Soothe Psoriasis with Aloe Vera

Among the many natural remedies for psoriasis, you’ll find that one of the best treatments may already be sitting in your windowsill. In a recent study, aloe vera was proven to be more effective than topical steroids in relieving psoriasis.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common, noncontagious skin condition that affects people of all ages. According to the National Institute of Health, psoriasis affects roughly 2.2% of the U.S. population, or 7.5 million people. Usually, psoriasis symptoms first appear between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five, but can develop in patients of any age. Fortunately there many treatment options available and some of the best call upon nature’s pharmacy.

Psoriasis can be usually be recognized by its irritated, red, scaly appearance. In healthy individuals, the skin takes twenty-eight days to complete a cycle of shedding and regeneration. Due to a combination of immunological and possible environmental triggers, skin goes into a state of accelerated regeneration. As the skin cells build up during this process, itching, scaling, inflammation and lesions are formed. Often, affected areas look excessively dry and flaky. Severe cases of psoriasis often result in cracked, bleeding skin which makes everyday life uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing. This type of psoriasis is known as plaque psoriasis and is the most common form of the disease. In other, less common instances, psoriasis may be seen as tiny dot-like lesions, extreme inflammation, or pustular lesions.

Possible Causes Of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is viewed primarily as an autoimmune disorder. The explanation of an autoimmune disorder can be simplified as hyper-responsiveness to a perceived health threat, pathogen, allergen, or conditions of vulnerability. There is no single, universal trigger for psoriasis. From individual to individual, reasons for a flare up may vary from food sensitivities and digestive health to stress. Researchers have found links to vitamin D deficiencies, chronic systemic inflammation and even abnormal responses to pain-associated biochemicals.

The Aloe Solution

Aloe is a succulent plant found in almost every part of the world. The earliest records of its use as an herbal medicine date back to the 16th century BCE, making it one of the oldest and most trusted herbal remedies in the world. Folk medicine and modern research support its efficacy in treating wounds, burns, digestive disorders and a plethora of skin issues.

Of the many varieties of aloe plants, Aloe Vera is the most promising agent in the pursuit of a safe, natural psoriasis remedy. Its soothing properties address both internal and external factors known to contribute to psoriasis flare ups while causing no side effects, unlike steroidal creams. Aloe’s gentle healing properties make it an ideal addition to a comprehensive psoriasis treatment regimen.

Healing skin from the inside out

While the issue of internal health and its affect on dermatological conditions has not been adequately explored, ancient forms of medicine such as ayurveda and traditional Chinese Medicine view digestive health and skin health as intrinsically linked. Ingestion of allergens, medications, or chronic stress can lead to a buildup of toxins. When the digestive system is overwhelmed by these conditions, a flare up of psoriasis may follow as the body attempts to eliminate toxins through the skin. Aloe Vera is a ideal, both soothing skin irritation and facilitating improved digestion.

Illness

Psoriasis attacks are more likely to occur when the immune system is overtaxed, as with an illness or infection. In these circumstances, the positive effects of aloe vera offer comfort and support for your body’s natural healing processes. Aloe vera has demonstrated effectiveness in the treatment of illnesses as varied as hepatitis, ulcerative colitis, and even cancer. Its extracts seem to have antibacterial and antifungal properties whose helpful aspects are further enhanced by its anti-inflammatory properties. The inner leaf gel of the aloe vera plant inhibits streptococcus bacteria, making it particularly useful when ingested for detoxification and digestive support. Aloe vera, with its myriad applications in reducing inflammation, addressing pathogens, and restoring balanced bowel function, may play a crucial role in the prevention of illnesses that may usher in psoriasis outbreaks. Aloe can be used internally in the following ways:

  • Aloe juice. Widely available in health food stores, aloe juice can be consumed as is or mixed into smoothies.
  • Aloe pills. Powdered aloe capsules are available in the nutritional supplement section of most health food stores.

Aloe to Combat External Irritants

Most psoriasis sufferers will experiences symptoms in cycles. Depending on their exposure to triggers, psoriasis will often appear and recede, only to reappear when triggered again. By limiting their exposure to externally generated irritants like dry air, insect bites, and other caustic agents, psoriasis attacks can often be reduced. Still, because it is impossible to live completely isolated from all potential triggers, aloe vera provides an excellent line of first defense. Applied topically, its cooling action reduces redness and itching, while strengthening the healing process. When using aloe on the skin, follow these tips to experience its maximum healing benefits:

  • Apply fresh aloe leaf gel to sunburned skin. Reducing irritation to the site of burned skin makes a psoriasis attack less likely.
  • Use the pure, fresh leaf gel to relieve psoriasis-related itching and redness.
  • Combat the dryness that causes psoriasis by using aloe gels, creams or lotions to hydrate skin.
  • Look for a high concentration of aloe vera in your formula. Clinical studies that prove aloe vera is more effective than steroids used products in which the concentration of aloe is 70% or greater.

Popular aloe products include:

  • Jason Naturals: 98% Aloe Vera Gel. This is one of the finest aloe products on the market. Available as a clear gel, this formula combines a very potent concentration of aloe with the mildly analgesic (pain relieving) and antiseptic properties of tea tree oil.
  • Fruit of the Earth: 100% Aloe Vera Gel
  • Crabtree & Evelyn: Aloe Vera Hydrating Body Lotion
  • The Body Shop: Aloe Protective Serum

Psoriasis is a complex condition with diverse origins for each person whom it affects. Happily, aloe vera is a clinically proven, very accessible remedy. Incorporating aloe in your skin care and psoriasis prevention strategy is sure to result in greater comfort and more beautiful skin.

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  2. Nancey says

    thank you for your website. I have psoriasis very bad and not sure why but searching for answers … the dr’s do NOT know how to handle this. sad to say…..
    But I have prayed and found your site. learning about Aloe Gel……
    thanks nancey

  3. dek says

    I have psoraisis. My first patch of psoraisis was since last one year ago at scale. now at hole body. If its cure? By aloe vera juice regular use

  4. teresa says

    I have had iritis and the doctors say I have RA but no test come back positive. I do have reflux and constipation. as well as dry skin . very dry
    I am trying the juice since the meds the RA doctor has given me has not helped me . I am in pain and can not take motrin because of the reflux. I need some relief

  5. G. O. Riley says

    I have been taking aloe capsules orally for 3 mo. (1 in am, 1 in pm) and found it significantly helped my psoriasis and made my skin smooth. I believe it is secreted thru the skin pores and heals the outbreaks. Try it.

    • karen says

      I’ve had pustular psoriasis for 25 years. No, I do not believe the medical community understands this malady nor has it been researched far enough. I believe the pharmacutical companies tells the medical community what to use and offer to patients suffering from psoriasis (from plaque to pustular) and we all know it’s all about the “benjamins”! LOL). I have tried many many medical and “friend sharing” advice. From diet to virgin olive oil and butter rubbed into the area, to “old doc compounds” that’s been around for years! I know more about my pustular psoriasis than the docs, we all know more than the docs to whoever is reading this and suffering from psoriasis. I have had wonderful remissions, but we all know who is in charge and it is our psoriasis, right? right! When I have an awful, painful breakout, I would rather have my finger cut off than to deal with the pain that comes from 1 tiny area of my body, my piny finger or my baby toe. I once asked a doctor if he would surgically remove my pinky finger, I was joking, of course, but at that time, if he said yes, I would really have let him remove my finger. Whoever is reading this knows exactly what I mean and how I feel. Well, now, I really have gone off track, but I am very passionate regarding this subject as we all are who share my life of pustular psoriasis, I am sorry…just the share of psoriasis! Today, I bought a large beautiful, plump leaf of ALOE and am excited to try this “wonder plant”, but I don’t know where to start. No, no more pills, vitamins or concoctions, just this plant, Aloe! If you can help me get a good start, please reply…karencomeau550@comcast.net….be a friend, don’t misuse that information, I am Law Enforcement and will prosicute, so, please be a friend and don’t misuse, just inform or befriend me.
      Thank you all for taking the long, long time reading my “woe” lol.
      I send this with respect for all.
      Peace,
      Karen Comeau

      • Susie says

        Hello Karen,
        Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I too have Psoriasis (plaque) and Psoriatic Arthritis have suffered for years. Enbrel worked(kind of)for a time but I stopped taking it. I was worried about the long term effects. I was also on dr prescribed topical steroids.
        Ive been reading about Aloe and am excited to try it. Im thinking of drinking a juice and putting it directly on my skin in its raw form. I also have been using coconut oil.
        Please keep me posted on your results! Good luck!

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