According to Medical News Today, pimples form when the hair follicles become clogged with sebum oil. This oil originates from the sebaceous glands just beneath the skin and is used to keep the skin moist and hydrated. When excess amounts are produced, it combines with dirt and dead skin cells to block the pores and acne can ensue. Hormonal imbalances are blamed for this sudden increase in sebum oil and resultant acne rather than poor hygiene and diet.
Although there are hundreds of different species of aloe vera plant in the world, the two most commonly associated with natural healing are aloe arborescens and aloe barbadensis. The medicinal qualities of arborescens pale in comparison to barbadensis, notes GrannyMed. This aloe plant is stemless and can be found it arid climates. Its leaves are thick and contain a gel like substance. It is this gel which is most often used in natural remedies for skin conditions like acne.
According to ''Readers Digest: 1001 Home Remedies," medical professionals do not yet understand how aloe vera works. What is known is that aloe vera gel is rich in anti-inflammatory and soothing agents. It utilizes the chemical bradykininase to act as a topical painkiller. This gummy gel is also said to contain substances which increase blood flow to injured areas and dilate blood vessels thereby helping to promote healing.
Remove an outer aloe vera leaf at its base. Cut down the spine of the leaf and then peel away the skin, revealing the gel. Rinse the piece of gel under cold water. Now apply to the pimpled area. Massage into the skin, being careful to avoid contact with the eyes. ''Readers Digest: 1001 Home Remedies'' reports that most skin sores caused by acne can heal within five days of use.
Although ''Readers Digest: 1001 Home Remedies'' makes these claims, sources like the website Mayo Clinic recognize that more research is needed to fully understand the role natural remedies such as aloe vera.
It is believed that its soothing and healing effects can also help relieve the soreness and inflammation of sunburn, psoriasis, speed the healing of cuts, grazes and those lesions caused by shingles.
If you don't wish to use pure aloe vera gel, you can find it in many over-the-counter cosmetics for skin conditions. Consult your doctor about the topical use of pure aloe vera before starting a self-treatment. Your doctor may recommend the use of other over-the-counter products containing the likes of benzoyl peroxide for your pimples. Benzoyl peroxide is a natural compound from the hydrogen peroxide family. MayoClinic lists it as an effective strategy for preventing future acne outbreaks.