Have you ever wanted to walk barefoot in the sand but instead found yourself opting for jeans and sneakers? Yea, it’s 85 degrees outside and you are sweating your butt off, but if you have suffered from a skin condition on your feet or legs, you may know the feeling of choosing a heatstroke over the embarrassment.
And what if your skin condition is on your arms or, worse yet, your face?
Anyone who has suffered from a skin condition can tell you what a drag it is. Not only is it uncomfortable or painful, but it is also painfully visible.
Fortunately for many skin condition sufferers, there are new, natural options available—Fusion CBD topicals and oils.
How Do Hemp Oils and Creams Help Skin Conditions?
Well, the truth is, we don’t know fully because there are a lot of factors. Fusion CBD products are extracted from hemp—one of the forms of cannabis. Not only do Fusion CBD topicals and oils contain CBD, they also contain other cannabinoids and terpenes.
There are over 100 different types of cannabinoids found in cannabis and 100 different types of terpenes.
Terpenes are organic compounds. They are the source of aroma and flavor in many plants and trees.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that occur naturally in the human body as well as some plants. They interact with the recently discovered endocannabinoid system. This bodily system was only just discovered in 1992 by Dr.Raphael Mechoulam. The cannabinoids that have received the most attention are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
But What is CBD and What is the Best Form of it?
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in larger amounts in marijuana. In fact, the difference between hemp and marijuana is simply that—marijuana contains more than .3 percent THC, the legal limit set by the federal government, and hemp contains less. The cannabis raised for Fusion CBD is classified as hemp because it contains less than this legal limit.
However, our products do contain many other non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes that have been found to have health benefits. Together, these components make up our full-spectrum product. Full-spectrum CBD oil, as opposed to CBD isolate, has been found in research to achieve superior results. The fact is, working together, the effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes is greater than the sum of their parts. The teamwork of components in full-spectrum CBD oil creates what has been nicknamed the “entourage effect.”
When it comes to skin conditions, there are several possibilities as to why CBD oils and creams have been so effective for some people. So let’s break it down by condition and take a look at the factors involved in each.
Common Skin Conditions
CBD oils and creams have been used to manage these commonly diagnosed skin conditions:
- Itchy and Dry Skin (Eczema)
- Itchy and Scaley Skin (Psoriasis)
- Skin Bumps and Redness (Rosacea)
CBD Oil and Topicals for Eczema – Itchy and Dry Skin
Eczema is a condition where patches of skin become itchy, red, inflamed, cracked, and rough. Unlucky sufferers may even develop blisters (ouch!). Lest you feel alone in suffering from this condition, just know that 36 million of people in the U.S. have some form of eczema according to the National Eczema Association. That is 10% of the population.
The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. “Atopic” refers to diseases involving the immune system, and “dermatitis” means inflammation of the skin.
Exactly what causes eczema is not fully known. As of now, there is no known cure for it. However, the condition can be managed.
The National Eczema Association states on their website:
It has long been observed that cannabinoids possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-itch qualities, but not until recently has high-quality research been published to understand the physiological effects underlying these anecdotal reports.
Cannabinoids have both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is these properties that may help to improve eczema.
Terpenes like B-caryophyllene and Geranyl Acetate are among the anti-inflammatory components found in our topicals and oils. It is thought that these play a large part of in helping folks manage the condition of eczema. B-caryophyllene is a terpene found in black pepper and Geranyl Acetate is a terpene found in carrots.
CBD Oils and Topicals for Psoriasis – Itchy and Scaly Skin
Psoriasis is not a dinosaur (that would be protoavis) but a skin condition. And an unpleasant one at that.
Psoriasis is characterized by itchy and scaly skin. Like eczema, there are a lot of people suffering from this condition—approximately 7.5 million people in the US. And, like eczema, psoriasis does not have a cure so it must be managed.
Not everyone who suffers from psoriasis experiences itchiness, but 70-90 percent do. Psoriasis develops when the immune system becomes overactive. This causes the body to create new skin cells at an accelerated rate. This results in raised white or silvery plaques (patches) that can be itchy and painful.
As with many ills, inflammation plays a huge role in psoriasis. In fact, inflammation causes the itching sensation. Inflammation is the body’s way to fight infection and protect itself, but in the case of psoriasis, the immune system incorrectly triggers inflammation.
The Journal of Dermatological Science published a study in 2007 which observed that CBD may help psoriasis by slowing down the body’s overproduction of the skin cell keratinocyte. A review published in 2016 states that although the exact cause of psoriasis is not entirely understood, the interaction of the immune system, nervous system, and endocannabinoid systems suggests that cannabinoids are a potential treatment.
CBD Oil and Topicals for Skin Bumps and Redness (Rosacea)
Rosacea is a common skin disorder. Roughly 16 million Americans suffer from this condition. It primarily affects the skin on the face. It is more common among women between the ages of 30 and 60 and people with fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes.
Sufferers can experience redness on their nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead. That redness over time can even take on a ruddy appearance and blood vessels may become visible. No darn fun. It is not difficult to understand how this condition can lead to anxiety and low self-esteem.
The condition can even develop beyond the face, impacting the neck, chest or ears. Just like eczema and psoriasis, the cause of rosacea is not known.
A full-spectrum CBD product with many different cannabinoids and terpenes with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties can help decrease inflammation and redness.
CBD Oil and Topicals for Acne
Last, but not least, is acne. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. 50 million Americans have to deal with acne each and every year.
That is a lot of pimples.
There is no one cause of acne. It happens when the skin becomes inflamed as a result of overactive oil glands at the base of hair follicles. Oil (sebaceous) glands come to life usually around puberty. These oil glands are stimulated by male hormones produced in the adrenal glands of both boys and girls (as if teenagers didn’t have enough to deal with!).
Acne is a chronic skin problem that can be managed. CBD oil and topicals can have a positive impact on acne because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory characteristics. CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system and helps to restore balance.
The skin is one of the largest organs in the body. The top layer of skin is called the epidermis. This is the protective sheet that provides our body with waterproof protection from UV rays, invasion by microbes, heat, cold, and much more.
The layer beneath the epidermis is where the skin produces its own endocannabinoid molecules such as anandamide (AEA) and 2-AG. Endocannabinoid receptors are also found in the skin. The interaction between endocannabinoids and the receptors suppress inflammation of the top layer of skin.
CBD oil can provide the extra help your system needs to combat acne by stimulating the endocannabinoid system and inhibiting the overproduction of oils.
Cannabidiol (CBD) – No Adverse Side Effects!
Conventional treatment for skin conditions like eczema has included the use of topical steroids. While effective, this treatment can also have serious side effects. In fact, the overuse of topical steroids can lead to “topical steroid addiction” or “Red Skin Syndrome”. If this occurs, withdrawal from the topical steroids causes adverse effects such as burning, stinging, and bright red skin.
Chronic, long-lasting skin conditions like acne are sometimes managed with antibiotics. These too have side effects.
According to a World Health Organization report published in 2018:
“CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
The report goes on to say that CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.
Should I Use CBD Topically or Internally for My Skin Problems?
Since there is still more to learn about what causes many skin conditions and why certain treatments help to manage them, there is not a clear-cut answer to this question. Certainly, oils and creams that are applied topically offer a more direct application to the problem area.
But whether it is applied topically or taken internally, CBD oil may offer benefits for your skin health. And don’t forget that it is not only the CBD in our products that offers benefits but also the vast number of other anti-inflammatory cannabinoids and terpenes.
If you would like to try one of Fusion CBD’s products for your skin, you can always visit our online store. Whether you are searching for a high-quality full-spectrum oil to use internally, or cream or salve to apply topically, you can find everything you need at Fusion CBD.