Dr. K CBD

Skin Problem

Eczema

CBD has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and a neuroprotective. This means it may help to reduce inflammation in the form of a rash, itching, redness, or eczema. As an antioxidant, it may protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can cause damage to skin cells. Its neuroprotective properties may mean it can help to protect the nerve cells against damage, degeneration, or impairment of function. This combination of properties means it may help with various skin related issues, including eczema.

Not only do humans have endocannabinoid receptors throughout their internal biological system, but also in the skin. The endocannabinoid system plays a large role in immune system control. Eczema and other skin problems can often be a sign of a deeper rooted issue with the immune system [1]. Technically, the skin is part of this system, and - being the largest organ in the human body - it is very important! It is thought that using CBD can influence the endocannabinoid system and help it to work more effectively. This may help improve immune responses, and therefore help the skin to fight against eczema [1] [2].

Additionally, CBD is a plant-based, natural, organic product. The way that it works is through helping the body to produce molecules that it would produce anyway. This means it has low toxicity, and high tolerance levels, making it an excellent choice for skincare. Many people find their skin is sensitive to certain products, and it can be hard to know this before you try it. With CBD, we can avoid this complication. We would recommend using a CBD topical if you have mild to medium severity of eczema. In addition to this, using a CBD oil may help to increase the effects if you have more chronic levels of eczema.

Acne

As well as having anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidising effects, it is thought that CBD may help reduce acne due to its ability to adjust how the body creates sebum [3]. Sebum is a waxy, oily substance made by the skin. It can mix with dead skin cells, dirt, and other pollutants which leads to clogged pores, which can then lead to acne. A 2014 study explored the effects of CBD on the cells which create sebum [3]. They found that it prevented these cells from making too much sebum. Secondly, they found that it triggered an anti-inflammatory reaction in the cells, and prevented cytokines from activating. Cytokines are small proteins that may trigger acne. They concluded from this study that CBD was a ‘promising therapeutic agent’ for treating acne [4].

A 2016 review showed that the cannabis plant has antibacterial and antifungal effects, which may help reduce the effects of dirt and pollutants on the skin [3].

References

[1] https://www.medmen.com/blog/health/can-cbd-help-with-eczema
[2] https://edit.sundayriley.com/cbd-and-eczema-a-match-made-in-heaven-or-hell/
[3] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324689#other-skin-problems
[4] https://www.healthline.com/health/skin-disorders/cbd-for-acne#for-acne-scars

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