So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.
Now a lot of us have had the experience of when we were a kid, and we got burned on the stove, or something that our mom went and got the aloe vera plant, ripped it open, and put it right on the wound. Why? Why do we use aloe vera? It’s actually one of these amazing compounds that nature has made that will decrease the inflammation in an area. And it is amazing, it doesn’t seem to have any long-term side effects.
Now, the anti-inflammation properties of aloe vera, they’re not quite as good as some of the prescription steroids we have. In fact, the anti-inflammation properties of aloe vera is about one-quarter the inflammation properties of over-the-counter hydrocortisone. But the great thing is it’s all-natural, it’s really cheap, it’s a renewable resource if you keep the plant in your house, and it doesn’t seem to have any long-term side effects like long term steroid use does.
Now in the same token, if you get a mild sunburn, sometimes you can use some of these aloe vera products that are put in a bottle at your local health food store, and they’ll work okay. I still like to find the ones that are right from nature source, or you just break it off the leaf and put it right on the area. So if you get a burn or scrape or scratch, you can feel free to put the aloe vera on a couple times a day, and watch it heal.
Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.