Is CBD Helpful for Your Skin?
Following the massive legalization of cannabis for health and recreational purposes, CBD seems to be everywhere, and in everything you can possibly think of — from chocolates and cocktails to candles and clothing. Now, CBD is being marketed in beauty and skincare products as well.
The buzzy compound, found in cannabis plants, is purported to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that could be helpful for skin, so it comes as no surprise that an array of hemp-infused CBD products are popping up in drugstore aisles everywhere.
If you are considering hopping on the CBD bandwagon and adding CBD oil products to your routine skin care, these potential benefits should convince you that CBD can be great for your skin.
Wait! Remind Me What CBD Is Again?
CBD — short for cannabidiol — is one of the 100+ primary active compounds (or cannabinoids) naturally found in all varieties of Cannabis Sativa L. plants such as marijuana and hemp. CBD and THC are two of the most well-known cannabinoids. While THC is famed for its psychoactive effects or “high,” CBD is non-psychoactive (in other words, it can’t get you high) and is instead said to be an excellent health supplement. To know if your CBD product is sourced from hemp and not marijuana, you will need to ask your CBD supplier for lab test results.
Potential Benefits of CBD For Skin
CBD for Aging Skin
Due to external factors such as the sun or pollution and internal factors such as our own collagen production system that works against us as we age, our skin starts to show signs of aging such as black spots, skin dullness, skin tones, and wrinkles. CBD, with its antioxidant properties, can potentially help neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals entered in the collagen production system and reduce the signs of aging, resulting in healthy and smooth skin.
CBD for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition where skin cells grow and divide at an accelerated rate, forming scales and itchy, dry patches. In a cited study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science in 2007, researchers found that when applied to human skin cells, CBD inhibits rapid skin cell division commonly seen in psoriasis outbreaks. CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties, which additionally soothe psoriasis conditions.
CBD for Acne
When it comes to acne reduction, the use of CBD is very promising. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, CBD can help reduce the formation of sebum (the most common culprit of acne) and calm down inflammatory skin changes that may result in uninflamed blackheads or large, red, and tender bumps on the skin.
CBD for Dry Skin
Dry skin is a common skin condition that is characterized by scaly, itchy and often cracking skin. If you have ever suffered from dry skin, you know just how uncomfortable it can actually be. CBD behaves as a highly effective sebostatic agent; this means that using CBD in your skincare routine can have a positive effect on the regulation of oil production in your skin. The more oil your skin produces, the more nourished and moisturized it is going to be.
CBD for Eczema
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes the skin to crack, dry, flake, turn red and become inflamed. CBD has a strong relation to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which modulates different responses such as pain, itch, and inflammation. By interacting with ECS and helping the skin maintain homeostasis, CBD has the potential to help mitigate the symptoms of eczema and prevent new ones.
CBD for Sensitive Skin
The ability of CBD to interact with the ECS can also elicit substantial calming and soothing effects that can minimize issues related to skin sensitivity, including redness, itchiness, or allergies.
As long as it is extracted within the proper parameters, CBD has the potential to assist people in keeping their skin fresh and healthy. We are excited to see how the research behind CBD oil’s topical benefits continues to grow and anticipate it becoming a mainstay of many people’s skincare routines.
If you are struggling with skin issues and are ready to venture into the world of CBD skincare, head over to the main page of New Age Hemp’s blog for more insights and news on CBD or check out our online storefront for all your CBD needs!