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Can CBD Treat Sunburn?

Can CBD Treat Sunburn?

Living an active lifestyle usually involves plenty of time spent outdoors, and what better time to embrace the great outdoors than during the summer holidays. While there’s no end to the benefits for your mental and physical health, there is one potential downside to summer sun—sunburn. To find out the impact of sunburn, and how CBD could help tackle symptoms, keep reading.

What is sunburn?

Regardless of skin type or age, sunburn is a condition we’ve all experienced. Before you know it, what started as a well-deserved summer break in the sun turns into restless nights and inflamed skin. While sun creams can provide essential protection against UV rays, it isn’t always enough. Sometimes we might need a higher factor, or we forget to re-apply after a dip in the pool. Either way, the outcome is the same—sunburn.

Sunburn is the skin’s way of trying to repair the damage caused by prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays. For the most part, UVB rays are the main culprits of sunburn because their wavelength is shorter, causing damage to the outermost layer of skin. The good news, however, is you don’t have to suffer in silence! Instead, there are numerous remedies you can use to alleviate the discomfort caused by sunburn. And thanks to the abundance of cannabinoid receptors in our skin, one substance that has caught the attention of sun-worshippers and researchers alike is CBD.

How can CBD help treat sunburn?

Although specific research into the effects of CBD on sunburn is lacking, we can instead examine the results of CBD on various sunburn symptoms.

CBD and inflammation: CBD has been somewhat extensively researched for its anti-inflammatory potential. To reduce the redness and sensitivity of sunburnt skin, we first need to reduce the body’s inflammatory response. Published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, a study explored CBD’s anti-inflammatory potential when used on an in vitro skin model.

CBD and skin peeling or itching: Even though sunburn’s initial inflammation and discomfort usually fade after a few days, longer-lasting symptoms include dry, peeling skin and itchiness. Fortunately, CBD may help on these fronts too.

CBD and nausea or vomiting: It’s unlikely that spending too much time in the sun will result in nausea, vomiting, or chills, but if it does, you could consider CBD as a potential means to reduce stomach discomfort.

What CBD products to pack for the summer holiday?

Combined, the research above suggests that the potential of CBD is vast for treating sunburnt skin. With that in mind, below are various CBD products worth considering for your next summer trip.

CBD creams: The majority of sunburn symptoms affect the skin, notably the outermost layer. Therefore, it makes sense to tackle symptoms directly by applying CBD topically.

CBD beauty: CBD beauty products are a valuable addition to your existing skincare regime, and many creams, lotions, and gels include ingredients beneficial for treating sunburn.

CBD oil/capsules: Although most of our focus has been on addressing skin-related symptoms, CBD could be helpful in other ways too. Severe cases of sunburn can disrupt sleep, holiday activities, and overall confidence.

No matter where you end up for your summer holidays, it’s crucial you enjoy it to the fullest. Sun cream should always be your first line of defence against the damage the sun can cause. However, CBD might be the extra ingredient that lets you make the most of your time in the sun if you do get sunburnt. If you need to stock up on high-quality CBD for the summer holidays, browse the Cibdol store for a complete selection of CBD creams, supplements, oils, and capsules.


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