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February 2017

Tracing the Medicinal Acceptance of Aloe Vera

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(2):174. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.0324

For many, a weekend of fun in the sun without the protection of sunscreen means heavy application of Aloe vera in the following few days. This leads to the question of when it was first discovered that A vera could be used to soothe skin damage, and the potential uses of this natural remedy. The use of A vera in clinical medicine cannot be understated; reported applications of this plant include seborrheic dermatitis, cystic acne, asthma, gonorrhea, and even the common cold.1