Aloe vera, a popular herbal remedy for skin issues, offers a range of benefits when applied topically. The plant’s gel components are known for their healing properties, aiding in the recovery of various minor skin problems.
Derived from the aloe plant, the gel used in over-the-counter (OTC) products is primarily sourced from a species called aloe barbadensis Miller. This gel can be used directly from the leaves or in ready-to-use gels containing soothing additives like echinacea and calendula.
Here are 10 benefits of using aloe vera on your face:
Burns: Applying aloe vera gel up to three times daily aids minor burn healing.
Sunburn: Aloe vera soothes sunburn, though it’s not a substitute for daily sun protection.
Small Abrasions: Quick relief from pain and burning sensations can be found by applying aloe vera up to three times a day.
Cuts: Aloe vera’s molecular structure accelerates wound healing, reducing scarring. Apply it up to three times daily.
Dry Skin: Aloe vera is easily absorbed, making it great for both oily and dry skin. Use after bathing to lock in moisture.
Frostbite: While historical uses exist, consult a doctor before using aloe vera for frostbite.
Cold Sores: Applying a small amount of aloe vera gel to cold sores twice daily can aid in their healing.
Eczema: Aloe vera’s moisturizing effects provide relief for dry, itchy skin associated with eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.
Psoriasis: Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties can alleviate itching and inflammation from psoriasis.
Inflammatory Acne: Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory effects can help treat forms of inflammatory acne. Apply directly to pimples three times daily.
Avoid using aloe vera on infected skin, as its protective layer can hinder healing and exacerbate infections.
Re-reported from the article originally published in Healthline