An estimated 15 million people in the UK suffer from eczema. The condition leads to irritated skin, which can get patchy, itchy and red. So how are UK eczema sufferers and CBD getting on and can CBD help with eczema?
The NHS says that eczema can run in families and individuals can develop the condition alongside other conditions such as asthma and hay fever.
Breakouts can be triggered by anything from stress to strongly-scented soaps and detergents.
The weather can also affect eczema due to the pollen count.
Could CBD help with eczema?
CBD is a potentially effective treatment as it may help to restore skin balance, reduce redness, soothe itchiness and irritation.
Anti-inflammatory: Studies have shown that CBD produces anti-inflammatory effects that could help with managing skin irritation.
The American Academy of Dermatology has also suggested using CBD skin products as an adjunct measure for acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Anti Bacterial: CBD may also help to prevent infection in skin that has been damaged, scratched or broken as a result of eczema.
A study at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience found that CBD killed numerous strains of bacteria, including VRSA, VISA and MRSA.
Improved sleep: Many people who suffer with eczema can also suffer from sleep problems as intense itching may keep them awake at night. CBD could help to soothe irritated skin, making it easier to stay asleep.
Anti-anxiety: Eczema sufferers can also have low self-confidence due to the appearance of their skin.
Eczema can leave visible marks, redness, bumps, blisters and also hives which can make people feel self conscious.
CBD can affect serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that plays a vital role in mental health. Low levels of serotonin can lead to depression or anxiety
One study showed that 400mg of CBD reduced anxiety levels among individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).
The best way to take CBD for eczema
CBD creams can be applied directly to the affected area to help reduce redness and itching.
Creams can be combined with other skin-calming ingredients, such as lavender or chamomile for extra soothing. Even better if you can combine your CBD cream along with a CBD oil.
Also try to avoid perfumed creams and any with chemical additives or steroids.