- Including CBD in your skincare regimen may improve the quality of your skin’s health.
Oils, creams, salves, balms, lotions, and all of them piled loosely on top of each other in a woven bag.
If you were hoping to make your skincare regimen less complicated, we may have a solution for you.
Adding CBD to your skincare routine may have the potential to drastically impact the overall health of your skin.
It’s long been known that the health of your endocannabinoid system (ECS) impacts the expression of cutaneous cell growth and differentiation. However, in 2014, researchers wanted to look more closely at how acne vulgaris is impacted by treatment with CBD.
CBD; A Helpful Companion in the Fight Against Acne
Their research, which was published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, demonstrated that anandamide and 2-AG—the endogenous cannabinoids—“are constitutively produced in human sebaceous glands” and that they “induce terminal differentiation of these cells.”
In other words, human sebocytes are key targets for cannabinoid therapies.
The research they conducted further elucidated the mechanisms of action by showing that CBD:
- Normalizes “pro-acne agents”-induced excessive lipid synthesis
- Decreases proliferation of human sebocytes
- Exerts universal anti-inflammatory properties
- And more
In the discussion of their results, they were so confident in their findings that the researchers noted that “our data introduce the phytocannabinoid CBD as a potent “universal” anti-acne agent, possessing a unique “triple anti-acne” profile.”
However, those aren’t the only ways that adding CBD to your skincare may improve your outcomes.
CBD and Skincare, A Variety of Uses
According to research from 2018, acne vulgaris is just one of many conditions that CBD may be able to help. In fact, the research, which was published in Dermatology Online Journal, noted that CBD may help with:
- Acne vulgaris
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Asteatotic dermatitis
- Atopic dermatitis
- Hidradenitis suppurativa
- Kaposi sarcoma
- Skin cancer
- Cutaneous manifestations of systemic sclerosis
- And more
That makes sense, according to research from a year later, in 2019.
Researchers pointed out that the ECS is involved with “skin homeostasis, barrier formation and regeneration, and its dysregulation was implicated to contribute to several highly prevalent diseases and disorders” such as acne or psoriasis.
While the authors backed the usefulness of CBD in skincare, they noted that the ECS is still misunderstood, key components of the actions have yet to be elucidated, and there is still a need to determine which cannabinoids impact which diseases.
There is still much to learn when it comes to CBD and skincare, another 2019 report was more direct when the authors bluntly stated that “the topical administration of CBD ointment, without any THC, is a safe and effective non-invasive alternative for [improving] the quality of life in patients with some skin disorders,” especially those which are inflammatory in nature.
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By Nicholas D.
Professional Cannabis Writer and Content Creator