Your skin is the largest (and many would say the most important) organ in your body. It regulates body temperature, prevents the loss of vital body fluids, and also provides mechanical support.
Its most important function is to protect us from the environment, whether from the sun or toxins and invading pathogens like bacteria and viruses.
Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against the outside world, and luckily, it’s doesn’t have to be very difficult to take care of it.
How Do CBD Lotions Help?
Many people find that CBD lotion and balms help with a variety of different skin issues, especially when it comes to relieving dry and irritated skin – whether from environmental factors, contact dermatitis or washing your hands regularly.
Because the skin contains cannabinoid receptors, CBD plays a role in both by interacting with these receptors in various ways. Let’s take a look:
1. CBD Regulates Oil Production
CBD has been found to have sebostatic and lipostatic effects, working directly on the skin’s sebaceous glands that can balance oil production and help manage dry skin. Similarly, lotions infused with CBD oil are naturally high in fatty acids like Omega 3, 6 and 9, which helps keep the skin hydrated and prevents moisture loss.
2. CBD Is a Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are well known for managing the inflammation that can accompany dry, cracked and irritated skin. This is especially helpful for those who experience contact dermatitis, where a CBD lotion not only reduces inflammation, but also the allergic reactions causing it in the first place.
3. CBD Promotes Wound Healing
CBD lotion also aids in wound healing. Scientists found that CBD has the ability to down-regulate the genes involved in wound healing and skin inflammation, being especially helpful to those whose skin has cracks or other surface wounds.
4. CBD Reduces Scar Formation
Many of us have scars, either from cuts, scratches, blemishes, or medical procedures. CBD lotions can help reduce the formation and appearance of these scars. In one study, researchers investigated a CBD-ointment administered on severe chronic skin diseases and/or outcome scars. They found that symptoms and scar formation was significantly reduced when CBD was used.
5. CBD Is Calming & Soothing
By interacting with the cannabinoid receptors in the skin, CBD can also help the release of your body’s own endocannabinoids. These produce a soothing and pain-relieving effect on your skin and a calming effect on your mind.
How to Use CBD Lotion for Dry and Irritated Skin
The most important thing is to make sure that your skin is clean and dry before use. Apply your CBD lotion in a gentle, circular motion if you are using it on your body, or lightly rub your hands if you are using it as a hand lotion.
If your skin is particularly dry, irritated, and cracked, we recommend adding more lotion or using a concentrated salve, and covering it with a bandage or patch. This will provide a bit of extra relief and protection while also making sure it doesn’t rub off.