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Aloe Vera has been shown to provide temporary, natural relief of minor skin irritations such as sunburn and dry, chapped skin.
99% Aloe Vera Gel

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

Apply as often as needed.

Amount Per Serving % DV
Water/Aqua 0.00 **
Polysorbate 20 0.00 **
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice 0.00 **
Phenoxyethanol 0.00 **
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer 0.00 **
Triethanolamine 0.00 **
Caprylyl Glycol 0.00 **
Hexylene Glycol 0.00 **
Fragrance/Parfum 0.00 **
Propanediol 0.00 **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

General Nutrition Corporation Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Health Notes

Aloe

Aloe
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Psoriasis
Dose: Apply a 0.5% extract three times daily
Topically applied aloe may improve skin-healing in people with psoriasis.(more)
Wound Healing
Dose: Apply stabilized gel three to five times daily
Aloe has been shown to decrease inflammation, promote cellular repair, and facilitate wound healing.(more)
Burns
Dose: Apply gel three to five times per day
The herb Aloe vera is a popular remedy for minor burns, and a preliminary study found it more effective than Vaseline in treating burns. (more)
Seborrheic Dermatitis
Dose: Apply a topical herbal cream containing 30% aloe emulsion
Topically applied aloe may help improve scaling and itching.(more)
Skin Ulcers
Dose: Apply gel on gauze or dressings daily
Aloe has been used historically to improve wound healing and studies have shown it to be effective in healing skin ulcers.(more)
Sunburn
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Topically applied Aloe vera is often recommended for soothing sunburn.(more)
Constipation
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Aloe is considered a stimulant laxative because it stimulates bowel muscle contractions. Aloe is very potent and should be used with caution.(more)
Ulcerative Colitis
Dose: 100 ml of an Aloe vera herbal extract twice a day
Drinking aloe juice may improve your symptoms and your chances for remission.(more)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Aloe is a soothing herb traditionally used to treat reflux and heartburn.(more)
Crohn's Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Aloe juice has historically been recommended by doctors for people with Crohn's disease.(more)
Wound Healing
Dose: Apply stabilized gel three to five times daily
Aloe has been shown to decrease inflammation, promote cellular repair, and facilitate wound healing.(more)
Burns
Dose: Apply gel three to five times per day
The herb Aloe vera is a popular remedy for minor burns, and a preliminary study found it more effective than Vaseline in treating burns. (more)
Type 2 Diabetes
Dose: 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of gel daily
Aloe, either alone or in combination with the oral hypoglycemic drug glibenclamide, has been shown to effectively lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.(more)
Canker Sores
Dose: Follow label instructions
A gel containing the herbal Aloe vera polysaccharide acemannan may speed the healing of canker sores. (more)
Seborrheic Dermatitis
Dose: Apply a topical herbal cream containing 30% aloe emulsion
Topically applied aloe may help improve scaling and itching.(more)
Psoriasis
Dose: Apply a 0.5% extract three times daily

A double-blind trial in Pakistan found that topical application of an aloe extract (0.5%) in a cream was more effective than placebo in the treatment of adults with psoriasis.1 The aloe cream was applied three times per day for four weeks.

References

1. Syed TA, Ahmed SA, Holt AH, et al. Management of psoriasis with Aloe vera extract in a hydrophilic cream: A placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Tropical Med Inter Health 1996;1:505-9.

Wound Healing
Dose: Apply stabilized gel three to five times daily

In animal studies of skin inflammation, both topical and oral aloe vera have proven beneficial in decreasing inflammation and promoting cellular repair.1, 2 Topical aloe vera has facilitated wound healing in controlled human research, as well.3 In one controlled trial, however, topical aloe vera gel was inferior to conventional management of surgical wounds.4

References

1. Davis RH, Stewart GH, Bregman PJ. Aloe vera and the inflamed synovial pouch model. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 1992;82(3):140-8.

2. Davis RH, Leitner MG, Russo JM, Byrne ME. Wound healing. Oral and topical activity of Aloe vera. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 1989:79:559-62.

3. Shelton RW. Aloe vera, its chemical and therapeutic properties. Int J Dermatol 1991;30:679-83.

4. Schmidt JM, Greenspoon JS. Aloe vera dermal wound gel is associated with a delay in wound healing. Obstet Gynecol 1991;78:115-7.

Burns
Dose: Apply gel three to five times per day

Aloe is a popular remedy for minor burns and a small preliminary study found it more effective than Vaseline in treating burns.1 The stabilized aloe gel is typically applied to the affected area of skin three to five times per day. Older case studies reported that aloe gel applied topically could help heal radiation burns,2 but a large, double-blind trial did not find aloe effective in this regard.3

References

1. Visuthikosol V, Chowchuen B, Sukwanarat Y, et al. Effect of aloe vera gel to healing of burn wound: A clinical and histologic study. J Med Assoc Thai 1995;78:403-9.

2. Loveman AB. Leaf of Aloe vera in treatment of Roentgen ray ulcers. Arch Derm Syph 1937;36:838-43.

3. Williams MS, Burk M, Loprinzi CL, et al. Phase III double-blind evaluation of an Aloe vera gel as a prophylactic agent for radiation-induced skin toxicity. Int J Rad Oncol Biol Phys 1996;36:345-9.

Seborrheic Dermatitis
Dose: Apply a topical herbal cream containing 30% aloe emulsion

A crude extract of aloe(Aloe barbadensis, Aloe vera) may help seborrheic dermatitis when applied topically. In a double-blind trial, people with seborrheic dermatitis applied either a 30% crude aloe emulsion or a similar placebo cream twice a day for four to six weeks.1 Significantly more people responded to topical aloe vera than to placebo: 62% of those using the aloe vera reported improvements in scaling and itching, compared to only 25% in the placebo group.

References

1. Vardy DA, Cohen AD, Tchetov T, et al. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of an Aloe vera(A. barbadensis) emulsion in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis. J Dermatol Treat 1999;10:7-11.

Skin Ulcers
Dose: Apply gel on gauze or dressings daily

Aloe vera has been used historically to improve wound healing and contains several constituents that may be important for this effect. A group of three patients who had chronic skin ulcerations for 5, 7, and 15 years, respectively, had a rapid reduction in ulcer size after the application of aloe gel on gauze bandages to the ulcers, according to a preliminary report.1 A controlled study found most patients with pressure ulcers had complete healing after applying an aloe hydrogel dressing to the ulcers every day for ten weeks.2 However, this result was not significantly better than that achieved with a moist saline gauze dressing. The amorphous hydrogel dressing used in the above study and derived from the aloe plant (Carrasyn Gel Wound Dressing, Carrington Laboratories, Irving, TX) is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the management of mild to moderate skin ulcers.

References

1. Zawahry ME, Hegazy MR, Helal M. Use of aloe in treating leg ulcers and dermatoses. Int J Dermatol 1973;12:68-73.

2. Thomas DR, Goode PS, LaMaster K, Tennyson T. Acemannan hydrogel dressing versus saline dressing for pressure ulcers. A randomized, controlled trial. Adv WoundCare 1998;11:273-6.

Sunburn
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Topical aloe (Aloe vera) is often recommended for soothing burns, but only one preliminary human study involving sunburn has been published, and applying aloe gel after ultraviolet exposure had no effect on reddening of the skin.1 No research has investigated whether applying aloe gel before ultraviolet exposure might be more effective.

References

1. Crowell J, Penneys N. The effects of aloe vera on cutaneous erythema and blood flow following ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure. Clin Res 1987;35:676A [abstract].

Constipation
Dose: Refer to label instructions

The laxatives most frequently used world-wide come from plants. Herbal laxatives are either bulk-forming or stimulating. Stimulant laxatives are high in anthraquinone glycosides, which stimulate bowel muscle contraction. The most frequently used stimulant laxatives are senna leaves, cascara bark, and aloe latex. While senna is the most popular, cascara has a somewhat milder action. Aloe is very potent and should be used with caution. Other stimulant laxatives include buckthorn, alder buckthorn(Rhamnus frangula), and rhubarb (Rheum officinale, R. palmatum).1

References

1. Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Hippokrates Verlag GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany, 1988:105-111

Ulcerative Colitis
Dose: 100 ml of an Aloe vera herbal extract twice a day

Aloe vera juice has anti-inflammatory activity and been used by some doctors for people with UC. In a double-blind study of people with mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis, supplementation with aloe resulted in a complete remission or an improvement in symptoms in 47% of cases, compared with 14% of those given a placebo (a statistically significant difference).1 No significant side effects were seen. The amount of aloe used was 100 ml (approximately 3.5 ounces) twice a day for four weeks. Other traditional anti-inflammatory and soothing herbs, including calendula, flaxseed, licorice, marshmallow, myrrh, and yarrow. Many of these herbs are most effective, according to clinical experience, if taken internally as well as in enema form.2 Enemas should be avoided during acute flare-ups but are useful for mild and chronic inflammation. It is best to consult with a doctor experienced with botanical medicine to learn more about herbal enemas before using them. More research needs to be done to determine the effectiveness of these herbs.

References

1. Langmead L, Feakins RM, Goldthorpe S, et al. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2004;19:739-47.

2. Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, UK: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1989, 114-5.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Other herbs traditionally used to treat reflux and heartburn include digestive demulcents (soothing agents) such as aloe vera, slippery elm, bladderwrack, and marshmallow.1 None of these have been scientifically evaluated for effectiveness in GERD. However, a drug known as Gaviscon, containing magnesium carbonate (as an antacid) and alginic acid derived from bladderwrack, has been shown helpful for heartburn in a double-blind trial.2 It is not clear whether whole bladderwrack would be as useful as its alginic acid component.

References

1. Golan R. Optimal Wellness. New York: Ballantine Books, 1995, 373-4.

2. Chevrel B. A comparative crossover study on the treatment of heartburn and epigastric pain: Liquid Gaviscon and a magnesium-aluminum antacid gel. J Int Med Res 1980;8:300-3.

Crohn's Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions

A variety of anti-inflammatory herbs historically have been recommended by doctors for people with Crohn's disease. These include yarrow, chamomile, licorice, and aloe juice. Cathartic preparations of aloe should be avoided. No research has been conducted to validate the use of these herbs for Crohn's disease.

Wound Healing
Dose: Apply stabilized gel three to five times daily

In animal studies of skin inflammation, both topical and oral aloe vera have proven beneficial in decreasing inflammation and promoting cellular repair.1, 2 Topical aloe vera has facilitated wound healing in controlled human research, as well.3 In one controlled trial, however, topical aloe vera gel was inferior to conventional management of surgical wounds.4

References

1. Davis RH, Stewart GH, Bregman PJ. Aloe vera and the inflamed synovial pouch model. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 1992;82(3):140-8.

2. Davis RH, Leitner MG, Russo JM, Byrne ME. Wound healing. Oral and topical activity of Aloe vera. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 1989:79:559-62.

3. Shelton RW. Aloe vera, its chemical and therapeutic properties. Int J Dermatol 1991;30:679-83.

4. Schmidt JM, Greenspoon JS. Aloe vera dermal wound gel is associated with a delay in wound healing. Obstet Gynecol 1991;78:115-7.

Burns
Dose: Apply gel three to five times per day

Aloe is a popular remedy for minor burns and a small preliminary study found it more effective than Vaseline in treating burns.1 The stabilized aloe gel is typically applied to the affected area of skin three to five times per day. Older case studies reported that aloe gel applied topically could help heal radiation burns,2 but a large, double-blind trial did not find aloe effective in this regard.3

References

1. Visuthikosol V, Chowchuen B, Sukwanarat Y, et al. Effect of aloe vera gel to healing of burn wound: A clinical and histologic study. J Med Assoc Thai 1995;78:403-9.

2. Loveman AB. Leaf of Aloe vera in treatment of Roentgen ray ulcers. Arch Derm Syph 1937;36:838-43.

3. Williams MS, Burk M, Loprinzi CL, et al. Phase III double-blind evaluation of an Aloe vera gel as a prophylactic agent for radiation-induced skin toxicity. Int J Rad Oncol Biol Phys 1996;36:345-9.

Type 2 Diabetes
Dose: 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of gel dailyAnimal research and preliminary controlled human trials have found that Aloe vera, either alone or in combination with the oral hypoglycemic drug glibenclamide, effectively lowers blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.1, 2, 3, 4 The typical amount used in this research was 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of aloe gel per day.
References

1. Rajasekaran S, Sivagnanam K, Subramanian S. Hypoglycemic effect of Aloe vera gel on streptozotocin-induced diabetes in experimental rats. J Med Food 2004;7:61-6.

2. Yongchaiyudha S, Rungpitarangs V, Bunyapraphatsara N, Chokechaijaroenporn O. Antidiabetic activity of Aloe vera L. juice. I. Clinical trial in new cases of diabetes mellitus. Phytomedicine 1996;3:241-3.

3. Bunyapraphatsara N, Yongchaiyudha S, Rungpitarangsi V, Chokechaijaroenporn O. Antidiabetic activity of Aloe vera L juice. II. Clinical trial in diabetes mellitus patients in combination with glibenclamide. Phytomedicine 1996;3:245-8.

4. Vogler BK, Ernst E. Aloe vera: a systematic review of its clinical effectiveness. Br J Gen Pract 1999;49:823-8 [review].

Canker Sores
Dose: Follow label instructions

A gel containing the Aloe vera polysaccharide acemannan was found in one double-blind trial to speed the healing of canker sores better than the conventional treatment Orabase Plain.1 The gel was applied four times daily. Because acemannan levels can vary widely in commercial aloe gel products, it is difficult to translate these results to the use of aloe gel for canker sores.

References

1. Plemons JM, Reps TD, Binnie WH, et al. Evaluation of acemannan in the treatment of recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Wounds 1994;6:40-5.

Seborrheic Dermatitis
Dose: Apply a topical herbal cream containing 30% aloe emulsion

A crude extract of aloe(Aloe barbadensis, Aloe vera) may help seborrheic dermatitis when applied topically. In a double-blind trial, people with seborrheic dermatitis applied either a 30% crude aloe emulsion or a similar placebo cream twice a day for four to six weeks.1 Significantly more people responded to topical aloe vera than to placebo: 62% of those using the aloe vera reported improvements in scaling and itching, compared to only 25% in the placebo group.

References

1. Vardy DA, Cohen AD, Tchetov T, et al. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of an Aloe vera(A. barbadensis) emulsion in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis. J Dermatol Treat 1999;10:7-11.

Parts Used & Where Grown

The aloe plant originally came from Africa. The leaves, which are long, green, fleshy, and have spikes along the edges, are used medicinally. The fresh leaf gel and latex are used for many purposes. Aloe latex is the sticky residue left over after the liquid from cut aloe leaves has evaporated.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

Ratings and Reviews

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VALUE COSMETICSGNC Aloe Vera Skin Gel
 
4.7

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Effective (33)
  • Good value (31)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Smells great (14)

Cons

  • Poor texture (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (30)
  • Women (23)
  • Men (12)
  • On-the-go (12)
  • Oily skin (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (21), Brand buyer (15), First time user (3), Health conscious (3)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
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4.0

good

By mymemory08

from oa

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good stuff to buy

 
5.0

BEST FOR ME

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from HONG KONG

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Pros

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    Comments about VALUE COSMETICS GNC Aloe Vera Skin Gel:

    I really like this product, it help my skin to be smooth, and reducing ance

     
    5.0

    aloe vera gel

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    from san francisco, CA

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      Comments about VALUE COSMETICS GNC Aloe Vera Skin Gel:

      i keep using aloe gel for a long time after toner i use it. feel great for my skin. i feel not too dry after i clean my face. keep going, mire attractive you will be

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      5.0

      Nice products with reasonable prices

      By yuan187

      from Sumter, SC

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          Nice products with reasonable prices

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          GOOD

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          from Portland,OR

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            KEEP HEALTHY

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            5.0

            Smelly

            By peng304642025

            from Portland,OR

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              Comments about VALUE COSMETICS GNC Aloe Vera Skin Gel:

              keep beautiful

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              5.0

              GOOD!!

              By ren.angela

              from Walnut,CA

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              • Easy on Stomach

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              • Complicated To Take

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              Comments about VALUE COSMETICS GNC Aloe Vera Skin Gel:

              VERY GOOD~~

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              4.0

              It works good

              By karyqd

              from Atlanta, GA

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              Comments about VALUE COSMETICS GNC Aloe Vera Skin Gel:

              Overall, this is a good product. But I wish it is more natural and safer to be used.

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              5.0

              good

              By guyimo

              from Killian,OR

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              Comments about VALUE COSMETICS GNC Aloe Vera Skin Gel:

              it's good.

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              4.0

              kind of strong smell

              By liqian061

              from DE

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              bought for my sister,she really likes it.

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