Since ancient times, the leaves of the aloe barbadensis plant, also known as aloe vera, has been used for the treatment of eczema, wounds, skin infections, burns and other skin conditions.
The active component in aloe vera is a polysaccharide that forms a protective and soothing coating when applied to the skin. Research also shows that it may have antibacterial effects, the ability to speed up wound healing, and the reduce inflammation.
Aloe vera is commonly found in cosmetic preparations to provide soothing and moisturizing effects. Aloe vera may cause allergic reactions in some people. Symptoms such as skin rash, irritation and redness have been reported.