Aloe Vera and Rosacea


How many of you keep an aloe plant in your kitchen? Or use aloe vera gel on a sunburn? It stops the sting almost immediately, right? Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory healing properties, is hydrating and absorbs well. So it's not surprising that it's found in many skin care products.

aloe vera plant with an overlay that says "aloe vera and rosacea"

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You may remember that earlier this year, I posted about being diagnosed with rosacea (subtype 2). This presented me with a whole new set of skin care concerns - as if being over-50 with sensitive, breakout-prone skin wasn't enough! After several months of only using skin care products approved by my dermatologist, I was apprehensive about reintroducing products and/or trying new ones. I've always been conscious of ingredients, but now I'm even more so because I don't want any flare-ups.

Aloe vera seemed like not only a "safe" ingredient for me but also one that could provide some much needed benefits to my skin.

bottle of Lexli aloe-based Tone and Balance Facial Toner sitting on a red chair

If you've seen my past skin care routines, then you know that I had been using a witch hazel toner after cleansing. It was one of the products I had to stop using with the rosacea flare-up, and I was concerned about adding it back into my routine. I considered just not using a toner at all, but I do like one, especially when I feel it's providing a benefit to my skin. Then I discovered Lexli Tone & Balance Aloe Vera Face Toner.

Lexli skin care products have a base of pharmaceutical-grade aloe vera. Pharmaceutical-grade aloe is 99.9% pure aloe, while cosmetic-grade aloe may only be 70% aloe. The toner also has silk amino acids (penetrates upper layer of skin and hydrates), soluble collagen (humectant), allantoin (skin protectant), and vitamin B5 (increases elasticity and regeneration, lessens scarring) - all of which are beneficial to skin. Unfortunately, it also contains fragrance. I would have preferred that it not have any added fragrance, but since it was listed as the last ingredient, I was hopeful that there wouldn't be a problem.

back label of a bottle of Lexli toner, showing directions for use and ingredient list

The ingredient list on the bottle (in photo above) shows the key ingredients. The complete ingredient list can be found on the Lexli website:
Organic, Pharmaceutical-Grade Aloe Vera, Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate-20, Sorbitol, Silk Amino Acids, Soluble Collagen, Allantoin, Vitamin B5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance

For the past two months, I've been spritzing it on my face and décolleté both morning and evening, right after cleansing. It is a clear liquid, and comes in a clear spray (pump) bottle. There is an herbal scent (it reminds me of a man's aftershave/cologne), but it dissipates quickly.

Right before I had back surgery in early July, I had a rosacea flare-up that left me with several hard red bumps on my cheeks. I think the stress from back pain and the upcoming surgery was the trigger. It usually takes 6-8 weeks for these types of bumps to go away completely. This time, I consistently used the Lexli toner twice daily, and within 2-3 weeks the bumps were gone. I credit the toner because it was the only different product in my routine.

Five different Lexli skincare products lying on a wooden table
Lexli products

The toner is offered in 3 sizes: 1 oz. travel size priced at $5.99, 4 oz. for $17.50, and 16 oz. for $65. I have the 4 oz. size, and after about two months of using it twice daily, there is still 2 oz. left.

I'm so pleased with the results that I've decided that I am definitely making this part of my skin care routine from now on. If you have sensitive skin, rosacea, or are just looking for a nice hydrating toner, I would recommend giving the Lexli Tone & Balance Aloe Vera Face Toner a try.

pinnable infographic with a picture of an aloe vera plant an a pink and white heading that says "aloe vera and rosacea"

Do you use a toner? Which one works well for you?

Kim A.
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