I Am Allergic to Aloe Vera

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 55 People

    Glad To Know I'm Not The Only One...

    A am so allergic to Aloe that it causes 2nd degree burns when it comes in contact with my skin.  I feel the burning immediately if I use a tissue with aloe in it to blow my nose, or put makeup, lotion or soap on my face that contains aloe.  Oddly, it doesn't seem to...
    kckristal kckristal
    2 Responses Jun 9, 2010

    being allergic to aloe makes buying toiletries

    a giant pain. I wish it wasn't so pervasive, but at least I finally know why so many things hurt my skin so much.
    soggyenderman soggyenderman
    31-35, F
    Feb 13, 2015

    Took a While to Discover It Though

    Shaving products, thats what did it. Now I have found lots of products I have to avoid. Aloe is nice and soothing for your skin and so its good for manufacturers to put into skin care products, kinda has the opposite effect when you break out in spots all over your face !! I...
    Sidibear Sidibear
    41-45, M
    1 Response Oct 10, 2007

    I was diagnosed with an Aloe Vera

    after getting a sunburn as a child. I noticed at a very young age that my now 8 year old daughter suffers from the same allergy. She blisters within an hour of coming into contact. Does anyone know how you find out what the inactive ingredients are in most products? Up until now...
    crystalp1978 crystalp1978
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jun 8, 2014

    It's Worse Than Having A Peanut Allergy....

    I first experienced I was allergic to aloe was when I was about 9.  I had an awful suburn, and my mother, thinking she was doing the right thing by covering it in aloe, saw my skin literally blister upon contact with the aloe.  Since then, I have been extrememly...
    afennes1 afennes1
    3 Responses Jun 15, 2010

    Aloe Gel Allergy?

    I don't know what to make of my situation... I am in my early 30's and have been using aloe gel for sunburns for years with no problem. Two days ago I got a sunburn on my chest and (as usual) turned to Banana Boat aloe gels and lotions regularly for the past two days with no...
    BeaverQB BeaverQB
    36-40, M
    1 Response Aug 3, 2013

    A Case Of Sensitive Skin

    My son has had severe eczema from birth. All his doctors said, "he's probably allergic to something, he'll probably grow out of it". I was advised to use sensitive skin products and everyone and their sister had products to recommend. Our first encounter with Aloe was as an...
    moiriacurry moiriacurry
    1 Response Dec 19, 2012

    Being allergic to Aloe makes life a little

    different but I have been dealing with it for 25yrs. always read every ingredients. For me using soaps at public restroom or friends has been my biggest thing so I carry Boogie Wipes and yes in the ingredients says Aloe barbadensis doesn't seem to bother me. Makeup: Urban Decay...
    luvmylogger luvmylogger
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 23, 2015

    I have known about my allergic reaction to aloe

    since i was 17. Took a while to diagnose it. Now i am 56. Still allergic and doing not bad avoiding most things. I went on HRT cream and wouldnt you know it the base cream had aloe in it so instead of getting better i was scratching and red inflamed. The good thing is that now...
    rwaves rwaves
    Feb 20, 2014

    No, It's Not All In My Head. Yes, I Truly Am Allergic to Aloe.

    Aloe seems to be in nearly everything...I guess cosmetics companies consider it as harmless as water.  But it turns my skin red and dry.  Pure aloe will make me break out in welts.  If I keep stubbornly trying to use a product that has even a tiny bit of...
    mephitine mephitine
    36-40, F
    1 Response Oct 5, 2009

    Aloe Is In Everything :(

    I was about 8 the first time I experienced an Aloe burn. A friend's older sister applied some sunscreen to my shoulders that felt like I was lit on fire. I wasn't old enough to figure it out though. My second experience involved a fresh Aloe plant that was growing in my front...
    KarenLovesLily KarenLovesLily
    1 Response May 10, 2012

    My Son Is Allergic To Aloe Vera

    I've never even heard of anyone having a problem with aloe until last year while we were on a vacation in Mexico. My then ten year old son got a sunburn ( shame shame on Mom for letting that happen) and as usual we applied aloe gel to the burn. We'd done this before and never...
    bwtchsamdar bwtchsamdar
    31-35, F
    Mar 10, 2010

    Always Allergic To Aloe Vera

    I was introduced to Aloe Vera in college, and used it on a burn. I immediately developed a rash. I tried it again, same result. The annoying part, as others have stated, is the prevalence of aloe. I have psoriasis and am allergic to other plants and chemicals. It really is...
    CatLover26 CatLover26
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Jun 10, 2012

    A Painful Allergy Lesson

    Well I must say this has been informative so far.  I had thought the Aloe Vera plant was a hypoallergenic medicinal plant until last night.   It all started yesterday morning.  Heading out for anyother jaunt into the local mountain range to attempt to...
    desertpisces desertpisces
    31-35, M
    4 Responses May 12, 2009

    The way I found out I was allergic was the hard

    way! The day it happened, I was 13 and was working the doughnut table, frying the doughnuts, the grease popped me. The burn was about the size of a nail head, and of course my crying drew the attention of the adults and a nurse had seen some aloe plants across the way and...
    KarenP1967 KarenP1967
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 10, 2015

    It Took a Few Days to Figure It Out

      Okay so I’m a teenager, who has acne: I’ve tried pretty much all of the creams and soaps and all that stuff to cure my acne, but nothing seemed to do any good, so my mom suggested aloe vera(I even read lots of stories and specialists and they all said the same...
    Flavia751 Flavia751
    Jan 25, 2009

    I Am Allergic to Aloe Vera100

    I found out I was allergic the hard way when I was about 15 years old.  I always used lotions, creams and sunscreen even as a kid and one day mom came home from the health food store with some 99.9% pure aloe vera gel.  I put it on and immediately my legs swelled up...
    mishydoodle mishydoodle
    41-45, F
    2 Responses May 3, 2009

    Long History With It.

    I became severely sunburned when I was a young child. my mother used aloe all over. and ir was so bad I was sick for. week. never had a huge issue with aloe until just recently. I become badly burned again I tried several different aloe products and don't have any relief in...
    ashcan1984 ashcan1984
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 16, 2013

    Found Out When I Was 13:( Very Painful and Itched Like Crazy.

    I found out I was allergic to aloe vera when I was 13. I went with my school on a field trip for the last day of school. Did not have sun screen with me. Out side all day having fun didn't think about being burnt to a crisp. I got home from school and told my mom my face...
    tabsbabs tabsbabs
    22-25, F
    Apr 15, 2009

    Lesson Learned

     I found out i was allergic to aloe when i was about 14 years old, I was at my grandmothers store and tried one of the soby drinks and it was strawberry daiquiris and delicious but half my throat became swollen so I had another one being naive and saw aloe was in the drink...
    fbrusoe fbrusoe
    5 Responses Dec 20, 2011

    Is This Rare Or What

    okay so theres someone else thats allergic too even though they are half way around the world.  I got sunburned while on holiday in California (I'm from Ireland) and was told to smear aloe vera all over the burn to soothe.  Guess what happened next - yip three days of...
    eamann eamann
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2008

    Finally An Answer to My Rashes

    I was getting more more itchy, sore rashes from lotions, creams, personal body cleansers, etc,  but didn't know why.  Then one day I burned the  palm of my hand rather badly on a hot oven dish.  I grabbed a leaf from my aloe plant and rubbed the sap...
    birdbrainiac birdbrainiac
    Jun 11, 2009

    So How Do You Fix It???

    I just developed a nasty rash on my chin and have deduced it's from aloe vera.(my first bad reaction). I've read through a lot of the posts here and wondered if anyone has found a way to 'treat' this reaction (preferably with something else natural/ not pills). I'm trying castor...
    possekat66 possekat66
    2 Responses Dec 12, 2011

    I Was 7 When I Found Out I Was Alergic To Aloe Vera

    My parents thoight they were helping me the first time I got a really bad sun burn they covered me in aloe beta gel telling me that it would help, about 20 mins later I was on the ground screaming uncontrolably another five mins the screaming stoped as my throat swelled closing...
    socallife951 socallife951
    22-25, M
    Jun 29, 2012

    Is There More To This?

    I have been dealing with this all my life. I could only use certain lotions for my dry skin. One year my brother bought a small aloe vera plant for the house when we were young. I had dry skin and he said to try this and see if it helped. I broke off a leaf...
    Busymomof5plus Busymomof5plus
    31-35, F
    Dec 7, 2009

    I have a terrible reaction to anything with any

    kind of aloe in it. It gives me blisters, and a few times has given me really severe burns. I always read the ingredients listed on labels, but I've learned that labels do not always include the fact that there is aloe in it, and things like detergent, fabric softener, facial...
    kckristal kckristal
    Mar 25, 2016

    Aloe Vera Can Be Harmful To Skin Allergy

    Aloe Vera can be harmful to skin..!! I applied hair removing creame containing aloe vera on my legs & arms.. and after 1 day I saw ..my hands and legs were full of black spots which travelled to my face.. they look like burn spots all over..it has been 5 months..and I am scared...
    Guest271 Guest271
    1 Response Nov 2, 2013

    OK so same post... but instead of reading

    through 100 posts that state I am allergic, how is this helpful? I will share that I am doing well with 100% Pure Brand products, found the Acai Berry Cream works and I use Mary Kay Make Up. Hope this actually may help some of you:)
    silkeMSD silkeMSD
    2 Responses Feb 18, 2014

    I Am Also Allergic To Aloe Vera

    Aloe Vera seems to be in almost everything!! It's hard to find anything without it, I didn't know I was allergic until I used Aloe Vera body lotion and broke out all over! It was absolutely horrible.
    DeannaJoyxo DeannaJoyxo
    18-21, F
    Dec 23, 2009


    I am not new to the aloe vera allergy, however I just found this site! I am so frustrated with all the products having aloe in them! It is so hard to find anything without it! I am in the beauty industry, and recently found out that CHI hair color "may contain" aloe vera. Um...
    jennrolo jennrolo
    36-40, F
    1 Response May 19, 2012

    Aloe Vera And Capsaicin

    I have been severely allergic to AV for all my life.  It causes blistering when it comes in contact with my skin and I have to strictly avoid any product which contains it.  On the other hand, I have a complete insensitivity to capsaicin (the hot stuff in peppers). ...
    rikkcrill rikkcrill
    Aug 26, 2010

    I've Always Told People, "you've Never Heard Of This Before, But I'm Allergic To Aloe Vera."

    That there are only twenty five people in this group, shows just how rare an allergy this is -- before now, I never knew anyone else had it. But you can develop an allergy to most anything, and this is proof.I knew I had bad reactions to Aloe Vera, but one night I had a bad run...
    Keja Keja
    2 Responses Jun 15, 2011

    Aloe Vera Allergy

    I ended up with a sunburn and had very red shoulders while vacationing in the US. I put aloe vera cooling gel on it and after 3 days the burn was healing. Had to leave the gel behind as we were flying home and only had carry-on bags. Once we got home hubby ran out to get some...
    NadineSS NadineSS
    51-55, F
    1 Response Aug 28, 2013
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