August 15, 2022

    Why No Water?

    Why No Water?

    Aloe Vera and PLSF

    Here at Private Label Skin Care Florida, we do not use water in our products, but instead, use Aloe Vera Juice.

    Aloe as a base for nearly every product, has proven to be both healing and moisturizing, as well as anti-bacterial. 

    Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) is a cactus-like plant that grows in hot, dry climates and has been used for its medicinal properties by many cultures for millennia. A systematic review by Vogler and Ernst reviewed two randomized, double-blind clinical trials by the same author who studied the efficacy of a topical formulation in treating genital herpes. They concluded that there is limited evidence supporting its use. The first study randomized 120 patients to receive either aloe vera cream (aloe vera extract 0.5% in hydrophilic cream), aloe vera gel, or placebo three times daily for 5 days. The aloe vera cream was associated with a statistically significant reduction in healing time (4.8 days vs. 7.0 days and 14.0 days, respectively) and a higher number of cured patients (70% cured patients vs. 45% and 7.5%, respectively). The second study randomized men to aloe vera extract 0.5% in a hydrophilic cream or placebo. The results of this trial corroborated the results of the first trial in finding that the aloe vera cream group experienced significantly shorter healing times (4.9 days vs. 12 days) and a higher number of cured patients (66.7% vs. 6.7%, ) than those in the placebo group.


    0.5% aloe vera extract in hydrophilic cream applied three times daily for 5 days

    Aloe vera contains phytochemicals, and is frequently added to cleansers and creams as an emollient to soothe, soften and moisturize the skin. Topically, it can heal wounds, burns and skin issues, such as psoriasis. Some sources report that it prevents sunburn, however, it has also been known to cause phototoxicity.

    In addition to amino acids, it has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can address skin infections, boils, cysts, and inhibit fungal growths, as in tinea versicolor, or white spots on the skin. It is also ingested to treat ulcerative colitis and other digestive issues.

    The properties of aloe vera in Chinese medicine include the following: 

    Addresses atopic rhinitis, scrofula and boils.

    Caution: Some patients are allergic to aloe vera, and when it is applied topically, they can react adversely, manifesting inflammation, erythema, skin irritation and dermatitis. Please check for sensitivity if you feel that it may be warranted.


    Apple A. Bodemer MD, in Integrative Medicine (Fourth Edition), 2018

    Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera is a succulent plant whose thick leaves contain an inner pulpy mucilaginous gel. Compounds in aloe vera have been found to have anti inflammatory and anti itch properties, as well as pain reduction and wound healing effects. Although results from controlled studies have been variable, topical aloe extract seems to reduce the desquamation, erythema, and infiltration associated with psoriatic plaques. One small study of patients with mild psoriasis compared the application of a 0.5% extract in a hydrophilic cream three times a day for 4 weeks with a placebo and found improvement of psoriatic plaques in the treatment group.  Another double-blinded placebo-controlled study with right-left comparisons in 40 patients found a slightly better response in the placebo group. 

    For all the above reasons, we at Private Label Skincare Florida believe the use of aloe vera instead of water makes our products a cut above the rest.  For further information, please contact us. We would love to get your ideas and products to market. 

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