In my case, I’ve had eczema since I was a toddler. It is painful and itchy, and I have all six kinds of damaged skin cells described above, depending on the situation. Dermatology as a science or medicine has never helped me. I take Benadryl regularly to deal with intolerable flareup symptoms, and I use topicals all day long.
Topical CBD products offer some welcome hope for people like me who suffer with eczema. CBD itself is now known to have some anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, anti-pain, and antimicrobial properties, so the question is the best way to access those benefits.
So between wanting to save your internal organs and rescue your thinning, aging skin—not to mention your sanity—you might be looking for some eczema treatment backup.
Best CBD Cream for Eczema
But I get the worst of it on my skin. If something like a bug bites me, I swell up badly. If grass touches my skin, I’m itchy, red, and swollen. And if any of those insults happen on skin that’s damaged from eczema? Oh boy.
Staphylococcus aureus colonization of skin, especially damaged skin, is a contributing factor of atopic dermatitis, and a complication of the disease. Cannabinoids may treat eczema by managing this pathogen, which the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) calls “the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections.”
All of this means that CBD oil and other products can help mitigate the effects of severe inflammation (and conditions like Rosacea).
So all you need to do is slather the right cream on eczema and you’re done, right? If only.
“I think topical CBD is a very promising treatment for eczema; in theory, it could decrease itch, pain and inflammation. In the correct vehicle, it could also help heal the skin barrier,” said Peter Lio, MD, who is clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center.
“I think that for adults who want to try a CBD topical, there’s little to lose,” said Lio, who noted he has many patients who said they benefit from the products. Like anything else applied to skin, CBD products can cause reactions, so test a small area over a few days before applying widely.
How can CBD help the skin?
Research to date shows topical CBD is safe.
Since the 1990s, scientists have known that humans (and many other animals) have a complex system of cannabinoid receptors running throughout the body, including in the skin. This endocannabinoid system helps regulate and normalize many physiological processes, including pain, mood, stress, sleep and immune system function.
Reputable manufacturers may also offer a certificate of analysis (COA). Often found on company websites, COAs are compiled by an independent, accredited laboratory and detail the quantities of a product’s various cannabinoids.