Can CBD be used for acne and other skin conditions?
CBD (also known as cannabidiol) has exploded in popularity in recent years due to its potential to treat a plethora of diseases ranging from arthritis, insomnia and even depression. Recent research has proved that CBD contains organic compounds that can treat pesky skin conditions. This non-intoxicating compound from the cannabis Sativa plant is extracted as powder and mixed with oils to form “CBD oil” which can be applied topically on the skin.
Can CBD treat acne?
According to science, the primary cause of acne is inflammation on the skin. This happens when dead skin cells, dirt, or oil clog up in your pores leading to a buildup of bacteria which eventually causes acne. However, several other factors influence acne including, hormonal imbalance, genetics, and sebum production.
Extensive studies on CBD have shown that it contains anti-inflammatory and sebum-inhibiting properties. The ability of CBD to neutralize inflammation caused by bacteria in the skin is a huge deterrent to acne. Similarly, inhibition of excess production of sebum translates to clear pores with minimal to zero buildup of dirt or bacteria. The recommended way of administering CBD to your skin is by using CBD Topical Salves.
The advantage of using CBD over conventional skincare products is that it’s 100% natural and may not cause any negative allergy or reaction on your skin. It also may tackle the specific problematic cells and does not affect the healthy part of your skin.
CBD for other skin ailments
Previous studies and experiments have shown that CBD has the potential to tackle other skin-related ailments. Here are a few examples:
This is a chronic skin condition caused by the successive overproduction of skin cells. The layers formed by excess production of cells are usually painful, itchy, and may at times crack and bleed. Unfortunately, as devastating as this sounds, there’s currently no cure for Psoriasis.
A study conducted in 2007 observed the potential of CBD to slow down the production of cells in Psoriasis patients. This was later reviewed and seconded in 2016 adding that CBD can theoretically stop the receptors behind the excess buildup of cells in people suffering from Psoriasis.
According to researchers at the University of Colorado, CBD can be used as an alternative to steroids used to treat Eczema, a painful skin condition that causes the skin to crack, itch, and become dry. More importantly, cannabinoids contain anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which are paramount in dealing with itchiness and pain in Eczema patients.
CBD also contains skin-soothing properties which largely reduces or eliminates sensitive skin-related issues such as redness or general irritation. CBD’s skin-calming effects may work for a broad spectrum of skin types with minimal allergic reactions.
Reasons to start using CBD for all your skin woes
Numerous studies have shown that CBD contains 20 amino acids. Among these are essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 which are not commonly found in the food we eat. These fatty acids are crucial for healthy skin and they also slow down the aging process, keeping the skin young. Additionally, CBD is all-natural with zero artificial additives that may cause allergic reactions on your skin.