CBD and Skincare

CBD and Skincare

Is CBD Effective in Skincare?

If you're familiar with the skincare market, you’re probably aware that CBD seems to be the latest trend. CBD is used in many beauty products, so you might be wondering what role it plays or what it adds to these products.

What is CBD?

CBD, the popular name for cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds in the cannabis plant. CBD can be obtained from either of the two cannabis plants—hemp or marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is predominant in marijuana and is responsible for its psychoactive effects. Unlike THC, CBD cannot get you high. CBD has become popular due to the discovery of its numerous health benefits.

Why CBD is effective in skincare?

There are many claims about the benefits of CBD for your skin. According to Dr Cheryl Bugailiskis, a cannabis expert at HelloMD, "the skin is the largest organ and our body's first line of defense against unwanted organisms. As such, this protective layer has the highest amount and concentration of what are called cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body as a part of our  endocannabinoid system — a checks-and-balance matrix, which regulates a number of critical bodily functions and responses such as stress, pain, appetite, inflammation, sleep, immunity and even processes like how much or how little oil our skin produces." Dr. Cheryl explains that CBD stimulates the cannabinoid receptors in our skin. This helps regulate:

  • inflammation
  • pain
  • bacteria
  • lipid production (could lead to acne)
  • histamine production
  • skin cell proliferation (which causes psoriasis)
  • In addition to having anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is a powerful antioxidant. Research has shown that CBD might be effective in helping acne, skin aging, redness and irritation. Though more studies are needed, research on the use of CBD as part of a healthy skincare regimen has been promising.

    CBD and Psoriasis

    Psoriasis causes an accelerated growth and division of skin cells. CBD has become popular as a natural remedy for psoriasis, with studies indicating that it can be effective in slowing down skin cell division. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD also help relieve symptoms.

    CBD and Acne

    Acne results from excess secretion of sebum and the Propionibacterium acnesbacteria. While sebum is essential for your skin's protection, in excess it can lead to acne. CBD helps with acne because it:

  • slows down sebum formation: the CBD molecule has been found to slow down sebum formation in sebaceous glands
  • is highly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory: redness caused by acne results from inflammation, which CBD helps to ameliorate
  • CBD and Atopic Dermatitis

    Dermatitis, an inflammatory skin disease, mostly affects children below the age of six. Unfortunately, most corticosteroid creams that effectively relieve the symptoms of dermatitis have side effects. CBD is effective against dermatitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. When used topically, CBD binds to the skin's endocannabinoid receptors, helping to relieve the itching and redness often associated with atopic dermatitis.

    CBD and Seborrheic Dermatitis

    The Malassezia fungus causes an increased reproduction of skin cells, which can lead to seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis mostly affects the face and scalp in the form of red, scaly skin. CBD is effective against this disease because:

  • it slows down sebum secretion: excessive sebum secretion from sebaceous glands is the most common cause of seborrheic dermatitis
  • it slows down skin cell proliferation: CBD slows down the reproduction of sebocytes, which helps prevent the onset of seborrheic dermatitis
  • Choose quality CBD products for your skin

    You should be careful when choosing CBD products for your skin. Sometimes products contain less CBD than advertised, or even none at all. If you're using products with CBD, make sure they are from trusted manufacturers. If you’re under the care of a dermatologist, you may want to consult them before adding CBD products to your current (prescribed) skincare regimen.