CBD for Skincare: What are the Benefits?
It makes sense:
CBD's anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal ingredient to help nourish your skin.
In this article, we’ll dig into everything you need to know about CBD for skincare.
What is CBD?
CBD is a type of chemical compound, called a cannabinoid, that is naturally found in the cannabis plant. There are actually over 120 of these cannabinoids that have been found in cannabis.
CBD is known as a major cannabinoid, meaning that it is found in higher concentrations than other ‘minor’ cannabinoids.
But don't worry, you don’t have to smoke cannabis to consume CBD!
It's important to note that while CBD is found in cannabis, it won’t get you high. Another cannabinoid called THC is responsible for the infamous 'high' effects of cannabis.
The best bit about CBD:
Can CBD really work as a skincare product?
CBD's anti-inflammatory properties are well documented, and lots on skin conditions are a result of inflamamation. So at a very basic level: Yes, CBD shows great potential as a skincare product,
CBD induces its effects on the body by binding to and interacting with a range of receptors in our endocannabinoid system. These receptors have been found in the skin, in epidermal cells. Which indicates there is a direct path for CBD to target and work on your skin.
What skin conditions can CBD help?
Because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and skin cell regulating effects, CBD skincare could offer significant benefits for a range of skin disorders and conditions.
Those who suffer from acne will be well aware that it is a skin condition that can often be hard to get under control.
Acne is the result of clogged pores and the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria contributing to raised, inflamed, and pus-filled pimples. Acne is not only embarrassing but can be painful, leave you with scars, make you more prone to infection, and have a serious negative impact on your confidence and mental health.
So is CBD a natural acne treatment?
The good news is that CBD holds many therapeutic properties that could significantly improve the appearance of acne. With its proven antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD could help to reduce the size of acne and treat the bacterial cause of acne.
Studies tell us that CBD has been effective at specifically improving the appearance of acne as well as halting its development in the first place. CBD has been found to reduce acne inflammation and to kill a type of bacteria that is key to acne development.
CBD’s potential as an acne treatment is further enhance by one study that found the cannabinoid is also able to inhibit the production of human sebum, alongside having an anti-inflammatory effect. These combined results lead the authors of the study to conclude that CBD is a promising potential acne treatment.
So, what CBD products can be used for acne?
Whilst we're not allowed to give specific medical recommendations, we'd suggest checking out our full CBD Creams and CBD Moisturiser ranges. Further to that, according to our customers, the Vitality and OTO skincare ranges include some of the best face creams on the market.
It’s not just acne that CBD may be able to help you with. CBD may also prove useful in treating the symptoms of psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that results in red, flakey areas of skin, much like an inflamed rash. Psoriasis is caused by a build-up of skin, and it can be especially painful. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the build-up of skin cells is the result of a misfiring immune system that can’t stop skin cell production.
Psoriasis can be particularly debilitating, but the good news is that CBD shows promising signs when used as a natural psoriasis treatment. A 2019 study found that patients with inflammatory skin disorders, including psoriasis, saw significant improvements to their skin’s condition after the topical application of CBD ointment twice daily for three months. CBD was found to be safe and effective and didn’t cause any irritant or allergic reactions.
Another study found that when applied to human skin tissue culture, CBD was able to suppress the proliferation of human sebocytes, or skin cells. This is important for psoriasis sufferers, as excessive sebocyte proliferation is responsible for the development of psoriasis.
Signs of aging
When it comes to skincare, one of the most common concerns people have is aging. We all want to turn back the clock a little and get rid of some of those fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, but can CBD really help?
The studies so far certianly suggest it can.
Research tells us that CBD has both the ability to act as an antioxidant and to enhance the activity of other antioxidants. This is important for fighting the signs of aging, as antioxidants work to neutralise free radicals.
Free radicals are some of the biggest culprits of aging.
Free radicals bounce around looking to pair with an electron, and in the process they can damage the DNA of skin cells. This DNA damage leaves skin cells functioning at below their full potential and often shows as wrinkles or dark spots.
CBD skincare vs. consumption
There's some argument over the effectiveness of topical CBD versus consumed CBD; this is because topical CBD has a lower bioavailability than other forms of CBD like edibles or vapes.
CBD, like all cannabinoids, is hydrophobic. This means that CBD can’t dissolve in water. This can be a problem for topically applied CBD because the skin has a very high water content, meaning that CBD is less likely to cross the skin barrier.
Cannabinoids can dissolve in oil, so their bioavailability can be improved when added to a carrier oil like olive oil or argan oil. That's why you'll find most CBD skincare products will combine CBD with other healing oils that act as the carrier.
Another benefit of CBD topicals is that they can be applied directly to the area that you need them.
That said, if you find CBD topical products like CBD cream or CBD balm aren’t delivering you the best results, you may find it worthwhile to combine CBD skincare with an ingested form of CBD, like CBD oil drops.
The bottom line
When it comes to CBD for skincare, this little cannabinoid seems to offer a lot. With anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-proliferative, and antioxidant qualities, CBD has been found to be a useful tool against skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, and even aging.