Dermatitis and Psoriasis: How CBD Can Help
CBD is one of many natural compounds derived from Cannabis Sativa and hemp plants. This ‘cannabinoid’ has been known to provide relief from chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, autoimmune diseases, and several other medical conditions.
In recent months, the benefits of CBD products for the skin have been gaining a lot of attention. The skin has its own endocannabinoid system which CBD products can stimulate.
Therefore, it could be useful for relieving a range of skin conditions.
In this piece, we’ll discuss how CBD products could help to relieve symptoms of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis.
CBD and Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which skin cells grow and divide at an accelerated pace. As a result of this division, eczema can start to appear on the surface of the skin. At the time of writing, there is currently no cure for psoriasis.
However, there are several ways to alleviate symptoms, including limiting exposure to the sun, sticking to a balanced diet, and making lifestyle changes.
CBD is also being recognised as a popular way to alleviate some of the common symptoms associated with psoriasis outbreaks with several studies highlighting the effect it can have on slowing the rate at which cells divide.
Additionally, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe the itching and irritation associated with psoriasis.
CBD and Atopic Dermatitis
Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that commonly occurs amongst children. An estimated 10% of children aged six or under are affected by this skin disease. Dermatitis tends to flare up more frequently during the colder months and is characterised by flaky, red, itchy rashes.
The most popular form of treatment for dermatitis is corticosteroid creams.
These creams are very effective at alleviating the symptoms of dermatitis. However, they can cause a lot of adverse effects on the skin and body. Another problem is that skin problem’s related to atopic dermatitis tend to return once the corticosteroid treatment is completed.
CBD products tend to be more efficient because human skin has its own endocannabinoid system. CBD interacts with this system, quickly soothing the target area, calming inflammation, and restoring balance to the area.
CBD products can also help to alleviate redness and itchiness, two of the main problems caused by atopic dermatitis.
CBD and Seborrheic Dermatitis
Seborrheic dermatitis is quite a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects the skin on the face and scalp area. Symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include scaly, red skin across the scalp and around the hairline, as well as manifestations behind the ears, elbows, and knees. The leading cause of this condition is accelerated production of sebum from the sebaceous glands
CBD can be effective when treating seborrheic dermatitis because:
- CBD can slow down the secretion of sebum
The most prominent cause of seborrheic dermatitis is excessive secretion of sebum from the sebaceous glands. CBD has been proven to assist in the reduction of sebum secretion, making it useful in the battle against seborrheic dermatitis. Additionally, CBD has been known as an effective treatment for some forms of acne.
- CBD slows down cell proliferation on the surface of the skin
Malassezia fungus causes rapid reproduction of skin cells and is another factor that contributes to seborrheic dermatitis. Studies have revealed that the CBD molecule helps to reduce the secretion of sebum from the sebaceous glands, inhibiting the reproduction of sebocytes, which are the cells that make up sebaceous glands and are responsible for the onset of seborrheic dermatitis.
Why is CBD Effective at Dealing with Skin Conditions?
CBD binds with and stimulates our bodies endocannabinoid system. The majority of CBD products contain phytocannabinoids, which are molecules that are almost identical to the endocannabinoids that our bodies produce naturally.
Endocannabinoids help to coordinate the functions of our bodies, assisting our immune, nervous, and pulmonary systems when they are sick or under stress. The endocannabinoid system can be described as the conductor of our body, ensuring that our bodies remain in tune and work harmoniously.
The CBD cannabinoid is effective in fighting skin problems because our skin has its own endocannabinoid system. This system makes sure that our skin is healthy and balanced.
Ointments and lotions containing CBD cannabinoid bind directly to the skin’s endocannabinoid system, helping the skin cells find their natural balance quickly and effectively.
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