Acne scars, whether pitted, hyperpigmented, or somewhere in between, can be just as aggravating and persistent as breakouts. Aloe vera is one topical ingredient that has been lauded for its anecdotal acne-scar fading abilities.
We've already discussed the numerous research-backed benefits of this all-natural ingredient. However, when it comes to treating acne scars, the research and expert opinion are less certain. Indeed, no conclusive research on acne scars, and aloe vera in particular, has been conducted. What we do know is that aloe contains certain properties that promote skin healing—and thus, one might surmise, acne scars. We'll discuss the science and expert-backed healing properties of aloe vera in relation to acne scars in this article.
While it cannot be used to heal scars, it can aid in the fading of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Scars from acne come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Professional acne scar treatment are frequently necessary for pitted scars, depressed scars, and raised keloid scars. Aloe vera applied topically will not aid in the healing of these scars. On the other hand, aloe vera may be beneficial for another type of acne residue. While post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is not technically a scar, it frequently occurs following breakouts and is frequently as bothersome for many people as the breakouts themselves. They come in a variety of colours, including dark brown, tan, pink, and red.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, colloquially referred to as dark spots, is a common occurrence following pimples, pustules, and cystic breakouts. Aloesin, a naturally occurring compound found in the aloe plant, can assist in bringing things back to normal. When applied four times daily for two weeks to skin, aloesin was shown to effectively fade post-acne hyperpigmentation. Additionally, topical aloesin application can directly inhibit hyperpigmented skin from producing additional melanin, the natural pigment in the skin that results in the formation of dark spots.
If you have severe post-acne pigmentation, combining aloe vera—or aloe-vera-infused skin care products—with a prescription topical such as a retinoid or retinol alternative may be your best option for fading. In other words, if your dark spots are particularly stubborn, refrain from using aloe vera exclusively. Rather than that, pair it with another dermatologist-recommended (or prescribed) topical to double the scar-fading power.
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloin, another naturally occurring compound in aloe vera, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that aid in the overall healing of the skin. After all, inflammation is at the root of an increasing number of health problems, including skin conditions, for which topical aloe vera may be beneficial. Aloe vera is an excellent anti-inflammatory, and it can undoubtedly aid in reducing inflammation and healing damaged skin.
According to one study, topical aloe vera gel was found to be even more effective than hydrocortisone cream - a steroid commonly prescribed to treat a variety of inflammatory skin conditions. This is critical because inflammation occurs at every stage of acne development and in all types of acne, as numerous studies have demonstrated. The bottom line is that inflammation control is critical for overall skin health and preventing acne scarring.
Aloe vera may aid in the effectiveness of other acne treatments.
Aloe vera contains salicylic acids, which are well-known for their ability to effectively treat all forms of acne, from blackheads to cystic acne and everything in between. Salicylic acid works by penetrating oil glands and inhibiting oil production, thereby aiding in the maintenance of clear pores. Salicylic acid is one of the most effective acids for treating acne scars, according to research. Another study discovered that a combination of topical aloe vera and tretinoin, a retinoid, effectively treated acne.
Thus, while aloe vera may not be sufficient to prevent chronic acne on its own, when combined with other acne-fighting products, its natural level of salicylic acid can help boost the effectiveness of other acne-fighting products. While this is not directly related to acne scars, having less acne in the future means having fewer acne scars.
Aloe vera has the ability to stimulate the production of collagen.
Collagen is necessary for overall bodily health for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the health of the skin. To begin, collagen is the primary structural protein in your skin, providing it with its strength, elasticity, and resilience. Increased collagen production can aid in the smoothing of the skin's surface in the case of acne scars; indeed, collagen injections are occasionally used to fill and treat deeply pitted acne scars.
Aloe vera naturally stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, which has been shown to improve the skin's elasticity and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In a similar vein, it has been demonstrated that topical aloe vera can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. In other words, by stimulating collagen and elastin production in the skin, aloe vera stimulates the skin's natural ability to replenish and heal itself from the inside out—a critical component for those seeking natural acne scar treatment in Mumbai.
Published by Dr Niketa Sonavane