Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-itching, and analgesic. What do these four words all have in common?
CBD is the swiss army knife of skincare products, in the sense that it can do just about everything. In fact, name one thing CBD CAN’T do, I bet you’d age five years before coming up with anything.
Of course, I am only kidding, in the grand scheme of things CBD is a very new compound being tested and researched for its potential medicinal properties. One of those is skincare. CBD does not have a long history in the skincare industry, however, lots of skincare companies are exploring the world of CBD by infusing their products with this “miracle medicine”.
Health seekers and the beauty industry love CBD beauty products/ antioxidants because oxidative stress is believed to speed up the aging process by attacking the structure and functioning of skin cells.
For those of you that are currently living under a rock and have no idea what CBD is or what it can do for your skin, give this article a quick read as it will cover everything from what CBD skincare is, how it works on your skin, the benefits of having it on your skin and it will also highlight the skin conditions that benefit the most from CBD.
How Does CBD Work on Skin?
CBD interacts with two different types of receptors in the skin. These two receptors are called TRPV1 receptors and endocannabinoid receptors. TRPV1 receptors, commonly known as vanilloid receptors have an important role in the regulation of different skin processes like:
- Wound Healing
- Hair Growth Disorders
- Skin Barrier Function/ Repair
CBD can help reduce many of the unwanted skin conditions by binding to these receptors, encouraging a beautiful complexion.
Endocannabinoid System and Oil Production
The ECS plays an important role in the amount of oil that the skin produces. Therefore, when CBD is administered throughout the body it will interact with the ECS and play a pivotal role in the overall health of your skin. Cannabinoid receptors that are overly active within the skin cause an increase in the amount of oil the skin produces.
By balancing out these cannabinoids, oil production can be brought back down and maintained at a normal level.
Research has shown that when CB2 receptors are turned off or “silenced”, the amount of oil produced is significantly less than the cells around them, where CB2 receptors continue to function normally.
Endocannabinoid System and Inflammation
How does the ECS counter inflammation? The main way your ECS counters inflammation is through the regulation of immune system proteins called cytokines. These proteins are secreted by immune cells that are responsible for causing the initiation of inflammation throughout the body.
Cannabinoids appear to regulate the way in which cytokines are produced as they inhibit the immune system from overproducing them. A healthy and balanced ECS leads to an effective balancing act between inflammation and oil production.
Benefits of CBD For Skin
Many skin conditions are directly correlated with inflammation. Ongoing research has indicated that CBD oil can be a great tool in battling oxidative stress and the effects of aging. In fact, a 2017 study by the University of Colorado found that cannabinoids contain anti-inflammatory properties that could provide a variety of benefits to the skin.
If you are an active member of the irritated, itchy, and inflamed skin club then CBD might be just for you. A variety of CBD topicals can be used to help with:
- Controlling Oil Production
- Renewing Cell Turnover/ Improving Collagen Production
- Fighting Against Breakouts and Inflammation
- Reducing Signs of Aging Skin
- Alleviating Psoriasis
- Curing Acne
- Helping With Dry Skin
- Managing Eczema
CBD is also a potent anti-oxidant similar to that of vitamin C, which is used predominantly in skincare products throughout the health and beauty industry. Ascorbic acid, the most stable and effective form of vitamin C used in skincare harnesses many skincare benefits. This is because it’s safe to use on all skin types as it doesn’t have potential skin-irritating side effects as other ingredients.
This has led researchers to ask whether or not CBD is more effective than vitamin C or any other anti-oxidant rich skincare product?
Studies have shown that CBD can exert anti-oxidative effects more powerful than vitamin C/E, which are commonly referred to as the “kings of anti-oxidants “.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is a great alternative option for consumers who are new to CBD and are still unsure about the legality or safety of its medicinal or recreational uses. Hemp seed oil differs from CBD hemp oil as it doesn’t contain concentrated levels of CBD or any levels of THC but still serves as an excellent product to improve and maintain the health of your skin. Hemp seed oil helps:
- Moisturize Without Clogging Pores
- Balance out Oily Skin
- Hydrate and Regulate the Skin’s Oil Production
- Prevent Dry Skin without Clogging Pores
- Reduce Acne that’s Caused by Excess Oil
While ongoing research on CBD and its skincare properties are still underway, these are some of the many findings that researchers have found to be true.
How Can CBD Be Used?
Ingesting vs Applying
The benefits of ingesting CBD oil and applying CBD oil comes in a variety of products. Oil drops, tinctures, creams, balms, masks, lotions, sprays, vapes you name it. However, the method in which you administer your CBD product may yield different results. Simply put, ingesting CBD oil will help provide benefits throughout the entirety of your body, while applying it topically will only help specifically where you applied it.
CB1 vs CB2 Receptors
After CBD has been administered within the body it will interact with CB1/CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors focus more on the healthy functioning of the brain, as it typically helps manage anxiety, depression, and improves sleep, whereas, CB2 receptors focus more on the immune response and moderating inflammation.
To help you see the full picture lets look at this example.
If my 84-year old grandmother was to apply CBD-infused cream over her arthritis-ridden hands, it will only penetrate into the upper part of the epidermis but will not go deep enough to get into the bloodstream So there is no chance of the topically applied CBD to reach the brain and bind to CB1 receptors. Rather it would interact with CB2 receptors and immediately start the fight against arthritis.
Other methods of CBD skincare include:
- Adding Pure Oil into Intensive Repair Creams or Moisturizers
- Infusing Oil into Sea-Salt Soaks
- Blending Oil and Dry Plant Material into Soaps
In as little as 1200 words, you have read a basic outline of how CBD can drastically improve the overall health and appearance of your skin. Adding this product to your morning or nightly routine can help kick inflammation, skin dryness, acne, breakouts, itch, and a variety of other skin conditions to the curb.
To fully maximize the benefits of CBD skincare contact your local dermatologist or skincare expert.