How Effective Is Aloe for Acne?

Shelby Winchell

Teenagers, men and women can all suffer from acne on their face, neck, chest and back. When oil and dead skin cells clog the skin's pores, then white, black or red pimples can form on the skin's surface. A pimple or zit that was caused by acne can be treated with a cream or gel that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. In many cases, using aloe for acne scars is an effective treatment because it can help repair the damaged skin.

Aloe vera is a common ingredient in acne products, since it's antibacterial and moisturizing.
Aloe vera is a common ingredient in acne products, since it's antibacterial and moisturizing.

Aloe, also known as aloe vera, is a gel that comes from the center of an aloe vera plant leaf. A lotion or gel made with aloe vera is commonly used to treat burns, wounds and other skin infections. The use of aloe for acne is most effective when the blemish is red or swollen. Aloe vera lotion or juice will not get rid of acne or reduce the size of the blemish, but it is effective at helping to get rid of the redness and speeding up the healing process. Someone who is suffering from this skin condition can use aloe for acne on daily basis by washing the affected area and then applying the aloe.

A close up of acne.
A close up of acne.

Acne can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, hormones, diet and oil-based skin products and cosmetics. It also can be hereditary. Acne blemishes can be painful, especially when germs get into the pores, causing the skin to swell, turn red and fill with pus.

This skin condition is especially common during puberty, when a boy or girl experiences hormonal changes and the skin is more oily than usual. Some babies or adults might also develop an occasional pimple. Washing one's face, neck, chest and neck at least once a day with soap will help reduce outbreaks of acne. If a pimple does develop, it should not be picked or scrubbed, because this can make it worse and cause scarring. The use of aloe for acne can help reduce the appearance of scars.

Just a few pimples or blemishes is considered a mild case of acne. People who suffer from severe acne might have many pimples all over their body at the same time. Big red, solid lumps without a white tip are considered cysts and can be painful.

There is no cure for acne, but it is treatable. It might take time to get acne under control, especially if the symptoms are severe. Some doctors might prescribe medication to help improve the skin's condition.

People often develop acne during puberty, when their hormones are fluxuating.
People often develop acne during puberty, when their hormones are fluxuating.

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Discussion Comments


I can't say that aloe has reduced or treated my acne. But I have noticed that it's very soothing and takes away irritation.

I have cystic acne and usually my face feels red and hot. Aloe vera definitely helps with this.


@SarahGen-- I would advise against skin products that have aloe vera as an ingredient. It's difficult to know how much aloe is actually in it. If the product has oil in it, that will also make acne worse.

I use 100% pure aloe vera gel on my face and it works. It has been a month and I've seen a significant improvement. I had lots of blemishes from old acne spots and several pimples. The pimples dried out and didn't return and my blemishes are almost gone.

Aloe vera gel is just great for hyper-pigmentation. Since it doesn't have oil, it can't make your acne worse. Just make sure that you're using pure aloe vera and give it at least two weeks.


I have a face cream with aloe in it but it hasn't worked at all. In fact, it has made my acne worse, I have more pimples than ever. I don't think aloe is effective for acne.

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