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This article was originally published by Real Farmacy.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 40 to 50 million people across the nation. While acne usually begins in puberty, this unpleasant inflammatory condition — which manifests as pimples, lumps and plugged pores across the body, especially the face and back — is not restricted to a specific age group, and can occur at any time. In fact, almost 85 percent of people will suffer from acne at some point in their lives.(1)
Given how widespread acne is in today’s society, it isn’t surprising that acne treatment is a billion dollar industry for Big Pharma. However, most commercial acne creams are packed with unnatural and aggressive chemicals, making them an unacceptable choice for health-minded individuals. Fortunately, two foods found in nature — aloe vera and coconut oil — are proven to treat acne effectively and without side effects.
There’s a good reason why aloe vera is found in so many cosmetic products: this succulent and mucilaginous plant, which is characterized by its green, spear-shaped leaves, is well-known for its ability to heal, soothe and rejuvenate the skin. Indeed, virtually all cultures that had contact with aloe vera came to recognize its significant skin-boosting properties over time, and it remains a popular natural remedy for treating skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, burns and rashes.(2)
However, a recent study published in The Journal of Dermatological Treatment has discovered that aloe vera is also effective at treating acne. For the study, the researchers assembled a group of 60 subjects suffering from mild to moderate acne and, over an eight-week trial period, treated them with a formulation of either tretinoin cream and aloe vera topical gel or tretinoin cream and a placebo. At the end of the trial, the results were undeniable: