Cannabinoids including CBD are well-known for their antimicrobial properties, including against various S aureus strains. This contributes to CBD’s anti-eczema potential.
In the past, most of the topicals have been steroid creams. Boy, is my skin showing it! And honestly, they don’t even work that well.
Seborrheic dermatitis produces scaly, itchy irritation on the scalp or body. This type of eczema is typically caused by cold, dry weather, genetics, and stress, and when people refer to “winter itch” this is often what they’re talking about.
For one thing, there’s no cure for eczema. You’re stuck with lotions and steroid creams, plus endless antihistamines and anti-inflammatory pills, both of which wreak havoc on your renal system eventually.
But actually, although we say “eczema” as though it’s one problem, it is really a few different skin problems combined that add up to inflammation, irritation, and many side effects:
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Whatever causes it, dry skin is among the most persistent and difficult conditions to treat. Over-moisturizing the skin is an ongoing problem for people coping with skin dehydration, because it leads to a cycle that prevents the skin from producing its own natural oils over time.
From creams to body oils to facial serums and more, there’s a good chance you can find a CBD-containing topical at a grocery store, pharmacy or specialty shop near you. Many of these products promise to clear, heal and otherwise soothe symptoms of eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions.
“Evidence in humans is still pretty limited, which means it’s hard to know how well CBD works for eczema, or the key components necessary for success,” Lio said. Clearer answers about CBD and eczema may be available soon. The results from a trial of a CBD gel in about 200 people with moderate atopic dermatitis are due this year.
How can CBD help the skin?
There are very few studies of topical CBD in people with eczema. A small study published in 2019 in Clinical Therapeutics that included a few people with atopic dermatitis found that a CBD ointment helped clear skin and reduced itch and the sleep loss it caused.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration doesn’t verify how well specific CBD products work, whether they’re safe or if they contain the labeled compounds. Lio suggests asking your dermatologist to vet specific products.
The body makes its own cannabinoids that activate the system, and CBD and other plant-based cannabinoids also stimulate its healing effects. “Specifically, CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and anti-pain properties that make it extremely attractive as a medicinal compound, particularly in dermatology,” said Lio.