Contusions like black eyes are usually not a serious medical condition, but they can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. While there are plenty of products on the market that will take care of the swelling, pain and discoloration, one useful and all-natural alternative is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera will soothe skin irritation and clear up the discoloration.
The gel found in Aloe Vera leaves provides a barrier between the skin and the environment preventing bacteria, dirt and debris from irritating the contusion further. The natural antibacterial properties of the gel will prevent infection from forming in the injury. In addition, Aloe Vera pumps moisture into the skin, helping speed up blood vessel repair so the contusion disappears faster than it would if left to heal on its own. Aloe Vera also gently soothes skin irritation, so a painful contusion will feel much better after an Aloe Vera application.For best results, Aloe Vera should be applied to the contusion as quickly as possible after an injury happens. Before applying the gel, clean the area of any dirt, debris or blood that might be present with water and a gentle soap. Next, apply the Aloe Vera. There are many lotions, creams and gels on the market that contain Aloe Vera, and one with the highest concentration of the plant should be used. Aloe Vera straight from the plant is also a great choice; simply break a leaf off the plant, snap it in half and squeeze the gel onto the contusion. Reapply several times a day until the contusion heals. Aloe Vera is a better alternative to other products on the market to heal contusions. The biggest leg-up it has on other products is how gentle it is. It can be used on black eyes, for example, without causing any irritation to them. While one should take care not to get it into the orifices, it can safely be used around them without fear of injuring those areas. Aloe Vera is also completely natural. Unlike other products for contusions or skin irritations, pure Aloe Vera contains no chemicals or additives that might dry the skin or clog pores. The gel can be frozen and applied raw-steak style to provide relief. In addition to over-the-counter pain relievers, and elevation, the cold will help reduce the swelling. A day or so into the healing process moist heat can be added, which can speed the reabsorption of the remaining blood below the skin’s surface.
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