If you’re of the millions who suffer from acne worldwide, you’re all too familiar with how it can affect your self-esteem and quality of life.
You’ve tried every product under the sun to try and solve your acne, and maybe even some sketchy home remedies, only to be back at square one.
We all dream of silky-smooth, hydrated, and elastic clear skin.
Not only is it possible, it’s easier than you think! Incorporating CBD into your skincare routine is a simple way to eliminate acne and inflammation, and improve every aspect of your skin.
CBD Is Safe for All Skin Types
Wondering if CBD is safe to use for your skin type?
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a leading skincare specialist in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, states “CBD oil is a great option for all skin types.”
He continues, noting “[CBD] has long been used for its ultra-hydrating and emollient (softening or smoothing) properties.”
CBD is a non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient derived from the Cannabis sativa plant; it does not impair the user and poses no “abuse or dependence potential” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Additionally, the effects of CBD may be especially beneficial for those who are prone to oily skin, as it limits the production of sebum. We’ll explore this in more detail when looking at how CBD fights acne.
CBD Is Highly Effective in Topical Form
Topical CBD products are applied directly to the skin, allowing you to target specific areas of inflammation.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a signaling system responsible for regulating the body and maintaining homeostasis.
The ECS has cannabinoid receptors on the surface of cells throughout the body. When CBD is applied topically, it interacts with the high concentration of cannabinoid receptors found in the skin to provide its antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects.
CBD Fights Acne at the Source
Acne affects the quality of life and self-esteem of millions worldwide. Anyone who has experienced acne is all too familiar with the endless (and expensive) search for products that work.
A promising study published in 2014 revealed CBD prevents the overproduction of sebum, an oily substance produced by cells called sebocytes. Because sebum is a waxy substance, it is known to clog pores, trapping in sweat, dead skin cells, and other debris, resulting in acne.
Additionally, analysis of the study revealed CBD “triggered an anti-inflammatory reaction in the cells and prevented inflammatory cytokines from activating.” Cytokines, which are protein messengers produced by cells in the immune system, are thought to be triggers for acne and breakouts.
For those with oily skin or acne, CBD may be the solution to cleaner, clearer pores and less inflammation.
CBD Improves Skin in Inflammatory Skin Conditions
If you have psoriasis or eczema, or simply want to improve your skin’s elasticity and hydration, studies support the use of topical CBD products.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD led researchers to investigate its impact on treating inflammatory skin conditions. The use of topical CBD improved patients' skin across all measured parameters.
The study, published in 2019, involved 20 patients with psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) applying CBD-enriched ointment to affected areas twice daily over the course of three months.
Researchers then evaluated the hydration, trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), and elasticity of the skin after treatment.
Combined with clinical assessment and photographic data, researchers concluded “topical treatment with CBD-enriched ointment significantly improved the skin parameters” and symptoms with “no irritant or allergic reactions.”
Additionally, patients also reported an increase in their quality of life as well as a reduction in the appearance of scars from their skin conditions (known as outcome scars).
For skin that is clinically more elastic and hydrated, incorporate CBD into your skincare routine.
CBD Skin Care for Beginners
Adding CBD to your skincare routine is simple, easy, and effective.
For enhanced hydrating effects, apply CBD-infused lotion or ointment twice daily to clean skin. Enriched with vitamin E, sunflower oil, and witch hazel water, PHD Organics lotions fight acne and inflammation on all fronts. Additionally, PHD Organics ointments are sweat and water resistant, so you’re ready to take on the day.
Already have a lotion or cream you love? Take your skincare routine to the next level by mixing in a drop of CBD oil. Simply fill the dropper and dispense the desired number of droplets into your lotion or cream, and incorporate the oil in with your fingers before applying.
CBD oil from tinctures can also be used to spot treat pesky acne and instantly reduce inflammation.
If you experience body acne on your back or chest, a relaxing soak in a hot bath with a CBD bath bomb or bath dust may be just what you need. A warm bath helps to open and cleanse the pores, and the large surface area of skin allows the CBD to quickly get in touch with the endocannabinoid system.
Give It a Try!
With CBD’s proven track record of improving the hydration and elasticity of skin, as well as fighting acne and inflammation, why not incorporate it into your skincare routine?
See if CBD is the secret to the skin of your dreams.
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About the Author
Lily Kiepke is a freelance writer and blogger based in the Denver metropolitan area. She enjoys using CBD to relieve anxiety and improve sleep. When she is not writing about cannabis, she can be found hiking in the Rocky Mountains or curled up with a good true crime book.