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What is Barrier Repair?
The skin barrier is a complex structure that helps protect the skin from environmental stressors, regulate moisture levels, and prevent water loss. Barrier repair refers to the process of restoring and strengthening the skin barrier when it becomes compromised or damaged. This can happen due to a variety of factors, including harsh skincare products, environmental stressors like pollution and UV rays, and certain medical conditions.
Complications with barrier damage
- Weakened structural integrity: Damage to physical barriers can weaken their structural integrity and compromise their ability to perform their intended function. For example, a damaged fence may no longer be able to keep intruders out.
- Reduced protection: Physical barriers are often designed to provide protection against external elements, such as weather or pests. Damage to these barriers can reduce their effectiveness in providing protection.
- Increased maintenance: Damage to physical barriers may require additional maintenance to repair the damage and restore their effectiveness. This can be costly and time-consuming.
Complications of biological barrier damage may include:
- Increased susceptibility to infection: Biological barriers, such as skin and cell membranes, are the body’s first line of defence against pathogens. Damage to these barriers can increase the risk of infection.
- Impaired function: Biological barriers serve important functions, such as regulating fluid and electrolyte balance and preventing dehydration. Damage to these barriers can impair their ability to perform these functions.
- Scarring: In cases of severe biological barrier damage, scarring may occur. This can be disfiguring and may affect function in the affected area.
Hemp for Barrier Repair
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Hemp contains cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation can impair barrier function, so reducing inflammation may support barrier repair.
- Moisturizing effects: Hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, which can help to moisturize and nourish the skin barrier.
- Antioxidant properties: Hemp contains antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene that can help to protect the skin barrier from oxidative stress, which can contribute to barrier damage.
- Cannabinoid receptors in the skin: The skin has cannabinoid receptors that can interact with cannabinoids such as CBD. This interaction may support the skin’s natural repair mechanisms and promote barrier recovery.