CBD for Skin
How CBD Helps Alleviate Skin Conditions
Skin is the largest organ in the body, and it does a lot for us – it protects us from infection, prevents us from losing too much water, regulates our body temperature, and absorbs vital nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin D and B. But, because it is so large and it is subject to so much friction, attack from external bacteria, internal hormonal changes, and dietary allergies, we all experience skin problems from time to time.
Many people have ongoing hereditary conditions that must be managed, and some people may not even know they have a skin condition since it only flairs up in very certain circumstances. Often, these conditions are managed with medical creams and even steroids that come with a range of unpleasant side effects, so it is unsurprising that the number of people seeing a natural alternative is growing.
CBD as a Natural Solution
CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring chemical in cannabis plants that has become incredibly popular for its range of natural benefits within the human body, and it is a great alternative for people who suffer from a wide range of skin conditions who are reluctant to use treatments full of chemicals and steroids, or who want a cruelty-free alternative.
CBD oil can help skin conditions because the skin has its own endocannabinoid system to which CBD binds, making it a much more effective treatment than other natural moisturizers and other treatments.
For more information on the endcocannabinoid system, click here.
While ingesting CBD does provide the skin with benefits, the best way to use it on your skin is by applying topicals like salves and creams.
So, what skin conditions can it help and how?
Acne, Pimples, and Clogged Pores
We were all told that spots and acne was just a phase we would experience as teens, but most of us have experienced breakouts well after we turn twenty. These pimples aren’t just subject to teen oiliness, they can be caused by adult hormones, diet, and stress – really, anything that leaves us with clogged pores.
One of the biggest factors that leads to chronic acne is the inflammation in the affected areas. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that may quickly reduce redness, soothe angry skin, and it can work to control the natural oil production in our skin, that, when excessive, leads to clogged pores.
Medications traditionally used to treat acne often contain harsh chemicals and steroids that strip your skin of its natural oils and can have other side effects, such as weight gain and depression. CBD has anti-bacterial properties that may help prevent severe pimples from becoming infected, so incorporating it into your regular skin routine will give you visible results as early as in the first week, and it will reduce the likelihood and appearance of acne scarring.
Dry Skin and Rashes
Dry skin can simply be part of your genetic makeup; however, it can also be caused by a stressed immune system which causes the skin to overreact to outside stimuli, producing rashes, some of which can be dry and itchy.
Rashes can appear because you touched especially sensitive skin, emotional stimuli, reactions to tough fabrics, allergic reactions to something on your skin, or even something you ate. It’s easy to discover the root cause of some rashes (new fabric softener or taking antibiotics), however, others are a little harder to pinpoint.
CBD salve may help soothe the inflamed skin and keep your skin healthy while you investigate what you need to eliminate from your lifestyle.
CBD may also be useful in controlling dry skin and providing relief from eczema. Eczema is an uncomfortable condition where the skin is extremely dry and itchy and often leads to cracked skin either because it is too dry or because the sufferer can’t resist scratching it until it bleeds.
Scaly Patches and Flaky Skin
Patchy and scaly skin is extremely uncomfortable and doesn’t help with your self-confidence when you have an event to go to. In extreme cases, it may even crack and ooze or bleed. These kinds of skin conditions can plague people throughout their lives, so if you’ve experienced this type of problem with your skin it's important that you find an effective way to manage it.
CBD oil may help manage psoriasis, a condition where the skin cells regenerate too quickly to the point where they build up and become thick scaly patches on the surface of the skin. CBD may also help by providing the skin with extra moisture, omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which help the skin regulate regeneration.
Sores, Cracks, and Infections
CBD has antioxidant properties which help reduce the chance of infection when you have these skin conditions. These more severe skin conditions are often linked with autoimmune diseases and commonly affect sensitive areas, for example, the cheeks, around the eyes, around the nose, the chin, and are hereditary. These conditions must be managed effectively throughout your life, and outbreaks of sores are often triggered by hormonal and dietary changes. Traditionally, these have been managed with harsh prescription-only creams, but CBD can allow your skin to heal naturally without added toxins or adverse side effects that occur with steroids.
CBD topicals are a great product to keep in your bag or in your desk if you have naturally sensitive skin that often reacts or becomes dry and itchy, or as an added step in your regular skin routine. Our CBD Salve combines the benefits of CBD with other beneficial essential oils, such as lavender and eucalyptus, to effectively soothe skin, reduce inflammation, and aid in recovery. You may use it as a treatment and a preventative measure for maintaining healthy skin.
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*You should always contact your Dr if you are already taking medications and shouldn't stop taking medications without discussing with your Dr first. The FDA has not approved hemp or CBD for any medical purposes, and LivKind makes no medical claims about CBD or our products.