Aloe vera skin care, the natural way to treat skin disorders.

Conventional doctors often don't bother with diagnosing skin disorders, except for eczema and psoriasis, as they usually use a “one size fits all” approach, come to think of it, they do in most cases. They usually don't investigate the cause either, just treat the skin disorder.

Steroid cream is widely used, as it conveniently suppresses redness, and itching, so the patient stays away, but it is not a treatment, and is absorbed into the body, which is why patients are told to use it sparingly. It thins the skin too, with prolonged use.

Emollients are often also prescribed, usually petroleum-based, and if itchy, an antihistamine is also prescribed.

If the patient has scratched a lot, regardless if there is actually any infection, a “just in case” antibiotic is also given, a common side-effect of which just happens to be a skin rash!

A story of an allergic rash gone wrong.

To illustrate this, I knew a lady, let's call her Ruth, in her eighties, but independent and active. She developed a rash, which I strongly suspected was a reaction to a new tablet she had been prescribed, which is a common occurrence rash was worst on her legs, so the district nurse visited and reported back to her G.P., who never saw her, and came back with an arsenal of chemicals.

Antibiotics, antihistamines, a steroid cream, and an emollient cream. A commonly used cocktail.

Well, Ruth reacted to the antibiotics, and developed a severely itchy rash all over her body, and the antihistamines made her feel dopey and unwell,so that when she woke in the night to go to the bathroom, she slipped on the landing, and fell down her stairs, ending up wedged by her stairlift, where she stayed till the morning.

Ruth suffered a damaged knee, cuts and bruises, and was taken to hospital, where she succumbed to an infection, and subsequently died. A tragic end for a lovely lady, a most severe side-effect of medicine. According to where you read it, modern medicine is now the 3rd or 4th highest cause of side-effects in the U.K. And U.S.

Alternative methods of skin care

As stated above, medicines often cause skin rashes, so if someone develops a rash shortly after starting a new drug, it is suspect, and the doctor should be informed.

Itchy skin conditions are often a sign of toxins in the body, from diet, medications, washing powders, cleaning chemicals, make-up, just to name a few. We are nowadays surrounded by thousands more chemicals than we were even 25 years ago, and our food is much more processed than it used to be, so it is no surprise that our bodies react from time to time.

Simplifying our cleaning products, make-up, cleansers, shampoos, in fact everything we put on or in our bodies helps to clean up the toxic soup in our homes: we use a multi-purpose detergent in our house, no detergent but washing balls in the machine, one shampoo and conditioner for all, no bleach, and we filter all the water we drink.

We buy a locally-grown organic vegetable box:from culm valley veg which is very tasty, and makes us cook different meals as the contents of the box change weekly, apart from the basic potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Dairy and wheat, especially as it is treated now, white bread and white sugar, which have no positive nutritional aspects, are very often implicated in skin disorders, especially eczema, so cutting them out for a few weeks, watching to see if the skin gets better, then re-introducing them and watch what happens.

If there is no change in the condition turn into a detective, and notice if and when the skin is worse or better.

Suspending oats, just ordinary porridge oats in a muslin bag, or old pair of tights, under the tap when running a warm , not hot bath can bring some relief.

This is also where Aloe comes into its own: if taken as a drinking gel ,it tones down the allergic response, and inflammation, and feeds the skin.

Put on the skin, Aloe is soothing and healing, as a 99% gel, a lotion, or mixed with propolis, a natural anti-infection agent, so a 3-pronged approach can be undertaken: try and find and eliminate the cause, feed the system and stabilise from within, and soothe and nourish on the outside.

Aloe topical gelly is also a fabulous healer of burns, whether sunburn, from cooking, or whatever reason, it is also very good for cuts, helping to heal without scarring.