CBD as a treatment for acne
Can CBD oil help with skin diseases?
The skin is the largest organ in our body and the one that is most exposed to the external factors around us. Skin problems like acne affect both teens and adults. The skin is the largest organ in our body and the one that is most exposed to the external factors around us. Skin problems like acne affect both teens and adults.
The main cause of acne is the production of excessive sebum that plugs pores due to different factors such as hormonal changes, stress levels, diet and even genetics. To combat acne, experts recommend natural skin cleansing products that help dead cells not build up in sebum by infecting pores. Another solution to control acne is to try to slow down the production of sebum and avoid overreactions of the immune system. Do you think CBD can help you manage your acne?
CBD oil has demonstrated certain benefits for treating skin diseases in both topical and oral administration. One of the most prominent benefits of CBD is its regulation of inflammatory processes and when an acne outbreak becomes infected our immune system is launched causing the affected area to inflame. This 2014 study found evidence on 3 effects of CBD for which it is able to treat acne:
- Normalizes sebum production (lipostatic effect)
- Blocks cell proliferation (antiproliferative effect)
- Prevents ACTIONS of TLR activation that raise inflammatory cytokine levels (Anti-inflammatory effect)
In addition, CBD is a great antibacterial and antifungal which will protect your acne injuries so that infections don’t proliferate.
What other beneficial properties does CBD have for your skin?
CBD like other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant is a more potent antioxidant than vitamins C,E and A. Fights free radical damage and stimulates recovery
CBD Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic
Only with skin contact CBD connects with a special group of TRPV-1 receptors that work to reduce pain, heat and itching. Thanks to our endocannabinoid system cannabidiol connects to the endocannabinoid receptors of our body and helps in inflammatory processes and the immune system.
Massage the skin with hemp extract ointments induces the endocannabinoid system to regulate the dermal processes that leave your skin hydrated and radiant. CBD is able to protect your skin from free radicals such as UV rays, environmental pollutants and toxins that cause the skin aging process. It is inflammation caused by these agents that prevents the natural regenerative process of the skin. Therefore, because CBD manages to reduce inflammation, the skin will be able to repair naturally and correct small signs of aging.
Treat burns and wounds
It is believed that ancient Egyptians already used fat- and cannabis-based ointments to speed up wound healing. In the 15th and 16th centuries it was used to treat ulcers, open wounds, burns and even the bites of some insects for its valuable antiseptic effect. Today we know from the science that the endocannabinoid system is involved in healing processes and the formation of new healing tissues.
How to treat your skin with CBD?
On the one hand, you can benefit from preventative anti-inflammatory and homeostatic effects using sublingual CBD oil drops as a treatment routine.
On the other hand, you can act directly on your skin to moisturize, protect and treat injuries. Many companies have released specific cream and gel preparations containing hemp extract and CBD. But if you don’t trust the rest of the compounds in the formula because you have sensitive skin you can make your own cosmetic based on pure CBD oil. Try mixing it with different natural vegetable oils (so that they can increase their volume and be able to use them in lower concentration and spread it throughout the skin of the body) as coconut, olive or argan oil until you find the formula that best suits your skin and the injury you want to treat. Play with concentrations for a more or less intense effect.
Topical use of CBD and its effect on the skin
In 2017 a study was carried out in which 84 cosmetics were tested that claimed to contain a certain level of CBD oil. 26% contained a lower concentration than indicated on the label. In addition, they contained other compounds that were not indicated.
Remember that before using any topical product you should test it by applying a small amount to an area such as the inside of your wrist. This way you can detect if your skin reacts badly to the product in a reduced area and avoid allergic reactions and unexpected injuries.
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