CBD for Dry and Itchy Skin

June 04, 2019

CBD for Dry and Itchy Skin

Dry skin is one of the common problems in the beauty industry today. Dealing with dry skin can be frustrating. Some symptoms of this condition include itchy and cracking skin.

Common areas that are affected by dry skin include the hands, feet, arms, and legs. Although there are many remedies for this condition on the market, many people seek a natural approach instead of using products filled with industrial chemicals. Many are now taking an interest in using CBD topicals to treat their skin issues. 

How Does Dry Skin Occur

Dry skin is caused by the loss of moisture in the upper layer of the skin called the epidermis. Several factors may lead to dry skin including

Climate: Dry climates can cause the skin to dry out. Your skin becomes drier than someone who lives in a humid environment. Dry skin is more common in the fall and winter months when humidity levels are lower. 

Age: As we get older, our skin dries out. There are many reasons for this. For one, the ability of the skin to produce natural oil reduces as we age. Sun damage, decreased cell renewal, and hormonal changes can also contribute to dry skin when we get older.

Skin Conditions: Certain skin conditions can cause dry skin. Atopic dermatitis (aka eczema) is one. Children who experience eczema often develop dry skin as adults. Psoriasis is another condition that can cause dry skin.

Occupation: People who immerse their hands in water throughout the day (like nurses, hair stylists, and service industry professionals) may develop dry skin.

Frequent Bathing or Washing Hands: People who bathe and wash their hands frequently may develop dry skin, especially if hot water is used.

Benefits of CBD for Dry Skin

CBD reduces dry skin by restoring the missing moisture in the epidermis. A 2014 study revealed that CBD promotes proper oil regulation and production by the skin by interacting with the sebaceous glands. CBD acts as an active sebostatic agent.

Using CBD Topical as Treatment

Instead of using a chemical agent that has harmful side effects, using CBD topicals will give you long-lasting, natural relief.

One of the pioneers of American dermatology, Dr. Granger Piffard, who founded the Journal of Cutaneous and Venereal Diseases (which is now the JAMA Dermatology), wrote the first textbook about dermatologic therapeutics. Dr. Piffard noted that “a pill of cannabis indica at bedtime has at my hands sometimes afforded relief to the intolerable itching of eczema.”

According to the National Eczema Foundation, cannabinoids like CBD have strong anti-itching properties. It can also reduce the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

Human trials on patients with atopic dermatitis using a CBD cream revealed signs of improvement. At the end of the study, over 30 percent of participants no longer felt the need to continue using the prescribed topical cream.

Using CBD to treat dry skin does not result in harmful side effects as opposed to using allopathic treatment options. Also, there are no severe side effects of overdosing on CBD.

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