Treating Psoriasis with Aloe Vera

“Today, about 7.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from this chronic condition, caused by cell buildup that is not just on the surface but goes deeper, often bringing joint pain from psoriatic arthritis. Further, asthma, diabetes, heart disease and even depression have been traced back to psoriasis.”

 

But a 2015 review of several studies6 produced evidence that aloe vera exhibits benefits for this painful malady, and other skin conditions, as well. Among them:

  • Wound healing — Properties related to a compound called glucomannan help accelerate wound healing and skin cell growth.
  • Skin hydration — Keeping skin irritations moist and hydrated always feels better, and aloe vera gel does that. One study7 showed it to be effective even when applying it only once. However, continuous use tends to lessen its hydrating effects.
  • Inflammation reduction — A 2008 study,8 while not focusing specifically on aloe vera’s role in treating psoriasis, showed the gel to be more effective than a placebo in treating skin conditions, including UV-induced erythema or skin reddening due to the dilation of blood vessels.
  • Collagen production — Studies show aloe vera helps your skin stay firm and elastic by making more collagen.

Click to read the original article by Dr. Mercola

Sources: 

“Aloe Vera Effective for Most Psoriasis” by Dr. Mercola

 

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