Aloe vera is a medicinal plant used since 1500 BC in many countries such as Greece, China, and Mexico. It also has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine for various diseases and skin lesions.3 It belongs to the Liliaceae family; it is similar to Cactus and is an herbaceous and perennial plant with thick, fleshy long leaves. The Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used Aloe vera as part of their regular beauty regime.4
Scientific studies have shown that the gel can increase flexibility and reduce the fragility of the skin.4 Additionally, mucopolysaccharides along with amino acids and zinc present in Aloe vera can promote skin integrity, moisture retention, erythema reduction, and helps to prevent skin ulcers.12 Aloe vera is known for its anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and skin protection as well as wound healing properties.6
Considering the availability of several clinical trials on the effect of Aloe vera on the prevention and healing of skin wounds, as well as its popularity among people and widespread use in the cosmetic industry, the present study aimed to review research studies on this topic.
The Effect of Aloe Vera - Clinical Trials review.
Published studies, in both the English and Persian languages from 1990 to 2016, using Aloe vera gel, cream, or derivatives that had included a control group in which a placebo was used or a comparison with other treatments made, were included in the study.
The results of the studies showed that Aloe vera has been effectively used to prevent skin ulcers and to treat burn wounds, postoperative wounds, cracked nipples, genital herpes, psoriasis, and chronic wounds including pressure ulcers.
Considering the evidence surrounding Aloe vera and its compounds, one can conclude it can be used to retain skin moisture and integrity and to prevent ulcers. It appears that the application of Aloe vera, can also improve wound healing and promote the health of your skin.
Aloe vera is a medicinal plant, traditionally used to improve skin integrity.
Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory, skin protection, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic, and wound healing properties.
Aloe vera is used to retain skin moisture and integrity.
Briefed by Michael Small, MD
Source: US National Library of Medicine