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  • August 20, 2022 5 min read

    CBD'S BENEFITS FOR DRY HANDS AND SKIN

    Dry skin appears to be scaly, and the skin becomes itchy. If you scratch, your skin may start to crack or peel off. While it's not uncommon to feel like your whole is experiencing dryness, the common parts of the body affected by this condition are the legs, arms, feet, and hands. However, thanks to science and technology, CBD was discovered. CBD has many benefits for dehydrated skin that can help restore a healthy-looking complexion. Let's discuss starting with the basics.

    Reasons For Dry Skin

    Weather

    If the weather is dry, particularly if you live in the desert or the mountains, the skin is bound to dry out. Your condition may worsen if you live in regions where the climate is humid, particularly in the Southeast part of the United States.

    Age

    Body functions tend to slow down as one gets older. The skin, in turn, experiences dryness more often because the body isn't producing enough natural oils making it more susceptible to sunburn due to reduced cell reproduction, and hormone interruptions are also a contributor. Dermatologists may suggest that you use a daily moisturizer.

    Occupation

    Are you surprised by this one? Surprisingly, your occupation can be the cause of a dry body surface. For example, if it's a prerequisite to touch the water as part of your job, your hands are destined to become dry. Also, some people become dehydrated using moisturizers that can have various side effects in treating dry and itchy body surfaces.

    • Seasons; Dryness is more common during winter and fall because humidity levels are low.
    • Skin Ailments; Skin diseases, such as eczema and psoriasis, cause dryness.

    CBD As A Topical Application

    Cannabidiol, shortened as CBD, is a chemical compound extracted from cannabis and hemp. It’s not psychoactive; rather, it has therapeutic effects. Besides CBD, there are over a hundred other chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, and scientifically they are called cannabinoids. The most famous cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the high that most people associate with cannabis. CBD alone won’t make you feel high.

    Different varieties of cannabis plants contain different levels of cannabinoids. Hemp plants contain far more CBD and almost no THC, so most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp. Normally, manufacturers will use heat to derive CBD from the cannabis plant and mix it with a carrier oil to create CBD oil which can ease the body can easily absorb. It may utilize alcohol to create a CBD tincture.

    People can utilize CBD oil in several ways, such as applying it directly to the skin, placing a drop under your tongue, or adding it to creams or lotions. The human body contains a complex network of neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors referred to as the endocannabinoid receptor system (ECS). Hui-Chen Lu and Ken Mackie (2017) suggested that cannabinoids and the ECS may play a role in most bodily processes such as mood regulation, sleep patterns, appetite, etc., and that the skin contains cannabinoid receptors.

    How CBD Helps Skin

    Although research into CBD is still in its early stages, Baswan et al.  (2020) suggested that CBD has therapeutic properties that may be useful in treating or controlling various skin conditions. This is why beauty and skincare brands and manufacturers have incorporated CBD into their products to boost their effects. CBD for dry skin is available in topical forms such as balm, cream, lotion, or oil. These skincare products are infused with CBD to enhance their effectiveness. You can apply it on the whole body or only in places where they experience dryness.

    According to Levy& Emer (2012), human skin is vulnerable to suffering from various skin conditions such as acne, itchiness, dryness, and inflammation. Gladly, the use of CBD oil and topicals can alleviate these conditions.

    CBD oil for Eczema

    Eczema is a condition that causes your body’s surface to become dry, itchy, and cracked. It’s often a recurrent and severe condition. People have been using topical over-the-counter steroid creams to treat it but with side effects. However, there's no proven cure. Anecdotal evidence shows that CBD can be an alternative form of natural treatment by applying it topically or taking it in the form of a capsule.  Maghfour et al. (2021) showed that CBD might be useful in treating some common symptoms of skin conditions such as itching and dryness. Cristian et al. (2020) showed the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD that may particularly be useful for reducing potential triggers of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. So, CBD oil may aid in soothing skin and reduce the appearance of irritation, especially for people with sensitive skin.

    CBD oil for Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is another skin condition that causes skin dryness. It leaves your body with painful itching that results from excessive cell buildup on your skin surface. When you scratch, you might crack and bleed. In severe cases, your skin may become inflamed. Although there's no cure for this condition, research has shown CBD can help treat psoriasis as it slows down individual skin cell production. Sudhir et al. (2020) suggested that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help treat skin conditions, including psoriasis. Consequently, researchers warn about exercising caution when using CBD for psoriasis, since more research is required.

    Conclusion

    Most people spend a lot of money on cosmetic products that promise to maintain their skin in perfect condition. However, such unnatural products can do more harm than good. Therefore, using natural products is the way to go. Although there are various options for skincare, none seems to match CBD oil. CBD oil is useful in treating various skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis and managing aging and dry skin. The advantages are overwhelming, which is why you should consider adding CBD oil products for skin care to your regimen.

    References

    Baswan, S. M., Klosner, A. E., Glynn, K., Rajgopal, A., Malik, K., Yim, S., & Stern, N. (2020). Therapeutic potential of cannabidiol (CBD) for skin health and disorders. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 13, 927.

    Cristian Scheau, Ioana Anca Badarau, Livia-Gratiela Mihai, Andreea-Elena Scheau, Daniel Octavian Costache, Carolina Constantin, Daniela Calina, Constantin Caruntu, Raluca Simona Costache, and Ana Caruntu. (2020) Cannabinoids in the Pathophysiology of Skin Inflammation.

    Hui-Chen Lu and Ken Mackie. (2017). an introduction to the endogenous cannabinoid system.

    Levy, L. L., & Emer, J. J. (2012). Emotional benefit of cosmetic camouflage in the treatment of facial skin conditions: personal experience and review. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 5, 173.

    Maghfour, J., Rundle, C. W., Rietcheck, H. R., Dercon, S., Lio, P., Mamo, A., ... & Yardley, H. (2021). Assessing the effects of topical cannabidiol in patients with atopic dermatitis. Dermatology online journal, 27(2).

    Sudhir M Baswan, Allison E Klosner, Kelly Glynn, Arun Rajgopal, Kausar Malik, Sunghan Yim, and Nathan Stern.(2020). Therapeutic Potential of Cannabidiol (CBD) for Skin Health and Disorders.