Menopause.

There. We said it.

 

Shh…

Thankfully it’s no longer a word that’s spoken in the hushed tones of yesteryear, nor reflected (as much) in our cultural views: Susan Sontag once said in her 1978 essay that the prevailing view was that ‘women grow old but men mature’.

Where once we mouthed the word (if we mentioned it all), today, just as we relegated those Athena posters to the sexist dump heap, we’ve a host of websites, magasines and TV programmes (and even a whole month) dedicated to educating us better and generally giving it air to breathe.

In the workplace, in our speech, in society: ‘the revolution will not be televised’.

And about time too.

 

While menopause (and peri-menopause, the lead up that can last up to ten years prior to menopause actually happening) is a natural decline in our hormones as we age, for some it can be the result of surgery or other reasons not related to age.

Whatever the cause, the symptoms that rear their head can have big effects on our self-esteem. Particularly, when we find our skin changes mean the re-appearance (or for some the first emergence) of skin conditions we thought we’d successfully navigated during puberty. Like Benjamin Button, some of us may feel like we’re regressing to spotty teenagers.

Of course, it’s not all about looks. We definitely don’t want or need to add fuel to a stereotype that’s already the cornerstone of our antipathy towards menopause.

But it’s natural to want to feel good in our own skin.

Dryness, itching, redness. Dull, lifeless skin that sags. Blemishes that appear from nowhere and existing skin conditions that worsen. It’s hardly surprising, given the slew of other symptoms we might also be experiencing, that we can feel our self-esteem being battered and diminished.

What if we were to tell you that…

  • a 2014 study[1] found that CBD helps to lower the production of sebum that leads to acne, partly because of it’s anti-inflammatory effect, so it can help soothe and heal existing spots and blemishes, and prevent the formation of new ones.
  • according to research[2], applying CBD topically may reduce inflammation, improve skin hydration and increase skin elasticity in people with psoriasis.
  • other research[3] has shown CBD to be effective in treating the symptoms of eczema: it can help to ease skin irritation like itching and redness caused by inflammation, reducing the likelihood of scarring.
  • studies on mice[4] have shown that CBD reduces inflammation by preventing the release of compounds that trigger inflammation in the body: it can help actually prevent inflammation.
  • research[5] shows that CBD has anti-oxidant properties so it can help delay or prevent skin cell damage which may help to keep our skin looking and feeling at its best and reduce skin damage by the sun.
  • anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, CBD is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are good for overall skin health.

See why we think CBD’s a little ninja? We can’t help but be seriously impressed with it’s healing, soothing and calming properties. It’s an incredible powerhouse and nature’s very own secret weapon. It’s why we rave about it.

 

Some notes on buying… 

  1. An online search for CBD will often also generate results of Hemp seed oil or cannabis Sativa seed oil. It’s cheaper (and understandably tempting) but it isn’t the same thing as CBD oil and doesn’t have the same benefits.
  1. Check the amount of CBD in a product before you buy it: when used topically, the percentage needs to be higher in order to be effective because our skin doesn’t absorb CBD topically as efficiently as the body absorbs it when taken orally.
  1. Do pick a quality product: opt for those that have been tested by a third-party lab. If it’s vegan and organic, all the better.

 

And finally…

it’s not about surviving or dealing with the menopause (it’s not a fight!). There’s not just one way to approach it. But it is about using whatever tools we have available to manage the various symptoms that come our way as we navigate successfully through to the next stage of life.

CBD isn’t the answer to all these symptoms, it’s just one step in the process.

But it can be a ninja step.

🌱

 

[1] Olah, A., et al. (2014). Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and anti-inflammatory effects on human sebocytes.

[2] Palmieri, B., et al. (2019). A therapeutic effect of CBD-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars [Abstract].

[3] Baswan, S.M., et al. (2020). Therapeutic potential of cannabidiol (CBD) for skin health and disorders.

[4] Li, H., et al. (2018). The non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) attenuates pro-inflammatory mediators, T cell infiltration, and thermal sensitivity following spinal cord injury in mice [Abstract].

[5] Atalay, S., et al. (2019). Antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol.