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How Do I Choose the Best Aloe Vera Cream?

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  • Written By: Madeleine A.
  • Edited By: W. Everett
  • Last Modified Date: 17 August 2019
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Choosing the best aloe vera cream depends upon what its being used for, cost, and whether there is a past history of allergic skin reactions. The leaves of the aloe vera plant contain gel that is used to treat sunburn, minor abrasions, and burns. In addition, aloe vera cream's anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for treating dermatitis. Treating dermatitis with aloe vera cream may be just as effective as using a hydrocortisone-based cream.

Aloe vera cream may encourage the production of collagen, which can help rejuvenate skin cells. This may help improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and fine facial lines. It is important to note that certain people are highly allergic to aloe vera cream. Signs of a severe allergy to aloe can include hives, itching, shaking, and even difficulty breathing. Those experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

Although using aloe vera cream is generally considered very safe, drinking aloe juice may cause abdominal cramps, bloating, and nausea. Aloe vera juice is sometimes consumed to treat constipation, though it should never be used this way unless approved by a qualified health care practitioner. In addition, drinking aloe juice can cause profuse diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in certain cases.

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When household burns occur, it is common practice in many homes to squeeze the leaf of an aloe vera plant to express its gel. Relief is often quick, and when applied to a burn immediately after it occurs, blistering and scarring may be avoided. Even though aloe gel can help minimize the effects of a minor burn, it should never be used for severe burns or on large portions of the skin.

Aloe vera cream or gel should be not be used by pregnant women or people who have known allergies to onions or garlic. If an allergic reaction occurs, taking an over-the-counter antihistamine may help relieve symptoms of itching and hives. An antihistamine can be use either orally or applied directly to the skin as a gel. When the gel form is used, side effects are absent or mild.

Commercial products containing aloe are available at drug stores and other retailers. Typically, an aloe-based product at a drug store is less expensive than a high-end aloe vera cream from a department store. This is not always the case, however, so comparison shopping may be prudent to determine which product best accommodates the budget.

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