Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second more important compound found within the cannabis plant after tetrahidrocannabinol. It boasts countless medical benefits ranging from being a homeopathic to a therapeutic drug. When it comes to dermatological issues, CBD really produce cosmetological and medical advantages. This article will focus on Cannabidiol use and on two of the most common skin conditions; Keratosis Pilaris and acne.
These two types of dermatological illnesses are not considered mortal but the visual manifestation that comes from these could be accompanied by psychological and social negative effects.
Keratosis Pilaris is believed to come from a gradual build-up of keratin in the hair follicles of the skin. It is normally presents as a rough little white bumps on the back of the upper arm. While it is not considered painful or even deadly the way it looks and feels could generate depression and anxiety in the affected person. Nowadays, most common advised treatments are changing diet and moisturizing. It seems that having a slightly dry skin causes injuries to appear, therefore regular hydration helps speed recovery.
CBD cream form presentation is generally given for joint or muscular pain. Its fast absorption through the skin and its effectiveness of reaching the affected areas are two important reasons for its topical prescription. Furthermore, it acts as a powerful moisturizer.
Researches have shown CBD to possess anxiolytic and antidepressant properties. In consequence, by taking this medicine, patients may take their mind off of the way they look. Unfortunately there is very little investigation done in this field due to the fact that the disease is not lethal or painful, however, there are countless positive testimonials from people who have tried and tested this method.
Another non life threatening skin condition that can cause negative physical and psychological effects is acne. Acne is quite common and can range from being mild (few and minor breakouts of small spots, whiteheads and blackheads) to severe (more noticeable and frequent breakouts, along with inflammation and scars as sequels). Acne is treatable, however it can be extremely painful and unsightly.
What the studies say?
An article published in 2014 found that CBD has great potential in the treatment of acne thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative mechanisms. Even though the authors focused mainly on the treatment of the visual symptoms of acne (spots and blemishes), CBD own features as a painkiller, as well as soothing any dryness or itchiness in the affected areas, but additional investigation needs to be done about it
In the year 1999, a British journal compared the social, emotional and psychological influence of acne on its sufferers with patients who had other chronic conditions (such as epilepsy and sciatica). In conclusion, people´s mental health levels in both populations were almost the same. Another more recent study published in the year 2016, centralizes the attention on the psychosocial impact of acne and its sequelae in the adolescents. Results determined that when treating acne it is fundamental to note not just the corporeal symptoms but also the quality of life of the patient, including emotions, daily activities and interpersonal relationships. Therefore, and in order to increase the efficacy of therapy, Cannabidiol could help to ease the anxiety and depression that comes with acne (of any stage). As mentioned before, CBD has great antidepressant and anxiolytic actions on the human body
In summary, dermatological disorders can have a huge impact on the emotional health of the individual, because of the appearance produced. Fortunately cannabidiol can help in both sides.