I’m sure you are already aware that cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very popular option, and sometimes alternative, for anxiety, pain and sleep troubles. Well, in addition to these well-known benefits, CBD is gaining recognition for promoting a clear complexion and moisturize dry skin.
But how? First of all, you need to know what the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is. First identified in 1990s by Lumir Hanus, it is essentially a biological system composed by endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors (CBRs), and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. In other words, it’s a very complex cell-signalling system.
The ECS is also responsible for regulating growth of cells in our skin. Research has shown that one major function of the ECS is to balance and proliferate skin cells, meaning it can impact an individual’s overall health and skin’s well-being. After reviewing some of the literature, let us see how CBD can specifically benefit your skin:
CBD can reduce Acne and Oily Skin. A 2014 study from the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD can support the reduction of sebum in your skin (Olah, et al., 2014). Sebum is an oily, waxy substance produced by the body’s sebaceous glands that causes dirt and bacteria to build up on the skin, leading to chronic acne and breakouts. Whether you suffer from a frustrating excess of oil on the surface of the skin or are looking for natural ways to banish blemishes, consider this powerful compound.
CBD can be an anti-aging solution/ reduce the production of wrinkles and dark circles. Through its antioxidant properties, CBD can fight free radicals in the body that cause aging and cell degeneration. Moreover, the antioxidants can help to slow collagen loss substantially, help the skin look youthful and retain its natural taut and firmness, and also aid the sebaceous glands secrete oil, thus maintaining glowing skin.
This also refers to some of the indirect effects of CBD on your skin, as it is well documented to help many people get high-quality sleep and keep anxiousness at bay. Inefficient sleep and excessive stress can cause your skin to develop wrinkles, lose its elasticity, sagging skin and dark circles under the eyes.
CBD can moisturize/ keep skin hydrated. A 2009 study in the Trends Pharmacol Sci journal found that CBD has natural hydrating properties. Meaning that applying CBD oil or skin cream/ gel can help deeply hydrate your skin, getting rid of redness and dry patches. We would definitely recommend using high-quality CBD moisturizer with non-comedogenic ingredients (ingredients that won’t clog pores) for the best results.
CBD can reduce skin dryness and itching. Research found that CBD can be useful for treating some common symptoms of skin conditions, such as dryness and itching (Toth, et al., 2019). This occurs mainly due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, which are particularly useful for reducing potential triggers of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Skin infection. Although more research is needed in regard to CBD assisting with skin infections, some research has found that the cannabis plant may contain antibacterial and antifungal properties (Andre, Hausman & Guerriero, 2016).