July 16, 2021 5 min read
Eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis are inflammatory skin conditions that can be distressing. They can also be a source of self-consciousness and embarrassment since we all want to be comfortable in our skin. A visible, irritating rash can make us feel isolated and interfere with daily life's natural flow.
There are many articles on how to stop skin inflammation. Experts recommend different solutions, from dietary changes to medicated topicals. Even so, for many people, these inflammatory skin conditions persist and return again and again. Here, we look at the natural benefits of CBD and plant medicine to relieve and heal inflammation of the skin so you can move on with your life.
From psoriasis to eczema, skin inflammation is an immune response in the body. The immune system is responsible for maintaining the health of all the tissues in the body.
Usually, it does a great job fighting invaders and healing cuts and bruises, but sometimes an immune system reaction is misdirected at healthy tissue. This is when you see rashes and skin inflammation.
Common causes of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis include:
Allergic response to environmental or dietary stimulus
If stress, extreme temperatures, an imbalance of gut bacteria, or allergens may be contributing to your eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, eliminating those causes can help stop the skin inflammation while you also treat it topically.
Why would CBD be effective against skin inflammation? So many reasons!
CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory that supports the nervous and immune systems. It has the unique ability to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Because these receptors are found throughout the central nervous system, immune system, and organ systems, CBD helps balance the body's internal functions.
The ECS controls our mood, emotions, pain perception, memory, appetite, body temperature, hormone secretion, and other physiological and psychological processes.
However, the ECS works on-demand and produces cannabinoids when we need them. It does not store any for later and can become deficient, which compromises the balanced functioning of our systems and organs.
CBD signals the ECS to produce more natural cannabinoids and keeps them active and circulating longer by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks them down.
With over 65 molecular targets, CBD is a versatile tool. Research from the National University of Natural Medicine shows that cannabinoids can modulate the immune system according to what is needed. If your immune system's response is exaggerated, they will downregulate it. On the other hand, if your immune system is deficient, it will increase immune activity. That’s a powerful tool!
CBD's antioxidative, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory properties can provide relief from inflammatory skin conditions.
Studies show that topical CBD creams may be beneficial for reducing potential triggers of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Since the ECS plays an active role in regulating skin health, researchers are looking at therapeutically targeting the ECS through CBD and other cannabinoids to manage various skin conditions.
One advantage scientists note about using CBD to treat inflammatory skin conditions is that, unlike steroids, there are few to no side effects. It can relieve symptoms as well as work with the body's natural systems to help fight or balance the cause of the condition.
For psoriasis, one clinical study showed that CBD and other cannabinoids slowed down the growth and division of skin cells involved in psoriatic skin rashes. This means the rash stopped spreading or slowed its progress.
Another small study with patients in Italy demonstrated that a CBD-enriched topical ointment reduced psoriasis symptoms.
A research review done in 2019 confirmed that cannabinoids have a remarkable potential to treat psoriasis but called for additional human studies.
Eczema and dermatitis refer to a wide array of inflammatory skin conditions. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably.
A 2014 research review confirmed several studies showing CBD's ability to benefit patients with multiple skin conditions, including dermatitis and eczema. This review looked at numerous studies over several years that all showed benefits.
A clinical study done in 2019 found that CBD ointment reduced itching and improved sleep for patients with atopic dermatitis and eczema.
CBD can also kill the microorganisms that can attack the skin of people with dermatitis and cause flare-ups, thereby protecting them from reinfection.
Researchers also concluded that hemp oil contains a wide array of phytochemicals beneficial for skin health and human health in general.
We recommend our Vibrant Face Lotion if you're looking for a CBD topical to apply on eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis. It's not only for your face!
This rich and soothing cream combines hemp-derived CBD with:
Seven terpenes that research has shown to benefit the skin
Nine plant extracts (including roman chamomile, eugenol, and lavender flower)
Four essential oils
Three vitamins (A, E, and ProVitamin B5)
Aloe vera juice
Eight natural emollients (including organic neem seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and organic cocoa butter)
In a recent blog, we shared the researched skin benefits of some of these ingredients. The formula is a powerhouse of all-natural plant medicine targeted to support and heal your skin.
Your body is telling you it is out of balance. Whether it is caused by an internal imbalance or external influences, taking cues from your body can help you make constructive and life-elevating changes.
As you figure that out, CBD topical cream like Jampha's Vibrant Face Lotion is a natural and potent alternative to steroid creams. CBD lotion reduces inflammation and discomfort and can slow the rash from spreading. It works with your body to help support and restore its natural balance to promote healing.
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