Aloe Vera for Treating Acne

Aloe vera is a popular and widely used herb. It’s mostly used for the treatment of scrapes and burns, but it can also be used to combat acne breakouts. Its functionality can be attributed to its compounds, which contain anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant properties. It also contains enzymes, amino acids, minerals and a few good hormones which promote the healing process.

These and other vital properties are instrumental in preventing and treating acne. Aloe works wonders for the face and other skin surfaces.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

According to an article published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, the enzymes and proteins in Aloe vera contain powerful anti-oxidant properties. The enzymes include the enzyme bradykinase, while the hormones are hormone gibberellins and auxins. These ingredients are touted for reducing the pain caused by acne vulgaris and moderating the redness as well as the size of the eruptions associated with acne.

Antioxidants

Aloe vera is packed with effective antioxidants such as folic acid, choline as well as vitamins A, C, E and B-12. Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals which can damage skin cells and lead to cancer. Again, anti-oxidants protect the skin against the harmful UV rays. Both free radicals and ultra violet radiation can damage skin cells, making the skin more susceptible to the bacteria that cause acne and other afflictions.

In addition to that, Aloe vera can strengthen the body’s immune system, defending the body against bacteria and other disease causing organisms. This also allows the body to function in its optimum level , repairing skin wounds and thus elevating the healing process.

Zinc and Salicylic Acid

Aloe vera contains zinc and salicylic acid which are very instrumental in eradicating acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, salicylic acid aids in unclogging skin pores and in the process it gets rid of the bacteria that cause the infection. It’s also effective in eliminating the dead skin layer, paving way for the underlying healthy and bright skin cells.

The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that zinc can effective in minimizing acne symptoms. It also helps salicylic acid in unclogging pores and killing the bacteria.

Antibacterial and Antiseptic Properties

Emodin, aloin, lupeol and sapolin found in aloe vera have antibacterial as well as antiseptic properties. As antibacterials, they kill the bacteria while the antiseptics curb the bacteria from spreading to other areas. This helps in preventing the spread of the ache and eventually eradicating it completely. These ingredients are also touted for reducing the redness and swelling caused by acne.

Aloe vera has many other skin care benefits. In a nutshell, we can say that it initiates and promotes the skin’s healing process and promotes the production of new, healthy skin cells and tissues. It also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, thereby increasing the elasticity and firmness of the skin. This is the main reason why aloe vera alleviates acne without leaving post acne scars. Moreover, Aloe vera moisturizes the skin, helping you to regain your supple, flawless and youthful appearance.

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