Aloe Vera: Side Effects And Cautions
While considered safe in topical form when used as directed, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate aloe vera products.
This means that it’s up to you, the consumer, to use aloe vera safely and to report any adverse skin reactions to your doctor.
You may also consider steering clear of aloe vera if you have a severe burn or other significant wounds. In fact, there’s even some evidence that aloe may decrease your skin’s natural ability to heal from deep wounds related to surgery.
Some users may experience itching or slight burning as the aloe vera goes to work in your skin. However, if you experience a rash or hives, you could have a sensitivity to the gel and should stop using it immediately.
Don’t use aloe vera gel on infected skin. While the gel has microbial properties, its protective layer can disrupt the healing process and make an infection worse.
Aloe vera may be a source of natural treatment for a variety of skin ailments. Still, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative HealthTrusted Source says there’s not enough definitive evidence to support all the purported benefits of aloe, though it’s safe when used on the skin.
Remember that topical aloe gel isn’t the same as using the plant directly on your face.
If you use aloe vera on your skin and don’t see any improvements within a few days, call your dermatologist. They can help with specific concerns you have regarding your overall skin health.