Raw, sticky, gooey aloe vera, at first, was one of my favorite things to slap on my face every once in a while to give my skin a break from the various products and chemicals that I usually use. Although it is a claimed to be a natural remedy and used for treatments for acne and skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, I personally liked using aloe vera that has been refrigerated solely because of the soothing cool temperature on my skin. However, the main reason for my use of aloe was to get rid of the acne covering my face.
So, I admit, every once in a while I'll subconsciously (or rather knowingly) pick at the acne on my face. Yeah, I know, nothing good ever comes out of it, but I do it anyway. Luckily, aloe vera has acne healing properties! Supposedly. For instance, it is claimed to brighten the skin and even out skin tones since it can be used all over the face (working to counteract both acne and dark spots). Natural antibiotics, pain inhibitors, and astringents have been found in the aloe vera plant, therefore making it a promising substance in encouraging your skin cells to overturn and heal any scarring. Lastly, it is supposed to counteract infection, so the open wound left behind after breaking acne will be protected from the dirt and bacteria from the air.
Now, for my experience of using raw aloe vera directly on the face. Like I stated at the opening of this review, I think that aloe vera, although sticky and very thick, is quite a comfortable substance to apply directly onto my skin. What I did was cut a small piece of aloe from the entire leaf (a little goes a long way), peel it, and spread the sticky "goo" across my face. I, then, allowed the aloe to soak into my skin and dry slightly before rinsing it off (which took longer than I would have thought since the water essentially rejuvenated the aloe, making it sticky again and harder to wash off). I did this every night for two months with the hopes that my skin cells would overturn at least once and I would see some improvement.
Alas, I honestly didn't see much change... or any change, really. Of course, I was disappointed at the results. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting a miracle by any means, but I was expecting at least a small degree of skin brightening. Personally, my acne didn't improve as I still experienced my usual "from time-to-time" breakouts. My acne scars/hyperpigmentation, sadly, didn't appear to be any less prominent, either.
The best thing that came out of using the aloe vera was that while I had it on my face, it felt relaxing as if I had a sheet mask on. That was fun, but a sheet mask is no use unless it is effective in delivering what it promised. Overall, I don't see myself turning to the aloe vera plant again as treatments for acne and hyperpigmentation. It has many other amazing qualities though, so don't completely ignore alone as a potential remedy for something else!