You’ve probably noticed the acronym “CBD” popping up just about everywhere these days, from the pharmacy to the grocery store to the coffee shop. But what about it cropping up in numerous skincare lines? Let’s explore the ins and outs of CBD for the skin.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of more than a hundred natural compounds derived from cannabis that is a popular natural remedy for a wide range of ailments and issues. Most commonly, it is used for treating anxiety, depression, inflammation, insomnia, and high blood pressure. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, which means it doesn’t give you the high feeling. Because of this, CBD is often an appealing option for those looking for natural pain relief without any mind-altering effects.
More recently, CBD has taken off as a featured ingredient in many skincare products. CBD oils, lotions, and creams are readily available just about everywhere in Canada and in much of the US as over-the-counter beauty products.
How Does it Work on Your Skin?
Nowadays, CBD isn’t just being ingested. Increasingly, people are applying it topically for a variety of skin benefits. More studies are needed, but it is understood now that CBD probably plays a role in hydrating the skin and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing effects. This means that using a product with CBD might help with treating very dry skin or certain inflammatory skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis.
Normally, steroid creams are used for inflammatory skin conditions; however, If CBD manages to create the same anti-inflammation effect, then it could be an encouraging new treatment method as it is entirely natural and chemical-free.
CBD Potentially Benefits These Skin Issues:
- Dry Skin: CBD helps to trap moisture in the skin. A 2019 study notes that CBD may be useful for treating some common symptoms of skin conditions, such as dryness and itching.
- Inflammatory Skin Conditions: CBD oil has an anti-inflammatory property, which can benefit the skin by reducing oil production, providing moisture and relieving pain and itching associated with conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
- Wrinkles and Anti-Aging: CBD is not only anti-inflammatory, but it also is rich with antioxidants. It is these antioxidants that directly help fight aging. By counteracting the damage of free-radicals and reducing the look of inflammation, many CBD anti-aging creams visibly diminish wrinkles, skin dullness, and ruddy skin tone.
- Acne: CBD is a suitable ingredient for acne-prone skin, because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Acne is often caused by inflamed and reactive skin, which takes well to the calming benefits of CBD. Research also shows that CBD probably decreases excess sebum oil production of the skin, by balancing the flow of the skin’s oil secretion. Scientists studying CBD agree that more conclusive, scientific studies are needed to confirm these early trials on acne with CBD.
- Sensitive Skin: CBD oil has been found to have significant soothing properties that also reduce redness. Its skin-calming and skin-normalizing effects probably help minimize issues related to skin sensitivity, like redness and reactivity. Regardless of your skin type, daily environmental stressors are a reality. CBD’s soothing mechanism will help keep all skin types smoother and more supple.
- Skin Infection: Since cannabis has antifungal and antibacterial properties, some CBD topicals may treat small skin infections, though more research is required.
How to Find the Best CBD Skin Care Product
Since the industry isn’t regulated at this point, and no two CBD skin care products are created the same, you’ll need to do your homework before you purchase anything. Firstly, make sure the ingredients list says “cannabidiol”. Secondly, while we don’t know exactly how much CBD is best, it is a good sign that the product is legitimate if it lists the CBD dose in millimeters.
Lastly, third party testing verification labels are a good indicator that the product is what it says it is. With many imposters out there, you want to be sure that you’re getting a product that actually contains CBD, and whose CBD was extracted with the proper parameters.
It’s no doubt that CBD is an ingredient taking skin care products by storm. Since it’s still new to the world, and totally unregulated, it’s important to take precaution before you dive head first into a vat of CBD cream. Do your homework before you purchase, and make sure to do a patch test before you buy the entire CBD skin care line. Test the product on your forearm once or twice a day and check for the development of a rash. If your skin is clear, the coast is clear to apply it on your face.
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