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Using Aloe (Overview)

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 have severe side effects.


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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

Using Aloe (Overview)

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 have severe side effects.


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Hi I was planning on using aloe to help loose weight because I've been gaining weight really fast. Will it help me to loose fat fast with some exercis?

Hi I was planning on using aloe to help loose weight because I've been gaining weight really fast. Will it help me to loose fat fast with some exercis?

To Lose Weight: Gaining weight fast could be due to overeating to cope with worry, fear, sadness, resentment, loneliness, or low self-esteem.

Aloe Vera may result in weight loss due to its laxative effect. It can result in electrolyte imbalances causing numbness, weak muscles,
•Exercise will help, slowly increase pace
Diet 1500 Cal/day
•Therapy
•Be patient
•Set goal of losing 1-2 lbs/week
Respect yourself! ...Read more

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Can I know if the redness and uneven skin texture caused by BP permenant? I've been using aloe as a mositurizer on the affected area for mths but have not seen any improvement. I stopped using BP for the time too. I'm really concern if it will fade.

Can I know if the redness and uneven skin texture caused by BP permenant? I've been using aloe as a mositurizer on the affected area for mths but have not seen any improvement. I stopped using BP for the time too. I'm really concern if it will fade.

Usually fades: I am assuming that the "BP" stands for Benzoyl Peroxide. Any skin changes from this should be temporary. An old fashion treatment that helps is whole milk soaks. Wrap ice in a wash cloth and then soak it in whole milk. Apply this compress to the area twice a day for about 5 minutes each time. This should help. ...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'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 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 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?

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

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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, won't go away. Using Aloe Vera, won't 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, won't go away. Using Aloe Vera, won't 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?

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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I got a bikini wax yesterday and I'm pretty itchy today. I've been using aloe for the burn. Is there anything else I can use or stick to that?

I got a bikini wax yesterday and I'm pretty itchy today. I've been using aloe for the burn. Is there anything else I can use or stick to that?

Hydrocortisone: 1% hydrocortisone can help with the itching after a bikini wax. If there is an allergic component, the non-sedating antihistamines like zyrtec and allegra (fexofenadine) can also help. Hope you feel better fast. ...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 am using aloe vera gel instead of shampoo. Direct apply of aloe vera gel will make hair lose?

I am using aloe vera gel instead of shampoo. Direct apply of aloe vera gel will make hair lose?

No: The gel will not clean your hair or scalp either. It is not a substitute for shampoo. ...Read more

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Hi I've been trying to loose weight and I want to start using aloe to help bust weight can I do so while breast feeding?

Not recommended: Mayo clinic has a nice review of side effects of aloe: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/drugs-supplements/aloe/safety/hrb-20058665. You may find that you can jump start some weight loss if you focus on drinking plenty of water, limit carbs to one serving daily of whole grains daily except for vegetables and fresh fruit, and eat lean meats. Supplement calcium or drink skim milk. ...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

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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I have 2 small cuts on my hand I'm using antiseptic cream on them I'm also using aloe Vera aswell how long will they take 2 heal thanks?

I have 2 small cuts on my hand I'm using antiseptic cream on them I'm also using aloe Vera aswell how long will they take 2 heal thanks?

Varies: Wound healing is dependent on host factors such as nutritional status. If there are no complications such as infection, it should heal quickly. Keep it clean and dry. ...Read more

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Had mild pimples on my face, been using aloe gel but still have red scars and you can see then more as I am fair any suggestions to clear them up?

Had mild pimples on my face, been using aloe gel but still have red scars and you can see then more as I am fair any suggestions to clear them up?

Dermatologist: A dermatologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat any pathology, but if no significant active skin disorder is found, I recommend that you consult a skilled cosmetologist for advice about facial skin care and good products to make up with. ...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 got a really bad sunburn 4 days ago & my feet & ankles are still swollen. I'm using aloe gel & taking ibuprofen, anything more I should be doing?

I got a really bad sunburn 4 days ago & my feet & ankles are still swollen. I'm using aloe gel & taking ibuprofen, anything more I should be doing?

Aloe: I agree w dr. Miller. Just to let you know - aloe products usually need to contain at least 90% aloe for the aloe to do it's work. Very few products on the market have this concentration. As a result - it is best to have your own aloe plant. Break open the thick leaves and the sap will drip out. Take care. ...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. I'm 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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I have got skin irritation from acne treatments that had caused uneven skin tone on my face. Can I know if it will subside on its own? I have been using aloe vera and also a serum that contains niacinamide, vitC, retinol, hyaluronic and salicylic acid.

I have got skin irritation from acne treatments that had caused uneven skin tone on my face. Can I know if it will subside on its own? I have been using aloe vera and also a serum that contains niacinamide, vitC, retinol, hyaluronic and salicylic acid.

Acne: What you're applying is ok and can add vitamin e cream daily as a regimen. Acne can scar too and can be permanent but usually fades out in time. The acne RX is a drying agent and can redden and dry the skin so avoid.
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