Cannabis is a pretty powerful herb. It’s been used in every walk of life, from ancient Chinese and Indian ceremonies, in religions ranging from Shintoism to Rastafarianism, to fibres in the hemp plant that were used to build ships strong enough to help Christopher Columbus discover the ‘New World’. If this remarkable repertoire wasn’t impressive enough, the cannabis extract known as CBD is now also making huge waves in the fields of healthcare, alternative therapy, and cosmetics.
Otherwise known as cannabidiol, this hemp-derived extract features all the natural goodness of the cannabis plant without containing any THC, which is the intoxicating compound responsible for the ‘high’ often associated with cannabis. CBD can potentially aid in offering a better night’s sleep, and an increasing number of studies are indicating that CBD may also be the secret to healthy, glowing skin. With the global CBD skincare market currently estimated to be worth over a whopping $580 million, and cannabinoid-infused products being sold just about everywhere from online retailers to your local Boots or Sephora store, it’s clear that people are starting to catch on to CBD’s wellness potential.
However, in a time where new herbal remedies seem to be popping out of the woodwork every week, it can be hard to distinguish between a passing wellness fad and a reliable, scientifically-backed product. We’re here to shed some light on the murky areas and give you an introduction to CBD and skincare.
So grab a drink, add some CBD, and get comfortable while we take a closer look at this marvellous compound and give you a conclusive rundown of all the ways CBD might be a perfect antidote to your skin-related struggles.
What is CBD oil?
How can CBD oil benefit your skin?
As we briefly touched on, CBD has a whole host of properties that make it particularly effective at combating a variety of skincare issues. A lot of these properties are as a result of the abundance of vitamins and fatty oils it contains. So without further ado, let’s dive into the many reasons cannabinoid oil can be effective in rescuing and rejuvenating your skin.
A magical moisturiser for dry skin
Do you suffer from chapped skin in the winter? Or is it just a little flaky all year round? If so, you’re not on your own. Dry skin is a widespread condition, and nearly half of the population of the UK suffer from it routinely. It’s often more prevalent in colder climates, and the issue is easily exacerbated by soaps and other cosmetic products that contain harsh chemicals.
One of the many reasons why CBD is excellent at nourishing dry and cracked skin is that it’s considered a humectant. This essentially means that it’s great at drawing moisture to the skin, and it lets the moisture absorb fully as opposed to just sitting on top of the surface. Also, because CBD is entirely natural and free from harsh chemicals, it is safe to use and won’t irritate your skin further.
In addition, CBD is also good at helping to prevent and fight against the effects of dry skin because it naturally regulates the production of oil in our skin, encouraging it to maintain a healthy balance. As this study discovered, CBD can help to achieve homeostasis in the sebaceous glands in the skin, which are the glands responsible for producing oil. This can make CBD particularly useful for those who suffer from a combination of dry and oily skin because the compound can help to maintain a favourable balance.
Worried about wrinkles?
First of all, what causes ageing? Significant contributors to visible signs of ageing are free radicals. Free radicals are molecular species that have become unstable and reactive, and therefore can cause DNA damage that can exacerbate signs of ageing. They are created as a result of exposure to environmental factors like the UV in sunlight, smoking, and pollution, all of which we know to be unhealthy for a variety of reasons.
CBD against acne
Acne sucks. And it isn’t just limited to our teenage years. From the odd pimple to more serious cases, it affects around 54% of females and 40% of men, and although it mostly appears on the face, it can also affect the upper back, shoulders and the chest area.
Acne is a skin condition where excess sebum production by the sebaceous glands in the skin causes pores to become blocked, and sometimes inflamed and infected, when bacteria enter the pores. It is notoriously difficult to manage and can be very painful. There is a whole range of medications currently out there for treating acne, which vary greatly in efficacy depending on the individual, and many acne sufferers struggle to find a routine or medication that works for them.
We’ve already heard that some studies have found that CBD can have anti-inflammatory effects, and other investigations have now also pointed to CBD as showing potential for treating acne due to these anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to this, CBD has also been shown by some studies to reduce the proliferation of sebocytes. Some studies have also found hemp oil, and even CBD specifically, to have antibacterial properties. They are likely to act against only certain bacteria, and the exact extent of the inhibition of bacterial growth is yet to be robustly determined, but it seems promising that CBD, and perhaps other cannabinoids, could be used in combination with other antibacterial agents to have antibacterial effects.