While we’re all beautiful humans, those suffering from inflammatory skin conditions may find it harder than others to feel confident with the skin they’re in. Inflammatory skin conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, can cause redness, flaky skin, itchiness, and even pain. Through studies and research, scientists have found that CBD can help aid the symptoms of various inflammatory skin conditions. In this blog, we’ll dive into different inflammatory skin conditions and how CBD can swoop in and save the skincare day.
Inflammatory Skin Conditions Stats
A large portion of people suffers from inflammatory skin conditions. In fact, the most common form of eczema, which is known as atopic dermatitis, affects 5 to 7.5 million Americans.1 In addition, 7.5 million people have psoriasis, while more than 14 million people are living with rosacea.2
There are quite a few things you can do to tame the inflammation that comes along with these skin conditions. For most people, very gentle skincare routines and other practical steps can help manage them. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing any skin condition, which is why many individuals seek help from a dermatologist.
Eczema, Psoriasis, And Rosacea, Oh My!
Inflammatory skin conditions can be extremely frustrating to live with and manage, which is why it’s important to learn their ins and outs. Here’s the inside scoop on some of the most common inflammatory skin conditions:
Source: Everyday Health
Eczema, which has many subtypes, is a condition that can cause dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. It's common in young children but can occur at any age. Eczema is long-lasting and can flare up randomly, but while it can be irritating, it’s not contagious.3
It’s important to note that there is an increased risk of eczema in those who have family members who suffer from the condition, along with a history of hay fever or asthma.4 Eczema is also common in people with occupations that involve "wet work" such as frequent hand washing.5
There are several factors that play a role in the development of eczema, such as the functioning of the skin barrier, which keeps the skin moist and allergen-free. A defective skin barrier, which leads to dry skin, is a problem that can be inherited.6
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Psoriasis is a skin condition that may cause a rash with itchy, scaly patches that most commonly appear on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp.7 Psoriasis is a common, long-term condition that can be painful, interfere with sleep, and make it hard to concentrate.8
Often, psoriasis goes through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a while. Common triggers in people with psoriasis include infections, cuts or burns, and certain medications.9
The cause of psoriasis is complex, but an important factor is genetics; the condition often runs in families.10 With psoriasis, new skin cells move to the surface of the skin in a matter of days rather than weeks, building up to form thick patches of skin called plaques.11
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Source: Health Digest
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes blushing or flushing and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, pus-filled bumps.12 These signs and symptoms can flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while.13
Rosacea is commonly mistaken for acne or natural ruddiness and can affect anyone; however, rosacea is most common in middle-aged caucasian women.14 There's no cure for rosacea, but treatment can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.
The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to an overactive immune system, genetics, environmental factors, or a combination of these.15 Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene and it's not contagious, but flare-ups might be triggered by hot drinks and spicy foods.16
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CBD and Inflammatory Skin Conditions
CBD is renowned for its ability to control inflammation. Robert Dellavalle, MD, says, “The body has two CBD receptors that we know of: CB1 and CB2. When applied to the skin, CBD interacts with these receptors to turn down the inflammatory response.“17
“This happens by decreasing the interleukins, which are chemicals that are like the immune system’s fire alarm that calls the fire department in an emergency. CBD may decrease the loudness of that fire alarm,” he explains.18
To summarize, those with inflammatory skin conditions that are using CBD may see less redness overall. For those with eczema and psoriasis, CBD may also reduce itchiness as CBD creams can aid dryness.19
Dermatologists often prescribe topical steroid creams, which act as anti-inflammatory medicines. “These are very safe for most people, and they’re effective, but some people don’t want to use steroids. CBD could be a non-steroidal therapy to fill that gap,” says Dellavalle. 20
Mona Gohara, MD, a dermatologist in Hamden, Connecticut, prefers to use CBD “in inflammatory skin conditions as they’re fizzling out.” She adds, “I recommend generally using a medication to put out the fire and then using CBD to clean up the carnage.”21
Moreover, CBD can also be used to delay early signs of aging. “Inflammation is the basis of all skin conditions, including aging,” Gohara says. “But while there’s a lot of hype surrounding CBD in skincare there is no cure-all. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages or limitations.”22
All of Mama’s Medicinals’ Products Are Anti-inflammatories Powered by Nano CBD
At Mama’s Medicinals, we believe in potent ingredients that are natural, clean, non-toxic, and just all-around good for you and your skin, which is why our products are powered by Nano CBD to help you manage your skin concerns and conditions (even acne). Mama’s Medicinals has you covered when it comes to all of your skincare needs.
Our ultra-popular Healing Salve is crafted with love in Northern California and is a 13-herb blend with a six-week-long infusion process. It’s made with 100% organic oils and herbs, along with 500mg of full-spectrum CBD for every fluid ounce. The Mama’s Medicinals Healing Salve can be used one to three times daily.
Additionally, if you’re suffering from rosacea, opt for the Mama’s Medicinals Vitamin C Serum, which replenishes depleted skin with six botanical oils, pineapple enzymes, five antioxidants herbs, and vitamins C and E. This anti-Inflammatory formula is perf for all skin types, eczema, rosacea, acne, puffiness, wrinkles, dark circles, and those with uneven skin tones.