From Andrew- Is Aloe Vera excellent for your skin? Aloe VeraWell Andrew, that’s a good question, though the answer will depend on who you ask. There are many naturopathic healers who are very enthusiastic about its use to treat numerous conditions which range from sunburns, psoriasis, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol levels, with a cure for striae. It can be seen in literally hundreds of skin products that happen to be widely available, usually available as lotions and sunblocks. The ancient Egyptians were using Aloe Vera around 4,000 BC where it turned out known as the “plant of immortality”. Medical doctors have a different opinion around the matter. If that you were to ask them about ways to use Aloe, the response would most likely be, “there isn’t enough scientific evidence to indicate it’s an acceptable treatment for anything”. Given the bigger number of products available and anecdotal evidence seemingly supporting its use, I’m one medical expert that finds it problematical to argue Aloe doesn’t just work at all, but let’s go through the evidence. There are two substances the Aloe Vera plant produces that happen to be used as medicines- gel and latex. The gel would be the clear, jelly-like stuff located in the center from the plant’s leaves. Surrounding the gel, slightly below the plant’s skin, is usually a yellow material referred to as latex. There are some medicines which might be made from the whole crushed leaf that includes both gel and latex, but generally latex is taken orally as well as the gel is mostly used topically. Although some claim taking gel orally has benefits.