To prevent scarring, there are a wide range of traditional and alternative remedies. Aloe vera is among the most frequently mentioned solutions used on the skin to reduce swelling, scars or prevent scarring.
Aloe Vera Benefits
Aloe vera is a juicy plant that typically thrives in arid climates and is widely used in alternative medicine. Aloe vera contains compounds such as mannans, lectins or polysaccharides, which have various healing benefits.
Aloe vera is known to bring the following benefits:
- Soothes skin
- Reduces inflammation
- Contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, eliminating mild skin infections
- Solves digestive problems, heartburn or the irritable bowel syndrome
- Reduces blood glucose in diabetics
- Soothes gastric ulcers
Aloe vera is believed to be beneficial in reducing scarring resulting from first or second degree burns or other wounds.
How to Use Aloe Vera to Prevent Scarring
In order to prevent scarring, you will need to apply the aloe vera gel as soon as the injuries occur. Clean the area and apply the gel generously. Repeat at least twice per day.
The aloe vera gel should contain a minimal amount of chemicals and no fragrances. An aloe vera solution may be prepared at home by crushing some aloe leaves and mixing them with some olive oil, until obtaining a homogenous paste.
The aloe solution or gel may slow down the healing of the wound, but this will help the regeneration of skin cells and will result in no or limited amount of scarring.