What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial flushing and redness of the face. If left untreated, the blood vessels in the skin may become further enlarged, increasing the redness and sometimes causing small, inflamed bumps to appear on the face, as well as watery eyes and dry skin. Since the face is the most publicly visible part of the body, patients with this condition often experience anxiety and self-esteem issues, which can lead to a reduced quality of life and social stigma. Those who suffer from rosacea are often between 30 – 50. While men are more likely to experience a severe case of this condition, a greater number of women are affected. The direct causes of this condition are still unknown, although specialists say that the immune system may be to blame, while environmental factors such as stress, drugs, sun exposure and the weather could also be contributing factors. Interestingly, rosacea appears to run in the family in roughly one-third of cases, suggesting that there may be a genetic susceptibility to this condition. Conventional treatments for rosacea typically target the symptoms, but few try to go after the underlying causes. The most common treatment is prescribed antibiotics applied to the skin with a topical cream or taken orally. Steroid creams are also sometimes given to patients with this skin condition, but in both cases, there may be negative side effects such as nausea, inflammation and hives.
How CBD can help treat Rosacea
CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in humans. The reason CBD can produce these effects in the body is because we all have an endocannabinoid system, a series of receptors throughout our body that respond to CBD, modulating the body’s internal systems in the process. If there is an imbalance in one of our systems, elevated stress hormone levels, for instance – then CBD will correct the balance and relieve the associated symptoms by inhibiting or enhancing the endocannabinoid receptors. Interestingly, anxiety is one of the suspected triggers of rosacea, so the calming effects of CBD may offer a way to temper these stress levels and reduce rosacea symptoms. Likewise, the immune system is also suspected of playing a part in causing this skin condition. It is thought that microscopic mites found on the surface of the skin, and a type of bacteria in the gut known as helicobacter pylori, trigger the immune system to expand blood vessels and cause swelling and redness beneath the surface of the skin. The well-documented anti-inflammatory effects of CBD will help to combat these symptoms, as well as reduce the associated pain.
CBD offers a range of promising benefits for treating rosacea, from reducing symptoms such as inflammation and redness to tempering the immune system, a suspected direct cause of this chronic skin condition. CBD can be taken a variety of ways to treat rosacea but absorbing it under the tongue or applying topically directly to the area are thought to be the most effective methods. Research shows that CBD can help treat known symptoms and possible causes of rosacea, more CBD and rosacea research will be conducted in the future!
Organa products we recommend for Rosacea:
CBD Human Tincture – 50ml or 30ml
CBD Infused Lotion
CBD Infused Cool Salve