Aloe vera is one of about 400 species of aloe, a succulent plant grown in the Caribbean, South Africa and South America, and is a common houseplant in the United States and other countries. It has been used for thousands of years to soothe the skin and aid in healing, but its soothing properties were only recently discovered in the United States, about 60 years ago.
Aloe for the Relief of Itching and Rash
- Aloe vera is readily available in lotions, gels, and soaps. These may be applied as often as needed to reduce redness and relieve itching. You may also use pure aloe by cutting the tip off an aloe plant and rubbing the gel directly on the skin, or by scooping out the slimy inside of the plant and pureeing in the blender, then applying to the skin.
Why It Works
Aloe vera is a deep moisturizer, able to penetrate the skin quickly. It leaves a thin layer on top of the skin, sealing in moisture and sealing out irritants. It also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, reducing redness and irritation, and aiding in skin renewal.
In rare cases aloe can cause an allergic reaction, which may cause skin irritation or rash. Stop use if rash worsens.
Aloe vera health benefits