When you have eczema, the only thing you really want is relief. Like many eczema sufferers out there, I’m sure you have spent countless hours researching anything that can provide a break from the itching and dryness. Many have found relief through natural remedies for eczema like aloe vera, which has been a popular treatment discussed among the eczema community.
Today’s post will discuss the many benefits of aloe vera for eczema. Do you use aloe for eczema? Let us know in the comment section below this post!
Please keep in mind that although these tips have worked for many eczema sufferers, I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a tropical plant that produces a gel within its leaves that contains over 75 nutrients as well as vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Although most commonly used for sunburns and rashes, aloe can be used to heal other skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and even gastric problems. Because aloe vera has a natural, cooling effect, using it on eczema prone skin can be oh so soothing.
Aloe Vera and Eczema = Relief!
Why does using aloe vera for eczema treatments work so well?
Hydrates the skin – Because aloe contains around 99% water, it can provide additional skin hydration. Eczema strips the skin of its moisture and leaves it feeling rough, dry and cracked. By keeping skin moist, the eczema has a chance to heal.
Reduces infection – Aloe vera contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberllins. These two hormones provide both wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help cracked or wounded skin heal faster. With eczema, it is always important to keep the affected area clean and free of bacteria, as to reduce the chance of a staph infection.
Soothes the itch/burn – With it’s naturally cooling gel, as well as anti-inflammation properties, aloe can help soothe itchy, red skin. It can also greatly reduce the itch-scratch cycle that is common in most eczema cases.
Where to find Aloe Vera?
Today, many products use aloe vera as a main ingredient to shorten healing time as well as to soothe skin. However, you can easily extract aloe vera yourself.
The aloe vera plant can be found at a variety of health stores and supermarkets. All you do is cut the leave and squeeze out the gel. If you’d rather not bother with the plant itself, there are many natural aloe vera treatments for eczema you can use instead.
One of our favorites is this Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray that is both vegan and GMO free. This is one cooling and refreshing treat for your skin! Store it in the refrigerator between uses for an extra boost of refreshment.
Use Caution When Using Aloe For Eczema
Although aloe vera can be used for a variety of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, beware of where you purchase aloe vera skin products. Many of the aloe gels and creams found in the drugstore contain alcohol that can burn your skin when applying to an open eczema wound, so just keep your eyes open and read the ingredients lists. None of the products we recommend contain alcohol.
Be sure to remember that although aloe vera may provide temporary relief to eczema pain or itching, it most likely will not fully heal your eczema. Running an elimination diet or visiting a naturopath for an allergy test will help you heal your eczema from the inside out. To find out more about healing your eczema from within, check out these fantastic reads from Karen Fischer, The Eczema Detox.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.