When red papules appear on the skin and begin to spread, itch and burn, this indicates eczema, or atopic eczema, which is an inflammatory condition of the skin. The development of eczema is usually triggered by contact with a specific allergen, as the condition usually accompanies an allergy. Eczema is caused by inflammation forming in the skin.
Eczema also has other names, namely atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. It is a chronic and unfortunately recurrent disease, but it is not contagious and cannot be contracted. However, for the person affected by eczema, it is an extremely troublesome ailment. The affected area continues to itch and burn. It starts trivially with redness, which, however, over time changes into blisters, exudates and then scabs.
- exogenous - it is caused by an external factor to which a particular person is sensitive,
- endogenous - it is caused by internal factors, such as an abnormal response of the immune system to a substance.
But in everyday life, too, one can come across a wide variety of allergens, which are sometimes not even thought to be the cause of eczema. These include toothpaste, face cream or other cosmetics. But the onset of atopic dermatitis can also be caused by medications, rubber parts of clothing, clothing itself (especially synthetic clothing), metal parts of belts or an ordinary wristwatch.
Cannabinoids support in the treatment of eczema
Skin contact with the allergen results in an inflammatory reaction. This is why the initial redness eventually turns into sores. This is why one way of dealing with atopic dermatitis is to administer anti-inflammatory drugs, because the inflammatory process is quietened.
And this is why cannabinoids can be extremely useful in the treatment of eczema. This is because scientific studies show that they have strong anti-inflammatory properties. They not only inhibit the inflammatory process, but also prevent inflammation from occurring. Many scientific studies carried out have proven that they have immunosuppressive effects (immunosuppression involves slowing down the process by which antibodies and immune cells are produced). This is why plant cannabinoids have the power to reduce inflammation by 'quieting' it.
How to use hemp ointment on the skin
Hemp ointment, exactly like any other newly applied ointment, should first be applied topically, on a small area of skin. Then observe if there are any adverse reactions, although there shouldn't be, as it is a completely natural product. If nothing happens, a thin layer of the ointment can be applied to all affected areas. Hemp ointment applied to the skin has a topical effect.
The ointment formula also provides relief from conditions of excessive dryness of the skin, so it is worth using it prophylactically, thus building a stronger epidermis that will be able to resist allergens in the future. The use of hemp ointment also helps to moisturise and lubricate the skin, eliminating the feeling of tightness.
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- "The cannabinoid system in the skin - a possible target for future therapies in dermatology," Piotr Kupczyk, Adam Reich, Jacek C. Szepietowski, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1600-0625.2009.00923.x.