Beauty experts have been extolling the benefits of plant extracts for decades, and the skincare benefits of cannabis are finally getting their due. The same qualities which make CBD an anti-inflammatory powerhouse for internal use also have the potential to improve skin health.
How to Use
CBD oil can be infused into topical body care products like balms, salves, lotions, and oils, allowing its antioxidant properties to enter the skin directly. Antioxidants help protect the skin from free radicals like UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants which damage the skin and promote aging. Because our skin contains cannabinoid receptors, CBD interacts with them to promote skin balance and facilitate healing.
Acne and Eczema
Acne and eczema are two of the most common skin issues, affecting millions around the world. A 2017 study of existing research found the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis can be especially helpful for eczema and dermatitis. It also found that acne sufferers who used a CBD cream twice daily saw a major decrease in sebum (the oil that can cause breakouts). Similarly, a 2014 study found that CBD actually decreases the proliferation of sebum, making it one of the most promising therapies for acne treatment.
CBD oil is particularly effective for eczema and dermatitis because cannabinoids have powerful anti-itch properties because they interact skin receptors connected to our endocannabinoid system. CBD also has strong antimicrobial effects which help with healing.
Benefits for Everyone
CBD can also benefit those with healthy skin. A 1998 study published by the National Academy of Sciences found that cannabis has more antioxidant powers than Vitamins E and C, which means it’s especially effective at neutralizing free radicals from toxins and pollutants which cause skin damage. CBD also contains essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins which help improve skin condition and hydration. It is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. A 2008 study found that CBD is also high in lipids, which help the skin’s natural repair process.
You can learn even more about CBD and its therapeutic effects on other skin diseases by visiting our education page.