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5 Best Ways To Use Aloe Vera For Acne

Aloe vera is an age-old remedy when it comes to acne or any other skin ailments. It has 75 active ingredients which include various vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and amino acids. These ingredients work together to treat acne, scars and give you soft and glowing skin. So, in this post, I have come up with 5 best ways to use aloe vera for acne.

Is Aloe Vera Good For Acne?

  • Aloe vera gel is very popular for its alkaline nature. It balances the pH of skin as too much acidic skin is prone to skin conditions like acne, sunburn and many more.
  • It has powerful antibacterial properties that eliminate acne-causing bacteria from your skin. It also has antifungal properties that prevent acne scars from getting infected.
  • It contains vitamin A which is considered one of the most important vitamins for treating acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, retinol which is a topical form of vitamin A can help treat and prevent inflammatory acne lesions(source).
  • Aloe vera gel boosts collagen production in your skin. This helps in speedy healing of wounds and scars that acne leaves behind.
  • When your skin cells are dehydrated, the sebaceous glands in the skin produce more sebum(oil) to compensate for the lack of moisture. This makes your skin oily and you end up with clogged pores and acne. Aloe vera hydrates your skin and prevents the overproduction of sebum(natural oil produced on the skin surface).
  • It contains 75 active ingredients which include vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, and amino acids. The presence of amino acids and zinc in aloe vera gel makes your skin soft and helps tighten the skin pores. Hence makes your skin youthful(source).
  • It contains Bradykinase that helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically(source).

5 Ways To Use Aloe Vera For Acne

1. Aloe Vera, Clay, And Honey For Acne

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How To Use

  • Mix all the ingredients to make a spreadable paste.
  • Apply it on your cleansed face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
  • Rinse the mask off with normal water.
  • Repeat it 2-3 times a week.

Bentonite clay gives powerful assistance to aloe vera for treating acne. It unclogs pores by drawing out the dead skin cells, excess oil and toxins. While honey act as an antiseptic which prevents the growth of acne-causing bacteria and disinfects the skin area affected by acne.

2. Aloe Vera And Tea Tree Essential Oil For Acne


How To Use

  • Take one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and mix 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil in it.
  • Apply the mixture on your cleansed face. You can also use it as an overnight acne treatment.
  • Repeat it once a day.

Tea tree essential oil is considered very effective essential oil for acne. Just like aloe vera gel tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In fact, in a scientific study, it was found that topical application of tea tree gel was effective in treating acne vulgaris(source).

3. Aloe Vera And Lemon Juice For Acne

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  • 2 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel (Buy Here)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice

How To Use

  • In a bowl, add aloe vera gel and lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Apply it to the affected area or the entire face. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse the face mask off.
  • Repeat it twice a week.

Note:  Lemon juice might sting, so you can adjust the quantity as per your skin’s tolerance level.

In this face mask lemon juice perfectly combines with aloe vera gel to exfoliate your skin. It also prevents the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Hence making your skin clear and acne-free. Scientific studies also suggest that fruit acids, like citric acid which is found in lemon juice, are effective cleansers for treating acne(source).

4. Aloe Vera, Grapeseed Oil And Juniperberry Oil For Acne


How To Use

  • Take one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and grapeseed oil and mix 2-3 drops of juniper berry essential oil in it.
  • Now apply the mixture on your cleansed face.
  • Apply it once a day.

As scientific research suggests that acne patients have been shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids(source). Grapeseed oil contains linoleic acid, making it one of the best carrier oil for acne prone and oily skin. While juniper berry oil has a fresh and relaxing aroma which helps in reducing stress. It also has antiseptic properties that protect your acne from infection.

5. Aloe Vera, Honey, And Turmeric For Acne

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How To Use

  • Mix all the ingredients properly with a spoon. Apply the paste to your face.
  • Let it sit for 25-30 minutes.
  • Rinse the mask off with normal water.
  • Apply it 2-3 times a week.

Honey has antibacterial properties that fight acne-causing bacteria. It works with aloe vera gel in healing acne wounds. While turmeric powder unclogs pores and cleanses the skin. This prevents the growth of infections and bacteria that cause acne. Besides, this face mask also works great for fading acne scars, giving you even skin tone.


It is very important to take the following precautionary measures before applying essential oils to your skin.

  • Be sure to do a patch test to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the oils. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.
  • Pregnant women, infants, and young children should avoid certain essential oils. so be sure to do your homework beforehand.
  • If you are using an essential oil blend then make sure to apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, as some essential oils can be photosensitive.
  • If You have any skin disease, chronic health condition then consult your medical practitioner before applying essential oil on your skin.
  • Do not put essential oils in your eyes, ears, nose or mucous membranes.


Treating acne is not an easy task which is why you should consider aloe vera. It is very soothing for the skin and is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes that will help in healing your acne.

Try out these recipes of aloe vera for acne and please let me know about your experience in the comments down below.

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2 thoughts on “5 Best Ways To Use Aloe Vera For Acne”

  1. I have to wonder why you don’t use and preservatives in any of your formula’s. I always thought that lotion and face formula’s should have a water phase a oil phase, and cool down phase.

    • Hi,
      All the face masks and serums shared in this article are to be applied instantly. So there is no need to use any preservatives.


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