Benefits of Aloe Vera for Your Skin

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Aloe vera is an herb that originated from ancient Egypt and has been used for centuries to treat various skin disorders, sun burns, and dry skin.  The viscous liquid contained in its leaves can be applied directly to the skin, but is also readily available in commercial preparations. When purchasing these products, check the label to make sure that aloe vera is listed as the main ingredient.  Although it is available over the counter, it is always best to consult a dermatologist before applying it to any serious wounds or burns.

Aloe vera is used for many benefits. It is known for its ability to help heal burns and minor wounds.  It also helps increase wound healing and activates immune cells responsible for fighting off infection as well as soothing the pain and irritation of a burn.  Aloe vera is also used as a natural moisturizer.  When applied directly to the skin, it readily penetrates the skin and increases the amount of oxygen brought to the skin cells. Aloe contains many active constituents including amino acids, fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins C and E, which are important in the process of skin repair.  Aloe also contains salicylates, anti-inflammatory compounds, which are the precursors of salicylic acid and the active ingredient in aspirin.  Aloe is also used to calm irritation of skin, itching, and relieve pain that can come from eczema and psoriasis.

Aloe vera is proven to be very useful and beneficial.  It is used in the treating of burns and wounds, replenishing dry skin, and for the soothing of specific skin diseases. Next time you are at the store, pick up a bottle of aloe vera, or maybe even some aloe plants for your front yard. However, be sure to double check with an experienced dermatologist when dealing with more severe cases.

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- Dr. Gutierrez, MD