The Advanced Acne Treatment routine is done TWICE per day – you’ll repeat the daily routine in the evening.
You see – with our Moisturizing System – you have complete control over the proportions of Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Gel used at any time on your skin.
Why is this important?
Because advanced acne treatment is DYNAMIC!
Your skin is changing while it is adapting to the acne treatment, healing, and becoming acne resistant.
Your skin will need different proportions and amounts of Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Gel at different times for different conditions.
You can not do this – and have this much control – with a commercial moisturizer out of a bottle!
Using Aloe Vera added to your favorite skin care products
Just like with Jojoba Oil – you can add pure Aloe Vera Gel to your favorite skin care products to gain some control and enhance their benefits and claims.
Apply Aloe Vera directly
Like with Jojoba Oil, we don’t advocate using pure Aloe Vera Gel directly on your skin.
It may be too powerful at first and cause redness, dryness and irritation.
Always apply Aloe Vera to a small inconspicuous area first to see how your skin reacts.
Then increase the area but not the amount.
Once you are satisfied that your skin can tolerate pure Aloe Vera Gel or your skin has adapted to the 100% or lesser concentration then apply very liberally as part of your acne treatment program as desired and needed.
A note about acne products: let each product do its ONE best function. A product that COMBINES functions does everything poorly.
Examples, “Cleans and Moisturizers”, “Moisturizes and Cures Acne”, “Medicates and Moisturizes”, etc.
All of our best drugstore acne products are listed for out for your in The Acne Project online drugstore.
They are also featured in the lesson on The Best Drugstore Products For Acne.
The Acne Project uses Aloe Vera Gel as one of our prime acne fighting tools because aloe vera has all these properties:
Some of the known active ingredients of Aloe Vera include:
- Salicylic acid
- Cinnamic acid
- Enzymes and Proteins
Notice that sulphur and salicylic acid are common acne fighting ingredients on their own.
The Aloe Vera plant is one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12 and is also high in vitamin C, amino acids, enzymes and the mineral germanium, which supports the immune system.
Aloe gel may be effective when used on the skin against psoriasis, burns, frostbite, and sores caused by the Herpes simplex virus.
Research has shown that when taken orally Aloe Vera can help to lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol, and can help to lower blood glucose levels in people with type II diabetes.
Aloe Vera in its fresh, natural state is a very powerful and effective skin conditioner and can be extremely useful in your fight to cure your own acne.
Pure Jojoba Oil is the perfect substance to carry pure Aloe Vera Gel and all its properties and benefits deep into your skin and skin pores!
Aloe Vera Gel and Jojoba Oil work TOGETHER to help fight acne along with the medicated acne products in your advanced acne treatment system!
No one product can cure acne on its own – remember this key point!
WHAT IS ALOE VERA?
Aloe Vera is a plant originally native to the Arabian Peninsula but now there are over 300 known species of the aloe plant on Earth – most likely due to human propagation over centuries.
Early accounts of Aloe Vera appear in records dating as far back as the 16th century BC, citing the species as being widely used in the traditional herbal medicine of many countries.
Of the existing species, only four have medicinal properties, with Aloe Vera being the most potent.
The Aloe Vera plant tends to grow between 1 and 4 feet high, and its leaves are green in appearance, with some varieties showing white flecks on their upper and lower stem surfaces.
The surface of the leaves have tiny, white teeth and appear naturally serrated.
Aloe is a succulent plant like cactus, which simply means that the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant are thicker and more fleshy than the rest of it, and they store moisture which is protected by the thick outer layer of the leaf.
The inside of the leaf is made up of colorless jelly-like “parenchyma” tissue that is used in an extraordinary array of everyday products, from dishwashing liquid to yogurt.
The parenchyma is the “aloe gel” that is so sought after and for which it is commercially cultivated.
Taxonomy from Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
- Kindom: Plantae
- Class: Equisetopsida
- Subclass: Magnoliidae
- Superorder: Lilianae
- Order: Asparagales
- Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
- Genus: Aloe
- Species A. vera
- Name: Aloe Vera
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALOE VERA JUICE AND ALOE VERA GEL
The green outer layer of the leaves of Aloe Vera yields a bitter, yellow exudate which has very different properties from those of the gel.
However, research has indicated that juice from the outer leaf may have harmful effects and can interact with other medicines and herbal remedies.
Aloin, a compound found in the Aloe Vera plant, acts as an extremely powerful laxative that was banned by the FDA in 2003.
Excessive or improper ingestion of Aloe Vera may cause diarrhea, which in turn can lead to electrolyte imbalance, kidney dysfunction, dry mouth, headache, and nausea.
Very high dosages of Aloe Vera were shown to cause tumors in rats during a study.
This shows that Aloe Vera is a very powerful natural substance that should be used in moderation and in stronger concentrations only when needed.
Regardless, aloe juice should not be given to children or to pregnant or breastfeeding women.
In this article we refer only to Aloe Vera Gel from the inner layer of the leaf – which can be called either juice or gel when offered commercially.
PROPERTIES OF ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe Vera gel contains healing properties that have been used to help fade skin marks, scars, freckles, and even acne spots.
Aloe is used alone and is often combined with topical pain relievers to soothe sunburn and other minor burns.
Inflammation from skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and genital warts can dramatically decrease with the regular use of Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe Vera gel can eliminate the itching associated with bug bites and minor allergies.
Since Aloe Vera gel is nearly all water, yet is a semi-thick gel – it becomes an excellent carrier for acne medicines and other skin care products.
The aloe vera water becomes quickly absorbed into the skin to help deeply moisturize the epidermis upper layers.
We here at The Acne Project use Aloe Vera Gel as a carrier in a mix with Jojoba Oil as a skin cleanser, moisturizer and lubricant for shaving.
In general, Aloe Vera Gel is a safe topical substance, and it is not linked to any significant side effects.
However, when using for the first time one should apply Aloe Vera on only a very small area of the skin to see if you have any irritation or side effects to it.
Never immediately rub it all over your skin – especially your face!
Make sure you can tolerate it first.
Also, you should never apply aloe directly on top of an open wound in order to avoid irritation and possible infection.
COMMERCIAL USES OF ALOE VERA
Today, Aloe Vera is sold as a food additive approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), used in topical cosmetics and creams as a multipurpose skin treatment, and available as a nutritional supplement with many medicinal claims.
There are a huge number of products marketed with “Aloe or Aloe Vera” prominently displayed on the label or with Aloe somehow included in the product’s name.
Very often you’ll notice the very familiar Aloe Vera leaf profiled on the product.
Because the benefits of Aloe Vera are so commonly known cosmetic companies frequently add derivatives of Aloe Vera to products such as makeup, tissues, shampoos, sunscreens, and even facial soaps and lotions geared toward acne-prone skin.
Extracts from the Aloe Vera plant are commonly used in the cosmetics industry, being marketed as variously having rejuvenating, healing, and soothing properties.
Some of these more popular products include:
Aloe Vera Facial Soap-
CLAIM: Aloe Vera is combined with facial soap to reduce redness and remove oil from the skin. The combination leaves the skin feeling clean and rejuvenated.
TRUTH: Claim is unlikely, it is doubtful that commercially processed Aloe Vera is providing these benefits. The other ingredients in the product are most probably providing the marketed features.
Aloe Vera Face Lotion-
CLAIM: Aloe Vera face lotions and creams moisturize the entire face without adding oil. The Aloe Vera in the moisturizer helps prevent future breakouts caused by the buildup of excess oil, while the lotion leaves the skin with a soft feel and a smooth texture.
TRUTH: Claim is unlikely, it is doubtful that commercially processed Aloe Vera is providing these benefits. The other ingredients in the product are most probably providing the marketed features including the look and feel of the product.
CLAIM: Aloe Vera gel works well as both a night mask and for spot treatment when it comes to acne. The gel leaves the skin feeling tight while reducing swelling in acne-prone skin and reducing redness. Aloe Vera also aids in the regeneration of skin tissue, and can be used to fade acne marks and scars.
TRUTH: Claim is unlikely, it is doubtful that commercially processed Aloe Vera is providing these benefits. The other ingredients in the product are most probably providing the marketed features. Aloe Vera is a very important part of a complete acne treatment program – but alone may not do much to prevent acne.
Aloe Vera Gel Supplements-
CLAIM: Containing all of the properties of the Aloe Vera plant, these supplements promote clear skin and a healthy glow from the inside out.
TRUTH: Claim is unlikely the result of commercially processed Aloe Vera, and more probably the result of other active ingredients. Very healthy skin comes from only one source – the complete nutritional spectrum available in fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and other pure foods.
You should really be wary of Aloe Vera claims in commercial products.
Once Aloe Vera has been processed – it likely loses nearly all of its beneficial properties because it no longer becomes a “living” substance.
For example – look at JASON 98% Pure Aloe Vera…Jason Natural Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel.
These are the ingredients…
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, aqua (water), carbomer gluconolactone, potasium hydroxide, glycerin, arginine, allantoin, panthenol, menthol, sodium phytate, polysorbate 20, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, amyl cinnamal, benzyl benzoate, benzyl silicylate, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, linalool, fragrance (parfum). *Certified Organic Ingredient
(Who cares if the Aloe Vera is organic if the product has all these other chemicals!)
This product is quite expensive – and all the added ingredients can actually make your skin turn red and burn!
The lesson is this – read your product labels!
Especially if you have acne prone skin!
FRUIT OF THE EARTH ALOE VERA EXAMPLE
Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Carbomer 940, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea
AGAIN – You do not need any of the added ingredients in this product on your acne prone skin! Avoid the use of this product on acne.
If you search on-line you can buy a gallon of pure Aloe Vera from Aloe Farms for about $21.00 USD.
Although, once opened you must keep it in the refrigerator and it has a certain shelf life.
We recommend buying Aloe Vera in quart bottles so the unused bottles stay sealed until you need them.
Remember, all commercial Aloe Vera will have some kind of preservative to prevent the gel from spoilage if it is not intended to be refrigerated.
It will either contain a small amount – or most commonly a large percentage – of very powerful preservative and often many different types of preservatives.
This is why you, as an Aloe Vera user, must do two things:
1. Use Aloe Vera directly from your own home-grown plant, or
2. Use only verified natural sources of Aloe Vera Gel in sealed containers that contain minimal and very gentle preservatives, such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or sodium benzoate or both.
In addition, if you do use Aloe Vera that is as natural and fresh as possible – you must care for it as if it were a delicate food – seal, cover and refrigerate immediately and be extremely careful to avoid contamination.
Refer to The Acne Project store for recommended sources of Aloe Vera that meet these requirements and that you can use in your skin care and acne treatment program.
HOW TO GROW ALOE VERA AT HOME
Grow Aloe Vera plants in your bathroom or kitchen for easy and rapid use of the leaves when needed for burns or skin care. (Always rinse off the leaves prior to use)
Indoor plants should be planted in cacti or succulent soil that is well drained with gravel at the bottom of preferably a porous terra cotta container.
The plant can handle some direct sun but too much may cause it to burn.
If you are cultivating Aloe Vera indoors at home, allow the soil to become dry then lightly water.
Careful to not overwater and continue to ensure good drainage.
You can pick off the small leaves that grow on the side of the main plant to grow additional plants.
Thinning these leaves promote the growth of the main plant.
Once picked – preserving the leaves of the aloe plant is vital, as this is where all of the natural benefits live.
Aloe Vera gel or juice once removed from the plant is very unstable – meaning that the natural product will rapidly spoil when exposed to air after the leaf has been opened up.
For this reason all Aloe Vera must be stabilized or preserved in some way.
If you open up an Aloe Vera leaf at home you can preserve the juice and gel for a few days by immediately placing it in a sealable container then in the refrigerator.
Some people freeze the mature leaves – they can stay good for 6 to 9 months.
ALOE VERA GEL FOR ACNE AND FOR SKIN CARE
The Aloe Vera plant has many beneficial health benefits, giving it an advantage as a leading natural remedy for a variety of conditions.
Though Aloe Vera can be consumed in the form of juice in order to stimulate regular digestion, it is most commonly used in creams, lotions and gels to topically treat sunburns, eczema, fungal infections, insect bites and dry or itchy scalp.
The Aloe Vera plant also has regenerating and antimicrobial properties, which can make it extremely helpful in both clearing up old acne marks and preventing future breakouts.
Once Aloe Vera has been processed however, it’s likely to lose most if not all of its properties and benefits.
Aloe Vera is easy to grow, easy to find, and easy on the wallet, making it a vastly consumed, natural ingredient in high demand.
With regular use, and used properly with Jojoba Oil it is good for acne and can really do wonders on the skin.
However, as always, it is important to remember to keep a positive attitude in the fight against acne until your acne treatment plan takes effect, your skin adapts and your acne clears up!
Please share your experience with Aloe Vera.
Have you used it in other skin care products with success or found something to avoid?
Please leave a comment in the section below.
Following our Advanced Acne Treatment plan is core, or fundamental even if your acne condition demands the use of prescription medications – it is important to follow the daily routine and stay hopeful, stay healthy, and above all, stay happy, because your acne will be cured and clear skin will come!