What Is Aloe Vera Good For: Acne, Sunburns, and More!

What Is Aloe Vera Good For: Acne, Sunburns, and More!

Many people use aloe for sunburns, and this has been going on for so long we almost forget why we use it. Technically speaking, aloe is not an approved treatment for any kind of medical condition, including burns, sunburns, or acne, though much of what you read on the internet will support these claims. In fact, it is not widely accepted for these uses by the medical community. So, why do we do it?

The tricky thing is that the historical use of aloe and word-of-mouth testimony carries more weight than what science has proven, based on limited testing of these theories. Some of our questions cannot be answered in full without more scientific testing. However, there are some very important uses for aloe when dealing with skin that is sunburned or has uneven texture or dehydration.

It turns out, aloe, especially when combined with CBD, offers great support for skin that needs extra care. Let’s talk about aloe and how it can do just that for your skin.

Key Points of Focus in this Article


  • Non-medical use of aloe vera and what that means
  • How the properties of aloe are used for after-sun care
  • The relationship between acne and aloe vera use
  • How to use aloe vera on the face and body
  • cbdMD products with aloe vera


aloe vera gel dripping from sliced aloe vera plant


What Is Aloe Vera Good For?

Aloe vera is a moisturizing, cooling gel that you can put on the skin to make it feel better. Let’s talk about where it comes from and why we like using this unique plant. You may even want to plant one of these and keep it in your home!

Where Does Aloe Vera Come From?

Aloe vera is a really interesting plant that looks like a clump of grass, and a cactus decided to make offspring. It’s got long, stem-like leaves, but they are plump and filled with an ooey-gooey substance that we call aloe vera gel. It makes for a great indoor succulent to add beauty to your home and yourself. You can simply break off a leaf and rub the juices onto your skin. 

It feels very cool and soothing and has a light moisturizing effect on the skin. It absorbs quickly and leaves the skin with a mild taut feeling that may seem a bit odd to you for something that nourishes the skin. Because it is so light and you can apply it as often as you feel you need it, aloe has developed a reputation as an after-sun care option that gets us through the summer. You can find pumps of it right there in the sunscreen aisle at the store to remind you to stock up on both for the summer.

Why Do We Use Aloe Vera?

We use it on our skin because it feels fantastic. Nothing reminds you to love the skin you live in more than taking a few moments to nourish it. Aloe gives us the soothing experience we want while making our skin feel pretty good.

And yes, people have been using it for all kinds of things for centuries. For a succulent that prefers hot, desert-like weather, this one sure is making a global mark. We use it, in part, because our mothers and grandmothers and Uncle Joe did. But also because we hear how it helps other people and that word-of-mouth is a powerful thing. 

If you want to know the latest actual research on what aloe does and does not do, you can check on the ongoing reporting of the CDC on aloe use on sunburn and after-sun care and acne.


woman holding split aloe vera plant for face and body care


How to Use Aloe Vera on Face and Body

There are several different ways you can use aloe vera. It is incorporated into many products and forms to make it easy for you to use:

First of all, there are many varieties of aloe plants:



For topical aloe vera gels, you simply smooth the gel onto your skin and allow it to absorb. Re-apply as necessary.

For after-sun care: Aloe vera can provide some of the moisture your skin needs after too much sun exposure. It is important to note that while sunburn is rather common, you may need to see a doctor for severe sunburn. Any treatments your doctor recommends are best. 

Having said that, aloe vera makes the skin feel good, and that cooling sensation is something we all want after we’ve spent a little too much time in the sun. So, slop on the aloe and take care of yourself!

For uneven skin texture:  Acne affects millions of people ,and though not a serious condition, it affects us mentally as well. When skin is unbalanced or sensitive, it can help to soothe the skin with products that don’t exacerbate the problem. We find that combining aloe vera with CBD can help provide the moisture the skin needs without interfering with the skin’s natural ability to balance itself. 


cbdMD Botanicals 250 mg coconut CBD body butter


cbdMD Products and Aloe Vera

There’s a television commercial for a hot sauce called Frank’s RedHot in which an older woman declares her love for the hot sauce and says that she “puts that mess on everything.” Here at cbdMD, that’s kind of how we feel about aloe vera. We love it so much that we’ve chosen to put it in nearly all of our soothing CBD products for your body from our Botanicals line.

We feel that combining the properties of aloe with the nourishing benefits of CBD brings a whole new level of pampering to your skincare regimen. Here are a few of our aloe-enriched products that you may want to try for your skin.

Body Butter

Our body butter is a rich CBD cream infused with aloe for extra soothing power. Choose from sweet Lavender Chamomile, tropical Pure Coconut, or fresh Deep Sea scents. We’ve made it with some of our favorite botanical oils:


  • Cocoa butter: For intense, creamy hydration
  • Shea butter: With nourishing vitamins A and E
  • Argan oil: To protect against early signs of aging
  • Coconut oil: To seal in moisture


Use CBD body butter after a bath or shower for general moisturizing, or put it on your hands, elbows, or any part of your body whenever it needs some TLC.

Heavenly Hydration

Heavenly Hydration is a CBD facial lotion that is light and perfect for everyday use for all skin types. And you guessed it: it’s loaded with the soothing care of aloe vera juice and CBD. For good measure, there are a lot of other things in this pampering emollient:


  • Hyaluronic acid: To revive and refresh
  • Argan oil: To protect against early signs of aging
  • Apricot oil: To keep skin soft and supple
  • Avocado oil: Moisturizing oil that contains beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E


Just smooth this luxurious lotion on your face twice a day after cleansing to get the power-packed benefits of aloe combined with CBD. For best results, use regularly.

Luv Me Tender Soothing Lotion

It’s the perfect lotion for those days when your skin has been through the wringer, so to speak. Your skin needs a little extra care, and you know it. For those days and nights when pampering and self-care need to be kicked up to the next level, we’ve got you with a nourishing powerhouse: Luv Me Tender Soothing Lotion.

Yes, we’ve put in the aloe vera and CBD extracts to nourish your skin. Other ingredients were also chosen to help give your skin what it needs: 


  • Lavender: To help renew and maintain skin’s natural pH balance
  • Tea tree oil: To soothe and calm
  • Peppermint oil: To revive dull skin
  • D-alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E): To protect from free radicals
  • D-panthenol (Vitamin B5): For smooth and supple skin


To use Luv Me Tender, you simply smooth the lotion onto your skin and allow it to absorb. You can do this first thing in the morning before you get dressed, at night before bed, or after bathing – or all three!

Clearskin Product Line

This is the CBD version of excellent skin care for those who fight with their skin. Most people grow out of problem skin after those pesky teen years wrap up, but for the rest of us, we know our skin needs help. The Clearskin line is just for us, and it’s got the aloe vera we need, added right into the entire line.



To use the Clearskin line: 


  1. Cleanse with a gentle cleanser and rinse with tepid or lukewarm water. 
  2. Pat dry with a soft-fiber cloth suitable for facial use. 
  3. Spritz with a couple of squirts of the Clearskin Toner and allow it to dry. (Close your eyes before spritzing, of course.) 
  4. If you are using any kind of mask or serum in addition to your Clearskin CBD product line, this is when you use those.
  5. Follow up with the Clearskin Moisture, smoothing it on with the pads of your fingers in circular, upward motions. Remember that excessive stimulation of the skin can provoke oil production, so keep these massage sessions brief. 
  6. Use Be Gone to head off any trouble spots as they appear.


cbdMD botanicals Luv Me Tender 500 mg CBD soothing lotion


Combining Aloe Vera with CBD for Your Best Skin

Great skin care is about balance, regularity, and what types of things you choose to put on your skin. Combining age-old practices with what we know now can help us choose what products and ingredients work best. The timeless aloe vera plant offers a gel that is renewable and beneficial to us in a number of ways. For our skin care lines here at cbdMD, we use it in combination with CBD to bring the very best to your skin. 

We hope this article on “what is aloe vera good for” will help answer that question for you and provide a little more information on how to incorporate both aloe vera and CBD into your daily routine to treat your skin with loving care. You can follow our blog for more skin care tips and information on health and wellness topics. And, of course, we answer your questions about CBD! Join us on Twitter or Facebook to continue the conversation.


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