We all have injuries at some stage of our lives, and the process of healing differs from person to person. Scars are an unavoidable if the skin is broken and a significant part of healing. For some injuries, and depending on the genetic makeup of the person, it can take months for healing to be complete, and often will leave scars behind.
These scars may be from cuts, lacerations, puncture wounds, surgery wounds, scalds, or even childhood skin conditions such as acne.
As a response to injury, the body releases white blood cells that serve to protect the injured area from infection. The severity of injury largely determines the catharsis. The body then forms new collagen fibres to mend itself, this new tissue has a different colour and texture to the skin around it – hence the often reflective appearance of a scar.
Scars may worsen if immediate and appropriate action isn't taken, and are often permanent, however their appearance can be reduced. To prevent long term visible scars, it is always recommended that early treatment is administered.
Recent reports suggest that production of collagen (a protein) by the fibroblasts is the body's way of enriching the skin after an injury.
Can CBD Heal Scars?
Healing is a process, and scars are permanent features of this process. Scars cannot be completely eradicated; however, we can reduce the appearance of them - and CBD is reported as a significant help in that visible reduction. Of course, this varies from person to person, and depends on the severity of the scarring.
Our Endocannabinoid System, which regulates the biological function of the body, is critical to our healing process. In the skin, it promotes cell growth and development after cells in the body have been damaged by injury. CBD in turn, helps the Endocannabinoid System in cell regeneration.
CBD can be used both topically and orally for scar reduction, of course, topical application also promotes targeted relief.
Research has been undertaken, comparing the use of CBD immediately after a scab is formed, alongside an older scar. The results showed that immediate application of CBD on wounds is a lot better than applying on a more established scar. This is the case with many scar treatment products. CBD was also reported to help to reduce the pain.
Living with Scars
Many people don’t realise that scars cause pain. The process of healing means that the destroyed tissues are replaced by new and healthy ones. As nerve endings emerge, scar tissue becomes painful, especially if the wound is located in a delicate part of the body.
Some scar pains include:
- Inflammation: As new tissue evolves, inflammation may occur. However, CBD can be a good remedy because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Redness: In some individuals, their dermis is so fragile and the effect of the scars may cause redness and may further lead to itching.
- Itching: Around The surface of the wounds, there may be serious itching. This itching may cause you to want to scratch which can further expose the wound, and scar formation may start all over again.
- Sensitivity: That area becomes so sensitive that any minor injury or heat exposure can cause issues.
The pains from scars can also be greatly reduced or removed in some cases when topical CBD is applied. Itching and inflammation can also be lessened by the application of CBD Oil without advancing into further injury.