Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer. Many people find that aloe vera gel can hydrate and soothe eczema-damaged skin.

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Individuals often turn to natural remedies, such as aloe vera gel, to soothe patches of eczema.

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes patches of skin to become itchy and irritated. Treatments aim to keep the skin hydrated, reduce inflammation, and prevent skin infections.

This article will look at whether aloe vera gel is effective for eczema, how to use it, its possible risks, and other natural remedies for eczema.

Researchers have long studied aloe vera for its health-promoting properties.

The plant’s skin, flowers, and gel are particularly rich in antioxidants and may speed up the regeneration of damaged skin with topical application.

Several small studies also suggest aloe vera may even heal scrapes and burns when a person applies it to the affected skin area.

According to a 2019 review, aloe vera can also help promote skin integrity and retain skin moisture.

It may also reduce inflammation and has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, which may promote wound healing.

Many people recommend aloe vera as a natural, gentle moisturizer for dry skin. And while few scientific studies have looked at aloe vera’s specific effects on eczema, some evidence shows promising results.

According to a 2015 systematic review, the plant has the following properties that may help with the symptoms of eczema:

Eczema causes the skin to crack and bleed, making a person more likely to get skin infections. The antimicrobial effects of aloe vera may help prevent these infections.

Aloe vera’s wound-healing properties may help patches of broken skin heal more quickly.

A small 2018 study found that an ointment containing a mixture of aloe vera and chamomile could help relieve the symptoms of diaper dermatitis.

However, while natural treatments may reduce eczema symptoms, there is no cure for the condition.

For a person to prevent eczema, it is important to identify the specific causes and triggers and avoid them as much as possible. Individuals can also speak to a doctor about treating and preventing eczema.

People can use aloe vera products in the same way as other moisturizers. However, a person should consult their doctor before trying aloe vera as a treatment in case it may interfere with other topical treatments. In some cases, the substance can actually cause burning, itching, and other symptoms of eczema.

When using aloe vera, a person should apply the gel directly to the affected areas of skin and gently rub it in.

First, they should clean the skin with unscented soap and water, then apply aloe vera to the eczema to prevent the skin from drying out. They can reapply this twice per day or according to a doctor’s recommendations.

Before using any new product, including aloe vera, a person should try it out on a patch of skin first to check for potential allergies.

To get the most natural form of the substance, people can take the gel straight from the leaf of a live aloe vera plant.

People can also find aloe vera gels at pharmacies and in online stores.

They should look for products with a high concentration of pure aloe vera and use products featuring only natural ingredients.

What to look for

Aloe vera gel usually comes with more recommendations than other forms of aloe vera, such as extracts. This is because it has cooling properties and can help soothe and moisturize the skin. A 2019 study suggests that aloe vera gel has the highest level of skin permeation compared with extracts. However, aloe vera extract can still provide many of the same benefits.

It is also important to check the ingredients list carefully when shopping for aloe vera gels or other skin care products.

Products should list aloe vera or aloe juice as the main ingredient. Because products within ingredient listings generally appear in order of quantity, aloe vera should be the top ingredient on the label.

Aloe vera products should also be free from fragrances and alcohol, which can dry and irritate the skin.

Aloe vera is generally safe, but it can cause mild skin reactions, such as itching or burning, in some people.

To avoid these adverse effects, a person can use aloe vera on a small patch of skin first and check for any signs of irritation or allergies. If there are no signs of side effects within a few days, they can apply it to a larger area.

An individual should speak with their doctor if they notice signs that their eczema has contracted an infection. Symptoms of this include:

  • pus
  • increased inflammation
  • pain
  • increased redness
  • hot to touch

According to the National Eczema Association (NEA), the following alternatives may benefit certain symptoms of eczema in adults:

However, the NEA says there is insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of vitamins or supplements for eczema. This may work for one individual but not necessarily for another. Some vitamins or supplements can also cause harm if a person uses them together or with other prescription medications.

Can aloe vera make eczema worse?

Aloe vera is unlikely to worsen eczema unless a person is allergic to it. However, it is always best to perform a patch test by applying a small amount to the skin to check for irritation.

Can aloe vera help treat eczema in children and babies?

Though aloe vera is a common treatment, caregivers should speak with a pediatrician before using new products on a baby or child.

Why is aloe vera good for the skin?

Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants, boosts antimicrobial properties, and supports wound healing. It can also help the skin retain moisture and improve skin integrity.

How does aloe vera help with itching and rashes?

Aloe vera can reduce inflammation, which could help relieve itching and rashes. Additionally, its antimicrobial properties may help protect against infection.

What are other remedies for eczema rashes and itch relief?

Keeping skin moisturized or adding oatmeal, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar to a bath could help relieve itching. Probiotic supplements, vitamins, and topical treatments, such as sunflower and coconut oil, may provide some benefit for eczema. However, it is important to always consult a physician before using these treatments.

Aloe vera gel is a natural moisturizer with antibacterial properties. Using the substance for eczema can hydrate the skin and reduce the risk of the skin acquiring infections.

According to anecdotal evidence and some existing studies, aloe vera may play a role in treating eczema. Health experts also consider it safe, though irritation and rashes can sometimes occur.

It is possible to mix aloe vera with another natural remedy, which may increase its effectiveness.

A person should perform a patch test first to help avoid any potential irritations and allergies. There are also many other natural treatment options available for people whose eczema does not improve following aloe vera treatment.