Ellie, it's funny that you bring up aloe vera because I was literally going to update about it today! I was actually going to say the same thing that you said-- it does seem to make my skin MORE dry than before. I use the stuff out of the bottle that says "100% Pure aloe vera" But then I turn it over and there are more ingredients than aloe vera. haha...When I use the stuff directly out of the plant, my sunburns and redness goes away completely within 7-10 hours, but who has time or space to grow enough aloe vera plants to use everyday? haha
I decided to only use coconut oil last night on my rash and this morning, it was almost completely gone and the redness is practically disappeared. I've actually used coconut oil on a heat rash before and it definitely soothed it. Last semester, one of my students came in with a really bad sunburn that was blistering. I told her to get some coconut oil and put it on her skin and the next day, her skin looked much better and was less red. She said her skin was softer too and actually thanked me! Ah, high schoolers... haha
I have used ACV before. I actually quite like it, but I ended up using it more in my "homemade" spot treatments (a little ACV with a crushed aspirin-- works well on those painful swollen ones!). The tea tree oil is used for either picked OR nonpicked zits as a spot treatment ONLY. Just put a little on a cotton q-tip and dab it on the zit. I'm not sure why I'd ever do full-face tea tree oil. Just goes to show what lack of sleep can do to a person. haha
Update on my skin:
My skin is looking so lovely! I woke up this morning and touched my face to see if my rash was gone and all that's left of it is just a couple dry flakies! woo!
I looked in the mirror and my red marks (and the red from the rash) have faded dramatically! And my pores look smaller.
I think that I actually might be replicating my results right now. I'm so excited.
Just a quick reminder of what I'm doing day & night:
Splash face with warm water
Put a quarter size amount of manuka honey on face and gently massage.
Leave on for 5 minutes (if time allows, otherwise just wash it off)
Put coconut oil on face (just a tiny!)
Makeup (If anyone has questions about my makeup routine, just ask! )
Wipe some makeup off with warm water/hands/washcloth
Put a small amount of manuka honey on hands (sometimes I put a squeeze of lemon, too) and cleanse face
Rinse with water
Add coconut oil (more than daytime)
And of course, to keep stress levels down:
-Exercise almost everyday (5-6 times a week for at least 30 mins)
-Eat well (don't stress over it, though! Relax....) Also, I've been a vegetarian for 2 years. Not sure if this affects acne. Probably not. haha
-Get some sun or get a vitamin D capsule