Aloe vera is perhaps one of the most widely used herbal remedies for topical skin conditions. This is because the gel-like components of the plant are known to heal the skin from a variety of minor ailments.
It contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne, and dry skin. The enzymes in aloe vera help to make the skin smoother by exfoliating it and getting rid of lines and wrinkles. It is a tropical medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years to treat skin conditions, such as wounds and burns.
Some of its benefits are:
1. Helps treat inflammatory acne
Due to the anti-inflammatory effects of aloe vera, the gel may help treat inflammatory acne. Apply the gel with a cotton swab directly to the pimple three times daily.
2. Helps treat cold sores
Unlike canker sores, cold sores develop on the outside of your mouth. Aloe vera may help treat the herpes virus, which is also the underlying cause of cold sores. Apply a small amount of the gel to your cold sore twice daily until it goes away.
3. Helps treat dry skin
Aloe vera absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin. However, it can help treat dry skin, too. Consider swapping out your regular moisturizer for aloe after bathing to help seal moisture into your skin.
4. Helps treat sunburn
Aloe vera is so effective at soothing burns that it’s sometimes referred to as the burn plant. The clear gel that fills the thick leaves of the plant can be used to help with the healing process of a sunburn.
Caution- Don’t use it on the infected skin. While the gel has microbial properties, its protective layer can disrupt the healing process and make an infection worse.