As a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, CBD oil has an extraordinary healing effect on the skin. It also affects the replacement and regeneration of skin cells, helping to alleviate skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. In this article, we will tell you about 4 benefits that CBD oil can have for your skin.
1. Prevents Acne
Almost everyone has dealt with acne at some point in their life. Whether the trigger is hormonal imbalances, stress, some medications, or maybe our diet – I am sure we can all agree on one. Acne does not help our self-esteem and we would all like to get rid of it for good.
CBD oil has the power to help with this. Thanks to its ability to adjust how the body creates sebum.
Did you know that the skin has its own endocannabinoid system?
This means that cannabinoids can bind to their receptors and be active. Our skin produces sebum to protect itself from the outside world. However, if there is excess sebum production it has the tendency to mix with dead skin cells, dirt, or other pollutants which can result in acne.
One of the great powers of CBD when it comes to acne treatment is that it’s “sebostatic”. Studies have revealed that CBD helps in the prevention of the cells creating too much of the oily substance sebum. Therefore, less sebum, fewer clogged pores, less acne.
2. Reduces inflammation
CBD can also help reduce inflammation in the skin, but first, what is inflammation?
Inflammation can occur after an injury or infection. It’s the way our body tells our immune system that there is something wrong so that it can address the issue and restore the damaged body cells.
Inflammation can also be a signal showing that our body is defending against external invaders, such as bacteria and viruses. These processes are usually not a threat, but if they last a longer period of time or often recur, we should pay attention to them.
How does CBD help inflammation, and how does it relate to our skin?
The substance that causes inflammation is called cytokines. These are proteins that are released by the immune cells. Researchers have found that CBD can control the production of these cytokines, thus it can contribute to fighting inflammation.
In other words, CBD oil helps calm our skin, soothe acne-caused or other types of irritation, visibly reduce overall redness and make breakouts appear smaller and less painful. CBD also works without drying out or irritating the skin, therefore it is especially helpful for acne-prone and sensitive skin types.
3. Can help to slow down aging
As we age our skin is becoming less tight and it starts developing lines and wrinkles. After the age of 20, the production of collagen reduces each year. With the process of aging our skin also produces less oil which is necessary to keep our skin youthful and elastic. Some external factors, such as excess sun exposure, pollutants, medications, or lifestyle choices, like smoking, contribute to faster aging.
CBD can help reverse the signs of aging and keep your skin youthful
One of the main contributors to faster aging is free radicals. The free radicals in the skin cells react very easily with other molecules and can cause significant chemical reactions. That’s what we call oxidation.
This is where CBD comes into play. Several studies show, that CBD has great antioxidant properties. It is actually an even more powerful antioxidant than the well-known vitamin C and E.
Antioxidants – the word describes itself – are known for fighting free radicals. This helps to significantly slow down the breakdown of collagen so that the skin can maintain its firmness.
Moreover, CBD also helps the skin to keep its hormonal balance. As we mentioned earlier, our skin has its own endocannabinoid system. Thanks to that the cannabinoids can communicate with the receptors. If there is a hormonal imbalance, for example, if our skin doesn’t produce enough oil to hydrate our skin, the receptors receive a message from the endocannabinoids, that they can act upon.
Therefore, using CBD, either internally or topically, can fight the two main internal biological factors that cause aging and thus help you retain your skin smooth and youthful for a longer period.
However, it is important to note that if you want to slow down the aging process, the key is to stay away and protect yourself from the external factors that we mentioned before.
First and foremost, avoid smoking, which significantly increases the number of free radicals in our bodies. Exposure to the sun for too long is not good for our skin either. The UV rays can cause a lot of damage, that’s why we should always remember to wear sunscreen with high SPF values, ideally along with sunglasses and hats that can also help in protecting the face and neck area.
Additionally, and we know you’ve heard this a dozen times, but staying hydrated is so essential. So drink a lot of water! Besides many other benefits, it helps to boost the production of elastin and collagen too.
4. Treats Eczema
What is eczema?
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition where the skin barrier function is damaged, which leads to dehydrated and inflamed skin. The skin affected by eczema is usually red and dry and often feels itchy and bumpy. The loss of barrier function makes the skin way more sensitive and prone to infection.
What causes eczema?
The scientists have not found the actual cause of the disease yet. However, the most common risk factors include allergies, genetic disposition, hay fever, asthma, and food intolerance.
How does CBD help eczema sufferers?
A study published in 2019 found that the topical use of CBD helped in reducing itchiness, inflammation, soothed redness of the skin, and even enhanced sleep in people with eczema.
It is backed by research that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. That’s why it can reduce inflammation caused by eczema. Studies also show that by activating the glycine receptors, CBD can bring relief from chronic pain associated with inflammation. Moreover, activating the CB2 receptors can help to soothe itchy and dry skin.
How to use CBD oil for the skin?
You can use CBD oil both by ingesting it or applying it topically. If your primary reason for using CBD oil is to treat one of the above-mentioned conditions, then we would recommend using it topically.
You can do this by applying a few drops of the oil to the skin directly (depending on the severity of the skin condition and the effect that you want to achieve you can use different strengths of the oil). You can also mix the CBD oil with your favorite face cream or face oil. Read more about the dosage and consumption methods here.
However, a really powerful and I would even say magical combination would be mixing hemp seed oil with CBD oil.
Hemp Seed Oil is an amazing product, containing unsaturated fats like linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid, and α-linolenic acid. It works for most skin types as it can moisturize really well, but at the same time, it is non-comedogenic, which means it will not clog your pores.
Hemp Oil is even beneficial for oily skin! It might be hard to believe, but often an oily skin is dehydrated skin. It produces more oil because, with all the products that we’re using to get rid of the oil, we actually dry it out way too much. The reaction of our skin to dryness, naturally, is producing even more oil.
Using hemp oil regularly could help balance out your skin. Whether it’s oily, dry, or combination skin type that you have, it indeed could do wonders!
And now imagine the combination of hemp oil and CBD. Do you get why I said magical?
If not yet, give it a try, and see for yourself.
Remember, before applying any kind of new oil/product that you haven’t tried before, you should do a patch test. To do this apply the oil to a small area for a couple of days. If there are no allergic reactions or irritation then you can start using it, on the whole area once or twice a day.