Picture this: You're getting ready for your first day of work and you have an eczema flare up right on your face around your hairline. Makeup only seems to amplify the problem and you have to get on the road or you'll be late. Yes, this really happened to me. And yes, as an adult it was embarrassing.
According to the National Eczema Association, 31.6 million people in the US have some form of eczema. This is a condition that affects people of all nationalities and ages. And unfortunately, there is no cure.
So what does CBD have to do with eczema?
Cedars Sinai, a nonprofit academic healthcare organization, published an article in early 2020 about using CBD products on your skin. Dr. Nima Gharavi, dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon, gave his expertise, stating, "CBD may play a role in hydrating the skin and have anti-inflammatory effects, so using a product that contains CBD might help with treating dry skin or certain inflammatory skin disorders."
At the same time, Dr. Gharvai stressed that while there is a great interest in research concerning CBD and skin conditions, "the effect of CBD on your skin is unclear".
In an additional study published by the National Library of Medicine, their results stated, "the results showed that topical treatment with CBD-enriched ointment significantly improved the skin parameters, the symptoms and also the PASI index score."
This is a promising step forward in a potentially safe and financially achievable alternative to helping treat eczema. And while more research needs to be done to turn the probable into a definite, we are headed in the right direction.
Eczema is a daily battle millions of people across the nation fight every day. However, with the research that is being done, there might be another weapon in our arsenal when it comes to combatting eczema.