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Doctor insights on: Aloe Vera Benefits For The Skin And Mucus Membranes

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Does aloe vera really help your skin?

Does aloe vera really help your skin?

Aloe Vera for Skin: Not significantly to my knowledge. However, aloe vera can have a cooling, soothing effect. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Aloe Lotion (Definition)

Aloe gel, made from the central part of the aloe leaf, is a common household remedy for minor cuts and burns, as well as sunburns. It can be found in many commercial skin lotions and cosmetics. Aloe contains active compounds that may decrease pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair. For this reason, aloe vera gel has gained tremendous popularity for relief of burns, with individual success in helping minor burns. In one study, burn sites treated with aloe healed completely in less than 16 days compared to 19 days for sites treated with silver sulfadiazine. In a review of the scientific literature, researchers found that patients who were treated with aloe vera healed an average of almost 9 days sooner than those who weren't treated with the medicinal plant. However, other studies show mixed results, including at least one study that found aloe actually delayed healing. Aloe is best used for minor burns and skin irritations, and should never be applied ...Read more


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Does 100% aloe vera gel hydrate skin or dry it out?

Does 100% aloe vera gel hydrate skin or dry it out?

Hydrate: Aloe vera is very soothing to skin. It offers some hydration, but it not typically used for its emollient / humectant abilities. ...Read more

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Is the aloe vera drink really good for you and dry skin?

Is the aloe vera drink really good for you and dry skin?

Probably not much: Aloe vera can be soothing to burns and dry skin but has its best benefits when directly applied. I would suspect thant most of it would be excreted or not treat the affected area in oral form. There are many excellent treatments for dry skin, including topical moisturizers and prescription treatments. Seeing your doctor can guide you to the best choice. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I use aloe vera for cracked dry skin?

Please tell me, could I use aloe vera for cracked dry skin?

Aloe Vera: Although side effects are not common with aloe ; it is used to treat some skin conditions, it has the potential to cause skin irritation. ...Read more

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Which is better to hydrate the skin aloe vera gel or lanolin?

Which is better to hydrate the skin aloe vera gel or lanolin?

Likely Lanolin.: Although side effects are not common with aloe ; it is used to treat some skin conditions, it has the potential to cause skin irritation. ...Read more

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Is aloe vera lotion good for body skin such as even skin tone smooth skin & blemishes ?

Is aloe vera lotion good for body skin such as even skin tone smooth skin & blemishes ?

Not necessarily: Aloe (straight from the plant) can be helpful for healing burns or abrasions. But it is not an acne treatment. Some people can have significant sensitivity to aloe. Take care. ...Read more

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Is aloe vera helpful for sun burned skin?

Yes: Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory acids. Aloe vera soothes inflammed, burned or irritated skin 7 decreases the chance of skin infections. ...Read more

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I was wondering is aloe vera ok for rosacea skin?

I was wondering is aloe vera ok for rosacea skin?

Yrs: Pure organic aloe is well tolerated by sensitive skin including rosacea. Unfortunately it does not treat rosacea. Metrogel, mirvasol and intense pulse light lasers are some treatment options to discuss with a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Should a person who has skin that is sensitive to aloe take aloe vera for acid reflux?

Not a good idea: If you are sensitive to aloe on your skin, i would definitely avoid taking it by mouth. Even if you didn't trigger any problems by ingesting it, you could have a contact sensitivity at the other end of the digestive system, something to avoid! ...Read more

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WIll aloe vera foster the regeneration of facial skin? Can i put aloe vera on previously wounded area?

WIll aloe vera foster the regeneration of facial skin? Can i put aloe vera on previously wounded area?

Aloe vera contains: plant sterols, and works well on inflamed skin from burns, sunburn, laser to reduce heat. So depends what you mean by regeneration of facial tissue? It is helpful at rehydrating skin that = needs cooling after being in the sun or laser.It doesn't per se regenerate skin, as the turnover of skin is about 7 days, and it's occurring from below.The keratin layer on top doesn't rejuvenate from aloe use. ...Read more

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I blend a piece of aloe vera with the skin on with fruits and milk, it there any health risk with the aloe?

I blend a piece of aloe vera with the skin on with fruits and milk, it there any health risk with the aloe?

Yes: Aloe vera, while a great home remedy used on skin for treating sunburn, can have toxic properties when ingested. The sap from the aloe vera contains aloin, which can cause irritation of the intestines leading to diarrhea. Misuse may lead to severe electrolyte loss, which is why the fda has banned the use of aloin in over-the-counter laxatives. ...Read more

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Can I use aloe Vera for tightening up the skin? I've lost 66lbs and need to lose more, but I like to tighten my skin as I lose weight.

The aloe Vera: is not likely to have significant effect. As it dries, it can pull skin a little taughter but that does not mean that it is lessening extra skin. ...Read more

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Hello, i have popped a pimple so bad that the skin tore off, i tried puttting neospirin, aloe vera but the skin hasn't grown back, its been two months?

Hello, i have popped a pimple so bad that the skin tore off, i tried puttting neospirin, aloe vera but the skin hasn't grown back, its been two months?

Exam needed: Since this is a nonhealing lesion, it should be evaluated by a physician. Was the original lesion a simple pimple or another type of lesion such as a cyst,herpes or nodule? In the future I urge you not to pop pimples as this can create other problems. ...Read more

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Is drinking aloe vera and amla juice is really beneficial for skin?

Juice vs topical.: Aloe vera juice can assist with digestion if ingested prior to a meal. It can be used to prevent ; treat constipation. Aloe vera is reported to help some types of anemia. Some studies suggest that it may be helpful with weight loss ; lowering blood glucose levels. ** topical aloe vera soothes inflamed, burned ; irritated skin ; reduces the chance of skin infections. ...Read more

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Can aloe vera help me remove acne and have clear skin? Need expert opinions!

Can aloe vera help me remove acne and have clear skin? Need expert opinions!

Aloe vera: Will not cure acne. It may v redness/ swelling of lesions. However, be aware of potential for skin irritation as a side effect. ...Read more

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Other moisturizers make my skin break out, will aloe vera gel be effective for me?

?maybe: It is difficult to predict if you will have a reaction to aloe vera gel. You may try using it on a non-conspicuous area for a few days and see if you have a reaction. If you do not, then you should be fine using it as needed for moisturizing effects. ...Read more

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I am currently using brevoxyl and my skin gets kinda irritated ..Can I use an aloe vera gel after i apply the peroxide to make the irritation go away?

Options: Firstly, you should apply any acne medicine 30 minutes after cleansing and no more than a pea-sized drop in total. If irritation is still occurring then you may want to not use benzoyl peroxide. Gel products are drying, and creams are less. Another option is to cleanse, apply a non comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer like cereve lotion, then wait 30 minutes and apply your acne product over that. ...Read more

Using Aloe (Definition)

The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. It is grown in most subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today. However, oral use of aloe for constipation is no longer recommended, as it can ...Read more


Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more