For thousands of years, people have used the aloe vera plant to treat a wide range of skin conditions and other health issues. Aloe vera gel, which is commonly a topical treatment for dermatological conditions, comes from the leaves of the aloe plant, which contain the transparent material. According to the Mayo Clinic, many laboratory, human and animal studies show the effects of the topical use of aloe vera gel and the results are promising. Aloe vera gel can help treat so many skin conditions because it has no proven side effects, making it effective for many skin types.
The most common use for aloe vera gel is as a healing agent for mild to moderate burns on the skin. This may include a burn received from the stove or the sun. Aloe vera gel helps reduce the inflammation commonly associated with burns and promotes healing. To use aloe for a burn, wash the affected area to remove bacteria and prevent infection. Spread the aloe vera gel across the burn. If the skin is too sensitive for rubbing, use an aloe spray in place of the gel. Aloe vera gel can also help soothe razor burn or irritation.
Moisture Your Face
For sensitive, oily skin, aloe vera gel also works as a good daily moisturizer. Its anti-inflammatory properties help calm any areas of redness or irritation on the face, and promote the production of collagen and elastin, which keep skin looking firm and youthful. Aloe vera also contains many nutrients important for healthy skin, such as calcium, copper, iron, zinc and magnesium. The gel is lightweight and absorbs easily into the skin, so it is particularly good for oily skin.
Treat Your Acne
While aloe vera cannot prevent acne, it can be a useful tool in managing breakouts and blemishes. Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the swelling and redness associated with acne. It also acts a gentle astringent, so it helps control oil production. As a result, there is less oil to clog the pores and lead to acne. Many acne products are extremely harsh and dry out the skin as they treat acne. Aloe vera actually has a moisturizing effect so your skin never becomes dry and tight when treating acne. After washing your face, smooth on aloe vera gel. You may apply aloe vera gel all over the face or only in the spots affected by acne.
Soothe Skin Irritations
In addition to burns and acne, aloe vera may treat a variety of skin irritations. Many doctors recommend it for psoriasis. It can also soothe the dryness and itchiness associated with seborrheic dermatitis and eczema. Smooth aloe vera gel over these irritations daily to moisturize skin and promote healing.
References and ResourcesMayo Clinic: Aloe (Aloe vera)
Acne Natural Cures: Role of Aloe Vera in Acne Management
Healthoma.com: Aloe Vera, An Excellent Skin Moisturizing Agent
The Aloe Vera Site: Can Aloe Vera cure, help, treat or prevent psoriasis?
The Aloe Vera Site: Can Aloe Vera cure, help, treat or prevent burns and sunburns?