I have had many people recommend both Aloe Vera gel and coconut oil separately for all sorts of skin problems. I originally started using aloe vera gel years ago as an after sun product, and liked both the cooling effect as well as how it seemed to calm down the skin. It’s also a great product to heal minor burns. I then tried it on my super dry skin all over, and just didn’t find it nourishing enough… it actually makes the skin feel even drier even though it helped a little with the look of the skin. I’ve tried coconut oil in the past as well and while it leaves skin very soft I didn’t really see enough of an healing impact to offset the greasy feeling. It didn’t really help fight itching either. But recently I got one of those “light bulb goes off in your head” moments when I read a comment on another site by someone who was using both products at the same time and had had great results alleviating psoriasis on his face. It didn’t completely cure it, but removed the scaling and left only some redness. The idea behind using both is that aloe vera will help heal and sooth irritated and inflamed skin, while coconut oil will moisturize and soften and help renew damaged skin to its normal state. It is extremely important that you use only pure 100% aloe vera gel, and choose a good quality organic virgin coconut oil as well. Especially for lichen sclerosus and psoriasis this two level approach can be very beneficial, especially as general care in between flare ups. Some people use aloe over night, and coconut oil during the day, or vice versa. Others apply aloe first after a shower and then 30 min later apply the coconut oil. As with most things, everyone will have to find what works best for them by trying different approaches. You can also just mix the two together. I’m trying coconut oil during night and aloe vera during the day just because that’s easier and faster when getting dressed in the mornings. The skin on my ankle has improved just after a week although it is still pretty rough. But positive enough results to keep going.
Between flareups when you skin can take it, you can make a great skin scrub by mixing two cups of pure sea salt, one cup of pure aloe vera, one cup of organic coconut oil and two tbsp of organic honey.