Aloe vera is probably one of Australia’s favourite home remedies. It is famous as an after-sun gel and many people break off a leaf to apply the natural gel to sunburn. Aloe vera is a wonderful soothing agent that can be used for more than just sunburn.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is the name given to a variety of succulent plants that have a collection of thick, serrated, sap filled leaves. The leaves can be used in beverages and skincare products.
The most common type of aloe vera plant is aloe barbadensis, and there are several different varieties including:
- Aloe chinensis
- Aloe elongata
- Aloe flava
- Aloe indica
- Aloe lanzae
- Aloe rubescens
- Aloe vulgaris
Aloe vera is often marketed as natural, pure, chemical free and sometimes organic. Remember that none of these statements are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, nor do they guarantee product efficacy or safety on your skin.
“The antimicrobial properties of aloe vera also make it an excellent option for acne treatment. Not only will aloe vera help to prevent acne, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the skin inflammation caused by acne.” New Health Guide on Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is said to have antimicrobial properties and it is one of the reasons why it is popular as a treatment for acne and skin lesions. Couple that with its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties and aloe vera remains popular amongst people with inflammatory acne.
Is there any truth to the claim that aloe vera is an antibacterial?
Yes – Indeed there is scientific evidence to support that is does have antibacterial properties.
“The healing properties of aloe vera gel can additionally help to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with sunburn. It serves to restore your skin’s natural moisture and also acts as a protective barrier against further damage.” New Health Guide on Aloe Vera
Applying aloe vera gel has a very cool sensation on the skin which can feel very relieving irritated skin because of sunburn or waxing. The cool gel either directly from the plant or in a store bought product has a high water content and can provide vital moisture to inflamed skin. It is also a good idea to apply aloe vera after any sun exposure to help renourish and repair the skin.
Aloe vera can be found in a number of Dermalogica skin care products available here at ENT Clinic. Call us today to make an appointment with our skincare nurse on 1300 123 368 for a FREE skincare consultation with Dermalogica Facemapping. Contact us today!