The sap contained within an aloe vera plant has a number of healing qualities. One of the conditions that is commonly treated with aloe vera is acne, a skin condition in which the sebaceous glands and hair follicles become inflamed and produce pimples. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that help treat this condition.

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Establish a skin care routine in the morning and at night using aloe vera products. Consistent use of aloe vera to treat acne can improve symptoms and prevent further breakouts.

Apply a topical aloe vera gel to affected areas and allow it to settle into the skin. Aloe vera gel helps decrease redness and swelling in acne-prone areas and works well as a spot treatment.

Wash your face twice daily using a facial soap containing aloe vera. There are many products on the market that incorporate aloe vera into their formulas. Aloe vera soap can be used more frequently if you have a problem with oily skin.

Use an aloe vera lotion or cream to moisturize the entire face without adding oil. The aloe vera in the moisturizer will help prevent future breakouts caused by a buildup of excess oil.

Use aloe vera gel as a mask at night. Apply it to affected areas and sleep without washing it off. Wash with aloe vera soap in the morning.

Apply aloe vera gel to old acne scars to soften and reduce them. Aloe helps regenerate skin so that scars can be replaced with smooth, healthy skin.


  • Pat skin dry after washing with aloe vera soap.

  • Aloe vera can be used to treat acne in other areas besides the face, such as on the back and chest.

  • You can use aloe vera in commercial preparations, or you can extract the sap yourself from an aloe vera plant. The sap in its raw form is safe to use.

  • Commercially prepared aloe vera gel can be used before or after cleansing. Check the manufacturer’s instructions.