This 100% Natural Acne Cure Has Been Hiding at the Grocery Store All Along

Without exaggeration, acne can ruin a person's quality of life, which is why the dermatology industry has put immense effort into producing the most powerful acne-blasting treatments possible. But what if you don't want to risk the extreme side effects of Accutane or load your skin with harsh chemicals? The words "natural" and "acne cure" aren't often found in the same sentence. But there is one major exception: An all-natural acne fighter you can find in any produce aisle.

We're talking about aloe, the plant we often turn to for sunburns but that secretly has incredible skin-clearing benefits too. "My love for aloe runs deep," says Emma Fortini, makeup artist and founder of natural makeup line 14e Cosmetics (whose foundations contain 50% to 70% aloe). "Having struggled with breakouts and the early signs of aging, [I've used] aloe [as] my go-to natural skin remedy for years. … It helps to fight and prevent breakouts, diminishes surface scarring, and reduces inflammation and redness."

America's natural beauty gurus aren't the first to take advantage of aloe's incredible skin-healing abilities. "The aloe vera plant has been used for centuries for beauty and skincare," explains dermatologist Debbie Palmer, DO, medical director at the Dermatology Associates of NY, author of Beyond Beauty, and founder of Replere. "Egyptians called it the 'plant of immortality,' and Nefertiti and Cleopatra are said to have used aloe as part of their beauty regimen." Well, if Cleopatra used it…

On the flip side, according to celebrity dermatologist Natasha Sandy, MD, "There is limited medical research on the use of aloe vera for skin." This makes sense since, in the acne world, modern medicine tends to focus on pricey pharmaceuticals over accessible plants. But Palmer promises that "aloe works to clear the skin of acne through several mechanisms." Keep scrolling to learn how this natural plant works to clear acne.