Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming one of the most widely used cannabinoids due to its wide variety of complementary and therapeutic applications. As science continues to discover the response of the endocannabinoid system to CBD and other cannabinoids, new applications of CBD as a skin treatment are emerging. CBD has several benefits as an ingredient in various dermatological products, such as its ability to support the skin’s natural defenses.
CBD for the skin
How does CBD affect the skin? The answer is many, as cannabidiol offers a range of benefits for both healthy and damaged skin. Some areas of study regarding effects of CBD have already been explored, while others are just beginning to come to light.
One aspect that science unanimously supports is the anti-inflammatory function of CBD. Many studies support this claim, such as the 2010 study that found CBD suppresses inflammatory cytokines and chemokines.
What does all this have to do with the skin? Virtually all dermatological conditions, from skin irritation to more serious skin conditions, are caused or aggravated by inflammation. CBD has incredible potential to reduce the inflammatory response of the skin and soothe affected areas. CBD is increasingly being used as an ingredient in creams, given its enormous topical or oral potential.
The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD in combating conditions such aseczema and psoriasis have only recently been discovered. CBD blocks interleukins and prevents the formation of psoriasis plaques.
Promotes cell proliferation
Another area where CBD shows promise is its nourishing effect on the skin by promoting proper cell proliferation and differentiation. CBD’s strong antioxidant properties surpass those of its competitors, and it is now also used in anti-aging creams. For people with certain skin conditions, CBD may be particularly helpful in promoting more effective cell differentiation.
Inhibits the hyperactivity of the sebaceous glands
One of the main triggers of acne is excessive sebum production. A recent study found that CBD has a “trilogy of cellular anti-acne properties,” including its ability to reduce sebum production. In summary, the anti-proliferative character of CBD on sebocytes limits the production of lipids and therefore the overproduction of sebum.
The potential applications of CBD to combat the symptoms of acne are extremely interesting, as it is one of the most common skin conditions in the world. Acne causes physical symptoms in the form of pimples, blackheads and cysts, but it can also have serious psychological consequences.
CBD is also considered an antibacterial substance. Acne-causing bacteria contribute to a series of breakouts that can be difficult to control, but CBD can reduce both infection and inflammation.
CBD and the future of skin care
The more CBD is studied as a skin care substance, the greater its potential as a treatment for many skin conditions appears to be. It’s still too early to say exactly how CBD can be used in medical treatments, but there are at least clear indications of its many benefits for the skin.