Do you or your kids suffer from eczema?
If so, you’re probably looking for effective relief from the constant itching, redness, and swelling.
Luckily, CBD can help relieve a plethora of skin conditions, including eczema.
Here I want to quickly explain how to treat eczema then share with you how CBD creams have been amazing at clearing up my own skin.
Read on to learn more.
What is Eczema?
In its most basic sense, eczema is an inflammation of the skin.
This inflammation can be triggered by everything from stress to irritants found in soaps, detergents, sprays, and more.
Although it affects roughly 30 million people in the USA alone, the exact cause of eczema still isn’t known.
Medical experts suggest that genetics, immune function, skin defects, and environmental factors may all play a role in causing eczema.
Some forms of eczema, for example, are triggered when the skin comes into contact with particular irritants.
The body may mistake these irritants as harmful and send the immune system into overdrive, causing inflammation, swelling, itching, and redness.
Other types of eczema might flare up when a person is particularly stressed.
My skin, as well as being naturally sensitive to some soaps and beauty products, definitely suffers when I’m particularly stressed or anxious.
Understanding the Different Types of Eczema
There are many different types of eczema, and your doctor/dermatologist may use one of the following terms to describe your particular condition:
- Atopic Dermatitis: This is a chronic form of eczema usually caused by an overactive immune system.
- Contact Dermatitis: This type of eczema is caused by irritants found in soaps, fumes, detergents, fabrics, and more.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis: This type of eczema affects areas of the body with high concentrations of sebaceous glands.
- Stasis Dermatitis: Stasis dermatitis is caused by a build-up of pressure in the veins which causes liquid to leak out into the skin.
- Dyshidrotic Eczema: This kind of eczema causes small, itchy blisters. It can be triggered by stress, allergies, moisture, and allergens like nickel and cobalt.
- Nummular Eczema: Also known as discoid eczema, nummular dermatitis causes big round lesions that look very different to other types of eczema. It can be caused by insect bites, dry skin, and more.
Eczema Symptoms are Caused by Inflammation
Everybody will experience eczema slightly differently.
Some of the most common symptoms of eczema include:
- Patches of dry, red, and itchy skin on the hands, face, neck, legs, and in the creases of the elbows and knees.
- Open wounds from scratching and picking at irritated skin.
- Blisters and lesions.
It’s important to realize that the underlying cause of these symptoms is inflammation.
Regardless of what kind of eczema you have, the discomfort it causes is caused by a constant or recurring inflammation of the skin.
The root cause of the condition, however, isn’t known.
How to Treat Eczema
Eczema treatment can involve the use of topical creams, over the counter (OTC) medications, and natural remedies.
There are a variety of OTC topical drugs designed to relieve the symptoms of eczema.
Besides using medication, bathing in warm water and using mild moisturizing creams can help to hydrate the skin and soothe irritation.
Doctors may recommend prescription drugs for patients with severe eczema.
These can include prescription topicals, as well as oral and injected medications.
Some other eczema treatment options include:
- Phototherapy, which involves shining ultraviolet light onto the skin to reduce itching and inflammation.
- “Biologic drugs,” designed to help regulate immune response.
Natural Topical Eczema Treatments
Besides the treatments I mentioned above, there are a number of natural solutions you can try in order to reduce your eczema symptoms.
- Cannabidiol (CBD): CBD is by far my favorite supplement for treating skin issues. By activating the Endocannabinoid System, CBD is great at promoting skin health and fighting inflammation. Keep reading to find out how it works
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and can help kill bacteria on the skin that may cause infections.
- Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it can help your skin build up stronger barriers and retain more moisture.
- Cardiospermum Topicals: Cardiospermum is a genus of plant native to Africa and India. Many topical creams made with Cardiospermum can help reduce itching, redness, inflammation, and other forms of skin irritation.
- Colloidal Oatmeal Baths: Colloidal oatmeal is used in a variety of skin care products. Try soaking in a warm bath with colloidal oatmeal to soothe dry, itchy, and irritated skin.
- Witch Hazel: Some people find witch hazel can help soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, as well as dry blisters or wounds and help them heal.
CBD Can Help Relieve Your Eczema Symptoms
CBD is my go-to for any kind of skin condition.
It works by activating the natural human Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
This system, besides being involved in a wide variety of other bodily processes, also seems to play a big role in regulating the health of the skin.
Researchers from the Department of Physiology at the University of Debrecen, Hungary suggest the ECS plays 3 key roles in the skin:
- Controls the proliferation and growth of skin cells.
- Manages skin cell survival and development.
- Mediates the proper functioning of the immune system.
As you may already know, the Endocannabinoid System is made up of 2 main receptors designed to interact with endocannabinoids produced naturally by the body.
These receptors are called CB1 and CB2.
Research shows that both receptors exist in various parts of the skin, including the sebaceous glands.
When these receptors get activated by compounds like anandamide, for example, the Endocannabinoid System kicks into gear.
For example, researchers found that activating cannabinoid receptors in the skin inhibited both the proliferation and differentiation (or development) of skin cells.
It also helped regulate immune responses in the skin and triggered a process known as apoptosis, or programmed cell death.
This is a natural process which happens all around the body and is essential for our health.
When cells don’t die at the right rate, they can combine to form abnormalities like tumors.
CB receptors have also been found on sensory nerves in the skin.
Activating these receptors has been shown to inhibit sensations like pain and itching.
Below I’ll take a more in-depth look at how CBD can help people with eczema:
CBD for Eczema
Because of CBD's ability to reduce inflammation, regulate your immune system, fight bacteria and relieve itching and swelling of the skin, CBD creams are recommended for treating eczema. Studies show that CBD has these properties which are exactly what eczema sufferers need for relief.
CBD is Great at Fighting Inflammation
CBD is renowned for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
In fact, CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects are one of the main reasons why this tiny compound has such huge potential as a medicine and health supplement.
Since you’re reading this, I assume you’re already a little familiar with the health benefits of CBD.
Chances are you’ve at least read about them on the news.
From epilepsy to arthritis, there’s a huge range of medical conditions that seem to benefit from CBD treatment.
The same goes for inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.
In 2007, for example, a study from the Journal of Dermatological Science showed that CBD and other cannabinoids help reduce the symptoms of psoriasis.
Psoriasis, like eczema, is an inflammatory skin condition which affects the life cycle of skin cells, causing them to build up quickly on the skin.
The immune system then reacts to this build of cells, attacking them and resulting in thick, red, itchy, and scaly patches.
Researchers found that cannabinoids can help slow down the build-up of skin cells that causes psoriasis.
At the same time, other research shows that CBD can help regulate the immune system and its response as well as relieve the itching, redness, and swelling that psoriasis causes.
CBD Has Anti-Microbial Effects
Our skin is covered in all kinds of fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
When present in healthy concentrations, all of these organisms actually help our body function properly.
However, when this balance is thrown out, disease can strike.
Eczema patients seem to have different skin biologies and research suggests this plays a key role in the development and spread of condition like eczema.
Luckily, CBD can help.
Besides being a powerful anti-inflammatory, CBD can also fight bacteria that cause skin conditions like eczema.
In particular, research shows that CBD can help manage the build-up and spread of Staphylococcus aureu, a bacteria which has been suggested to cause dermatitis in the past.
By helping regulate the presence of these organisms on our skin, cannabinoid-rich creams, lotions, and other topicals can be very effective at relieving eczema and it’s symptoms as well as possibly preventing future flare-ups.
How CBD Helped Me End Years of Chronic Skin Problems
You’re probably wondering why I’m so interested in CBD.
Well, turns out CBD has worked wonders on my skin.
While I don’t actually suffer from eczema, my skin is far from perfect.
For years, I’ve battled with severe acne, sensitive skin, rashes, and a long list of other skin issues.
The fact that I work a super stressful job doesn’t help.
In fact, whenever I have a particularly tough day at work, I can almost guarantee I’ll wake up with a zit breakout, rash, or some other kind of skin issue the next day.
Or at least, that’s what used to happen before I discovered CBD…
Today, I use CBD as part of my daily skincare routine and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
My skin is visibly clearer, and if I suffer from something like a rash, it’s usually gone within 24 hrs of treating it with a CBD-rich cream or lotion.
Besides my skin problems, I also suffer from anxiety and stress, most of which is caused by my work.
Using other CBD products like gummies and oils has also helped me manage these conditions, which in turn helps reduce my skin flare-ups.
If you suffer from eczema, I highly recommend trying CBD to fight the inflammation, immune issues, and bacterial imbalances that characterize the condition.
Try simply applying a CBD cream directly to the affected areas and rub it gently into your skin like a moisturizer.
Whenever possible, try to use products made with whole-plant hemp extract, as these contain other hemp compounds which are also great for skin health.
For more information about CBD, its benefits for skin health, and reviews of specific CBD skin products, check out my homepage.