Author Archives: Sophia Simmons
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Using green tea for acne is becoming increasingly popular. So, is the hype real? Or is green tea just another fraud in an endless line of “natural acne cures”?
Perhaps this ancient Chinese proverb says it best:
The recent research into green tea and acne would seem to agree…
Here are 6 of the most compelling, science-based reasons to try green tea for your acne:
Several studies have shown the effectiveness of green tea as a treatment for acne. This first study found that topical use of a simple cream containing 3% green tea extract was able to reduce skin oil production by almost 60%.
Three other studies (study 1, study 2, study 3) found that 2% green tea lotion significantly improved acne. The studies lasted between 6 and 8 weeks and resulted in an impressive 50% or greater reduction in acne occurrence.
One of the studies measured acne severity, observing that green tea cream decreased lesion severity by almost 40%.
One of the researchers noted that using green tea for acne is as effective as topical antibiotics or benzoyl peroxide cream. That’s incredible! Green tea is as effective as two of the most commonly recommended treatments by dermatologists.
Do you like making your own green tea face masks, toners, or other DIY concoction?
Then here are three things you should keep in mind anytime you use fresh green tea.
There are tons of ways to use green tea topically to treat your acne, and most of them have a lot of potential!
You can buy any number of green tea creams, moisturizers, face washes, etc. If you like the natural DIY approach, you can try making a green tea mask or toner using your favorite ingredients.
Here are some of my favorite topical green tea remedies for acne.
Making a powerful, acne-eliminating green tea mask is easy. You just need to do a couple of things:
Follow these two simple rules, and your green tea face mask will be a huge success!
This is my personal favorite green tea mask because it is super simple. Matcha green tea is a powdered form of green tea, so you don’t have to worry about straining out the tea leaves. Also it has a nice creamy feel.
This is another great acne-fighting face mask. As I discussed in this article, honey is great at killing acne bacteria because of it’s osmotic properties. Add it to your green tea mask to give it a little extra acne-blasting goodness.
The main reason I like using lemon juice in a green tea mask is because the vitamin C helps prevent the EGCG and other catechins from breaking down.
That way, you can make enough for a few applications and not have to worry about it losing all of its effectiveness. Although do be careful, using too much lemon juice can irritate your skin.
Is your “acne-destroying” face mask not quite what you hoped for? Maybe it’s a little too runny? Too thick? Does it smell funny?
Whatever the problem is, if your green tea acne mask needs a little something extra, you can always try changing things up a bit.
Here are some popular face mask ingredients that you can choose from. Experiment to your hearts content!
This is one of the absolute easiest ways to take advantage of that green-tea-goodness for clearing up your acne.
Whenever you make a cup of tea, simply save the tea bag (or bags) and place it on a part of your face that has an acne flare-up.
Let it sit there, warming and opening your pores and soaking into your skin while you enjoy your cup of tea.
Rinse your face off when you’re done. Easy!
Using green tea toner is another easy thing that can help get rid of acne. Simply brew some green tea and store it in a bottle or glass jar. I also like to use a squirt bottle because it’s easier.
Add some vitamin C powder or lemon juice to make the toner stay fresh longer (Even doing this will only make it last for a few days).
After using your daily cleanser, use a cotton pad or spray bottle to apply the toner to your face.
Here are a few rules to help you find the best varieties and brands of green tea for treating acne.
The main way green tea supplements help treat acne is by reducing inflammation throughout the whole body.
Studies have shown that taking green tea orally does, in fact, help to reduce inflammation in the skin.
Drinking green tea helps cane in the same way that supplements help. It reduces systemic inflammation throughout the body.
To get the most benefit out of your cup of green tea, be sure to follow the rules mentioned earlier.
Unfortunately, brewing your tea at 100 ºC (to get the most catechins out of the tea leaves) may result in a tea that tastes more bitter than you would like. It’s up to you to decide whether or not the extra catechins are worth it.
One major problem with drinking green tea is that up to 80% of the all-important catechins are destroyed during digestion.
Luckily, there are two simple tricks to drastically improve the amount of catechins your body absorbs!
If each of these methods triples the amount of EGCG you absorb, you could hypothetically boost your total intake by 9x!
Obviously, this depends on whether or not you use high quality tea and follow all the tips and tricks we have talked about.
Epidemiological studies on various health benefits of green tea seam to achieve good results from drinking 3-6 cups per day.
If you were to follow all of the guidelines mentioned in this article, I would think that you could easily start to see some benefit from drinking even less…
The short answer is yes! Let me explain.
Hormonal acne is caused by male sex hormones called androgens. The two most problematic androgens are testosterone and DHT.
Hormonal changes during puberty are the most common reason for elevated androgen levels.
Our bodies oil glands are sensitive to testosterone, and will secrete more sebum (skin oil) if testosterone levels rise. The extra oil leads to clogged pores and acne.
Green tea helps with hormonal acne for a couple of reasons. Green tea reduces androgen sensitivity and it also prevents the conversion of testosterone into DHT.
In dermatology and medicine, the most effective treatments often come with unwanted side-effects. That just doesn’t seem to be the case with using green tea to treat acne.
In all of the studies mentioned throughout this article, there were no major side-effects associated with using green tea creams for acne.
The worst side-effects reported were minor skin itching, which subsided over time.
Green tea is one of the most effective natural acne treatments out there. Studies on green tea creams have shown skin oil reduction of up to 70%, and over 50% less pimples after 6-8 weeks of use.
It treats acne as effectively as benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics such as erythromycin, but with less side-effects. It’s also inexpensive, and easy to use.
If you haven’t tried using green tea to get rid of your acne, I highly recommend giving it a try.
I absolutely love using tea tree oil for acne! It’s one of the most effective natural acne treatments out there.
Not familiar with this little miracle oil? Here’s a little background info:
Tea tree oil is extracted from the Australian narrow-leaved tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia).
The Australian Aborigines were the first people to realize the benefits of the tea tree…
They chewed the leaves to relieve headaches and used the plant for other medicinal purposes.
Using tea tree oil for acne helps address two of the major causes of pimples:
A recent article published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents took a look at several studies done on tea tree oil and acne completed between 2005 – 2014.
The authors concluded that, when using products containing tea tree oil for acne, you can expect a reduction of acne lesions by between 23.7% and 62.1%.
In another study, comparing 5% tea tree oil gel with 5% benzoyl peroxide cream, it was shown that both products significantly reduced the occurrence of open and closed acne lesions over a three month period.
Although using tea tree oil for acne took longer to show results, there were much fewer side effects…
The benzoyl peroxide group reported side effects in 79 percent of participants, including itching, burning, stinging, and dryness.
There are several ways to use tea tree oil for acne. Depending on your skin type, and how you react to tea tree oil you will need to experiment a bit to find what works best for you.
Tea tree oil is very strong, and most people will want to dilute it.
You can dilute it with other oils such as jojoba oil, olive oil, or others. Witch hazel also works very well.
I don’t recommend using water because oil and water don’t mix. The tea tree oil will just float on the surface like an oil slick.
Even if you shake it up, it will just break into smaller oil droplets which will quickly come back together.
You will want to dilute the tea tree oil to a 5-10% mixture with whatever other ingredients you decide to use.
You can do this at night before going to bed, or in the morning. After it dries you can easily apply makeup with no problems.
Tea tree oil only targets two of the major causes of acne (bacteria and inflammation).
Try combining TTO with other treatments that target the other major causes of acne, such as excessive oil production, dead skin cells, and clogged pores.
Good options include benzoyl peroxide, retinol, and salicylic acid. Take a look at our full list of 61 ways to get rid of acne to find many others.
NEVER ingest tea tree oil!
Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed and can cause severe symptoms such as hallucinations, coma, confusion, unsteadiness, drowsiness, and a range of others. Keep it away from children and pets!
Tea tree oil can cause mild skin irritation such as:
However, studies that compared TTO to antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide found that tea tree oil caused less common and less severe side effects than the other two.
Also, some people may experience an allergic reaction when using tea tree oil.
Never use less than 4% tea tree oil in any treatment because it may fail to kill the bacteria, and end up creating resistant bacteria that are less sensitive to tea tree oil and even some antibiotics!
Tea tree oil knockoffs are becoming increasingly common. These “fake” tea tree oils are made by either diluting actual tea tree oil or creating a completely synthetic product.
…knockoffs are becoming increasingly common.
Sometimes actual tea tree oil will be diluted with cheap fillers such as pine oil, eucalyptus oil or others. The Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (ATTIA) reports that up to 50% of commercially sold tea tree oil is adulterated to some degree.
This adulterated tea tree oil is much less likely to provide the desired benefits of tea tree oil, and it may even contain toxic or otherwise harmful ingredients.
Many over-the-counter beauty products contain tea tree oil as one of their active ingredients. Unfortunately, these products usually contain a very small amount of TTO, usually less than 0.5%.
This amount is much too little to have any therapeutic value. It’s just a marketing ploy that allows sellers to claim their products contain tea tree oil.
…a [Tea tree oil] concentration of 5% is necessary to ensure effectiveness.
Most studies on tea tree oil agree that a concentration of 5% is necessary to ensure effectiveness.
I recommend purchasing pure, undiluted tea tree oil. Then you can combine it with any other products you like -making sure that you always have an effective 5% TTO concentration.
Here are several things you can do to ensure that you purchase only the highest quality tea tree oil, made with pure ingredients and free of any harmful fillers.
When looking for a good brand of tea tree oil, it’s always best to get something made in Australia. You can also look for products that are ATTIA certified.
Of course, you also want to follow all the guidelines mentioned in the previous section of this article.
My favorite brand of tea tree oil fits all of these requirements and then some. It’s Thursday Plantation’s 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil.
Thursday Plantation is the Australian company that pioneered the modern tea tree oil industry over 40 years ago.
They produce some of the absolute highest quality tea tree oil on the market. Their tea tree oil has a very high minimum terpinen-4-ol level of 36%.
It has a much smoother, sweeter smell than many other tea tree oils, another sign of purity and high quality.
It also conforms to all the quality standards set by the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (ATTIA was actually founded by the owners of Thursday Plantation).
Tea tree oil can be an amazing addition to your acne treatment. Just watch out for fake, diluted, or otherwise “low quality” products.
Always use at least a 5% concentration of tea tree oil – to ensure it’s strong enough to kill the bacteria. And of course, keep it away from children and out of anyone’s mouth (it’s toxic when ingested).
If you’ve been successful with tea tree oil, please tell us about it down in the comments. Good luck!
Does apple cider vinegar (ACV) really help acne? Since thousands of years ago, countless people throughout the world have used apple cider vinegar for acne - and for numerous other illnesses.
It was used in ancient Egypt, and as far back as 3000 BC. Even Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, spoke of the value of this simple product.
So, can we use apple cider vinegar for acne treatment? Or is it better to leave it next to the ketchup and mustard at the grocery store? Here are the facts.
Vinegar comes from a French word meaning “sour wine”. Like wine, vinegar is created through fermentation. You can ferment fruits, vegetables, or grains to make vinegar.
For apple cider vinegar the process begins with pulverized apples. Bacteria and yeast are used to break down the sugar in the apples creating alcoholic apple cider.
Next, you allow oxygen to interact with it creating acetic acid, which is the main ingredient in vinegar.
Scientists have found ninety different key substances in apple cider vinegar.
It is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, over thirteen types of carbolic acids, twenty ketones, four aldehydes, trace elements, amino acids, several other acids, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and more.
The most prevalent ingredient is acetic acid, making up about five percent of the vinegar.
People have started using apple cider vinegar to help clear up acne for a number of reasons. Here are some of the most important ways it can help.
ACV is a good natural disinfectant, and when applied topically to your face or other skin it will kill the bacteria that causes acne. So we know that it can kill those bad bacteria, but how effectively, and will it kill the bacteria deep down inside your pores that are the real source of the problem.
This is where lots of other factors come into play. Apple cider vinegar may not help if your acne is being caused by bad diet, hormonal imbalance, stress, or something else. All you can do is try it and see how it works for you.
Another reason apple cider vinegar is good for fighting acne is because it helps reduce the inflammation associated with acne. It can help to quickly reduce the size of those big swollen pimples and bad zits.
It's said that vinegar can be used to treat swelling and inflammation even better than ice in some cases, and it may even help relieve pain.
It is also absolutely filled with good ingredients that our bodies need, which may also be part of the reason that it helps clear up acne.
By giving our skin a new source of important nutrients it may help to speed the healing process and reduce scarring.
ACV is also very good for fighting acne because of its ability to restore the proper pH balance to your skin.
Healthy skin is slightly acidic. This slight acidity helps to fight off harmful bacteria (like the bacteria that causes acne) and protect our skin from outside contaminants.
This acid barrier is created by the oil secreted from our skin's glands. Washing your face too often with acne cleansers or other soaps washes away the oil and destroys this protective barrier.
The pH of apple cider vinegar is very similar to this protective barrier, and if you use ACV on your skin it will help to restore this protective acid barrier.
There are a number of apple cider vinegar remedies you can try.
All of these work very well, and you can expect to see your acne start to clear up in a week or two if you make these treatments part of your daily routine.
Here is a super simple way to make an ACV toner that you can use on your face or other skin to get rid of your pesky acne.
You may have to experiment with the ratio of apple cider vinegar to water. Some people prefer a 1:1 vinegar to water ratio, others prefer a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio. I've even seen some people recommending a 1:8 ratio.
Just keep in mind that you should dilute it at least 1 to 1 because by itself ACV is a little too acidic and the water helps to bring it to the perfect pH level.
Like I said, you'll just have to play with the ratio to see what works for your skin. If it's too strong, use more water. If it seams too weak and you aren't seeing any improvements in your acne after a bit of time, try using less water.
You could also apply the toner in the evening and leave it on overnight as you sleep. Then, wash it off in the morning.
If you have acne problems on your back or other hard to reach places, you can use a spray bottle to apply the ACV toner and just let it absorb into the skin.
You can experiment with your toner, adding other acne fighting ingredients like lemon juice, green tea, witch hazel or others.
You can usually make a new jarful about once a month. The vinegar is acidic, so it doesn't really go bad.
Another great way to make apple cider vinegar part of your daily routine is by drinking it. You will be giving your body a huge dose of powerful vitamins and nutrients.
This will help you fight off the acne and heal any damage or scarring done to your skin.
I recommend adding one or two tablespoons of vinegar to your favorite drink. One of the best drinks to use is green tea because it's another effective natural acne treatment.
I also like to add a spoonful of honey to improve the flavor (honey is another great way to treat acne). Do this once or twice a day and you will start to see a lot of improvement in a week or two.
Apple cider vinegar pills are a great alternative to drinking ACV. If you can't stand the taste or the smell of the real thing, then definitely give these a try.
I recommend the Apple Cider Vinegar Pills From Now Foods. All of the products from Now Foods are Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified, so you know they are high quality.
I recommend taking these pills just before the first meal of the day, because they help improve nutrient absorption in the digestive system.
I recommend that you always use unfiltered, raw, organic vinegar with the “mother” in it. Don't use that pretty looking clear vinegar that you can find in every grocery store around the country.
The “mother” is full of proteins, enzymes, and other living nutrients as well as good bacteria. Processed and filtered vinegar will not give you half the benefits of raw ACV with the “mother” left in it.
My favorite brand of vinegar is Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. It's raw, organic, unfiltered and with the “mother” left in.
I only buy “organic” products that display their USDA Certified Organic symbol and these guys do. They are also Certified Non-GMO.
These guys have been making vinegar for over 100 years, and I've personally been using their product for years without any complaints. It's worked miracles on my own acne.
According to WebMD, some recent small studies have shown that ACV may be effective in helping with the following health problems:
It is also claimed (but not yet verified by clinical studies) to help with the following:
So, the next time you come across a bottle of apple cider vinegar, try using it for your pimple problems. You just might be surprised with the results. And as always, please tell us about your experience using ACV down in the comments section. Good luck!
Since ancient times people have used honey for acne and a host of other ailments. This little miracle food is one of mother nature’s best kept secrets.
Queen Cleopatra of ancient Egypt took a daily beauty bath in a tub of milk and honey. She new about honey’s cosmetic benefits!
Honey is pretty amazing. It can treat wounds, burns, ulcers, boost your immune system, and a lot more. It’s full of essential ingredients, vitamins, and minerals.
Honey is an incredibly strong antibiotic, killing bacteria in some cases that modern medicine can’t even handle, such as the bacteria found in chronic wounds. It’s grate for allergies, filled with antioxidants, and it’s even anti-inflammatory. Wow, right?
So, this stuff’s great, but why use honey for acne? Honey acne treatments work well for several reasons.
First, honey helps kill the bacteria that causes acne. Honey has an osmotic effect meaning it likes to absorb water.
If you put honey on acne, it will absorb the water in the wound. This kills the bacteria – because they need water too.
Honey is pretty amazing. It can treat wounds, burns, ulcers, boost your immune system, and a lot more.
The water absorbed by the honey triggers a chemical reaction causing the honey to release hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a great antiseptic which helps kill even more bacteria.
Also, honey is relatively acidic, which helps to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Honey helps reduce the redness associated with acne because it’s an anti-inflammatory.
The best honey for acne (and best for health purposes in general) is manuka honey. Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and Australia.
New Zealand is where the manuka tree grows naturally, and the honey is collected by beekeepers who build hives in the wild near areas where these bushes grow naturally.
The reason I recommend manuka honey for acne is because it has been shown to have additional antibacterial qualities that all other honeys lack.
This incredible property of manuka honey is not fully understood yet, and is referred to as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).
If you don’t want to spend the extra money for manuka honey, then your second best option is to get local grown raw honey that hasn’t been filtered or pasteurized.
Local grown honey is made from the pollen found in your area. Using local grown honey has the added benefit of helping you build up a tolerance to these locally occurring pollens – which can really help people that suffer from seasonal allergies.
Selecting the right honey for your acne can be very confusing. Honey can be described in many ways: raw, organic, all-natural, pasteurized, unpasteurized, unfiltered, etc.
For manuka honey in particular, you may see labels that say “Active”, MGO, or UMF manuka honey. It’s enough to make Winnie the Pooh’s head spin! So, let’s try to make some sense out of all this.
Pasteurization involves heating the honey to a very high temperature in order to kill all of the bacteria and any other living things inside the honey. This process prevents the honey from crystallizing nearly as easily and results in a very clean “pure” honey.
This is the kind of honey that you will typically find in most grocery stores. The problem with this heating process is that it destroys most of the things that make the honey so healthy.
I don’t recommend using any kind of pasteurized honey for acne treatment purposes. Basically, stay away from any honey that is not labeled as raw.
So, how exactly can honey be considered organic? Well, honey manufacturers have to meet a rigorous set of guidelines proving that their honey was produced pesticide-free and their products must undergo regular testing to ensure that they are free of pesticide residue.
They have to prove that the bees are raised in a pesticide-free environment and that the flowers they visit are also pesticide-free.
The only way to do this is to situate the beehives in a remote location far from any sources of pollution or pesticides (like golf courses, agriculture, landfills, factories, or anything else that may be using pesticides or creating pollution).
To do this, regulators will contact all landowners in a 5 mile radius to verify that they are pollutant free. Also, bee keepers may not use non-organic honey, sugar, antibiotics or other chemicals in their beehives.
Manuka honey from New Zealand has some powerful antibacterial properties not found in other honeys. The terms Active, MGO, and UMF are used to show how powerful the honey’s antibacterial properties are.
the term “active” simply means that the honey has some peroxide activity going on in it. This peroxide activity is common to all types of honey in the world, and one of the main reasons that honey is used as an antibacterial.
However, keep in mind that just because some honey is “active” doesn’t mean that it will always be antibacterial. Furthermore, there are no laws, regulations or enforcement of any kind to control the labeling of manuka honey as “active”.
This means that anyone can label their honey as “active10+”, “active12+” or “active3000+”, and it will not necessarily mean anything because there is no regulation behind it.
MGO stands for Methylglyoxal which is an organic substance that contributes to manuka honey’s antibacterial nature. However, it’s not the only reason that manuka honey is such a powerful antibacterial.
In fact, studies have been done where the Methylglyoxal was neutralized and yet the honey retained its antibacterial properties for unknown reasons.
So what does it mean when you see MGO on the honey’s label? It means that the level of MGO has been measured and displayed as a number on the label.
The problem is that the MGO level does not represent the overall antibacterial power of a particular jar of honey. How then are we to know the full antibacterial power of a particular jar of honey? This leads us to the final and best way to rate manuka honey, UMF.
UMF or “Unique Manuka Facter” is a ratings standard designed to tell what the full non-peroxide antibacterial power is for a particular batch of manuka honey.
The whole ratings system is audited by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) in New Zealand. Every jar of honey is tracked from the apiaries (the “bee yard” where the bees are kept) to the packaging factory. Each jar can be traced back to the apiary that it came from and the lab where it was tested.
The UMF is a global standard which is independently audited and verified. No one can use use the UMF label on their products unless they adhere to the strict guidelines and audits of the UMFHA.
Common UMF ratings include UMF5+, UMF10+, UMF15+, and UMF20+. The “+” indicates that the UMF rating could be more than the number but not less. So, UMF5+ has a reading of at least 5, and it could be higher.
The higher the number is, the more powerful it’s non-peroxide antibacterial power is.
To Summarize, the UMF rating is the best way to know how effective a particular jar of manuka honey will be at treating acne. The higher the UMF rating, the better.
There are less than 50 companies that hold a UMF license. If your honey is not sold by one of the companies on that list, you are not getting real UMF manuka honey.
My favorite brand of UMF manuka honey is Comvita 15+ Manuka Honey. If you look at the list of UMF licensed companies, you will see that Comvita is license number 1019, so you know you’re getting the real thing with them.
The two most common ways to use honey for acne is to apply it directly to the face in a mask or some sort of spot treatment, or to take the honey as a dietary supplement with the goal of improving your overall health and helping your skin from the inside out. Here are a few different acne treatments that use honey.
Winnie the Pooh may have been onto something, putting his head into those pots of honey every day. It turns out that honey can be a great alternative to traditional foaming cleansers and soaps which can be harsh on sensitive facial skin.
This will not remove makeup, so do it in the morning before you put any on. I recommend using raw unpasteurized honey at the very least, and manuka honey if you can afford it. If you’re looking for something that can remove makeup as well, then I recommend the oil cleansing method.
There are a ton of different ways to use honey for acne facial masks. You can easily combine it with almost any other acne mask out there, or use it by itself. Here are several great honey masks for acne that you can try:
You can combine honey with all kinds of ingredients. Just make it the same way as any of the masks we already talked about. Heat the honey. Add other ingredients, etc. Here is a list of some popular ingredients to combine with honey:
Eating honey each day is a great way to improve your overall health and help your acne. You give your body a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and much more. It can even help with allergies.
Use raw, unprocessed honey whenever possible. It’s full of beneficial pollen and other goodies that get removed during processing. If you can find locally grown honey, that’s even better, because it will be full of all the local pollens (the ones actually causing your allergies). By eating these pollens you can reduce any seasonal allergic reaction to them by slowly building up a resistance.
Try to eat 1 tablespoon of honey each day. You can put it on toast, muffins, pancakes, in hot chocolate, a million other things, or my personal favorite, in a cup of green tea. Green tea is also great for acne, so drink a cup a day with 1 tablespoon of honey and you will see a big improvement in your acne.
That’s all I have about honey. I hope you learned some useful things. If you have ever used honey for acne or just in general, please tell us about it. Let’s keep helping each other learn new ways to treat acne. Good luck!
Aloe vera is not only great for treating acne, it can treat burns, help wounds heal faster, protect skin from the sun, and much more. It’s actually been used as an herbal medicine since the first century A.D!
Its leaves contain a thick clear pulp which can be applied topically or taken as a dietary supplement.
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.
Aloe Vera is a really amazing plant with many useful scientific properties. Scientists have established that aloe Vera has the following properties:
It’s also bursting with over 70 essential ingredients. These include proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. Here are some of the ingredients that prove most useful to acne sufferers:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
For The Best Shave:
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.
Plain Aloe Vera Mask
Strawberry Aloe Vera Face Mask
Banana Aloe Face Mask
Aloe Vera Cucumber Mask
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.
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!
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 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Also, 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.
You can test your aloe vera supplement to see if it has fillers in it. Here’s how:
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.
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.
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: