Due to its multitude of potential health benefits, CBD is on the brink of exploding onto many different scenes and is positioned to become a game changer in health and wellness. CBD’s meteoric rise in popularity can be attributed to its abundance of medicinal properties and the fact that it has virtually zero side effects. CBD is a safe, non-addictive substance, imbued with several therapeutic properties that make the magical compound effective in treating an array of maladies. Scientific research indicates that CBD shows strong potential for treating a range of conditions from anxiety, depression and insomnia to mitigating symptoms like nausea, joint and muscle pain.
One of the more recent applications of CBD that’s starting to gain substantial traction around the globe is in skincare. Due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and analgesic (pain-killing) properties CBD is quickly becoming a coveted ingredient, not only in many emerging beauty products, but also as an ingredient that’s effective in treating many major skin disorders like acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
What Is CBD?
You’re probably familiar with the compound THC and its psychotropic effects. But what a lot of people don’t know is that THC is just one of over 100 chemical compounds, called “phytocannabinoids”, that can be extracted from the cannabis sativa or industrial hemp plant. One of the many compounds unique to marijuana and hemp plants is cannabidiol, or CBD for short.
Both THC and CBD have been found to be endowed with a number of significant medicinal properties, but unlike THC, CBD will not get you high. If this is a concern of yours—don’t worry, you won’t find yourself raiding your fridge every 5 minutes whilst simultaneously philosophizing about existentialism after a dose of CBD. Essentially, CBD has the same medicinal effects as THC without the high, which makes it extremely appealing to those seeking symptom relief without any of those troublesome side effects.
The Science Behind the Beauty
Now—let’s talk skincare. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, anti-bacterial, and analgesic properties make it an extremely versatile skincare ingredient. Inflammation is the underlying cause of many major skin ailments that affect millions of people around the globe and CBD is an alternative treatment that could provide the world with some much needed relief.
CBD & Skin Disorders
While rates of acne are increasing, there aren’t many new treatment options being developed. Acne is typically treated with some type of benzoyl peroxide, retinoid or salicylic acid which tend to make skin worse before helping it get better. The skin goes through a retinization process that initially causes more inflammation to occur in the form of redness, dryness and peeling before acne lesions can begin to heal. If you’ve ever struggled with acne, then you’re probably familiar with how tough it can be to treat due its many triggers. Acne is caused by blocked pores, excess sebum production, inflammation and the proliferation of bacteria. CBD could be used to address all of these acne causing factors by regulating oil production by sebaceous glands, controlling cytokines (that cause inflammation) and killing bacteria to help prevent acne from ever forming.
“Because acne is an inflammatory condition related to overworked sebaceous-gland production, promising new research states that CBD can help reduce the production of sebum, which means CBD could become a future treatment for acne, particularly acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne associated with overproduction of sebum,” says Dr. Zenhausern, NMD and naturopathic physician and owner of NMD Wellness.
Acne isn’t the only skin disorder that’s caused by inflammation and excess bacteria. “The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of CBD naturally help improve irritating skin conditions including rosacea, eczema and psoriasis,” Julie Winter, COO and founding partner of CBD For Life, explains. Psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea can all potentially be quelled through the use of CBD-infused products due to its ability to repair skin through lipids present in CBD oils.
CBD & Anti-Aging
The global anti-aging market was worth around $42 billion in 2018 and is expected to be worth over $55 billion by 2023. It would be an understatement to say that humanity has a fixation with minimizing the signs of aging, and it’s clear that people are willing to spend hefty amounts of money on any beauty product that promises to be the next “fountain of youth”. CBD could be a less expensive, all-natural, effective solution to help rid yourself of those pesky crow’s feet or dark circles under your eyes!
Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman is just one of many doctors that advocate the use of CBD for healthier, younger looking skin. “It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and E,” says Dr. Jaliman “Vitamin A stimulates the cells responsible for producing the tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy; vitamin C stimulates collagen production, and it helps to reduce signs of aging; [and] vitamin E blocks free radicals from the body [which] helps slow down the aging process,” she continues. It turns out that CBD also has antioxidant properties which has led to research indicating that it can help lessen the visible signs of aging skin. By reducing inflammation and counteracting free-radical damage to the skin, CBD anti-aging beauty products have the potential to visibly diminish issues like wrinkles, dullness, redness, puffiness and swelling.
Excited to get your hands on the magic of CBD? If you’re still not sold on the hype surrounding CBD’s potential skincare benefits, why not try it out and see for yourself? You’ve got nothing to lose and so much to gain—including healthier, younger looking skin. With that being said it’s always smart to consult your dermatologist before adding CBD products to your skincare regimen.
Interested in trying CBD-infused skincare products?
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- Activated Charcoal, Tea Tree, and Hemp Oil Extract Bar Soap
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