By Kebba Mamburay
If you are a teenage girl in the Gambia, chances are that you have some pimples on your face or other parts of your body such as your chest or back. Pimples are very common in teenage girls because changes in their body stimulate their glands to produce greater amounts of sebum, which can cause breakouts. Whether you are suffering from mild or severe pimples, the fact remains that they can cause any teenage girl stress during an especially sensitive and hormonal time in her life.
Research revealed that Aloe Vera juice can quickly heal skin of wounds and remove pimples, small scars and other skin damage.
Prompted by this, Aunt Sirra Manneh, a resident of Brikama New Town, decided to apply Aloe Vera liquid on her daughter, Fatou Kinneh Jallow, whose idyllic face got fazed by pimples. Fatou used all kinds of soap and black medicines to remove her irritating pimples but to no avail. Until when she started using Aloe, all the pimples suddenly disappears.
The Stone Circle visited her house for a practical demonstration of how to prepare it before applying on the face.
Picture: Sirra slicing the aloe vera
Meticulously, Sirra explains:
“You slice the tip of the leave to the bottom. And inside the slice lies a very soft and a fibre, from that fibre contains the liquid. After separating the fibre from the leaf cover, you put the fibre in a piece of a transparent cloth or handkerchief then hit it with a wooden bundle for few seconds then you put it in a cup for use.”
Picture: Sirra’s aloe ready for application
She said life is about being creative or discovering on your own and to help others. While advising those with pimples to follow suit, she confirmed that Aloe can cure pimples, wounds and other infectious diseases on skin.
The Stone Circle Health Expert, Ebrima Jallow, said the antibacterial properties of aloe vera gel are very effective in treating pimples and reducing the redness caused by it. He said prevents bacteria from infecting pimple wounds and accelerates the process of healing.
He added: “Its anti-fungal properties are useful in treating inflammation like boils and cysts on the skin.”
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is a plant species of the genus Aloe. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant.
Picture: Aloe Vera
Note: The picture of the lady with pimples is not Fatou Kinneh.