26 Oct How Can CBD Oil Help With Eczema?
1 in 10 people (children, mostly) suffer from some form of eczema, a way to describe several different types of skin conditions. Characterized by massive inflammation, dryness, and severe itching, eczema sufferers are often given steroid creams as treatment but in many cases, it doesn’t work or leaves the person with a series of serious side effects.
Balms, salves, and lotions made with CBD hemp oil are used by thousands for all types of skin conditions, including daily skin care. Can CBD hemp oil topicals help those who suffer from eczema flare-ups? Many indicators point to “yes.” Let’s find out what exactly eczema is and how it affects people.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is a term that describes a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed and irritated. The clinical term for eczema is “atopic dermatitis”, and it is a skin condition where red, itchy rashes occur. Eczema can develop at any age but is most common in children. Rashes tend to develop on the face, behind the knees, inside the elbows, and on the hands and feet.
The appearance of the rash varies from person to person, and can feature red to brownish-gray patches, raised bumps, crusted over skin, or cracked and scaly skin. The itching associated with eczema can, at times, be very severe. Scratching the affected skin worsens the rash, causing it to become more raw, sensitive and swollen as histamines are released in response. Eczema can be very painful and, to state the obvious, very inconvenient for personal appearance and hygiene.
The fact that children are more apt to be afflicted with it adds another dimension to eczema. It’s one thing for an adult to have a red rash on their face but imagine how difficult it is for a child. Kids don’t have as much willpower as adults for resisting the urge to scratch rashy flare-ups. In the summertime, when kids go to beaches, pools, lakes, and water parks all day, swimsuit activities can become a nightmare for children if unsightly, painful rashes cover their body. In order to soothe the itch and appearance, portable options are needed. The appearance on the body can also be very embarrassing.
What Causes Eczema?
The cause of eczema is unknown but is likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Stress, sweat, heat and humidity changes, certain soaps and detergents, particular fabrics, air pollution and the consumption of eggs, milk, peanuts, soybeans, fish, and wheat have been shown to make symptoms worsen.
Eczema is a long-lasting disease that has no cure. However, new outbreaks can be prevented and itching relief provided with medicated creams or ointments. The avoidance of harsh soaps and other irritants can help manage symptoms. Corticosteroid creams or ointments help control itching and inflammation. Additionally, creams that help repair damaged skin can be used to help maintain normal skin. However, these creams can have side effects, including skin discoloration and an increased risk of infections. It’s very important to choose products that contain fewer chemicals and more natural components.
CBD Oil Topicals
The following information is presented for educational purposes only, HempMeds® does not provide medical advice, claims, or treatment plans. We provide this information simply to show an understanding of the potential applications of cannabinoids inside CBD hemp oil.
Besides CBD, hemp oil contains a list of other essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. All of which have been shown to alleviate itchy, dry skin conditions.
There are several independent, third-party studies that have shown that CBD-infused topicals can help in alleviating the itching, swelling, and redness associated with eczema and other inflammatory skin disorders.
Here are a couple to get you started. We encourage you to research for yourself as well. If you have questions you are always welcome to message us or call our team.
In humans, peripheral administration of a cannabinoid receptor agonist attenuates (reduces) histamine-induced itch:
Endocannabinoids played a role in reducing dry skin:
Research has repeatedly shown that CBD oil may help in soothing several skin conditions, including eczema. Cannabinoids have immunosuppressive properties which many believe can make them helpful in the care of inflammatory skin issues.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an important role in several skin regulatory functions. Researchers believe that skin conditions like eczema develop when there’s an imbalance in the ECS. The cannabinoids found in cannabis can help mediate disruptions in the ECS by interacting with cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), found in abundance on the nerve fibers and cells of the skin. Through these interactions with CB receptors, cannabinoids are thought to be able to help with skin inflammation, pain, and itching.
What CBD Application Should You Use for Eczema?
Suffering from eczema or caring for someone who has it can be a painful, embarrassing, and frustrating process. If you’ve made the decision to try a CBD oil topical product for you (or your child’s) skin issues, including eczema, here are some things to keep in mind.
Make sure you use a topical that has been infused with CBD and is free of alcohols and impurities. Moisturizers, lotions, balms, and salves made with CBD oil should fit into this category.
Applying the topical directly to the itchy area(s) is the best way to go, as it will be easily absorbed into your skin and begin to work quickly. Some people also supplement their topical treatment by taking CBD oil orally, which of course, is not a bad idea! Adding CBD to your daily health routine as a supplement is a great way to get vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty oils into your body.
However, applying a CBD topical, such as our HempMeds salve, directly to the area is sufficient. Our all-natural salve is made with our Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) and contains 50mg of CBD, essential oils, and our unique herbal blend.
Visit our online shop today or call 1-866-273-8502. One of our HempMeds Sales Associates would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our CBD hemp oil salve or any other of our CBD products.