Is CBD The Answer To Your Skin Problems?
Depending on where you are in the world, CBD could either be all you see or non-existent. For those of us that have seen this ingredient popping up it may feel as if it is pushed as the answer to all of our problems. From chocolates to candles and clothing, this novel ingredient seems to have great range. Like with any trend, it doesn’t take long for it to be pushed as the solution to all of our skin problems too. So what exactly is CBD and how does it help our skin?
What is CBD?
CBD is what they call Cannabidoil. It is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis plants. Before there is any confusion, there are two active ingredients in cannabis plants. CBD and THC. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that people chase for a high, whereas CBD is completely non-psychoactive and therefore safe for almost all of us to consume.
What Are The Benefits to CBD?
There has been a significant increase in the research going into this chemical compound of late. In that time, much has been discovered about this ingredient that could prove to be positive for our health.
Examples such as, reducing anxiety, treating chronic and previously untreatable pains, insomnia and even epilepsy have all been researched. In each case, positive results have been shown for our health. So, what about our skin, is this the new solution to our skin problems?
CBD for Our Skin
The research for CBD and our skin is varied but much of it appears to show results in favour of using CBD oil topically. Firstly, it is known for its healing properties, it is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. These are great for our skin since they reduce redness from inflammation, dryness and damage from free radicals.
These anti-inflammatory properties will also work in favour of acne sufferers. Acne is directly related to our sebum levels (natural oil). The amount of oil (sebum) we produce is dictated by our sebaceous glands and this is where CBD is believed to reduce acne vulgaris.
The compound, works at a follicular level to improve skin oil balance and the release of discarded cells. It can prevent overproduction of oils and regulate the chemicals being released by the sebaceous glands. This is key to preventing acne symptoms as it doesn’t allow for more spots and cysts to develop under the surface.
Furthermore, since both eczema and psoriasis are also inflammatory skin diseases, this wonder chemical compound has been shown to aid with cutaneous scars and inflamed skin.
How To Use CBD on Our Skin
There are several types of CBD from oil, to broad-spectrum oil and CBD isolate. We would always recommend going for a CBD isolate since this is the purest form of the compound and is unlikely to have any additives that could be damaging to the skin. Equally, the isolate form of CBD is less likely to clog your pores and is rich in those vital skin-revitalising antioxidants.
These oils now come in many forms of creams and lotions. We recommend testing a few products just as you would any other skin cream or lotion. The higher the percentage of CBD the more effective the lotion will be for pain relief and anxiety if thats what you’re looking for.
CBD Quality Is Key
Regardless of your needs it is essential to look for CBD products that are high in quality. Many products are mislabelled and although this is improving it is always worth checking if the product has been tested in a ‘third-party lab’ – this is your safest bet. What you’re looking for are products that have been tested by labs not tied to the brand or product. These are most likely to give an honest and genuine result in tests.
Taking care of our skin is a challenge and perhaps CBD is a solution for your symptoms. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
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The Specialist doctor from the University Hospital in Gothenburg, alumnus UC Berkeley. My doctoral dissertation is about Digital Health and I have published 5 scientific articles in teledermatology and artificial intelligence and others.