It is likely that not all methods will work for everyone, but aloe vera is very gentle on the skin, so there is little risk in trying it.
Aloe vera is an alternative treatment, and so there are no approved guidelines about strength or dosage. The following list gives suggestions for possible ways to use aloe vera for acne.
People should not apply a new substance to their face without consulting a doctor or dermatologist. They can also advise on potential effects that aloe vera might have on any medications people are taking.
1. Pure aloe vera
Research shows that aloe vera has certain characteristics that may make it effective in fighting acne. For instance, aloe vera gel is:
- an antibacterial
- an antioxidant
- an anti-inflammatory
A person may use pure aloe vera cream instead of a traditional cleanser to prevent acne breakouts. This works because the antibacterial agents in aloe vera remove bacteria from the skin, reducing the risk of spots developing.
To treat existing acne, some people apply aloe vera to the affected area and leave it on overnight. It is important to wash it off in the morning.
2. Aloe vera and lemon juice
Citric acid found in fruits such as lemons may also help to treat acne. Pure lemon juice is acidic, so mixing this with aloe vera may stop the lemon juice from irritating the skin.
A person can make a face mask by mixing aloe vera and lemon juice in an 8 to 1 ratio, spreading this evenly over the face, and leaving it on for about 10 minutes. Importantly, they should avoid the sensitive eye area and wash the mask off thoroughly afterwards.
3. Cinnamon, honey, and aloe vera
Making a face mask from honey, cinnamon, and aloe vera is another option that may help to soothe acne. Cinnamon and honey have similar antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to aloe vera.
To make a cinnamon, honey, and aloe vera face mask, a person can mix about 2 tablespoons (tbsp) of honey, 1 tbsp of aloe vera, and ¼ teaspoon (tsp) of cinnamon in a small bowl. This can be applied to the face, left on for 10 minutes, and washed off with warm water.
4. Aloe vera and tea tree oil
Research published in 2017 shows that tea tree oil gels and face washes may be effective for treating mild to moderate acne.
People should avoid leaving tea tree oil on the skin for long periods, but when mixed with aloe vera, it may be suitable for use as a cleansing solution.
To make a cleansing solution, mix together water, aloe vera, and 2 to 3 drops of tea tree essential oil. Some people can be sensitive to tea tree oil, so it is essential to wash the solution off with water after a couple of minutes.
5. Aloe vera spray
Spraying the skin with a diluted aloe vera solution can help hydrate skin without causing extra oil production or shine.
A person can mix roughly 2 parts water to 1 part aloe vera to make a spray. The solution can be placed in a spray bottle and sprayed onto the affected area, avoiding the eye area.