Aloe Vera For Acne

Aloe Vera Leaf Drips Gel Into BottleMy grandmother always kept a few potted aloe Vera plants around her house, and for good reason. Aloe Vera is a cactus-like species of succulent plant most likely originating from northern Africa. It grows in warm climates all over the world, and has been used as an herbal medicine since the first century A.D.

It is commonly used to treat burns, help wounds heal, protect skin from sun burn, and much more. Its leaves contain a thick clear pulp which can be applied topically or taken as a dietary supplement.

How To Use Aloe Vera Gel And Juice For Acne Skin Care

There are numerous ways to use aloe vera gel or juice for acne skin care. You can apply aloe vera topically as a moisturizer or spot treatment, shave with it, make a face mask, take it as a dietary supplement, and more.

I will show you the best way to do each of these. I will also show you what to look for when buying  an aloe vera product and get into some other cool things like growing your own aloe plant for those that may be interested. But first, let’s take a look at how and why aloe vera is so beneficial to us.

How Does Aloe Vera Gel Help Acne And Scars?

Aloe Vera is a really amazing plant with many useful scientific properties. Scientists have established that aloe Vera has the following properties:

Aloe Vera And Cream

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-viral
  • Astringent
  • Coagulating agent
  • Disinfectant
  • Germicidal
  • Pain inhibitor
  • Reduces scarring
  • Stimulates cell growth

It is also filled with at least 70 essential ingredients including vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, and enzymes, all of which our body needs. Some of the ingredients that are the most useful to acne sufferers include:

  • Vitamin A – one of the most important vitamins for healthy skin.
  • Vitamin C – an antioxidant, reduces redness, maintains healthy collagen levels.
  • Sulphur – a common ingredient in many acne fighting products.
  • Zinc – another very important acne fighting vitamin.
  • Salicylic acid – a very common ingredient in acne treatments.
  • Lupeol – anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.
  • Urea – used in dermatological products to rehydrate the skin.
  • Gibberellins – a plant hormone with numerous health benefits.
  • Germanium – good for the immune system and much more.
  • Many others – vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, polysaccharides, and many more.

Being a natural astringent, aloe Vera helps remove excess oil and dirt from the skin. The excess oil is what clogs your pores and makes them susceptible to bacterial infection.

This excess oil also causes blackheads, which are just pores clogged by oil and dirt but not infected. Aloe Vera also helps acne by stimulating cell growth which helps your damaged skin heal faster, and scar less.

Aloe Vera And A Glass Of Water

Other Benefits of Aloe Vera

  • Skin moisturizer.
  • Protects the skin from harmful toxins.
  • Helps with insect bites, frostbite, blisters, and allergic reactions.
  • Helps keep skin smooth.
  • Helps treat eczema, psoriasis, inflammation, and wounds.
  • Soothes itchiness.
  • Lightens dark spots caused by dark pigmentation of the skin.

Benefits When Taking Aloe Vera Orally

  • Can help lower cholesterol levels.
  • Lowers blood glucose levels in people suffering from type two diabetes.
  • Helps improve digestion.
  • Helps with detoxification.
  • Alkalizes the body.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Reduces inflammation.

How To Properly Use Aloe Vera To Treat Your Acne

There are numerous ways to use aloe vera gel or juice for acne skin care. You can apply aloe vera topically as a moisturizer or spot treatment, shave with it, make a face mask, take it as a dietary supplement, and more.

Using Aloe Vera Gel As A Moisturizer

Many acne treatments tend to leave your skin very dry and often flakey. Using aloe vera gel can be a great way to get some moisture back into your skin.

I recommend using a product that is certified 100% aloe vera. Some products have green dye which can cause an alergic reaction. You’ll also see a lot of fillers and other random chemicals in some aloe vera products.

Aloe Vera Moisturizer On Woman's Face

It’s easy to use aloe vera gel as a moisturizer. You can use the gel by itself or mix it with another moisturizer. You can add it to your favorite skin cream, or combine it with other natural moisturizers like jojoba oil, olive oil, honey or others.

Shaving With Aloe Vera Gel

Shaving can irritate your skin, especially if you have acne. One of the best ways to get a clean shave and help treat your acne at the same time is to use aloe vera as a shaving gel.

This is especially useful for people with sensitive skin that don’t do well with shaving products that are filled with chemicals. You can use the same 100% aloe vera gel that you use for moisturizing and everything else.

Shaving With Aloe Vera

For The Best Shave:

  1. Shave right after taking a shower. The heat and water will make your beard as soft as possible, and shaving will be less irritating because of it.
  2. Rub the aloe vera gel between your hands to get it nice and warm so that you won’t be putting cold gel on your warm face.
  3. When in doubt always use more gel. You want plenty of gel keeping your skin lubricated.
  4. Shave with the grain. Shaving against the grain can cause ingrown hairs.
  5. Use short strokes, and wet your blade often.
  6. Don’t hold the razor hard against your face. Use light pressure.

Make An Aloe Vera Face Mask For Acne

You can use fresh or store bought aloe vera gel for this mask. If you use store bought aloe, then I recommend Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel, as mentioned in the section on where to buy the best aloe vera gels and juices.

If you want to use fresh aloe then just follow the instructions outlined in the section on how to make fresh aloe vera gel.

Aloe Vera Facial

How To Properly Apply Your Aloe Vera Face Mask

  1. Wash your face with warm water. You want to remove any dirt or debris on your face and let the hear open up your pores so that the face mask can penetrate deep into your skin and work it’s magic.
  2. If you are using ingredients that may have been refrigerated, let them come to room temperature before you apply them to your face. You don’t want the cold to close up your pores.
  3. Mix the ingredients using a blender so that you get a really homogeneous mixture.
  4. Apply it to your face. (You may want to avoid the sensitive area under your eyes, especially if you are using lemon juice or other strong ingredients.)
  5. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. (This amount may vary depending on your skin type. You may want to go for a shorter time if it’s your first time trying a specific mask to see how your skin reacts to it.)
  6. Another option is to apply your mask before sleeping and leave it on overnight. (Only do this if your mask doesn’t contain any strong ingredients, like lemon juice, that could irritate your skin if left on too long.)

The Best Aloe Vera Facemask Recipes:

Plain Aloe Vera Mask


  • 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • Optional: a few drops of lemon juice, or your favorite essential oil

Strawberry Aloe Vera Face Mask


  • 1-2 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or non-flavored yogurt
  • Optional: a few drops of lemon juice, or your favorite essential oil

Banana Aloe Face Mask


  • 1-2 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • ½ ripe banana (You can keep ripe bananas in the freezer to prevent them from spoiling.)
  • Optional: a few drops of lemon juice, or your favorite essential oil

Aloe Vera Cucumber Mask


  • 1-2 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • ½ cucumber
  • Optional: a few drops of lemon juice, or your favorite essential oil.

More Optional Ingredients

You can personalize your aloe vera facial by combining aloe vera gel with tons of other ingredients. Here are some common ingredients you may want to try.

Face Mask With Fruit

  • Aloe Vera
  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Carrot
  • Cream cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Egg
  • Egg white
  • Egg yolk
  • Figs
  • Heavy Cream
  • Lemon (juice)
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Orange (juice)
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Strawberries
  • Wheat germ
  • Yogurt

These face masks require a bit of work, but you will love the results. It can take several weeks or longer to see the results, but in the end you will be rewarded with skin that is much healthier, smoother, and acne scars that begin to fade away never to be seen again!

Where To Buy The Best Pure Organic Aloe Vera Gel And Juice

There are a ton of aloe vera products out there, but most of them are non-organic, have a ton of chemicals added to them, or are filled with “added water”.

They use terms like “All Natural” or “Organic” to get people to buy them, but provide no independent certification to back up their claims.

Therefore, I set out to find a company that provides a clearly labeled, science backed aloe vera product with as few added ingredients as possible.

The USDA Organic Symbol

IASC Certified Symbol

The company that I finally settled on as the absolute best aloe vera gel and juice producer is Lily of the Desert. Their products have numerous certifications including USDA Certified Organic, a certification from the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) saying that their products contain 100% pure aloe vera, and their state-of-the-art processing plant and labs are certified organic by OneCert in accordance with the USDA Certified National Organic Program.

They also put a lot of research and good science into their products. They’ve done several clinical studies showing the effectiveness of their products.

One study looked at how aloe vera can help the body better absorb nutrients. When compared to a generic aloe vera product, their product was 10 times more affective at improving nutrient absorption.

An independent university study compared several leading aloe vera products, and found that Lily of the Desert had the broadest range of Polysaccharides and a 46% higher concentration than the next leading brand.

I could go on to tell you about how these guys take measures to reduce the levels of toxic nitrates in their products, or how their products have enhanced antioxidant support, or numerous other things, but I think you get the idea!

I also recommend that you always buy aloe vera products made from the “inner fillet” part of the plant. This is the soft, inner part of the plant that remains after the outer leaf coverings have been removed.

Lily Of The Desert Inner Fillet Aloe Vera GelThe reason I say this is because the outer leaf contains aloin, which is a laxative. You don’t want to make a habit of ingesting the aloin because it can cause electrolyte imbalance, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even uterine contractions in pregnant women.

If you’re looking for the best aloe vera gel then I would recommend their Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel. It’s not considered USDA Organic because it does have some basic preservatives in it. However, it is certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity. They ensure that the product contains 100% pure aloe vera.

If you’re more interested in the best aloe vera juice then I recommend their Lily Of The Desert Preservative Free Inner Fillet Aloe Vera Juice. This product is Certified USDA Organic as well as certified for purity by the IASC.

How To Make Fresh Aloe Vera Gel Or Juice For Your Acne

First, you will need to get an aloe vera leaf. You can buy them from a local farmers market, or whole foods store.

If you have your own aloe vera plant, select one of the older more mature outer leaves that is close to the ground. These leaves have more gel and nutrients because they are fully matured.

  • Wash the leaf thoroughly.
  • Cut off the portion you want to use.
  • Cut off the thorny edges of the leaf.
  • With your knife, fillet the top and bottom skin of the leaf just like you would a fish. All that should remain is the inner fillet of clear aloe vera gel.
  • Never eat the skin of the plant because it contains a yellow substance called aloin which is an irritant to humans. It is a natural laxative which can cause diarrhea and worse problems.
  • Place the gel in a blender along with however much juice or water you like.
  • Blend it until it’s smooth.
  • Enjoy your refreshing aloe vera drink!

How To Preserve Your Aloe Vera Gel So It Doesn’t Go Bad

These aloe vera gel and juice products can go bad, just like any other food products. Therefore, you need to keep them refrigerated. Especially the aloe vera juice.

Just like orange or grape juice, you need to refrigerate the aloe vera juice immediately after opening. It’s even more critical that you do this if you bought the product I recommended because it is “preservative free”.

Some people don’t like putting the cold aloe vera gel on their skin. If that’s the case for you, then just take out however much you plan on using and let it warm up for a little bit.

If you bought a big container, like the 1 gallon size, then you may find it easier to put some of it into a smaller squeeze bottle, but you still need to keep the smaller bottle refrigerated.

Also, I recommend rinsing your smaller bottle between refills. Just toss it in the dishwasher or swish some soapy water around in it for a few seconds.

The Best Aloe Vera Supplements For Acne

Aloe vera supplements (capsules or softgels) are a quick easy way to add the benefits of aloe vera to your diet. Maybe you don’t like the taste of aloe vera juices, or gels. Maybe you don’t have time to grow, prepare, and store fresh aloe vera.

No problem. You can still get a lot of the same benefits from taking a high quality aloe vera supplement.

When buying a supplement, always look for the same certifications of quality that we mentioned earlier. Look for an aloe vera supplement that is USDA Certified Organic or certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity.

Now Foods Aloe Vera SoftgelsAlso, you want a product where the unwanted aloin has been removed. Aloin is a natural laxative found in the skin of the aloe plant, and it can cause electrolyte imbalance, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and worse if you ingest too much of it.

It’s also a good idea to look for products that adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Standards.

I recommend the NOW Foods Aloe Vera Gels, 5000mg Softgels, 100-Count, or if you don’t mind spending a bit more, then I’d say my favorite aloe vera supplement is Nature City’s True Aloe Organic Aloe Vera Capsules because they are USDA Certified Organic and meet the IASC purity standards.

How To Test Your Aloe Vera Supplement For Purity

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You can test your aloe vera supplement to see if it has fillers in it. Here’s how:

  1. Buy a bottle of iodine from the drugstore.
  2. Pour a spoon-full of iodine in a bottle cap.
  3. Open 2 or 3 Aloe vera capsules.
  4. Pour the powder into the iodine.
  5. Mix it and then wait a few minutes.

If the mixture turns blue or black, then you’re aloe vera supplement isn’t pure. It’s full of a filler called maltodextrin!

Below, is an image showing how this test has been done using the Nature City Aloe Vera capsules I mentioned earlier.

How To Grow an Aloe Vera Plant For Your Acne

Potted Aloe Vera PlantAloe vera plants are very easy to grow. You can grow them outdoors if you live in growing zones 9 or 10 (basically anywhere that temperatures stay above 40°  Fahrenheit year round).

You can also grow them indoors pretty much anywhere that gets 8 to 10 hours of sunlight per day (so maybe not in polar regions that have very short days during certain parts of the year).

While it is possible to grow aloe plants from a seed, this requires a lot of time and very strict greenhouse conditions.

The best option is to either buy a plant from your local gardening store, or propagate a new plant from the offshoot of an already mature aloe vera plant.

If you do buy your own plant, you can easily propagate it into numerous additional plants over time. They make great gifts if you don’t need all of them.

Find A Suitable Location

  • Find a location (indoors or outdoors) that gets a lot of sun (south or west facing is best). 8 to 10 hours of sunlight per day is optimal (definitely shoot for no less than 6 hours). If indoors, try to place your plant by a sunny window.
  • If planting outdoors, be sure to choose a place that has very good drainage. The aloe vera plant is built to withstand very dry conditions, but it will not do well in soil that tends to stay wet. So, avoid low elevations, areas where there is water drain-off, and other areas where water tends to collect.
  • Aloe vera plants prefer a crowded root system, so when planting them in a pot, don’t think that bigger is better. They do need room to grow, but don’t get carried away with the biggest pot you can find.

Prepare The Soil

  • Whether you decide to plant your aloe vera indoors or outdoors, you should make sure it is planted in loose, dry, sandy soil.
  • You want about a 50/50 mixture of sand to regular soil. I prefer using sharp sand (also called builders sand) because it is more gritty. So, take whatever soil you have (potting soil, soil from your yard, etc) and mix in an appropriate amount of sand plus a handful of pebbles. This mixture will drain very well and keep the aloe plant happy.
  • Alternatively, some stores sell a potting soil specifically designed for cactus plants. This will work great with aloe vera plants.

Planting And Growing

Mature aloe vera plants produce offshoots called “pups” around the base of the plant. They just look like a little baby aloe plant growing up next to the bigger “mommy” plant. The best way to grow a new aloe plant is by uprooting and transplanting these pups into a new location. Here are the steps:

  1. Locate the pup around the base of the mature plant. Wait until they are a couple inches tall and their leaves have begun to unfold. Then, they are ready to be transplanted.
  2. Brush away the soil surrounding the pup, and pull it out with your hand. You want to get as many of the roots with it as possible. Nothing fancy to it.
  3. If you have some root growth hormone, you can dip the roots in it to accelerate root growth, but this step isn’t necessary.
  4. Place the pup into your chosen soil, be sure it’s deep enough to completely cover the roots plus a little bit more.
  5. Firmly pack the soil around the offshoot so it will be nice and stable.
  6. Water your new aloe vera plant until the soil is moist, but not fully saturated.
  7. If you are using a pot, make sure to put it in a nice sunny location.
Aloe Vera Pups

These are the aloe vera “pups”.

Maintenance And Harvesting

  1. Never over-water your aloe vera plant. For the most part, outdoor plants will do fine with just rainwater and dew. Just be careful during drought conditions. Potted aloe vera plants should be allowed to dry completely before watering again. Then, just water them until they are moist, but not fully saturated. Over-watering will cause the leaves to rot at the base of the plant.
  2. During winter months, aloe vera plants often become dormant and then need even less water.
  3. You don’t need to worry too much about fertilizing or mulching. Fertilizing once a year (usually in the spring) is plenty. Over-fertilizing can do more harm than good, so just do a light application.
  4. Aloe vera plants like to have white rocks or stones placed arround their base to reflect the sun’s warmth back to the plant.
  5. When it comes time to harvest the leaves of your aloe vera plant, you should always pick the larger thicker leaves. Cut them at their base with a sharp knife.

About Sophia Simmons

This article is written by Sophia Simmons. She is an independent researcher with a passion for beautiful skin. In the past, she has struggled with her own acne troubles. Now she tries to help other people suffering with acne find their own unique paths to healthy, clear skin.

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  1. Krystal says

    Does store bought aloe vera gel have the same affect for acne and scars as the plant,if so how do I make the mask

    • says

      Store bought Aloe Vera gel has minimal effects. ONLY FRESH Aloe Vera gel has MAXIMUM healing power. Most or all of the Vitamins, Hormones, Medicinal & Healing Properties of Aloe Vera leafs are removed in processed Aloe Vera gel you find in stores. Only Natural Aloe Vera plant leafs contain the herbal & medicinal properties needed for treatment of acne and other ailments.

      There are some Natural Food Stores that carry Aloe Vera gel from fresh leafs that aren’t as refined and processed containing some natural preservatives. You can try these if you like, but only fresh Aloe Vera leafs provide herbal and healing benefits for many ailments and skin conditions.

  2. Ty-Monet says

    Can you use this product around vagina area if you have spots/blackheads? And also can you use this on normal teenager spots and scarring?

  3. Ty-Monet says

    Where can I purchase this item I was thinking of going doctors on Wens or Thursday to ask my doctor about this! It sounds really good and healthy.

    • Admin says

      You can buy an aloe vera plant from a plant nursery, home improvement store like Home Depot, or other place that sells plants. You can buy aloe vera gel at most convenience stores, supermarkets or places that sell health products like GNC. A plant will give the best results, but for a lot less hassle you can get good results with the aloe vera gel as well.

  4. Jon says

    Will definitely try this. Although my other concern is that I’m worried that the residue (of the aloe vera face mask) might stain my pillows. I tend to wake up lying on my stomach. Any advice?

  5. says

    ‘Store bought Aloe Vera gel has minimal effects. ONLY FRESH Aloe Vera gel has MAXIMUM healing power’ this comment left by Marie Nurse contradicts what Admin says about shop bought aloe vera being ‘but for a lot less hassle you can get good results with the aloe vera gel as well.’

    So which staement is correct?

  6. sal says

    I have moderate acne on my face and have been using a topical treatment prescribed by the doc, it cleared up my skin. since hearing about aloe, I stopped the topical treatment and I’ve been taking aloe gel/juice everyday for the past month, as well as applying the gel onto my skin every night before bed, washing it off in the morning, I also use an aloe face soap. my acne has worsened, Its never been this bad, even through teens. is this normal?

  7. Hasan says

    Can I use the gel from the plant and rub it directly on my face?
    If so, would I wash it off or leave it there and will it remove all spots and blackheads?

  8. Hollie says

    I had moderate cystic acne on my chin. I’ve been using aloe vera gel (from Whole Foods) for about 2 months now and it really works. I just pour a bit out from the bottle and apply liberaly. It absorbs in to my skin very quickly. My cystic acne is completely gone. Occasionally I forget to wash my face before bed which equals a bump or two in the morning. But using the aloe gel both morning and night dries the bump and helps it heal way faster. Usually by the next day it’s dry and already lightening up. It dosn’t REMOVE black heads though, in fact it makes it much harder to extract them, but that’s because the aloe causes your pores to shrink. However it seems to push the icky black stuff to the surface faster and It does seem to PREVENT new black heads. One thing to note though, it actually dried out my skin. I was initially concerned that it would over moisturize my skin and cause more acne, but strangely enough the opposite is true. I’ve never had dry skin, but now I have to use a moisturizer day and night to combat flakiness. In all, I wish I had tried Aloe for acne years ago. I’m sure different skin has different results but for me it’s definitly a keeper.

  9. Kim Kardashian says

    Can you use this for an acne treatment for like an acne from my baby, work, and career? Can you like use the store bought gel version or like does it have to be from the plant itself. And how fast does this like work?

  10. says

    Thankyou for such a elaborate explanation.
    My questions comes
    If During applying any acne cream..
    It has reacted And Got skin burn
    Then aloe vera can be used on the burn parts..?

  11. Gabriela says

    Hi! I am planning to put aloe vera gel on my face especially on my pimples and acnes and on my marks. I have these brown and red marks and the others are like bug bites but ita not it just look like one. Can aloe help me with these marks? I was planning to go to a dermatologist and go for a treatment in order for my pimple marks which I guess was hyperpigmentation to be remove but if aloe can help me I will not go to a derma coz it cost fortune and I’m scared maybe it will got worse.

    • Lorena says

      Hi there, I just seen your post I’m also a acne sufferer and I also have red marks due to me picking at my black heads. I rarely breakout but when I do it’s in blackheads the first stage of acne. So I do a honey and tumeric mask about 3 times a week and I also have been using aloe Vera gel for 2 weeks now at night. The tumeric is a spice that can lighten up your acne scars and with the honey it can prevent new acne from forming because honey is also anti bacterial. I have seen an improvement of some scarring going away from the aloe gel and I also seen a bit more pop out in the last two weeks but I think it was just getting all the gunk out of my skin because I haven’t seen anything new come out this week. I’ve also been taking zinc with vitamins a,e, and c all in one capsule. Zinc can help acne on the inside and put on topically. I have a SPF moisturizer that contains zinc so I won’t break out more with my make up on. Also once your break ours stop do try to use anything that has a alpha hydroxyl acid in it to lighten the scarring as well. I have a anti aging mosturizer I bought from groupon that has it in it and it’s amazing! You just can’t use it when you have a break out or cut on your face. I’m waiting for my last break out to heal so I can start using it again at night. I hope I’ve helped you I’m also going to school to become an Esthetician so trail and error through me is what I what to learn and help other girls with the same problem.

      Thank you, Lorena

  12. bigboy says

    I started using aloe on my acne with great results. I now rub it into my penis and it seems to have gotten bigger when i have an erection. Aloe vera rocks!

  13. Diana Alvarez says

    I have bad acne scars and bad facial complexion overall. I have tried almost everything. i tried aloe vera for about a week and i didnt see any minimal difference. My question is: how much time does it take for you o start seeing actual results?

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