how does cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil calm skin inflammation

how does cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil calm skin inflammation

Inflammation can be defined as: “a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, redness, heat and pain that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and damaged tissue”. 

Now that this definition may have added to your confusion, let’s break it down into easy-to-understand terms. 

In the most basic sense, inflammation is our immune system's reaction to something that it considers to be an enemy, or trigger. Many things can trigger the immune system, including: 

  • Bacteria
  • Heat
  • Hormones
  • Allergies to certain chemicals/products/ingredients.
  • Sun Exposure

Inflammation in the skin can present itself in a variety of ways, most-commonly through:

  • Redness/heat in affected area
  • Pimples
  • Itching/Burning

Another cause of inflammation is high levels of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced in our adrenal glands. In healthy levels, the main function of cortisol is to manage blood sugar levels, modulate the immune system and help metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates. When cortisol levels are too high, they can create inflammation and cause your skin to be out of balance.  In addition to creating inflammation, high levels of cortisol can increase oil (sebum) production, which can cause pores to clog, bacteria to flourish and acne to develop. Causes of high cortisol levels include:

  • Stress
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Chronic alcohol abuse

Now before you vow never to visit Starbucks or have a cocktail ever again, let’s explore ways to control cortisol levels in our bodies.  Some easy methods to naturally reduce cortisol levels are:

  • Regularly engage in some sort of physical activity. This may include yoga, hiking, workouts or even taking a short walk.
  • Maintain a healthy diet of whole grains, fruits, veggies and protein.
  • Limit the amount of caffeine you drink. I know we all love our morning coffee, but try not to drink multiple cups throughout the day.
  • Limit stress and anxiety the best you can. Try spending some time outdoors every day, or meditating for a few minutes every day.

These methods can help lower cortisol levels internally, but did you know that High Beauty can help with controlling the effects of high cortisol levels and inflammation in the skin?  Every ingredient in high was selected for a specific purpose.  In addition to Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil providing the skin with necessary essential fatty acids, vitamins and amino acids, bioflavonoids of red grape, cranberry, pomegranate, black cumin and broccoli will help lower epidermal (skin) cortisol levels and help neutralize epidermal inflammatory response and calm inflammation. Additionally, terpenes from bergamot, petitgrain and melissa officinalis will help normalize skin’s acid mantle (barrier) and sebum (oil) levels against environmental stresses. As you high beauties already know, the combination of all these ingredients equal our BIOCANNA™.  (for more on BioCannaTM, visit our science page, or read our blog, “Let’s Talk about Acne”. 

If you have yet to try high beauty, know that all products are expertly formulated using BIOCANNA™ and work synergistically with each other to provide you with healthy, beautiful skin!

If you have any questions, please write to me at joanne@higbeauty.com, or sign up for a complimentary skin consultation. Just go to highbeauty.com and request a complimentary, online appointment.

 

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