When exam week hits, you can always catch me with a big pimple to remind me how stressed out I am. I decided that I no longer want to deal with acne on top of exams, so I decided to try Aloe vera.
You may be thinking, “Roxie, why are you worried about acne if you have exams going on this week?” Truthfully, I feel like I do better when my skin looks good.
I decided to go on a journey for two weeks with my roommate to see what potential miracles Aloe vera can do for our skin.
Things to make note of before trying Aloe vera out:
Side Note: You can purchase actual Aloe vera from Walmart and Lowe’s
According to Women’s Health, Lauren Fine, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, said, “In Ayurvedic medicine, aloe is often used to treat inflammatory skin conditions, like psoriasis, acne and eczema.”
Things you’ll need:
Here’s a how to on how to extract the Aloe vera:
You’ll need to take a knife and cut off the aloe piece that you need. Cut as close to the stem as possible. You have hit the jackpot when you feel the gel coming out
Trim off the pointy edges of the leaf or dull it down so you will not get pricked in the next step.
Hold the leaf in place and cut directly in half.
Once the aloe is in half, spoon out the gel into the small container.
After that is done, keep the aloe in the fridge (best if used by two and half weeks).
You can see a slight difference between the two photos. My skin is very dry一especially because I have eczema along my eyelids and stress acne scars by my eyebrow. My face is riddled with red splotches from the dry patches caused by the eczema. In the ‘after’ pictures, you can tell that the aloe has hydrated my face. My eyelids are no longer dark from my eczema and my skin looks very supple! This was a two week transformation, and it has done wonders for my dry skin. I used the Aloe every single day for two weeks.
In my roommate’s photos, you can see a difference. The redness and acne decreased. She has acne prone skin, and her skin type is combination oily.
“The aloe really cooled my skin off and made my acne tone down in less than two days,” Devin Abbott, my roommate, said. It moisturized and hydrated her face, but the Aloe vera is not too overbearing on her oily/combination skin.
Overall, we would both highly recommend getting an Aloe plant. They are easy to care for and they have a multitude of benefits. The aloe is not only great for skin care, but it is also good for sun burns Honestly, you cannot beat homegrown remedies. I hope our experience enlightens you to try out this miracle plant too!