Here's What Aloe Vera Can And Can't Do For You

If you're looking for a singular versatile skincare ingredient that can hydrate, treat acne, reduce redness and irritation, slow down aging, and even remove your makeup, then turn to aloe vera. This miracle nutrient-packed plant comes in cosmetic, topical forms such as scrubs, gels, serums, and more for your everyday or long-term skincare needs. "Aloe vera gel has bioactive compounds in the plant that are rich in vitamins A, B , C, D and E as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium and zinc. These are all thought to aid in the 'healing' benefits of aloe," celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau told Elle.

With all of this information, why would you hesitate to hit your nearest Target and stock up on all the aloe vera products you can stuff in your cart? As it turns out, although aloe vera can help skin in several different ways, it has its limitations, just as much as any other ingredient out there does.

Aloe vera is great for sunburns, but won't make them disappear overnight

Aloe vera is so effective at treating cuts, inflammation, and especially sunburn, that it is even recommended by doctors due to its soothing and cooling properties. However, it is important to note that aloe vera cannot cure your wounded, sunburned skin altogether, especially if there is considerable damage (via WebMD). That's why it's important to contact your doctor if your sunburn begins to blister or swell, as opposed to slapping some aloe vera on and calling it a day.

And although aloe vera can treat many skin concerns, an infection is not one of them. In fact, Healthline reports that while using aloe vera on a skin infection may seem like a good idea in the moment, it can actually make the infection worse by interfering with healing.

Overall, even though aloe vera has many properties that are beneficial to the skin, it is not a substitute for professional medicine, and you should not try to be your own doctor when it comes to serious skin injuries. But if you're concerned about mild redness on your face, then aloe vera products may be a very wise investment.