CBD is a truly remarkable medicine that is used worldwide to treat various ailments and illnesses.  Now I am going to talk about CBD and skin. You can find CBD just about anywhere nowadays. From boutiques to mom and pop stores to doctors offices to website after website. It seems like everyday there is a new CBD product available and the most amazing thing is that, it’s not just a marketing scheme.  It works- whether taken internally by capsule, tincture, or applied topically, for a variety of skin issues.  Which leads me to today’s blog subject-is CBD the next big skin saver? Apparently, it’s being used for an assortment of different afflictions associated with healthy skin and the results are fantastic.

                     How CBD Helps the Skin

It’s widely known by now that CBD has amazing anti inflammatory properties.  It is also full of antioxidants- molecules in our bodies to help break down free radicals that could play a role in different diseases such as cancer and heart disease, but also reducing signs of aging and a contributing factor in aiding the skin in healing from previous damage.  Because of CBD’s ability to target inflammation so successfully and because of its high antioxidant content, it is now included in countless beauty products. CBD is powerful both topically and internally. Many skin conditions are caused because of inflammation going on inside the body.  Research has shown that its capability to “regulate cell growth, reduce inflammation, and stimulate important fats in the skin and sebaceous glands could help inform treatments for other skin issues, such as dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema.This is an incredible discovery for people that have been suffering from debilitating skin afflictions and tried countless remedies with little to no luck.  

The skin is our largest organ and those coping with chronic skin conditions know all too well how embarrassing and life changing having these kind of problems can be in terms of day to day life. It has been discovered that having a healthy endocannabinoid system (EC) in the skin can impact various skin conditions.  The disruption of this important balance can expedite various problems that present themselves through the skin.  CBD can help reduce puffiness, swelling and other painful reactions that are frequently the sign that there is imbalance in the body-exhibited through the skin.

 Acne is one of the most common skin afflictions that people seek medical advice regarding.  Acne is an inflammatory response to outside irritants but also can be triggered by hormones.  CBD helps to target the inflammation as well as working directly with the EC system that can influence hormone regulation.  Using a good topical CBD as well as taking it internally, can be a great mechanism for treating acne.  Just as other natural oils are used for skin problems, CBD has the same soothing effect because of its natural fatty acids, phytonutrients and cannabinoids and the absorption process starts working almost immediately once rubbed into the skin.

Which Skin Concerns Will Benefit Most From CBD?

From bug bites to infections to acute rashes, CBD can help to alleviate the discomfort, both mentally and physically, that these skin ailments can cause.  Here is a list of common skin ailments that CBD has been proven to help with:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Wrinkles/Fine Lines
  • Sun Damage
  • Allergic Reactions-Hives
  • Swollen/Puffy Eyes
  • Cracked Fingers or Heels
  • Dry Skin
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Chapped Lips and more…

In addition to this long list of benefits, it also is generally fine for any skin type because it moisturizes without clogging the pores.  It can help to balance oily skin, regulating oil production, while at the same time, moisturizing the skin, making it feel smooth and encouraging new skin growth.  

What Other Botanicals Help the Skin?

When considering using CBD for your skin, also look for some of the following ingredients to complement and enhance the benefits that CBD can have on your complexion:

  • Vitamin E- Protects skin collagen and elastin and helps with repair
  • Vitamin A- Helps with skin repair and regrowth
  • Camomile- Lightens and brightens skin
  • Mint- Contains salicylic acid which helps to fight acne
  • Aloe- Cooling, hydrating and anti inflammatory
  • Lavender- Great for burns. antiseptic, calms skin
  • Calendula- Full of antioxidants, great wound healer
  • Comfrey- Helps to speed up healing of burns, bruises, and swelling
  • Witch Hazel- Astringent, toning, cleansing
  • Coconut Oil- Antibacterial, moisturizing, soothing, repairs skins natural barrier, helps decrease wrinkles and fine lines

As most of us know, unless you’re one of the extremely lucky people to have perfect skin (does that even exist?!) having irritated skin can be a never ending battle of creams, lotions, prescriptions, face washes etc. Some of these products DO work for people but the results are typically short lived or cause other underlying health issues.  Fortunately, there is a plant based, natural alternative that just might be your skins new best friend.

CBD is gaining popularity for a reason. This versatile oil can be used in so many ways from protecting to healing and the side effects are almost obsolete. There are many products available on the market currently so make sure that you ask for advice from a CBD educated skin care provider or certified distributer to make the most cost effective and competent decisions.