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How Effective Is Aloe Vera for Rosacea?

By Marlene de Wilde
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Aloe vera is famous for its healing properties and using aloe vera for rosacea is a successful treatment for many sufferers. Thick aloe vera gel is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral which means it is an ideal antidote for inflamed skin. The causes of rosacea are varied and as the trigger or triggers of the condition can be different as can the treatments. Aloe vera for rosacea has a large following among sufferers but there are also some for whom it does not work or have an allergy to the gel.

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition affecting the facial area and although it is not dangerous, it can seriously affect the psychology of the sufferer. The disorder is characterized by red skin and acne-like, bumpy skin. If not treated effectively, rosacea can cause permanent disfigurement such as a bulbous nose. The cause of the condition are unknown but it is more likely to affect fair-skinned women.

There are many treatments for rosacea, some of which are conventional medicines and others which are natural. Many conventional medications contain ingredients such as benzyl alcohol, lactic acid and sodium hydroxide which have been known to further irritate rather than soothe or treat the condition. There are many natural treatments which have been found to be effective such as evening primrose oil, flax seed oil, tea tree oil, chamomile and aloe vera for rosacea .

The use of aloe vera for rosacea is effective due to the healing and rejuvenating effect it has on the skin. The gel from the succulent also relieves pain and inflammation due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It penetrates the epidermis, dermis and hypo-dermis, which are the three layers of skin, to expel the bacteria and fatty deposits from the pores. Breaking off one of the leaves and applying the sap is recommended for those who are sensitive to chemicals in skin products as any commercial product may also contain preservatives.

The nutrients and minerals contained in the plant increases the healing effect of aloe vera for rosacea, acne and psoriasis. The vitamins and amino acids encourage and enable the reproduction of new cells, regeneration and hydration. The action of aloe vera has been likened to steroids such as cortisone, without the side effects. Of the 22 amino acids needed by the body, aloe vera gel provides 20 of them. An aspirin-like compound called salicylic acid contained in the sap provides valuable anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Discussion Comments
By anon999352 — On Dec 15, 2017

I am 60 years old and all of a sudden developed rosacea. I tried coconut oil with little results. Last evening I washed my face and applied 100% aloe vera gel. I woke up this morning and already I can see a huge difference. I will do the same tonight and hopefully the problem will be gone in a few days. Stop wasting your money on prescriptions and products with chemicals in them.

By anon988230 — On Feb 09, 2015

I was just trying Aloe Vera gel to help get rid of my last bit of rosacea. I have managed to heal my rosacea 90 percent, I would say. I know this is a internal problem, so I set on a journey of detoxing to cleanse my digestive system.

To my surprise, my triggers got less and less. I found I could drink wine without my face going red and causing pimples. It has been tough, but worth it! I was so miserable when my skin was at its worst, not wanting to go out. I've done water fasts, juice fasts, and fruit fasts.

By anon341334 — On Jul 10, 2013

I think I know how rosacea may form. Maybe it happens because you touch your face too often, and this probably leads to skin thickening around your nose, cheeks, eyes and forehead. And most of all, touching your face can make your face more red. That's my opinion though, and I've kind of noticed that it happened to me over time because I was touching my face constantly.

By Mae82 — On Oct 17, 2011

If you have rosacea you can check and see if your local spa offers any aloe vera facial masks. They can do an amazing job of cleaning your skin and soothing the redness that characterizes rosacea.

My cousin has pretty severe rosacea and she goes for a regular spa treatment. She told me that while it doesn't solve the problem she feels that it really helps with the inflammation. I think that with something as difficult to treat as rosacea that you should try all the natural cures you can to see if they work for you. Your spa may even have some other treatments you can try.

By manykitties2 — On Oct 17, 2011

I have very mild rosacea and I find that aloe vera is really soothing on it. I also like to think it takes a bit of the redness out of it as well, though that could just be my own wishful thinking.

My dermatologist tried to put me on a bunch of medication for my rosacea and I found that it was not only expensive but some of it really stung as well. I much prefer to use something natural on my skin instead of just harsh chemicals.

Another thing I found that worked were cucumber compresses. The cucumber is very cooling and it makes your skin feel really refreshed.

By helene55 — On Oct 16, 2011

@afterall- I like aloe vera too, especially the smell. I have a friend who has had problems with rosacea and she keeps aloe plants for this purpose, so that when her symptoms get really bad she can go straight to the source; I think this is a good idea considering how expensive most skin products are.

By afterall — On Oct 16, 2011

I have loved using aloe vera since I was a child. I don't have rosacea, but I have used it for various itches and things and it is so soothing. I like it for dry skin as well.

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