Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions, with an estimated 15 million people living with it in the UK. Many people around the world are gradually switching to CBD products to combat eczema.
For those who struggle to manage their eczema, it can be extremely frustrating. It can be quite difficult to predict when a flare-up is on the way or what is causing the flare-ups.
Could your prayers be answered by using CBD for eczema? Let’s take a look.
What exactly is eczema?
Eczema is the umbrella term for skin conditions that cause dry, irritated skin. There are a few different types of eczema, some of the most common ones are:
- Discoid eczema: This looks like circular or oval patches of red, dry skin.
- Contact dermatitis:This is trigger when the skin comes into contact with a particular substance.
- Varicose eczema: This usually shows up on the lower legs and is caused by how the blood flows through veins in the legs.
- Seborrhoeic eczema:This usually looks like red, scaly patches of skin around the eyes, nose, ears, or scalp.
- Dyshidrotic eczema: This painful condition looks like tiny blisters across the palms of the hands.
Knowing you have eczema?
Everybody is different and some people will experience symptoms more severely than others. Some common symptoms can help you identity eczema though.
Eczema is quite similar to psoriasis as it appears in cycles. You might not have any symptoms for weeks or months and then, unfortunately, it flares up again.
Eczema can pop up anywhere on the body but most of the time, it shows up on the hands/fingers, insides of elbows, the backs of the knees, or on the scalp.
Eczema can look different depending on your skin tone - on lighter skin types, it appears as red patches. However, on darker skin types, it can look purple, darker brown or even grey.
This skin condition causes the skin to become dry and itchy but resist the urge to scratch! Scratching can often make it worse as it can cause the skin to bleed or open it up to secondary infections.
Obviously, this is easier said than done as we can’t control our itching urges when we’re asleep. Some people invest in a pair of cotton gloves to wear to bed. Although, not the most stylish bedtime accessory, they will keep you from scratching.
You may need to pay a visit to the doctor
Sometimes areas of skin affected by eczema can become infected and you might need to pop to the doctor’s office. Scratching the already irritated skin can cause infection and the skin may become swollen or sore.
You may also notice small yellow/white spots appearing on the rash (gross, we know), this could mean an infection too. If you’re feeling hot and shivery, or just unwell in general, you may also want to book an appointment to see your doctor.
What causes eczema?
Eczema is not contagious and is largely down to your genes. Unfortunately, it is usually caused by a combination of things which makes it harder to prevent.
Typically, people who suffer from this condition also struggle to keep their skin hydrated. Because the skin is already dry, it is more likely to react with certain triggers. That's where using CBD for eczema comes in - it can help to keep the skin hydrated.
What triggers a flare-up?
Flare-ups can be caused by different things for different people, but here are some of the most common ones:
- Irritants: Soaps and detergents, i.e. shampoo, washing-up liquid, bubble-baths.
- Environmental factors or allergens: Cold or dry weather, dampness, house dust mites, pet fur, pollen, and moulds.
- Food allergies: Cows milk, eggs, peanuts, soya, or wheat.
- Certain materials: Clothes made from wool or synthetic fabrics.
- Hormonal changes: Women may notice more flare-ups during pregnancy or at certain times throughout their monthly cycle.
You might find that you get more flare-ups during the colder months as the dry, cold air can dry out the skin. On the other hand, you might notice it more during the summer months when you’re a little warmer and maybe a bit more sweaty.
Some even find that their eczema gets worse when they’re stressed - exactly what you need when you’re already stressed!
Can you use CBD for eczema?
Many doctors prescribe topical corticosteroids or emollients (heavy-duty moisturizers) to treat flare-ups. However, as our knowledge of cannabinoids grows, it seems that CBD can be used to treat eczema.
CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory which means that it can be used to help ease eczema flare-ups. Our skin contains cannabinoid receptors which are connected to our nervous system. This means that CBD could also be used to treat symptoms like itching and pain!
How to use CBD for eczema?
Taking CBD oil orally is a popular way of enjoying the benefits of the substance. You could try tinctures, gummies or capsules. Alternatively, many choose to apply CBD creams or oils directly to the affected area. CBD infused creams and serums, may be the better option for you.
Poko’s CBD infused Soothing Serum was specially formulated with dry and sensitive skin in mind. This serum will calm stressed skin, helping to relieve discomfort. CBD is so gentle that it can be used on skin that typically reacts badly to other products. It also contains powerful antioxidants which help to brighten the skin and reduce pigmentation.
Our Soothing Serum contains tea tree oil too. Tea tree oil is an anti-inflammatory, like CBD, so it also helps to calm stressed skin. Tea tree oil has antibacterial qualities too, this means that it can help to prevent infection of the skin.
Poko’s Soothing Serum is ideal for sensitive skin as it contains gentle, nourishing ingredients. Packed with fruit extracts, the serum delivers vitamin, minerals and protein directly to the skin. This not only helps calm the skin, but it helps to repair the skins natural moisture barrier too.
Vitamins B, C, and E are particularly known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and so they’re ideal for using on eczema-prone skin.
Using CBD for eczema and extra sensitive skin
Poko products are suitable for sensitive skin, and if you have extra sensitive skin it might be a good idea to do a patch test. Just to be sure. This means applying a small amount of the product to the skin and leaving for 24 hours. If no irritation occurs, you’re good to go!
It is also a good idea to avoid applying products to broken skin. This can irritate the skin further and can lead to infection.
Eczema is an umbrella term for many skin conditions, all of which have different causes. Using CBD for eczema could certainly help in treating eczema, but if you find that your symptoms aren’t getting better or are getting worse, pay a visit to your doctor.