Aloe vera is a trusted plant for more than 6,000 years due to its health benefits. It is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It is also known to have soothing, hydrating, and healing properties. This is why some health professionals recommend the use of aloe vera for some rashes on the skin.
Aloe vera is a practical home remedy for treatment of certain types of rashes. But aloe vera won’t work to treat or heal every kind of rash. It doesn’t replace treatments prescribed by your doctor.
What kind of rashes aloe vera can help with treating?
If general irritation is causing your rash, like from an allergy, aloe vera might work to soothe itching and inflammation. It might as well improve the appearance of the rash. But keep in mind that aloe vera can’t cure an allergic reaction. Aloe vera alone won’t work.
Researchers concluded that the use of aloe vera as a home remedy for diaper rash was supported due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It appears safe for use on most babies older than 3 months. However, you should still ask your pediatrician if you have reservations.
With its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties, you can use aloe vera as a home remedy for heat rash and sunburns.
How to use aloe vera for rashes?
You just only need the aloe vera gel that can be found inside the aloe vera plant. Extract the aloe vera gel out of the aloe vera plant by using a sharp or serrated knife to cut the plant, then scoop the aloe vera gel inside using a spoon.
Apply the aloe vera gel directly to the affected area and wait for it to dry. You can apply it twice per day and see if it helps reduce the symptoms.
Just a precaution, you must know if you are allergic to aloe vera before applying it on your skin. You can check if you are allergic to aloe vera by applying a small amount of aloe vera gel on your knee or elbow. Look for any irritation or inflammation. If this happens do not use it and ask for your doctor for another way to treat your rash. If you are allergic to onion or garlic, you are most likely allergic as well to aloe vera.
You can buy aloe vera extracts and products on drugstore or online. Moisturizing Organic Aloe Vera is available at Arishine Beauty shop for a cheap price. It is organic and safe to use to any skin types, as long as you are not allergic to aloe vera.