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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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What are the benefits of using aloe vera on your face?

What are the benefits of using aloe vera on your face?

Aloe vera: Aloe vera can be used as a burn treatment. It contains anti-inflammatory acids. Aloe vera soothes inflammed, burned skin and irritated skin and reduces the chance of skin infections. ...Read more

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I m using aloe vera gel of u.S based company forever living.I live in india.Is this recognised in u.S?Nd tell benefits of using this nd procedure..Tks

Aloe vera is: Exceptionally helpful for some types of burn healing. Here is the issue - most popular products containing aloe vera don't have a high enough concentration to get the job done well. Thus, using the sap from an actual aloe vera plant is the best way to go. ...Read more

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I am experiencing redness due to toothpaste left overnight. Happened 3 days ago, wont go away. Using Aloe Vera, wont work. Have grad next week and need it to go away asap?

I am experiencing redness due to toothpaste left overnight. Happened 3 days ago, wont go away. Using Aloe Vera, wont work. Have grad next week and need it to go away asap?

Redness: I'm assuming the redness is on your lips or face? If you want the best chance of it going away in time see a Dermatologist right away. If not and still there for graduation, consider makeup? ...Read more

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Will using Aloe Vera help with my hair growth on my natural hair?

Will using Aloe Vera help with my hair growth on my natural hair?

Not likely: As remarkable as aloe can be - know of no studies that show it causes increased hair growth. ...Read more

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Could using Aloe Vera as an after shave have given me a yeast infection?

Could using Aloe Vera as an after shave have given me a yeast infection?

Not likely: While anything is possible, aloe vera is felt to have anti-fungal properties, making it less likely to cause a yeast infection, and possible treat one. Are your using clean razor blades, as it's possible that a shared, reused razor blades could expose you to a fungus/yeast infection! ...Read more

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I have a sunburn and I am using aloe Vera and I'm peeling and seeing white spots. Should i be worried? Is there anything i can use to make not visible

I have a sunburn and I am using aloe Vera and I'm peeling and seeing white spots. Should i be worried? Is there anything i can use to make not visible

Dead skin cells: Unfortunately, a skin burn is 'bad news' for the skin- it's damaged and now sloughing off... so you will see the dead skin particles coming off. There's not much you can do about that... aloe might 'mask' some of the dry flakiness by adding moisture. The real issue is prevention of sunburn in the first place. It can damage skin longer term and cause cancer with repeated sunburns. See derma if Q's. ...Read more

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Can scare on my legs over 20 years be remove completely using aloe vera and honey mixtures?

Scars are permanent: Your mature scar will not have any change with any topical mixture. The only way to get some improvement is with a laser or surgical scar revision. No one can completely remove the scar, they can only make it look better. ...Read more

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Showered 1 day & my chest started burning, it left scabs that fell off, now I have dark marks on chest. Using aloe Vera & cocoa butter. Will it work?

Showered 1 day & my chest started burning, it left scabs that fell off, now I have dark marks on chest. Using aloe Vera & cocoa butter. Will it work?

NO: What is on your chest? Acne? There are effective treatments for acne. You are using benzoyl peroxide and doxycycline. I doubt that you have rosacea. Aloe and butter will not help you. If your present treatment is not effective you can change. Spironolactone will probably work well. If not you can rescue from acne with isotretinoin. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do you think using Aloe Vera & Vitamin E cream would be a help? for white spots on my chest and neck?

Won't hurt: but you can have this followed as this can be any number of issues such as vitiligo (if you have family hx, autoimmune problems), tinea versicolor (fungal infection), idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis (usually seen on sun exposed areas) or pityriasis alba (white in summer and becomes dry and reddish/scaly in winter - seen in teenagers) or Nevis depigmentosus (hair in discolored area is white) ...Read more

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I used an antibacterial black soap on my face to get rid of acne and my skin didn't react to well to it. Two days later my skin started to peel off.Then im getting these facial scabs that really burn.Im using aloe vera right now but it dosent seem to work

1st/2nd degree burn : You describe a first or deep first or superficial second degree burn from using the soap. Just like a sun burn it takes time to heal. Usually 7-10 days if not infected. Keep the area clean, try not to touch it, wash your hands frequently, and let your skin heal. Topical antibiotics like neosporin or bactroban (mupirocin) aid in the healing without promoting infection. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of aloe vera juice?

Aloe vera juice: I understand your concern about Aloe Vera and side effects. Aloe latex can cause stomach pain and cramps. Long-term use of large amounts of aloe latex might cause diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss, and heart disturbances. Taking aloe latex 1 gram per day for several days can be fatal. Please see your Physician. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from aloe Vera juice?

Are there any side effects from aloe Vera juice?

Yes, esp. if...: Most aloe juice is made from the gel and this is generally safe in moderation. However, some juice contains anthraquinones from the latex near the skin; this is a powerful laxative that can lower potassium and even at times cause hepatitis and kidney problems. Even just the gel can cause allergies in some and may lower blood sugar (good for diabetics). See http://tinyurl.com/zcusu5o for details. ...Read more

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Can I use aloe vera gel for face &hair ? Benefits & side effects of aloe vera gel on face & hair?

Can I use aloe vera gel for face &hair ? Benefits & side effects of aloe vera gel on face & hair?

Aloe: Aloe is considered safe for both skin, hair and if properly prepared for drinking. Be sure quality and validity of ingredients. ...Read more

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Our pediatrician recommended 1/2 tsp of raw aloe vera juice 1-3 x daily for our 4 month old with GERD symptoms. Is this safe? Side effects?

No : Aloe is potentially unsafe by mouth for adults. Infants of this age is not recommended to use preparations that may contain contaminants as well. It also may function as a laxative and cause unnecessary weight and water loss. Lastly, there are latex components which are not advisable to exposure. ...Read more

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What are the dangers or concerns of using aloe vera on a cut or wound when you are pregnant?

What are the dangers or concerns of using aloe vera on a cut or wound when you are pregnant?

Low: Although oral (by mouth) aloe is contraindicated during pregnancy, the chances of affecting your pregnancy by using topical (on the skin) aloe are very low. ...Read more

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I've been using aloe gel and the black spots still showed up on my shoulder?

I've been using aloe gel and the black spots still showed up on my shoulder?

Black spots: A big red flag goes up when patients say they have "black spots on their shoulder". See a doctor immediately for a skin exam to make sure these do not represent melanoma, a skin cancer. Learn about the ABCD's of melanoma here: http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer ...Read more

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What can you do for sunburn that doesn't involve using aloe?

What can you do for sunburn that doesn't involve using aloe?

Sunburn: V pain by placing cool, moist compresses on skin. Nsaid's ; Acetaminophen can help. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used for itching. Hydrate well ; don't peel off deep layers. ...Read more

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I get acne in areas where I shave despite cleansing and using aloe. Would epilating or at-home lasers be better?

I get acne in areas where I shave despite cleansing and using aloe. Would epilating or at-home lasers be better?

Scientific Rx: Aloe and washing aren't effective for acne in spite of the junk that's online. If this is really acne and not beard folliculitis like a lot of guys, you need to treat it as such. Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerable is your best friend; a salicylic acid wash or topical retinoic acid. This should help. If you're not clear in two weeks, get seen by your personal physician. ...Read more

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Recent sunburn (last weekend) it's still red, peeling, but but it's light brown now. I'm using aloe and cream. Is this normal?

Absolutely.: Skin pigment changes are expected after UV exposure, even if excessive exposure causes some initial inflammation, "burn". Best to avoid the burn, with is more likely to be associated with subsequent skin cancer than the pigment changes of a more gradual exposure. ...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