The staggering number of products that CBD is added to today – including skincare products – can obscure the fact that many consumers don’t actually know all that much about what CBD does exactly.
CBD is as trendy in the medical industry as it is in the beauty and skincare industry. With the hype surrounding CBD as a cure-all, it’s easy to forget that CBD has serious skincare clout. According to data published by the Future Market Insights in a report titled “CBD Skin Care Market: Global Industry Analysis Opportunity Assessment 2019-2027,” the CBD cosmetic and skincare market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of over 33% through 2027. Safe to say, the CBD trend in the skincare industry isn’t going to die down anytime soon.
Are you considering jumping on the CBD bandwagon and start leveraging its benefits for the skin? Here’s a premier on all things CBD and the skin benefits:
First of all, what is CBD exactly?
Technically referred to as cannabidiol, CBD is one of the many natural compounds found in cannabis plants - and no, it won’t get you high. Unlike its close but infamous cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive.
There’s no doubt; cannabidiol is a powerful phytochemical with incredible health benefits. The problem is that there are not very many conclusive studies that have evaluated how CBD can improve skin health. Sadly, it’s relatively easy to study the harms of the cannabis plant, but the legal obstacles that scientists have to deal with have made it challenging to study the true benefits of CBD.
CBD For Skincare: Understanding How CBD Oil Assists In Skin Care
Individuals with skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne are often picky about what they apply to their skin. Still, some are eager to jump on the cannabidiol bandwagon or CBD oil, as it is better known.
The promise of CBD for skincare comes largely from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help fight breakouts and inflammations. These properties explain why CBD is now standard in most skincare products for healing skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne. So, what exactly does CBD do to your skin and body? Will CBD oil work well on your skin the same way it is useful when taken inside your body?
The human body contains a complex system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that contains an intricate network of neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors. Thanks to research, we now know that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in keeping organs and systems – including the skin – in a balanced state body and even keel. Research suggests that the skin has its own ECS, which, just like the body’s ECS, works to create stasis or achieve a balanced state, keeping the skin healthy.
Typically, the root cause of most skin conditions is some kind of imbalance. CBD’s effect on the ECS coupled with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can help restore the balance that the skin needs to stay healthy. Now, not only is it known that CBD works to improve the health of your skin, but it is also known that it targets the system that needs to be targeted.
Why Is CBD Good For The Skin?
While a lot of research into CBD and skincare needs to be done, here’s what research says about CBD and skincare so far:
- Acne: This is a common skin condition that arises when dead skin cells, excess oil, or dirt accumulate and clog the pores. CBD can help alleviate the inflammation related to the redness and swelling that’s often associated with acne. A research study from the Journal of Drug in Dermatology (2014) found CBD can help suppress acne breakouts by reducing excess sebum production by regulating oil production within the sebaceous glands.
- Inflammation: Numerous studies have demonstrated CBD’s strong anti-inflammatory properties, which means it has a lot of promise for skin conditions with inflammatory symptoms such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.
- Itching: Research shows that CBD can be useful in soothing itching by blocking sensation through nerve endings. One study found that CBD has potential as an effective treatment for refractory itching of various origins.
- Dry Skin: Managing dry skin can be a pain. Studies show that CBD oil can help soothe the skin, reduce dryness and the appearance of irritation. CBD achieves its effect through interaction with the sebaceous glands and helps stop the peeling of skin, cuts, cracks, and patches.
- Aging And Wrinkles: It’s not surprising that CBD oil is a powerful antioxidant and can help alleviate oxidative stress in skin cells, reducing the visible signs of ageing.
- Infection: As it’s derived from the cannabis plant, CBD oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that may help treat certain infections of the skin.
- CBD Oil For Sensitive Skin: Another potential benefit of CBD for the skin is its soothing properties. Its substantial skin-normalising, moisturising and skin-calming effects can help lessen skin sensitivity issues, including reactivity and redness.
The Future of CBD For Skin Care?
CBD holds so much promise for skin problems! But even so, at the moment, the marketplace is a little like the Wild West, and it’s easy for consumers to feel overwhelmed and lost. But the bottom line, as long as CBD is extracted within proper parameters, it has great promise for skincare.
Wishing you all the best and More Life.
Boat & Mane CBD Team