Aloe Vera for Rosacea

Benefits of Aloe Vera for reducing rosacea and skin redness

Aloe Vera is a popular natural remedy for treating a wide range of skin problems including dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea and sunburn.

Aloe Vera helps to reduce inflammation and redness while also hydrating the skin and reducing bacteria on the skin’s surface.

In this article I’ll tell you all about this amazing natural rosacea treatment as well as the best ways to use Aloe Vera for maximum skin benefits.

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Aloe vera for rosacea

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes inflammation, redness and bumps on the skin.

Rosacea most commonly affects the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin but it can also affect the neck, back and chest. [1]

Many people suffering from rosacea also have red, itchy eyes, which is known as ocular rosacea.

People with rosacea also tend to blush easily and experience itching and burning sensations.

Rosacea is most common in people with fair skin and it affects women more commonly than men.

Aloe Vera for Rosacea

Aloe Vera is a spiky succulent plant that has been used for medical purposes since the 16th century BC in Egypt. [2]

The leaves of the Aloe Vera plant contain gel that has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Aloe vera plant

Aloe Vera is deeply hydrating for the skin, which is helpful for rosácea sufferers who often have extremely dry skin.

Aloe Vera also has antibacterial properties that control bacteria on the surface of the skin, which helps to prevent breakouts and pustules. [3]

Aloe Vera is rich in nutrients and contains vitamin A, B vitamins, folic acid, amino acids, enzymes and essential fatty acids. 

It acts like a mild anaesthetic to relieve pain, itching and burning sensations.

When Aloe Vera gel dries on the surface of the skin, it forms a protective barrier that helps to lock in moisture.

Some of Aloe Vera’s other skin benefits include:

  • Non-irritating – ideal for people with sensitive skin
  • Has a cooling effect on the skin
  • Calms red, irritated and inflamed skin
  • Tightens and shrinks pores
  • Doesn’t clog pores or contribute to acne
  • Speeds up healing of wounds and cracked skin
  • Soothes rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
  • Protects the skin from oxidative damage
  • Prevents moisture loss
  • Boosts skin cell regeneration
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Helps to reduce fine lines
Aloe vera gel

How to use Aloe Vera for Rosacea

If you have an Aloe Vera plant at home you can cut off a small section of leaf, cut it in half and rub the gel on the affected areas.

You can wash the gel off after a few minutes or allow the gel to dry and apply moisturizer over the top.

If you don’t have an Aloe Vera plant, you can use 100% Aloe Vera gel and apply a small amount to your skin morning and night.

You can also make a soothing and cleansing face mask by mixing a teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel with a teaspoon of bentonite clay.

Leave the mask on for ten minutes and then wash it off and apply a natural moisturizer.

Most people with rosacea have very sensitive skin so it’s important to use gentle skin products made with natural ingredients wherever possible.

Along with topical applications, you can also drink Aloe Vera juice or add Aloe Vera gel to smoothies or juice.

Consuming Aloe Vera helps with hydration and detoxification while also reducing inflammation.

Aloe vera leaf

Common questions about Aloe Vera for Rosacea

Is fresh Aloe Vera from a plant better than packaged Aloe Vera gel for rosacea?

Both will work well, but if you’re buying Aloe Vera gel, be sure to look for one that contains 100% Aloe Vera gel.

How long does it take for Aloe Vera to reduce rosacea?

Most people will notice a reduction in redness and irritation within a few days.

It’s a good idea to maintain the Aloe Vera treatment for a few weeks to give the skin time to heal and hydrate and to reduce rosacea flare ups.

Can Aloe Vera be combined with other natural ingredients?

You can combine equal parts Aloe Vera and Bentonite clay to make a mask, as described above.

Aloe Vera can also be combined with raw honey or turmeric for extra antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

So there are my tips for using Aloe Vera to reduce rosacea.

There is currently no cure for rosácea but applying Aloe Vera to your skin morning and night is an effective way to relieve rosácea and skin redness naturally.

With so many skin benefits, Aloe Vera is an amazing natural treatment to achieve healthy, hydrated and smooth skin.

Have you tried using Aloe Vera for rosacea or any other skin conditions? Let me know in the comments below.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a qualified Nutritionist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner. I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. I created this blog to share my knowledge and inspire women who are looking for natural health solutions. Read more

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Aloe Vera is an amazing plant! I heard it was really good for burns but i didn’t know about all the other benefits too. We have a big aloe vera plant in the garden, I’m going to have to start using it more often.

  2. I never though about using aloe for rosacea! I wonder if it would help with my daughters eczema too?

  3. Aloe vera is so kind to skin and hair. Definitely a must have around the house. Thanks for sharing more of it’s goodness with us!

  4. Aloe vera does so many great things. I really appreciate the healing effects.

  5. I use Aloe Vera. It has so many health benefits. I use it for decreasing my gastric. Actually we all in our family are starting to drink Aloe Vera Juice daily. Good to know it has other health benefits.

  6. I love aloe vera as it is a moisturizer. Also, it’s good for the skin. It hydrates and smoothens skin!

  7. Aloe Vera is really filled with so much of goodness and so beneficial …thanks for sharing this!!

  8. I only use Aloe Vera for skin, and I have never thought of drinking the juice. It sounds delicious and healthy.

  9. I have several Aloe Vera plants and I use the gel to keep my hair healthy and shiny. I have not tried drinking the juice though. I am wondering how it would taste and if adding a few slices of lemon in the drink would alter the healing properties of aloe vera?

    1. Hi Annemarie, Aloe Vera has a sort of zingy taste. It’s not unpleasant. You can definitely add some lemon to Aloe Vera juice without the affecting the healing properties.

  10. Hhhhmmmm….it’s nice to know this about Aloe Vera. I had never heard of Rosacea before, though!

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