Is Aloe Vera Good For Psoriasis?

by | Jul 14, 2020 | Blog

Is Aloe Vera Good For Psoriasis

Is Aloe Vera Good For Psoriasis

Aloe Vera is a well known plant that is frequently recommended for its healing properties. From treating sunburn to Syringoma this plant can do wonders for your skin. However, the property it is perhaps most well known for is its ability to soothe us when skin is damaged or burned.

This often makes it a helpful option for people suffering from Psoriasis. Especially when the desire to itch can be overwhelming. Let’s take a look at the benefits and see if aloe vera really is good for psoriasis.

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Aloe Vera Benefits

Firstly, let’s get straight into the question, Is Aloe Vera good for psoriasis? In short, as long as you don’t suffer from an allergy then it’s likely to be.

Aloe vera can can help to reduce the symptoms of a psoriasis flare-up. It acts as a lubricating agent which will help keep your skin hydrated and reduce flare ups.

In fact, there have been various studies that asses the value of Aloe Vera. They found that aloe vera was actually more effective than a steroid cream (0.1 percent triamcinolone acetonide). In particular, when treating moderate cases of psoriasis.

If thats not convincing enough then maybe this will help… A study from 2018 analysed how aloe vera performed when treating psoriasis versus a placebo. The results were surprisingly good! In 64% of the cases, the aloe vera cream completely cleared the psoriasis and in a further 22% it showed a good response (some lesions had disappeared).

Of course, we cannot guarantee that Aloe vera will work wonders for you but the studies are certainly starting to lean in its favor. The National Psoriasis Foundation also recommends aloe vera and suggests looking for a cream that contains at least 0.5% aloe vera.

Consult an online dermatologist today and get an answer on your skin concern within hours.


How To Use

Since it is increasingly likely that aloe vera is good for psoriasis. Lets take a look at how to use it.

Use is quite simple really, this is not a hydrocortisone so there is no risk of thinning the skin. We would suggest:

  • Applying generously to the lesions
  • Aim to apply 2 – 3 times a day
  • Use daily

We would recommend stopping after a couple of weeks to assess any improvements. It may help to take a photo of your skin before and after so you can compare. It is worth noting that sometimes, using aloe vera for too long can cause redness. However, most studies treated patients for 12 weeks and significant improvements were seen.

Orally has not been shown to have any real benefit so stick to topical creams when treating your psoriasis.

Are there any risks?

We can be quite certain that aloe vera is good for psoriasis but like anything we apply to our skin, there are some risks.

Some people do have an allergic reaction to aloe vera so we suggest testing on a small patch of skin before applying to your lesions. If you notice any form of rash then stop using the cream immediately.

Otherwise, aloe vera is safe for any one to use.

Consult an online dermatologist today and get an answer on your skin concern within hours.


Remember to get checked

We always recommend that you speak to a professional about your skin problems before diving into treatment of your own. Unfortunately, waiting times and high costs can hinder us when all we want and need is a quick answer.

Fortunately, however, we’re here to help. We can check any skin concern within hours to give you peace of mind. The opinion of a board certified professional is likely to be all you need as the majority of skin problems can be treated over the counter. Speak to our dermatologists today.

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