Acne refers to a skin disorder characterized by scaly red skin (parts of the skin with seborrhea), scarring, large papules (nodules), comedones (white heads and blackheads), and pustules (pimples and papules (pinheads). Acne mostly affects old men and women and it mostly affects skin parts containing numerous sebaceous follicles such as the back, upper area of the chest and the face.
Adult acne occurs due to an oily component released by the glands found in the skin called sebaceous glands, which clogs the skin pores hence attracting bacteria that causes skin inflammation. In certain cases, this medical condition may result from various health conditions such as high levels of androgens, hypersensitivity, menopause, pregnancy, perimenopause and hormonal imbalances.
Use of certain medications can as well cause adult acne such as corticosteroids and various cosmetics. How can adult acne be treated naturally? According to the medical research, one of the herbs that have proven most effective in treating adult acne is the aloe vera plant. Why aloe vera is good for adult acne treatment?
Aloe vera is described as a short stemmed or stem-less succulent herb spreading by offsets and growing 60-100 centimeters in height. It has a fleshy thick leaves with their color ranging from green to grey-green and some species having white fleck on both sides of the stem surface.
The leaf margin consists of small white teeth and is normally serrated. Aloe vera plant consists of arbuscular mycorrhiza which makes it better for it to get access to mineral nutrients found in soil. Aloe vera comprises of vital natural ingredients for skin making it effective when it comes to treating adult acne. These natural ingredients include:
Vitamins: Aloe vera plant contains vital vitamins such as vitamin A (e.g. retinol and carotene) which improves the immune system and proper functioning of various body organs; B complex vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and cyanocobalamin, which promotes growth of cell, tissue maintenance, production of energy, neurological functioning, protein synthesis, regulation of hormones and metabolism.
Besides, it contains vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which boosts immune system, production of collagen, fighting infections as well as maintaining healthy skin; vitamin E (tocopherol) which acts as an antioxidant thus helping in healing of the skin hence promoting healthy skin and lastly it contains folic acid necessary for optimal functioning of the individual nervous system.
Enzymes: There are various enzymes found in aloe vera such as lipase and amylase which aids in burning down sugars and fats. Carboxy-peptidase which acts as inflammatory as well as inactivating bradykinins. This aids in curing adult acne.
Aloe vera is rich in amino acids too. There are 20 amino acids considered vital for human body plus other seven which the body is incapable of synthesizing. It also contains salicylic acid which fights bacteria on the skin and inflammation as well as removing the dead skin tissues to provide room for healthy skin tissues to develop.
Others include; lignin which regulates the absorption of natural ingredients into the skin hence nourishing it and saponins that is soapy material that plays a role of antiseptics.
Anthraquinones: This component acts as an anti-viral, analgesic and anti-bacterial thus having a purgative effect. Anthraquinones contained in aloe vera includes; resistannol, ethereal, chrysophanoic acid, and anthranol among others.
Minerals: Potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, sodium, calcium, chromium, zinc and copper. Magnesium lactate contained in aloe vera inhibit histidine decarboxylase as well as preventing histamine from being formed out of amino acids which is normally produced in numerous allergic reactions as a result causing intense pain and itching of the skin. Others include sugars which plays a vital role in promoting the immune system.
How does aloe vera treat adult acne?
Aloe vera comprises of anti-bacteria, antiseptics, anti-inflammatory and other vital nutrients necessary for curing skin diseases including adult acne through promoting regeneration of new skin. This is achieved via sloughing off the infected skin tissues which paves way for creating room for healthy fresh skin tissues to develop.
Besides these healing properties, it moisturizes the scaly, cracked and inflamed skin hence regulating optimal supply of oxygen which is essential for creating supple and elastic skin. It also acts as a skin cleanser which helps eliminating the dirt and free radicals which might worsen adult acne.
Magnesium lactate contained in it inhibits itchy effect hence relieving the skin. Lastly, aloe vera also helps in detoxifying the body which prevents deposition of toxins on the skin surface which leads to adult acne breakout.