Monday, October 25, 2010

Aloe Vera

People with vitiligo (hypopigmentation) may also get dark spots (hyperpigmentation) around the vitiligo patches. Dark spots - usually appearing on the face - are common in women, and are caused by a rise in oestrogen levels. Some people have found aloe vera gel (organic is best) to be effective in evening out discolorations in skin complexion. 
Aloe vera is generally healing for the skin. I haven't read any reports of it's effectiveness in treating vitiligo but, as its healing properties for the skin are well recognised, it makes sense to use it as a natural skin rejuvenator.

Aloe vera is used to help heal burns, and as depigmented skin is vulnerable to sunburn, it would be useful in the summer.

The best way to use aloe vera is to grow one or more plants at home if possible, breaking off leaves as needed and using them immediately by splitting open the skin of the succulent leaf to express the pulp inside. Apparently the more mature outer leaves are best. Aloe vera is usually applied topically, but drinking aloe vera juice can also sooth inflammation in the digestive tract and skin. Organic aloe vera products are available in health food stores, and increasingly in supermarkets. 
New aloe plants can be easily propagated by breaking off an outer leaf, allowing the break to dry out, then planting it in a well draining soil. Aloe vera is a succulent plant and should not be overwatered. It does well in pots.

Read more about Aloe vera here

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