What CBD Can Do For Skin
In order to understand the skin health benefits of CBD, it’s essential to recognize some of the attributes of CBD, which have now been extensively studied by researchers across the globe. First of all, CBD — whether applied topically or ingested — will NOT get you high, unlike the other most well-known compound in cannabis — THC.
What it will do, however, is help reduce inflammation, the kind that occurs in common skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Inflammation, points out New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, is “the root of all evil” when it comes to skin issues, whether they’re related to acne or simply chalked up to the effects of aging. Take acne, a common and insidious skin issue whether you’re a teenager or in your 30s. A 2014 study found that CBD helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production by the sebaceous glands. That’s good to know, especially if you’d rather not subject yourself to the side effects of powerful anti-acne drugs like Accutane. CBD works on acne in two important ways: First, it soothes redness and inflammation, and secondly, it works to make over production of oil by the sebaceous glands closer to normal. That means it won’t strip skin of oils it needs to stay smooth and hydrated, but rather just cut back on the excess oil that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
Then, consider the fact that in addition to its anti-inflammatory and oil regulating properties, CBD also contains good for the skin ingredients like vitamins A, C, D, and E, plus essential fatty acids. Now consider this: The U.S. government has actually patented CBD — aka cannabidiol — as an antioxidant, stating that it’s ability to fight oxidation (the attack of free radicals on the body’s cells) better than either Vitamins C or E. To fight the signs of aging, there are few ingredients more desirable than powerful, naturally occurring antioxidants. How do free radicals age skin? By feeding off of normal cells, essentially destroying their ability to function normally. That leads to loss of elasticity, damaged tissue, fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Antioxidants are powerful molecules that can quite literally stop the damage that free radicals have on your skin cells! Now you can’t avoid free radicals since they’re all around us all the time in the form of air pollution, smog, UV rays (hello Mr. Sun!) and even from the food we eat. The best strategy is to fight them off with antioxidants — like the powerful antioxidants found in CBD.