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Aloe vera helps in keeping the skin hydrated

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Published Jul 9, 2017, 1:11 am IST
Updated Jul 9, 2017, 1:11 am IST
Aloe vera contains two hormones — Auxin and Gibberellins — which reduce skin inflammation.
 Aloe vera contains two hormones — Auxin and Gibberellins — which reduce skin inflammation.

Hyderabad: A recent study conducted by the Mangalore Institute of Oncology has proved that aloe vera-based cosmeceutical (cosmetic + pharmaceutical) creams are effective in reducing dermatitis, a skin rash which can be caused by therapeutic radiation for head and neck cancer patients.

The study was conducted on 60 patients with head and neck cancer who had developed scars on face and neck due to radiation, which is part of the treatment. Oncologist Dr Srinivas Chilukuri explains how it works: “Radiation treatment destroys the thermal glands beneath the skin which puts a stop to lubrication. Aloe vera’s lubricating property helps keep the skin hydrated and therefore, the skin starts healing.” 

Anu Unni (name changed) vouches for the efficacy of the treatment. “I would often apply natural aloe vera on my doctor’s advice and it has reduced a lot of scarring on my neck. The difference can clearly be noti-ced with continuous application.”

“The Vitamin E in aloe vera can reduce scarring. Detritus, which is purely radiation induced, can be reduced by the same,” said oncologist Dr Vijay Anand. 

Aloe vera contains two hormones — Auxin and Gibberellins — which reduce skin inflammation. Dr Priyanka Nair, a dermatologist, said it is recommended for patients with chronic skin problems. “It is widely used as a home remedy for acne too. So it is no surprise that it is being recommended for scarring that occurs in cancer patients. It is an age-old remedy for marks,” said Dr Nair.

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Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad




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