Can Reefer Treat Acne?

Acne is the most common skin disease in western civilization.  It affects nearly 80% of the population at some time or another.[1]  Depending on the severity of acne it is typically treated with anything from topical chemicals, like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, to internal chemicals, like antibiotics, birth control pills, or isotretinoin.  When acne does not respond to medicine there are multiple procedures available, like laser and light therapy, chemical peels, and surgical removal.[2]

Here, on the Kaiya Naturals Blog, we’ve talked about multiple natural methods that are backed by science.  We’ve talked about using bentonite clay, facial toners, dead sea salts, tea tree oil, and eating a low-glycemic-load diet.  Today, we are bringing you another method that is on the cutting edge of modern research.  That research is centered around cannabis.  Putting weed on your face might be an effective treatment for acne.

What is Acne?

Acne is a disease that effects the skin’s oil glands.[1]  When the oil gland gets clogged with a combination of dead skin cells and excess oil a pimple forms.  Bacteria (P. acnes) can develop in this mixture causing redness and swelling.

How Does Cannabis Help?

cannabis-oil-acneResearch is showing that cannabis helps to control acne in two ways.  First, cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to reduce oil production by causing the cells (sebocytes) that make up the oil producing glands (sebaceous glands) that clogs pores to die off at a faster rate.  Secondly, cannabis contains substances called terpenes.  Specific terpenes – limonene, linalool, and pinene – have been shown to inhibit the bacteria that causes acne (P. acnes).  One terpene, limonene, inhibits P. acnes bacteria better than the synthetic antibacterial chemical triclosan.[3]

Why is Cannabis Better?

What makes treating acne with cannabis so promising is that, compared to traditional treatments, it is much less toxic.  Traditional treatments contain the risk of unwanted side-effects.

Side Effects of Benzoyl Peroxide & Salicylic Acid
  • peeling
  • itching
  • irritation
  • reddened skin
  • rash[4][5]
Side Effects of Common Antibiotics Used for Acne
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain/cramping
  • loss of appetite
  • light headedness
  • dizziness/feeling of spinning
  • mouth sores
  • sore throat
  • black hairy tongue
  • rectal discomfort[6][7][8][9][10]
Side Effects of Isotretinoin (from common to rare)
  • dry lips and mouth
  • minor swelling of the eyelids or lips,
  • crusty skin
  • nosebleeds
  • upset stomach
  • thinning of hair
  • mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, aggressive or violent behavior, and in rare cases, thoughts of suicide)
  • tingling feeling in the skin, quick/severe sunburn (sun sensitivity)
  • back/joint/muscle pain
  • signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)
  • painful swallowing
  • peeling skin on palms/soles
  • pancreatitis
  • severe stomach pain
  • severe or persistent nausea/vomiting
  • severe headache
  • vision changes
  • ringing in the ears
  • hearing loss
  • chest pain
  • yellowing eyes/skin
  • dark urine
  • severe diarrhea
  • rectal bleeding[11]
Side-Effects of CBD

Most studies conclude that CBD is safe, virtually free of side effects, and does not induce changes on food intake, nor does it affect physiological parameters like the heart rate, body temperature or blood pressure  While there doesn’t seem to be any known side-effects when using CBD topically, there are some potential side effects when taken in high doses internally.  These include:

  • dry-mouth
  • interference with certain pharmaceuticals
  • may worsen tremor and muscle movement in Parkinson’s disease sufferers[12]
Side Effects of Terpenes
  • Limonene has no known side-effects.[13]
  • Pinene also has no known side effects.[14]
  • Linalool, according to one source, caused 5-7% of those involved in a study to receive an allergic reaction with symptoms similar to eczema.[15]  However, the referenced study could not be found. Also, CBD has been shown to disrupt eczema as we outlined in our article titled: Can Reefer Treat Eczema?  Right now, there is just not enough information on whether the terpene linalool will, or will not, have this side effect in the presence of CBD.

The Take Away

Traditional acne treatments are effective, however, they have a long list of unwanted side-effects.  Research is showing that cannabis is just as effective as traditional treatments without the long list of unwanted side-effects.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] niams.nih.gov/…alth_info/acne/acne_ff.asp

[2] https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/acne#treatment

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165946/

[4] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1344/benzoyl-peroxide-topical/details#side-effects

[5] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-18-193/salicylic-acid-topical/salicylic-acid-for-acne—topical/details#side-effects

[6] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-12235/clindamycin-hcl-oral/details#side-effects

[7] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-3959-15/erythromycin-oral/erythromycin-base-erythromycin-stearate—oral/details#side-effects

[8] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-14449/doxycycline-oral/details#side-effects

[9] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-7722-8073/minocycline-oral/minocycline—oral/details#side-effects

[10] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-5919/tetracycline-oral/details#side-effects

[11] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6662/isotretinoin-oral/details#side-effects

[12] elixinol.com/…/known-and-potential-side-effects-of-cannabidiol-cbd

[13] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1105-limonene.aspx?activeingredientid=1105&

[14] http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-165086/alpha-pinene-bulk/details#side-effects

[15] optiderma.com/…es/eczema-linalool-allergy

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Stress Makes You Ugly

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  It is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for.  However, let’s face it, most of us find it hard to be thankful.  Our thoughts are filled with negativity.  We ruminate on the terrible traffic, on the amount of cooking we will have to do, and on the arguments that will always unfold when family gets together.  However, according to science, that stress makes us ugly.

thanksgiving-disaster_medYou see, there’s something called the “negativity bias” that most of us have.  Most animals, and humans, give greater preference to negative thoughts.[1]  In fact, being a positive, or negative, person is actually hardwired into our brains.[2]  Telling a person with a negatively hardwired brain to “just be positive” is like telling them to “just breathe underwater”.

While even positive people get negative thoughts, it’s easier for them to let them go, and to think positively.  Unfortunately, negative people tend to have a harder time letting go, and tend to be more stressed.  The bad news for them is that according to a study by behavioural ecologist Dr Fhionna R. Moore et al., men, and women, with lower levels of stress were perceived as more attractive.[3]  Stress literally makes you ugly.

How to De-Stress

While positive people can just let go of negative thoughts, what are some things that negative people can do?

Exercise

Both cardiovascular and resistance training release endorphins.[4] While this doesn’t address the underlying cause of negative thoughts, exercise has been shown to reduce cortisol levels.[5]  Reduced stress helps you to appear more attractive.

Eat Well

In previous articles we talked about how sugar gives you acne, and sugar gives you wrinkles.  In both articles we showed that eating a low-glycemic-load diet was the key to better looking skin.  While this doesn’t necessarily reduce stress, it can make your skin more radiant.

Drink More Water

Dehydrated skin has the appearance of more wrinkles.[6]  Drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated and stay away from binge-drinking since alcohol gives you dry skin.  Again, like eating well, this doesn’t really reduce stress, but who wants to compound the “uglifying” effects of stress with dehydrated, wrinkled skin?  Not me!  So, drink up.  You’ll be more beautiful as a result.

Stay Rested

Stress increases as sleep decreases according to the American Psychological Association.[7]  Be sure to get your beauty sleep as this does help you to reduce your stress levels.

Practice Mindfulness Meditation

meditationWe have saved the best for last.  This is the most potent practice that one can do to affect negativity.  Whereas, the previous suggestions do not directly affect the underlying cause of negative thoughts, not only does meditation reduce stress, it physically changes the brain.[8]  What does it change in the brain?  According to researcher Sarah Lazar, in an interview with the Washington Post:

  1. The primary difference, we found in the posterior cingulate, which is involved in mind wandering, and self relevance.
  2. The left hippocampus, which assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation.
  3.  The temporo parietal junction, or TPJ, which is associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion.
  4.  An area of the brain stem called the Pons, where a lot of regulatory neurotransmitters are produced.
  5. The amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain which is important for anxiety, fear and stress in general. That area got smaller in the group that went through the mindfulness-based stress reduction program.

So, this Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you have.  No matter whether you are hardwired to be positive, or negative, there is a way for you to be less stressed, and more beautiful.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] https://sites.sas.upenn.edu/rozin/files/negbias198pspr2001pap.pdf 

[2] http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/positive-negative-thinkers-brains-revealed/

[3] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0018506X11001279

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6319947

[5] http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefits-of-exercisereduces-stress-anxiety-and-helps-fight-depression

[6] https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/wrinkle-care/dehydration-wrinkles.html

[7] http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep.aspx

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/

Your Skin’s Secret Forcefield

st6-2Imagine if your skin had the ability to keep intruders out with an invisible forcefield.  It would light up, and have that characteristic “zzzppp” sound, like on Star Trek.  Its function would be to keep bacteria & viruses from getting in, like they’re a horde of troublesome Ferengi.  The good news is that your skin does have an invisible forcefield.  I know, cool, right?  The bad news is that you may be unwittingly destroying it, leaving yourself vulnerable to an invasion.

The Acid Mantle

Your skin’s forcefield has many names.  It is most commonly known as the Acid Mantle, or the Skin Barrier Function.  We’ll just call it the Acid Mantle since that sounds way cooler.  It is made up of sweat, lipids, and a range different acids.  Amongst other things, it helps to boost your immune system by retarding the growth of bacteria on your skin’s surface.  If your Acid Mantle is knocked out of balance, it can allow foreign bodies to pass through your skin to enter your bloodstream.  It is knocked out of balance when your skin’s pH gets too alkaline, or, less common, too acidic.[1]

A Quick Lesson in pH

phpH stands for “potential Hydrogen” and is measured on a scale of 0 to 14.   If a substance is acidic it has a pH between 0 and 6.9 – the lower the number the more acidic the substance.  If a substance is neutral it has a pH of exactly 7.  If a substance is alkaline it has a pH between 7.1 and 14 – the higher the number the more alkaline the substance.[2]  The skin’s pH is, on average, 5.5.  This means that it is slightly acidic.

How Does The Skin’s pH Get Out of Balance?

The skin’s pH can be influenced by a number of factors, both internal and external.  While an extensive review of all of these factors is beyond the scope of this article, we will talk about the most important external factor that changes your skin’s pH, and that is soaps/detergents. Washing with conventional soap causes pH to increase by an average of 3 points, and can take more than 90min to return to normal.[3]  That is because conventional soaps are extremely alkaline.

soap__largeThe stripping effect of harsh alkaline soaps isn’t the only thing washing away your Acid Mantle.  Shampoo running down your face & body is also another common culprit.  This is because most shampoos contain Sodium Lauryl,or Laureth, Sulfate (SLS).  SLS is so consistently disruptive to the pH balance of the skin that it is used in scientific studies to do just that.[4]

What Do I Do Now?

Well, there’s good news and bad news.  In a study on the long-term effect of using alkaline soap vs. an acidic cleanser, it was determined that “the long-term use of soap does not affect the pH-maintenance mechanism of human skin.”[5]

Chickie Gold Moisturizer 2 oz as of 6 14 16The bad news is that frequent hand washing with harsh soaps, and/or alcohol-based sanitizers, does destroy this barrier.[6]  If you are someone who works in a field – like nursing, or food preparation – which requires frequent hand washing, you can’t just stop washing your hands because of this.  Luckily, for you moisturizers have been shown to improve the barrier function of the skin.[7]  So, if you are someone who absolutely must wash your hands frequently, you may want to invest in a good moisturizer – like Kaiya Naturals Moisturizer for Dry Skin.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

 


References:

[1] http://thenakedchemist.com/understanding-the-acid-mantle/ 

[2] http://chemistry.elmhurst.edu/vchembook/184ph.html

[3] https://www.scribd.com/document/326336292/PH-of-Skin-Surface

[4] Skin Barrier Protection – Hindawi Publishing Corporation

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25073884

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK144008/

[7] ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14572299

 

Do You Have A T-Zone?

We all have different kinds of skin.  Some of us have oily skin.  Some of us have dry skin.  However, most of us have a combination of both, and are left confused when looking for a solution.  Fortunately, you’re not alone.  You probably have a “T-Zone”.

T-zoneThe T-Zone is your forehead, nose, and chin.  It is called this because it resembles the letter “T”, and has a higher concentration of oil glands than the rest of your face.[1]  Because of this your T-Zone is usually oily, while the rest of your face is drier.  The drier areas of your face are commonly referred to as the “U-Zone”.  When it comes to taking care of your skin you need to treat your T-Zone and your U-Zone differently.

To make it even more confusing for you, your T and U-Zones may be different than someone else’s.  You may have an oily forehead and nose along with dry chin and cheeks, while someone else may only have an oily forehead along with dry nose, chin, and cheeks.

The T-Zone

An oily T-Zone can be a complicated thing to control, and there are many products out there to do just that.  From washes and masks, to toners and powders it can be hard to decipher which to use, and when to use them.

Facial Cleansers

sabun-cuci-muka-300x300Controlling oily skin means washing away oil, without washing away too much.  Harsh soaps not only strip away dirt, they also strip away oil.  When you wash away too much oil your skin reacts by producing more oil than normal.  If you already have oily skin the last thing you want to do is send oil production into overdrive.  This is where the daily use of a gentle cleanser, like Kaiya Naturals Gentle Facial Cleanser, can help.  It is a gentle cleanser that contains a small amount of natural oils to keep the skin clean and naturally hydrated.  This is important for both the T-Zone and the U-Zone.  You should cleanse your face twice a day at most.  Once in the morning and once in the evening are common.  Kaiya Naturals Gentle Facial Cleanser is not available online.  You can only get it at a Kaiya Naturals Event.

Mud Masks

A gentle facial cleanser is an important daily routine.  However, sometimes you just need to get a deep clean.  Mud Masks, especially ones that contain Bentonite Clay, like Kaiya Naturals Seedalina Mud Mask, not only remove surface oils, they can get deep down into the pores and remove oil from the source.

Because of the power of clay to remove oil a mud mask should only be used once a week.  If you would like to know more about the best way to use a mud mask check out our article: Eliminate Acne With Clay

Toners

Washing Off MakeupToners are one of the more mysterious skin care tools.  They not only refresh the skin, they have an important role in controlling oil production.  Using a toner on your T-Zone after a daily cleanse, or weekly mud mask, removes any dirt and oil left behind, constricts the pores,  and balances pH.  Kaiya Naturals makes three different kinds of all natural toners.  If you would like to know more about which toner to use be sure to check out our article: Clogged Pores?  You Need Toner

Powders

donhorne1For controlling shine throughout the day a refreshing powder should be in your arsenal.  It can reduce shine without stripping your face of needed oils.  Using a natural powder like Kaiya Naturals Baby Powder can not only reduce the amount of shine on your T-Zone, it can leave you feeling refreshed.  This all natural product is made from powdered plant roots and clays, as well as essential oils that will have you smelling like the great outdoors.  Keep some near you to dust yourself as needed.

The U-Zone

The drier U-Zone is simpler to manage, but may be even more important for your health.  Dry cracked skin not only looks bad, but it can also make you sick.[2]  This is because of something called the “Skin Barrier Function” which acts to keep bacteria from getting inside.  When your skin is dry and cracked, this defensive function of skin isn’t working properly, and bacteria can flourish.

Moisturizer

facemoisturizerYour first line of defense in keeping your dry skin hydrated is a good moisturizer.  Whether it is a lighter moisturizer like White Petal Aloe Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, a heavy moisturizer like Chickie Gold Moisturizer for Dry Skin, or something in between like Seedalina Moisturizer for Troubled Skin, you should apply it to your U-Zone to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.   If your T-Zone is too dry from harsh soaps, or any other products, you may want to apply it there as well.  However, you may want to use the Seedalina Moisturizer for Troubled Skin on your T-Zone, since it has a secret ingredient that has been shown to have positive effects on acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

The Take Away

You should treat your T-Zone and your U-Zone differently.  Use a gentle cleanser on both twice daily, but follow up with a natural toner on your T-Zone, and a natural moisturizer on your U-Zone.  Apply powder as need throughout the day to get rid of shine, and use a mud mask once a week for a deep clean on your T-Zone.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24289322

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2688147/

Can Reefer Treat Eczema?

It’s in the news a lot.  Whether it is being legalized, studied, or argued about marijuana is a hot topic in today’s world.  There are advocates on both sides.  Some promote full legalization and open access, while others declare it to be a destructive substance that dismantles our communities and corrupts our youth.  No matter which side you’re on one thing is clear.  Marijuana has medical benefit.[1]  While exactly what conditions it benefits is still being researched evidence shows that eczema may be one of those conditions.[2]

What is Eczema?

eczemacauses
Various Factors Causing Eczema

Eczema accounts for one-third of all dermatology cases.  It is a condition in which the skin’s immune-response system goes awry as a result of a complex interplay between both internal and external factors that usually result in itching, redness, swelling, and scaling.[3]

Over 30 million Americans have some sort of eczema, and it is most common in babies and children.  It tends to go away as a child grows older, but some children will experience eczema into adulthood.  Adults can develop it, also, even if they never had it as a child.  Eczema is typically treated with topical steroids, oral anti-histamines, and moisturizers.[4]

Steroids & Anti-Histamines

The problem with using steroids and anti-histamines for eczema are the side-effects.  Local side-effects of topical steroids can include:

  • stinging or burning feeling
  • thinning of skin
  • permanent stretch marks
  • bruising
  • discoloration
  • thin spidery blood vessels
  • worsening of other skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, and perioral dermatitis
  • abnormal hair growth[5]

There is also the risk of systemic side-effects, particularly in children who require frequent courses of strong topical steroids.  These include:

  • abnormal growth
  • fluid collection in the legs
  • high blood pressure
  • bone thinning
  • Cushing’s Syndrome[5]

The side-effects of anti-histamines can include:

  • drowsiness
  • impaired thinking
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • constipation
  • blurred vision
  • urinary retention
  • insomnia
  • nightmares
  • hallucinations
  • itchy skin
  • rapid heartbeat
  • chest tightness[6]

Again, children have a greater risk of these side-effects.[6]  With such a long list of side-effects, it’s no wonder that Americans are hesitant to use steroids or antihistamines, and especially on children.  Luckily there is an alternative that doesn’t possess such a long list of side-effects.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

230x230xwhat-is-cbd-png-pagespeed-ic-y3-40abxvcCBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, aka marijuana.  Unlike the psychoactive compound Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) it does not make people feel stoned.[7]  What makes CBD so powerful as a treatment of disease is that our bodies have something called the “Endocannabinoid System” which is found in a growing number of physiological functions, both in the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as in peripheral organs[8].  Our skin is one of those peripheral organs that has endocannabinoid receptors (CBD1 and CBD2).  When it comes to eczema, the CBD1 and CBD2 receptors inhibit the immune response characteristic of eczema.[9]

The Side-Effects CBD

Most studies conclude that CBD is safe, virtually free of side effects, and does not induce changes on food intake, nor does it affect physiological parameters like the heart rate, body temperature or blood pressure[10]  While there doesn’t seem to be any known side-effects when using CBD topically, there are some potential side effects when taken in high doses internally.  These include:

  • dry-mouth
  • interference with certain pharmaceuticals
  • may worsen tremor and muscle movement in Parkinson’s disease sufferers[10]

The Take Away

Eczema affects millions of Americans.  The typical treatment of steroids and anti-histamines comes with a long list of side-effects.  There is growing evidence that CBD is an effective treatment for eczema without the long list of side-effects when administered topically.

Enter Seedalina Moisturizer

This article was inspired because of the overwhelming responses we have received from customers who have used our Seedalina Moisturizer on eczema. While it was not designed specifically to treat eczema, it’s no surprise that it has a beneficial effect since Seedalina Moisturizer contains hemp seed oil.  Hemp seed oil contains small amounts of CBD.[11]

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

 


References:

[1] http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1361971-overview#a1

[2] http://science.sciencemag.org/content/316/5830/1494.full

[3] http://www.derm-hokudai.jp/shimizu-dermatology/pdf/07-01.pdf

[4] https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/

[5] http://patient.info/health/topical-steroids-for-eczema

[6] http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Antihistamines/Pages/Side-effects.aspx

[7] https://www.projectcbd.org/what-cbd

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/

[9] http://www.jimmunol.org/content/190/10/4929.long

[10] https://elixinol.com/blog/known-and-potential-side-effects-of-cannabidiol-cbd/

[11] http://hempioneers.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/CBD-hemp-seed-oil-nutrition-science-paper-cifelli.pdf