There’s all sorts of interesting and surprising ingredients out there that boast about their super powers for skin like cucumbers, kiwi and tea tree oil. Did you know that in some cultures people even use bird droppings as a secret skin care weapon? (Are you thinking gross? Good cause I am too!) Don’t worry – I’m not going to convince you to do that. But what I do want to talk about is the benefits of using aloe vera for eczema or for just about any skin type and why you might want to consider it.
The Magic of Aloe Vera
There is a reason that aloe vera has been used for centuries for supporting health, skin care, beauty and for medicinal purposes.1 You can even get aloe vera drinks, if you like! Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) grows all over the world in the dry areas of Africa, Asia, Europe and America1 and means shining bitter substance in Arabic. The gel that comes from inside the aloe vera leaves is where the magic lies. Shining bitter substance doesn’t sound all too appealing, I must agree, but don’t judge a book by its cover (or don’t judge a plant by its name is what I’m trying to say, I guess).
Just take a look at the long list of beneficial properties of aloe vera:
- Soothes irritated skin2
- Mild analgesic effect1
- Helps dilate capillaries and increase blood flow1
- Antiseptic effect1
- Moisturizing and anti-aging effect1
- Possible protection from UV radiation1,3
- Stimulates healing and skin growth2,3
- May have immune-boosting effects2
Ok, so it’s been used for a long time and it has an incredible list of medical claims to its name – but why use it for eczema?
Eczema sufferers know that when they have a flare-up (sigh), their skin is inflamed, it’s dry and itchy, it’s uncomfortable and their health is compromised. When your skin is dry, flaky or cracked, it makes you more likely to get bacterial or fungal infections2 and if you’re already dealing with an eczema flare-up, the last thing you need to worry about is risking another infection. Using aloe vera or a product that contains aloe vera like Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion can help give your skin extra protection and help soothe it while alleviating some of the itch and discomfort.1 It helps to fight off bacterial and fungal infections, stimulates new skin growth to replace the damaged skin and helps with the inflammation you’re experiencing. Wait, I’m not done! It also gives your skin moisture to counteract the dryness you’re feeling and very simply just helps your damaged skin to heal.
Be Careful of Other Ingredients
Just on a side note – if you’re using a skin lotion that contains aloe vera, make sure the other ingredients it contains are safe and skin friendly like in Skin MD Natural. There’s no point in using aloe vera for your eczema if the other ingredients in the mix are ingredients you want to avoid and cancel out the goodness of the aloe vera.
With any ingredient, you always want to make sure you don’t have an allergy to it before you smooth it on your skin but if you’re lucky enough to have eczema (note the sarcasm!) then it’s totally worth trying aloe vera for eczema. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years and I can’t see it going anywhere for the next few centuries either! Jump on the bandwagon and become an aloe vera fan too! Feel free to try bird droppings instead...but something tells me you’re not going to choose that alternative!https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265800#research