The use of Aloe Vera for rashes, itchy dry skin, allergic reactions, eczema, and related dermatitis has shown effective results as a natural healing remedy in treatment of skin conditions throughout the centuries. Skin disorders are a recurrent and continuing health problem that affects all age groups and populations from infants to the elderly. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an agency under the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 30 percent of the U.S. population suffers from eczema alone.
Is Aloe Vera Good for Rashes and Itching?
Many people who have developed skin problems have turned to natural plants like Aloe Vera as a remedy to treat their condition. Aloe Vera is a member of the succulent plant family. Its gel-filled leaves offer not only a natural choice, but an inexpensive, safe, and rational approach to help alleviate symptoms of skin conditions ranging from a severe rash to the itching of psoriasis or eczema. Aloe’s topical application is soothing and can reduce skin inflammation, blistering and itchiness.
How and Why is Aloe So Effective on Skin?
Aloe Vera provides a number of benefits that make it effective against itchy skin:
Hydration – One area that may attribute to the effectiveness of Aloe vera is a treatment for skin conditions is through hydration. The clear gel of the plant is 99% water, which consists of many antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C and E, that helps keep the skin hydrated and nourished.
Healing Promotion – Relief from itching and burning is another area of effectiveness when applying Aloe Vera to the skin. Aloe vera contains two plant hormones, auxin and gibberellins, which have wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. These two hormones accelerate healing by stimulating cell replication, helping wounded or cracked skin heal faster.
Anti-Infection – Aloe vera can also assist in reducing infection. One major health risk associated with atopic dermatitis, i.e., eczema, is staph infections. An estimated 60% to 90% of people afflicted with eczema are likely to have staph bacteria on their skin as a result of it. Infection develops as constant itching crates open wounds on the skin, which only worsens the atopic dermatitis. Because of the anti-inflammation properties found in the naturally cooling Aloe gel, along with healing wounds faster, it reduces the irritation cycle of itching and scratching that is so common with eczema.
How to Use Aloe Vera on Skin
Aloe Vera is an all-natural remedy that has been used safely for centuries. Pure aloe vera gel on its own is safe to apply topically (to the surface of the skin) as often as you’d like without danger. Simply work the gel into the affected area with clean hands and you should notice the relieving effects in under a minute!
Important note: though very uncommon, some people may have an allergic reaction to Aloe Vera gel. To be sure, first time users should only apply the gel to a small area of the skin and wait a day for any reaction. Also, individuals on medications should consult with their physician before starting to use Aloe Vera.
Where to Get Aloe Vera for Topical Use
The gel found in the Aloe vera plant’s leaves is very easy to harvest, and very easy to apply. One method is by plucking a mature leaf from the plant, slicing it open lengthwise, and then scooping or scraping out the gel for usage. Or you can just snap off a leaf and slowly squeeze out the gel to apply directly on the affected areas of the skin. The leftover gel can be refrigerated or frozen for future use. One inventive way to keep the harvested gel was by mixing it in a blender, and pouring the content into ice cube trays to freeze for later usage.
You can also reap the many benefits of Aloe by purchasing a concentrated aloe gel. If you choose to buy Aloe Vera make sure it’s pure. Many Aloe-based products purchased off the shelf can contain alcohol as an added ingredient, which will burn any inflamed or blistered area and only further irritate the skin.