Aloe Vera is considered a natural skin treatment for various skin disorders but notably for dry skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. While aloe vera may not succeed in curing psoriasis or eczema, it is one of a number of natural skin care products that work to alleviate dry skin conditions. The benefits of aloe vera taken internally and/or the use of topical aloe vera lotion may provide a natural psoriasis treatment or relief of eczema symptoms.

Aloe Vera and Psoriasis

Psoriasis is generally considered incurable. However, aloe vera has been used as a psoriasis treatment with some success. While aloe vera doesn’t cure psoriasis, it can work to control psoriasis symptoms. Both taking aloe vera internally and application of aloe vera lotions are recommended for maximum effectiveness.

Psoriasis is a recurrent skin condition that affects around 2% of the population in the UK. In simple terms, it is an acceleration of the usual replacement processes of the skin. Normally a skin cell matures in 21 to 28 days during its passage to the surface where a constant invisible shedding of dead cells, as scales, takes place. Psoriatic cells, however, are believed to turn over in two to three days and in such profusion that even live cells reach the surface and accumulate with the dead cells in visible layers. Psoriasis affects both sexes equally. It may appear for the first time at any age, although it is more likely to appear between the ages of 11 and 45.

Aloe Vera and Eczema

Aloe vera is a time-honoured eczema treatment, dating back to the ancient Egyptians.

Eczema, or dermatitis as it is sometimes called, is a group of skin conditions which can affect all age groups. In the United Kingdom, up to one fifth of all children of school age have eczema, along with about one in twelve of the adult population. The severity of the disease can vary. In mild forms the skin is dry, hot and itchy, whilst in more severe forms the skin can become broken, raw and bleeding. Although it can sometimes look unpleasant, eczema is not contagious. With treatment the inflammation of eczema can be reduced, though the skin will always be sensitive to flare-ups and need extra care.

Aloe Vera and Dry Skin Conditions

The causes of dry skin conditions are numerous and may be temporary (a reaction to chemicals or products, such as bleach) or may be more serious allergic or medical conditions which require further consideration. The benefits of aloe vera is identified throughout the cosmetics and skincare industries because of its excellent results in treating skin disorders and it is now prevalent in products for washing, toiletries and all aspects of personal care.

Which Aloe Vera Products Should I Use?

Aloe vera gel drinks are believed to aid the repair cell tissue. Topical Aloe Vera treatments could be equally beneficial to skin care and repair. In all cases products with a ‘high’ aloe vera content are recommended.

Aloe vera leaf gel can be applied directly to skin but may have an astringent effect so application of an aloe vera moisturising lotion may also be required in this case.

For regular washing and cleaning, there are a variety of aloe based soaps, bath and shower products that can provide non-abrasive and soothing benefits of aloe vera to the skin.