Skin woes can be difficult to deal with. Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. This causes the formation of scales and red patches that can be itchy, and even painful. While there is no cure for psoriasis, but you can manage the symptoms. The main goal of psoriasis is to slow the skin cells from growing as quickly.
CBD and other cannabinoids are being studies as anti-psoriasis agents. Research has found cannabinol has an anti-inflammatory effect on skin cells, making CBD good for both psoriasis and acne. Cannabonoids also have been found to to help prevent the build up of dead cells by inhibiting the proliferation of living cells.
Moisturizing is the first recommended lifestyle measure to take when dealing with the symptoms of psoriasis. This can involve the use of oils and balms on the affected areas. Psoriasis can range from just a few small spots to large areas being affected. The amount of buildup – scales vs eruptions – can also vary person to person. If you are suffering from itching, deep moisturizing balms, creams, salves and oils made of CBD can mitigate that symptom.
Psoriasis can also sometimes lead to joint pain, known as psoriatic arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help alleviate some of the related pain. While some people may opt to use a CBD infused balm or lotion directly on the affected joint(s), ingesting CBD oil orally is also recommended. It is impossible to take too much CBD, with the only side affect being tiredness, so that each person can freely experiment with their dosage. While some users may choose to get a lower concentration of CBD oil and step up until they find a level that works for them, investing in a higher concentration oil requires less use the oil and can therefore save daily users some money.
When setting up a routine for CBD use for psoriasis, start out carefully reading the label of your chosen oil. Read the recommendation from the manufacturer as far as dosage. Plan on putting several drops of the oil under your tongue and wait for it to dissolve. Repeat this twice a day. If you feel the CBD oil helping symptoms such as itchiness or pain, you can ingest more oil as soon as you feel the prior application wearing off – ie, noticing your itchiness or pain is returning. You can double up on your CBD use safely, so if you wish to you can use a topical application of CBD directly on the affected area while also orally ingesting CBD oil.
Psoriasis often comes in goes in cycles and can be triggered by multiple things including: stress; cold dry weather; dry skin; certain medications including Propranolol; tattoos, bug bites, and alcohol. Regular exercise to keep your stress levels down, using a humidifier, practicing regular skin care, avoiding alcohol, and using moisturizer on your skin are just a few ways you can help keep your psoriasis flare-ups to a minimum. Adding CBD to your daily self care regimen can also help minimize or prevent future and current flare-ups.
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